Ladera Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 849' 259 m
Descent: -848' -258 m
High: 641' 195 m
Low: 256' 78 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A well maintained trail with consistent elevation changes.”— Frank Delay
As you reach the end of Covenant Hills, you'll face the first steep portion of trail. At the top of this climb you'll reach a plateau with another power line tower. Here you'll be confronted with various trail options. Straight ahead is an overgrown trail--head toward it and curve gently to the left. You'll see a well manicured trail cut out of the tall grass. This will bring you down the other side of the hill. It's a steady descent and a little more uneven.
The trail will then flatten out for a small section before starting to climb again followed by a steep descent and another flat section. You'll be confronted with a fork in the trail with an option to veer right back into Ladera or head straight up. Obviously you're heading straight.
This is the toughest climb of the trail. The climb leads to a slightly less vertical section that curves to the right and more climbing. The top of this long climb is the highest point of the trail. The next mile is a series of slow climbs and descents so enjoy the view to either side as you hike along the ridgeline. After a mile, you'll reach a couple of switchbacks with a steep descent. This leads to a short steep climb followed by a subtle incline.
You'll be presented with another option to head back into Ladera, but obviously you're going to keep climbing. This is the final big climb with a switchback to get you back on the ridgeline. More gentle rises and falls before a steep descent and steep climb. You'll want to stay to the right at the top since the left leads to a lookout point. Follow the trail and veer right at the barrier to cut back into Ladera. The trail will turn into sidewalk, and you'll have to cross O'Neill and hike past the park. The trail will be visible straight ahead, and you should follow it up past the power line tower and back to where you started
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