Electronic bicycles (eBikes) are here!
Regardless of your opinion of the eBike, it’s important to know where eBikes can currently venture in the dirt. Because all eBikes have some level of motorized assistance, understanding the access to trails can be confusing.
MWBA wants to help everyone understand the eBike policy of the Angeles National Forest.
The USFS considers all eBike classes to be “motorized” and eBikes are permitted only on motorized OHV trails on Federal land.
You can read the USFS 2016 memo on Electric Bikes and Trail Management here:
What does this mean for eBikes and the Angeles National Forest?
Non-motorized trails and fire roads such as El Prieto, Sunset Ridge, Sam Merrill, Brown Mountain, Ken Burton, Mt. Lowe, Gabrielino, Mt Wilson Toll Road, etc. are off limits to all classes of eBikes.
However, the new California eBike law legalizes use on many State lands if the trail currently allows bikes AND the local land managers have not restricted eBikes. When riding on State land be sure to be courteous of other trail users and yield/stop for hikers and equestrians.
City and County lands can all have different policies on eBikes. If you are not sure, get in touch with local land managers to verify whether they allow eBikes.
To be clear and re-iterate:
The Angeles National Forest is Federal land and the new California eBike law does not apply. The USFS allows eBikes on motorized OHV trails and OHV fire roads.
To explore the Angeles National Forest on an eBike check out the trails available for motorized use. Here is the OHV website for the ANF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/angeles/recreation/ohv
If you have any questions about the USFS eBike policy or OHV access, please don’t hesitate to contact the local USFS Office in Arcadia or one of your MWBA Board members.