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    An afternoon ride in SoCal

    We met at Cheeseboro for a ride that included China Flats and a drop ("The Chute") into Bell Canyon with an eventual climb of Gas Pipe. We spent the time commiserating about being stuck in SoCal with smog, traffic, miserable weather, crowding, etc.

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    (1) The group
    (2) Simi Valley beyond the rocks
    (3) Stopping to check out the geology
    (4) Impy rolling down the Chute.
    (5) No dabs

    -- to be continued
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    Afternoon Ride Part 2

    Not many people get to Bell Canyon so the trail is unmaintained but the ride rewarding.
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    (1) Just a forest
    (2) Looking for mountain lions in a cave
    (3) Cheese
    (4) Rolling to "marbles", where the trail turns to baby-heads - all baby-heads or easter eggs as Impy said. Impy and Little A rolled through with skill. No time for pictures when you need all hands.
    (5) The only sign of civilization.

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    Afternoon Ride Part 3

    Excellent finish to a superlative day.
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    (1) Impy
    (2) Little A
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    Great pics. Been years since i've visited the Cheeze, Bro. Must get up there again.

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    Thanks pacmac for a fun ride and for manning the camera too! The views and colors today were unbelievable.
    Love, Impy

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    Fun fun guys!
    Doug, good to see your "real" fork back on the Ventana. =)

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    Looks like fun! I shoulda played hooky today.

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    Nice shots. Did anything with teeth jumped out that cave?
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    fun times

    Quote Originally Posted by Pigtire
    Nice shots. Did anything with teeth jumped out that cave?
    Not while we were there.

    ODB - Years? It's a whole new riding experience. Fire and rain have reshaped the trails.

    Padre - Yes, indeed no more Gone With the Wind for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigtire
    Nice shots. Did anything with teeth jumped out that cave?
    Nope but I was sure expecting something to!

    Hey when you riding next? We should do a local loop.
    Love, Impy

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    Fun looking ride. When are you all going to start inviting us Southerners to the ride???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy aka Rut
    Fun looking ride. When are you all going to start inviting us Southerners to the ride???
    Starting now. Let's see if you like the 5/405 as much as I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacman
    Starting now. Let's see if you like the 5/405 as much as I do.
    We will have to ink a date to ride with everyone again. It's time for SoCal to unite again.
    Impy and Aosty.... you guys up for hosting a BBQ again?? If not I can get one going down here.
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    Pacman great pics, what is the ride time for that loop? do you have an estimate of about how much climbing feet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by munkyspank
    Pacman great pics, what is the ride time for that loop? do you have an estimate of about how much climbing feet?
    I don't think Pacman ever has any idea how far, how long, or how high!






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    Quote Originally Posted by munkyspank
    Pacman great pics, what is the ride time for that loop? do you have an estimate of about how much climbing feet?
    we took our time to take pictures, ogle the flowers and look in caves etc....so we dawdled quite a bit. Took us 4 hours. It was only 19 miles. Elevation was about 3000 ft climbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Impy
    Nope but I was sure expecting something to!

    Hey when you riding next? We should do a local loop.
    My schedule has been erratic lately but I will post you as soon as I get that free time. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impy
    we took our time to take pictures, ogle the flowers and look in caves etc....so we dawdled quite a bit. Took us 4 hours. It was only 19 miles. Elevation was about 3000 ft climbing.
    looks likefun.......4 hours 19 miles sounds like fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy aka Rut
    Fun looking ride. When are you all going to start inviting us Southerners to the ride???
    not so fast there, Luke....


    nice pics y'all. Who's the hottie on the blue bike? Invite me next time, I got no one to ride with. Jerks.

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    It's been a few years since I've been out there myself... I think it's time to make the drive from SCV and hit CheesyBuger! Maybe Sunday....
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    You ever drop down dead cow? Even though I've ridden Chesboro a bunch of times I only recently found out about the dead cow trail. It's somewhere off the left side of China Flats, after a short but steep climb out of the top meadow area. It drops down into surburbia and you've kinda got to know where to go to get back to the park. But it's a super fun and surprisingly long and technical downhill.

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    Make sure you post the ride so some of us locals can join in. The cheese is my backyard.
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    lost cow

    Dead Cow is actually near the "lookout" area above Palo Comado. It ends on the fireroad and you can climb back up to the start. It's not as high up / North as China Flats.

    get to Cheese soon before it starts heating up, it can be Les Miserables...


    Quote Originally Posted by 0gravity
    You ever drop down dead cow? Even though I've ridden Chesboro a bunch of times I only recently found out about the dead cow trail. It's somewhere off the left side of China Flats, after a short but steep climb out of the top meadow area. It drops down into surburbia and you've kinda got to know where to go to get back to the park. But it's a super fun and surprisingly long and technical downhill.

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    Hollywood, that's actually Poacher's Trail, aka Boneyard/Old Boney.

    Dead Cow, aka China Flats Trail, aka Lindero Fireroad, is the downhill that drops you down to King James Court cul de sac. You ride up to the top of Palo Comado to the Sheep Corral in China Flats. Pass the corral on your right and hang a left at the fork. Then follow the singletrack to a short steep climb. Ride around the left side of the two boulder barriers to a small flat clearing overlooking Oakpark. Deadcow is to your right.

    As far as the street ride, it goes like this: Turn right at the bottom of King James onto Lindero. Go left on Hidden Springs. Turn left again on Bromley. Turn right off the street onto a bike path. Follow the bike path to the park and exit onto Holleytree. Turn left on Holleytree and then left again on Doubletree. Stay on Doubletree and pass Deerhill park on the left. You'll climb for a short bit and then you'll find the trailhead on the left side of the road. It's a large gate with a walk-around on the right. Climb the short fireroad/doubletrack to the top and then drop down the other side to Palo Comado. Either turn left and climb back up to the Lookout, or turn right and hook up with one of the connector trails that will take you into Cheseboro.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    Dead Cow is actually near the "lookout" area above Palo Comado. It ends on the fireroad and you can climb back up to the start. It's not as high up / North as China Flats.

    get to Cheese soon before it starts heating up, it can be Les Miserables...
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