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    Best "After Rain" rides

    Within Ventura and LA County, where are the best spots to ride shortly after a rain? In other words, which trails are not hampered much by rain and dry up pretty quick and/or have soil that does not get impacted too much?

    I know a very local trail (Los Robles) does quite well but I want to do some better riding later this week if possible.

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    the san gabriels! The trails are mostly excellent after the rains, because they are made of rock. check em out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    Within Ventura and LA County, where are the best spots to ride shortly after a rain? In other words, which trails are not hampered much by rain and dry up pretty quick and/or have soil that does not get impacted too much?

    I know a very local trail (Los Robles) does quite well but I want to do some better riding later this week if possible.
    Zuma Ridge (off Encinal Canyon) has hard-packed sand, not too sticky..
    Sullivan Canyon - all gravel but the water level depends on the rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacman
    Zuma Ridge (off Encinal Canyon) has hard-packed sand, not too sticky..
    Just don't veer off onto Backbone. The mud will get inside all of your sealed bearings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by endo verendo
    Just don't veer off onto Backbone. The mud will get inside all of your sealed bearings.
    Sounds like the voice of experience

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbnjunkie
    the san gabriels! The trails are mostly excellent after the rains, because they are made of rock. check em out.
    I'd have to agree with junkie. Mt Lowe, JPL, Chantry Flats(I heard the landslides are finally removed, but the trail has lots of overgrown poison oak), etc. The San Gabriels are made of granite instead of clay, so it drains better.
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    thanks guys....boy do i feel dumb (or at least inexperienced).....I am not familiar with any of those named trails.

    are these by any chance near Strawberry Peak? I have done that once and was thinking about going there again perhaps....

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    thanks guys....boy do i feel dumb (or at least inexperienced).....I am not familiar with any of those named trails.

    are these by any chance near Strawberry Peak? I have done that once and was thinking about going there again perhaps....
    If you're heading to Strawberry, you should consider Chilao. Does well after and during rains.
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    I second Sullivan. I know it's not that exciting if you stick to the fire roads and some singletrack but I just love the smell of that place after it rains. Sooo fresh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Upchuck
    If you're heading to Strawberry, you should consider Chilao. Does well after and during rains.
    thanks beyotch.....so is that a better/more fun ride than Strawberry Peak? Would Strawberry Peak hold up well to rain also since it is in the same relative area?

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    XC course in Southridge, Fontana and Sycamore Canyon Park in Riverside drain very well after the rains. check them out.

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    FoSizzle

    You are missing some excellent trails on Mt. Wilson. The best map I have found of Mt. Wilson.

    http://www.tomharrisonmaps.com/online%20order.html

    Winter Creek, Sam Merrill, Sunset, Idelehour, Wilson Trail, Echo Mountain, and Stuartevant are all great singletracts, plus there are two major fireroad climbs, Lowe Mountain Fireroad, and Mt Wilson Toll road.

    Then you have Ken Burton and El Prieto off Brown Mountain.

    Also try Mt. Waterman before it snows, it is my personnel favorite in the San Gabriel’s.
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    wow! fantastic! thing is i am probably going solo Saturday and at least know the way on strawberry peak from the one time i went......but may consider these if they seem easy enough to navigate.

    thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by endo verendo
    Just don't veer off onto Backbone. The mud will get inside all of your sealed bearings.
    It wouldn't happen. After a rain the clear views from the top of Zuma are great and you get a needed workout after being indoors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanzo90802
    I'd have to agree with junkie. Mt Lowe, JPL, Chantry Flats(I heard the landslides are finally removed, but the trail has lots of overgrown poison oak), etc. The San Gabriels are made of granite instead of clay, so it drains better.
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    The trails in the San Gabriel's seem to be well marked. I do almost all of my rides alone. If I am not getting lost or bushwhacked the trail is too easy.

    Always be carefully in the mountains during rainy season those little washes and canyons that seemed like nothing, turn into impassable torrents fast. You never know how hard it may be raining further up the mountain. I’m thinkin I am staying out of Cloud Burst Canyon during the rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    Hanzo90802,

    What trail is this picture from?
    It about a half mile down middle Sam Merrill. The penalty for failure is high.

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    hey..

    anyone have a map of their favorite loop in the san gabriels? snow is gonna come soon!
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    Photos, Map, Profile and directions for Strawberry

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    I'll be there on Saturday morning with friends on a fun ride (race season is over ) -- 8am in the Switzer parking lot.

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    can I join you?...in case I actually do not remember my way around.

    now i remember parking literally at the intersection of Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest.....where exactly is Switzer in relation to that?

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    In Ventura County - there's the Los Robles Trail at the end of Moorpark Road (Thousand Oaks) that holds up really well in the rain. It's popular route when everything else is muddy.

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    Switzer parking lot

    Sure.
    It's a couple hundred yards past that intersection on the right. You can't miss it, it's the only right. Look for a good size group near the back of the parking lot. A couple will probably be wearing Warrior Society jerseys.

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    do you have a mix of riders in the group (ie, some expert, some intermed, etc.)?

    i may not have my ideal bike available for the ride since i just realized i need new bushings for the shock and may not get them in time. I will be a little slower on the bike i would have to bring.

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    Mix

    Yeah a whole mix of gearys and SSers, a dirt diva too.

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    Middle Merril

    Oh okay. I used to looking at that going the other way. Looks totally different from that angle. It's after you make the turn on to the chaparral side of the mountain but before the first big over look.

    Decent exposure but not nearly as much as other spots on that trail. I'm thinking of that one really loose rocky section where the trail gets down to about a foot, foot and a half with a nice cliff on your left and a rock wall on the right. That's a fun section.
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