Go to YouTube Search 'Jawbone Canyon' No, this is not typical, but if you cut that hill in half, it is more than typical. Silt on top of granite. No heavy rider can do it on a 250 unless he has mad skills. I can't buy skills. I buy bikes. Track bikes are spewing water at the top, with glowing headers and half gone tires. Search " Redona Ridge" This is one of the guys I ride with ("with" is kind of an exageration...I start with him, then catch up....). Ralphy rides one of everything, and this CR250R is getting hammered to death, and will need a new clutch and new piston by the end of the ride. The rear tire will be a carcass of rubber, unuseable at the end of the day. No this is not typical of all SoCal trails, but if you dumb it down about 15% that is SoCal, all the way, every day, all day. SoCal is where ALL the factories test their bikes and riders. You hit the nail on the head. It takes several rides or more just to get to the hills. That's if you are a good rider.