The mountain bike trails traversing the Santa Monica Mountains weave through diverse terrain. From ridgetops to canyon floors, there are many opportunities for a great ride. Challenge yourself with an exhausting ascent that yields rewarding ocean views, or leisurely pedal along an oak-shaded stream. On any trek, always ride safely and responsibly, and with minimal impact to the land.
E-Bikes and Pedal-Assist Bikes
The term "e-bike" means a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.).
E-bikes are allowed on National Park Service lands within Santa Monica Montains National Recreation Area where traditional bicycles are allowed. E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited. Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling is prohibited.
A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that applies to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23 and 4.30(h)(2)-(5).
Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Areais governed by California state law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of State law adopted by this paragraph is prohibited.
National Park Service property often connects to other state and local agency public land. Please check with those agencies to see what their current regulations are on E-bikes and Pedal-Assist Bikes.
• Plan your trip carefully. Prepare to be self-sufficient at all times.
• Know your ability, equipment and the area where you will ride.
• Keep your bicycle in good condition. Carry tools for minor repairs.
• Know local rules and park regulations. Be aware of the bicycle provisions of the California Vehicle Code.