LENGTH

7.8 mi

ELEVATION GAIN

1352 ft

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

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Marshall Canyon Trail is a 7.8 mile trail that starts in Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, travels through the City of La Verne, and provides access to the network of trails above the cities of La Verne and Claremont. The southern portion is mostly flat and urban, while the northern portion is within a natural foothill environment.

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TRAIL INFORMATION
ALLOWED USES:
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Dogs on Leash
CONTACT INFO:
County of Los Angeles
626-588-5364

trails@parks.lacounty.gov

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Barbara 3 months ago

Will sign postage regarding the restriction of Class 1 e-bike use on the trail be displayed soon at the Via de Mansion and Orangewood St entrance? There is currently high usage of these bikes on this trail resulting in unsafe conditions for all trail users due to high speeds, low visibility, and portions of narrow trail path. Enforcement and awareness is needed. Thank you!

Response

Thank you for contacting us.  We installed a sign on the Organgewood Street entrance.

John 3 months ago

I have a disability that is protected under the Federal ADA rules. I have a State Placard and State Disability Recreation Pass. I have been riding Marshall Cyn for years but as I age my disability makes it harder to ride the trails. I purchased a pedal assist ebike in order to help me stay out there and keep my health up as long as possible. In reading the ADA rules, OPDMD’s, I am allowed to use this form of mobility device on any trail that is open to the public. Therefore it appears as though I can legally keep riding in Marshall Cyn. Please advise on this issue. Thanks

Response

Thank you for contacting us.

We typically do not allow e-bikes on multi-use trails, however, on March 15, 2011, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation established an interim policy that restates the County’s policy of non-discrimination for admission and access to publicly offered services, programs or activities based on disability.  The County recommends that trail users contact the local park supervisor to learn of trail conditions and issues, especially when accessing unfamiliar facilities; trails are subject to natural forces, and conditions may change with little notice. The County does not have set speed limits on its trails. Still, it follows the California Vehicle Code of operating a vehicle at speed commensurate with weather, visibility, traffic, surface, and width of a path to not endanger anyone’s safety or property.

The interim policy establishes that OPDMDs and electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMD) may be used by those with mobility disabilities in areas open to pedestrian use for access to park facilities and/or trails. The interim policy will be finalized after review and assessment of its efficacy is determined. The interim policy indicates that the County intends to survey all public access ways and post areas where OPDMDs and EPAMDs may not be used.

 

 

Rick Johnson 4 months ago

Is there any plan or reconsideration to allow Class 1 E-Bikes on the LA County Multi-use trails. E-Bike popularity is growing very fast. The current policy appears dated and with a current review could allow Class 1 E-Bikes on the county's multi- use trails. Thank you , Rick. P.S. In a group of EBike and Regular Bike riders you would not be able to tell the difference between the bikes except by their looks. Just saying......

Scott Sputtle 4 months ago

What is the punishment for riding an E-bike up Marshall Canyon and who will be enforcing it? And will they be on an E-bike? Thank you, Scott Sputtle

Response

Hi Scott, thanks for contacting County Parks. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Parks Bureau is responsible for patrolling the County trails and has the authority to issue citations.

John 4 months ago

Why would class 1 ebikes not be allowed on the trail? There is no throttle and they are limited to 250 watts and 20mph. Many high level cyclists can put out 400-500 watts and easily pass 20mph on non-ebikes. I can see not allowing ebikes with throttles(class2/3) because it’s closer to a motorcycle but pedal assist class 1 ebikes are no different than a mountain bike. It’s either ignorance or pandering to snobby cyclists.

Local Legend 4 months ago

What local ordinance allows for the addition of signs preventing E-bikes on the Marshall Canyon Trail? Seems like the change came out of nowhere.

Response

Thank you for contacting us. E-bikes are not permitted on the County's multi-use trails based on the current County Code which is acknowledged as a local decision for recreational trails (different from Class I Bikeways) under AB1096.

E-bikes are allowed on the County's paved bike paths and bikeways with the exception of the beach bike path which is restricted by ordinance.

Liza 4 months ago

I've been e-biking in Marshall Canyon for the past several months and was told that it's not allowed anymore. May I know the reason behind it? I converted to e-bike because I have a knee problem and this pedal assist bike really helps a lot. Is it true that if I have a doctor's note I will not be cited for doing so? Thanks so much.

Response

Thank you for contacting us.

We typically do not allow e-bikes on multi-use trails (which are typically unpaved hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails); however, on March 15, 2011, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation established an interim policy that restates the County’s policy of non-discrimination for admission and access to publicly offered services, programs or activities based on disability.

The policy states: “A public entity that has determined that reasonable modifications can be made in its policies, practices, or procedures to allow the use of other power-driven mobility devices should develop a policy that clearly states the circumstances under which the use of other power-driven mobility devices by individuals with a mobility disability will be permitted. It also should include clear, concise statements of specific rules governing the operation of such devices. Finally, the public entity should endeavor to provide individuals with disabilities who use other power-driven mobility devices with advanced notice of its policy regarding the use of such devices and what rules apply to the operation of these devices.” The interim policy establishes that OPDMDs and electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMD) may be used by those with mobility disabilities in areas open to pedestrian use for access to park facilities and/or trails. The interim policy will be finalized after review and assessment of its efficacy is determined. The interim policy indicates that the County intends to survey all public access ways and post areas where OPDMDs and EPAMDs may not be used.

The County recommends that trail users contact the local park supervisor to learn of trail conditions and issues, especially when accessing unfamiliar facilities; trails are subject to natural forces, and conditions may change with little notice. The County does not have set speed limits on its trails. Still, it follows the California Vehicle Code of operating a vehicle at speed commensurate with weather, visibility, traffic, surface, and width of a path to not endanger anyone’s safety or property.

Local Legend 4 months ago

This last week there were signs posted about e-bikes and pedal assist bikes not being permitted on the trail. What was the process for making this decision? How was the community involved? And, why now? What is the local ordinance prohibiting the e-bikes from being on the trail? AB1096 isn't it. LACC 17.04.110 isn't it. So, what is it? I think this is an accessibility (ADA) issue, and appears to be discriminatory. And the decision appears to have been made without any community engagement.

Response

Thank you for contacting us. E-bikes are not permitted on the County's multi-use trails based on the current County Code which is acknowledged as a local decision for recreational trails (different from Class I Bikeways) under AB1096. There have not been any recent changes in the County's policy regarding ebikes.

E-bikes are allowed on the County's paved bike paths and bikeways with the exception of the beach bike path which is restricted by ordinance.

John 5 months ago

I have new e-bike, I am 75, it allows me to tour the mountains, is it expectable to ride on the fire roads in Marshall Canyon?

Response

Thank you for contacting us.

We typically do not allow e-bikes on multi-use trails (which are typically unpaved hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails); however, on March 15, 2011, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation established an interim policy that restates the County’s policy of non-discrimination for admission and access to publicly offered services, programs or activities based on disability.

The policy states: “A public entity that has determined that reasonable modifications can be made in its policies, practices, or procedures to allow the use of other power-driven mobility devices should develop a policy that clearly states the circumstances under which the use of other power-driven mobility devices by individuals with a mobility disability will be permitted. It also should include clear, concise statements of specific rules governing the operation of such devices. Finally, the public entity should endeavor to provide individuals with disabilities who use other power-driven mobility devices with advanced notice of its policy regarding the use of such devices and what rules apply to the operation of these devices.” The interim policy establishes that OPDMDs and electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMD) may be used by those with mobility disabilities in areas open to pedestrian use for access to park facilities and/or trails. The interim policy will be finalized after review and assessment of its efficacy is determined. The interim policy indicates that the County intends to survey all public access ways and post areas where OPDMDs and EPAMDs may not be used.

The County recommends that trail users contact the local park supervisor to learn of trail conditions and issues, especially when accessing unfamiliar facilities; trails are subject to natural forces, and conditions may change with little notice. The County does not have set speed limits on its trails. Still, it follows the California Vehicle Code of operating a vehicle at speed commensurate with weather, visibility, traffic, surface, and width of a path to not endanger anyone’s safety or property.

Bryan 5 months ago

I was recently informed signage has been posted prohibiting e-bikes and pedal assist bikes from riding Marshall canyon and was wondering if this applies to the entire marshal canyon trail. Example my ride is normally from Bonelli park to esperanza drive would my route be effected? Thanks

Response

Thank you for contacting us.  

E-bikes are not permitted on the County's multi-use trails (which are typically unpaved hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails) based on the current County Code which is acknowledged as a local decision for recreational trails (different from Class I Bikeways) under AB1096.