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    Condor Peak in Angeles Nat'l Forest?

    http://mountainbikebill.com/CondorPeak.htm

    I've been drooling over this ride for too long and it's about high time I get out to actually do it. Does anyone have recent trail reports/conditions? Is there anyone here who rides it regularly or wants to hook up for the shuttle part of it?
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    Depending on when you ride it I would be interesting in joining you. I thought the Mt. WIlson shuttle ride had some exposure. From the pictures it ain't got nothing on this ride.

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    I'd say they're similar. Try stopping after some of the exposed sections on the frontside of Wilson and look back up at what you just came down/across - you'd be surprised. I'd like to do this ride some early morning next week. I'm probably going to begrudgingly race Fontana this weekend.
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    How about doing it on the weekend? Maybe mid October?

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    Not really a shuttle trail.Park your car at the end Trail Canyon and ride to Condor Peak trailhead.Of course thats if your doing the Condor Peak /Trail Canyon loop which is the recomened loop.CFIT is the one who rides it a lot.He still posts on socalmtb a lot.He could give a good up to date trail review.

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    I didn't assume it was a shuttle trail, just a point-to-point. I have no ambition to be riding my bike on those roads - I know full well how people drive back there and how little of a shoulder there is. Besides, I don't want to be doing this ride solo anyway. That is just asking for trouble.
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    The ride I was thinking of is Condor Peak/Trail Canyon.I checked out the MTB Bill ride and that is a different ride.Condor Peak is a better climb than descent.It is slick and sandy in a lot of spots like if you threw sand on a side walk.You can get some good speed coming down but if you crash it could be bad,plus its not really challenging.Trail Canyon criss crosses a stream and has some tech sections and is a fun descent.Kind of like Red Box /JPL but with 1/8th of the use.Riding the road from the parking area is not bad at all never saw any cars when Ive done it.Try and reach CFIT ,he does all the trails in that area a lot.He live near there.

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    Gotcha. I'll go hit him up. Looking on Google Earth there are trails all over that ridge. I'm sure there are multiple ways down and I sure wouldn't mind exploring some more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmomma
    The ride I was thinking of is Condor Peak/Trail Canyon.I checked out the MTB Bill ride and that is a different ride.Condor Peak is a better climb than descent.It is slick and sandy in a lot of spots like if you threw sand on a side walk.You can get some good speed coming down but if you crash it could be bad,plus its not really challenging.Trail Canyon criss crosses a stream and has some tech sections and is a fun descent.Kind of like Red Box /JPL but with 1/8th of the use.Riding the road from the parking area is not bad at all never saw any cars when Ive done it.Try and reach CFIT ,he does all the trails in that area a lot.He live near there.
    Spot on. I totally agree on all points.

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    A few of the OTB guys rode it on 9/15. See the ride review here http://otbmbc.com/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1189909003/9#9
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    I'd be a "maybe" for a tues/weds morn. With someone who knows the trail or has GPS!


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    My bad,totally forgot about the OTB guys.They are the reason I found out about that route in the first place.My buddy did that ride with them a few years ago and then he showed me.I kind of like the unmaintained aspect of Trail Canyon makes it a total adventure route.It totally is an all day ride.Condor Peak is the most greuling uphill I can think of.You get near the top and think its not soo bad then it gets a little steeper and loose that when you get to the hike a bike section your dead.The down is worth it.Im stoked to ride it now!Except not in good enough shape,lol.Time to gain back what I never had.

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    It's a good XC loop.
    Buy a bell, help the trails....

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    Anybody been up there lately?

    Anybody want to?

    Sounds like a challenge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-80 Rider View Post
    Anybody been up there lately?

    Anybody want to?

    Sounds like a challenge...
    I think it's still in the "closed to usage" zone from the Station Fire.

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    i haz ascared

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    When an area is officially "closed," does it mean that the road is closed and you can't drive to the trailhead, or that the actual trail is closed?

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    Just wondering how extensive the damage might be and how long it might take to repair...

    Seems like just fixing a road would get priority over fixing a remote part of a trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-80 Rider View Post
    When an area is officially "closed," does it mean that the road is closed and you can't drive to the trailhead, or that the actual trail is closed?
    Until it opens (unless it already has???) the forest itself remains off limits. That means that you can't even park along the hwy. The hwy itself remains open only as a passage through the forest. I drove through there a few months back, after some of the front sections of the forest had reopened for use. All of the day use areas in Big Tujunga Cyn, such as Wildwood, were closed. No parking was allowed along the hwy and no use or entry into the forest was allowed. All trails were closed.

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    This list of open trails is still current;

    Angeles National Forest Trails to Open May 16, 2011

    The Condor Peak and Trail Canyon trails are still closed, though many trails were opened back in May.
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    I was a voluteer trail evaluator early this spring. Trail Canyon, Condor Peak, and parts of Falls Creek (Canyon?) Road were absolute crap. Gullies three feet deep, two or more feet of soft sand cascading down onto the trail and completely burying it, countless burned trees across the higher sections of the trails, avalanche gullies, etc., etc. It was some of the least enjoyable hiking I've ever done. Staying home and pulling out your toenails with a pair of pliers would be more fun than riding these trails.

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    Well, that sucks!

    Guess I'll cross this one off my list for now.

    Thanks, all.

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    Old thread, but does anyone ridden the Condor Peak Trail lately and know what condition it's in? Thanks.

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    Still closed as far as I know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    Still closed as far as I know...
    I know that you cannot park a vehicle anywhere near the trailhead but there wasn't any posted signage stating that it was closed the last time I drove past.

    It's one that I would like to try.

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    UPDATE: According to this CORBA link, Condor Peak trail was reopened in 2012. There are a few trails in the closed listing of the link that have since been reopened, such as Strawberry Peak and Upper Brown Mountain.

    http://corbamtb.com/news/2012/05/25/...ails-may-2012/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    UPDATE: According to this CORBA link, Condor Peak trail was reopened in 2012. There are a few trails in the closed listing of the link that have since been reopened, such as Strawberry Peak and Upper Brown Mountain.

    http://corbamtb.com/news/2012/05/25/...ails-may-2012/
    Thanks. Any idea what condition it's in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    UPDATE: According to this CORBA link, Condor Peak trail was reopened in 2012. There are a few trails in the closed listing of the link that have since been reopened, such as Strawberry Peak and Upper Brown Mountain.

    http://corbamtb.com/news/2012/05/25/...ails-may-2012/
    Read the link more carefully. The trails listed are in the re-opened area of the forest, but individual trails on that list may still be signed as closed. I am pretty sure Condor Peak is one of those as I know a few people who are chomping at the bit to go work on it. If you don't believe me call the Forest Service. They will know better than internet experts like myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    They will know better than internet experts like myself.
    Or like me, a Master Skimmer.

    I will bet my left nut that the closure hasn't stopped the locals from rolling on it since it's such a remote trail. In fact, they are probably reading this now and having a hissy fit.

    I know for a fact that people are hiking Trail Canyon.

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    I think if people were actually riding it, word would have gotten out. At the least it would be on strava since people can't resist uploading their awesomeness

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