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    Goin' to California!

    After 49 years on earth I am finally going to California for the first time. . I'll be staying in Pasadena for a week and would like to do some riding. I need to know what trails would be good to ride at Mt Wilson. I'm kinda of out of shape coming from a long Michigan winter, but I don't mind long climbs just taking my time. I like fun downhills. I would really dig a shuttle. Any of that going on? I can have my wife drive me to the top if I know where to go. I'm also planning on a day trip to Santa Barbara, maybe the Tunnel trail? Any other sugestions would be welcome. OK, I'm sure this will get some laughs but what about wildlife? Pepper spray for cats or what? Finally, what bike to bike bring. I have a Stumpjumper FSR and an 08 Rockhopper Comp 29er. I haven't had that 29er on a trail yet, too much snow here. Thanks if anyone can help.

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    well, I can only speak for the Santa Barbara stuff, but a 29er is not the bike for Tunnel.

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    There are a variety of great trails in the Mt Wilson area. Buy a mountain biking map of the San Gabriel Mountains by Fine Edge Productions. It's a topo with the bike trails marked with difficulty levels and has a description of some of the trails on the backside. It's kind of dated, so the trail descriptions on the backside are for the tamer trails.

    The are trails not described, but marked on the topo are the best trails for riders who prefer the technical singletrack stuff. Some of these trails, like parts of the Sam Merrill, have exposed sections with some rocks for added fun and thorny bushes in parts where you're not exposed. Some have cool little rock and water bar drops with tight switchbacks.

    You're coming at a perfect time for riding the lower section. There's been lots of rain. The dirt is tacky and there are lots of waterfalls.

    I don't think the upper section is rideable. We were up there last week and the trails were iced over.

    I've seen deer up there and read about mountain lion sightings.

    Check the trail forums. You should be able to find some reviews, or ask give more specific info on what type of riding you have in mind. I would definitely bring a bike with 4-6" of travel depending on what you plan on riding.

    Hope this helps.

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    You've waited 49 years to come to Ca and you are going to Pasadena?

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    I'm going to Pasadena because my sister in law lives there. I just want to enjoy the weather and ride. This winter has been tough here. After some more research maybe Tunnel isn't the trail for me, but it does look fun. I've ridden some pretty technical downhills in Pisgah and I loved all of them. My S.I.L. said Brown Mt. would be good but I don't see it on trail guides. Do any group rides go off on weekdays? I have Monday through Friday to ride in the mornings. Thanks for the responses.

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    Hi flash - when are you coming into town perhaps someone can ride with you
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    Hi, I will be arriving 3-1. I plan on riding a few days Monday-Friday, kind of open if something is going on. I'm also trying to decide if I want to find a rental bike or bring mine. any suggestions would be great. I would really rather rent and just bring my gear. I would love to ride with some locals. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsteve
    You've waited 49 years to come to Ca and you are going to Pasadena?
    What the heck is wrong with Pasadena?

    Flash,

    I think you have picked a great place to visit. There are trails within minutes of Pasadena. Check your PM.
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    I don't know about rentals, but if you wanna shuttle, give me a PM.
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    Check Incycle - Pasadena (626) 577-0440 if they have bike for rent. I know Incycle - San Dimas have a couple of bikes for rent like Specialized Enduro SL and Treks.

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    http://socalmtbiking.blogspot.com/20...erry-peak.html

    This is one of my favorite rides and it's only about 20 minutes from Pasadena.

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    Those Pasadena mountains are have some of the BEST riding in California! Anyone who says anything different has not ridden those trail much! In fact WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE KNOWING HOW AWESOME IT IS!
    Personally it is one of my favorite types of MTB'ng. All uphill on fire roads & all downhill on single track!

    Then follow this AWESOME RIDE (this is how to get to the start, it is not really a description of the whole ride just where you can start the climb.) http://www.mybikesite.com/socal/trai...m?list=details Starts on pavement, gets quite steep but take your time, hang in there because it then turns into dirt..it flattens out....you are now riding on an old trolley car bed from years ago..the "uphill gets a lot easier BECAUSE the trolley car could not go up steep inclines! .

    Stay on the dirt road and just enjoy the nostalgia of years gone by..not many people even know this exists! Lot's and lot's of history...do a search for Mt. Lowe, Inspiration point, you will climb and climb and come to a tunnel, which will dump you out on paved Mt Wilson road. You can turn RIGHT and climb the pavement to Mt Wilson. Hang there for a bit. Turn around head back the way you came, go thru the tunnel, look on your left once you get through the tunnel for single track! You can know take VERY TECHNICAL single track all the way back down. Bring a fs bike the whole ride is about 22 miles but you have just climbed and descended LA.'s premier mountain that many MTB'r just look at from the freeway their whole lives and would never dream of riding a bike to the top!
    Hey who know when you will ever come back GO FOR IT.

    Funny I have done this ride at least 4 times I do not know the names of the trails. It is very simple and I could write directions for you in greater detail if you want. Another otion for you would be to contact this board. http://www.otbmbc.com/ I have never ridden with any of these guys BUT they might be just the people to help you out!

    All I can say is the history from the Mt.Lowe, Inspiration Point & Trolley Car system is a pretty unique experience. (No there are no trolley cars or buildings but there is some huge gearing and foundations left from the era!)

    Just my .02 cents...there is so much riding but if you do this ride you will get great views of LA AND you just might see the ocean if it is a crisp, breezy day!

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    That looks like a good ride. Is that El Prieto? I'm hoping the local shops will have maps.

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    I used rode that Tram trail or whatever it is on Mt. Wilson in pasadena years ago and it was sick. It was a little above my head back then in 98 or 99 as I had just started riding. Mt. Wilson singletrack goes off!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    That looks like a good ride. Is that El Prieto? I'm hoping the local shops will have maps.
    Technically it "can be" El Prieto" but I would not ride El Prieto that way. Beside El Prieto is not a very long ride if done from this starting point:http://www.mybikesite.com/socal/trails/elprieto.htm in fact I have done 2 loops of El Prieto utilizing the fire road uphill version!

    Actually Mt. Wilson is a ride few do & I would not recomend doing that ride alone if you want to ride single track. It for sure is not traveled during the week and has some exposure. You would be better doing El Prieto by yourself as that is traveled by more people esp. after work (in case you have a mech. !heh-heh) with vitually no exposure.

    Then if you do El Preito you virtually use the same fire road to get to the Ken Burton trail. I miss it all BIG TIME now that i live in S. Carolina I am actually jealous! heh-heh I actually wrote several "trail reviews" in the El Prieto updates under mwestlake. Actually I could not believe all the years I rode the Crest mountains and did not ride El Prieto till after 10 years of MTB riding...I always went to the top of Wilson or rode up to Switzers from the bottom....non-shuttle of course!

    ps This http://www.mybikesite.com/trails/tra...a_,socal,n,n,c, is a pretty reliable site. truly. "La Canada" "Altadena" is literally on the edge of pasadena so look at those rides and you are rocking. You will notice Mt. Lowe. Inspiration Point etc.

    .p.s. I am "older" also..these trails ara a BLAST!
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    You'll have plenty of options. The ride MGW is describing is Mt Lowe fireroad and the Merrills or Merrills/Sunset, depending on the route taken. Yesterday, I rode Mt. Lowe, Middle Merril, Sunset Ridge, then four laps of El Prieto (two climbing, two descending). They're some of the most fun trails you'll find anywhere...

    We (OTB Club) will be doing the Lower Merrill/Sunset Ridge loop on Tueday Mar 4 at 6:00 p.m. as a night ride, but I usually go and do an earlier lap before the group. If you want to join us you can PM me here, or sign up on the boards there. I might be up for a morning ride with you one day as well.

    Also, if you have GPS there are plenty of route files available on motionbased.
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    bring the stuntjumper......but don;t ride tunnel....it is a beast
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    bring the stuntjumper......but don;t ride tunnel....it is a beast
    Agreed. The trails in MI comparo to Tunnel?....Phhhhttt...no comparo...unless you are experienced at jagged, sketch, steep, armored up, and beat down technical riding elsewhere. No loam or soft anything on Tunnel. Have you seen the cover of BIKE this month? That's SB local Duncan Riffle on Tunnel. Notice the pads.

    Instead, as a warm up, go up and back Jesusita in SB to Inspiration point and then head south on the 101 to Sheffield offramp and drive up to the Romero fireroad, park and pedal up (beautful views) to the East Camino Cielo, (6-7 miles) or if too long, head down the singletrack after 4 miles.

    Get a bell from VeloPro on lower State St. in SB. Not bring your own ring, ring wussy bell, but a real bike bell (kinda a small cow bell) found only in disputed climates.

    Ya gotta do Romero for SB views. Show off the pics to all your friends in MI when you get back and dream of living on the Pacific Riviera from then on.

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    I really wouldn't compare Mi trails to Ca trails even without seeing them! I have ridden Pisgah in North Carolina quite a bit. Some of those trails are no joke. Parts of Black Mountain are downright lethal. That said, I'm getting some good ideas here from you all. Jesusita and Inspiration point sound pretty good. Brown Mt also. Do the local shops near these trails have good maps? I can pick some up when I buy my bell Hearing about the bells makes me feel very fortunate. We have a lot of really good singletrack riding here in Michigan, just not elevation. Riding with a bell here is basically unheard of because there isn't much conflict with user groups, but I have no problem using one in Ca. I understand the issues and I feel for you guys. Last thing you need is "visitors" coming in and making matters worse then flying home.
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    Hey Flash!

    You'll have a blast riding out of Pasadena! It's nothing like MI!

    One word of caution: I've had friends from the MidWest get really freaked and in trouble because they didn't appreciate the reality of our local mountains. The mountains are big and really steep - and every year people fall off trails and it takes days to weeks to find them. You wouldn't think that you can have wilderness so close to a major city, but it's reality.

    Any time you can ride with a local, do it. Always let your wife or sister-in-law know exactly where you're going. And throw some extra PowerBars and a space blanket in your camelbak just in case. A cell phone may or may not work in some canyon areas.

    Have fun!

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    Mmmmmm..... Romero





    Also, the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers tries to keep a small mailbox stocked with bells at the trailhead. If you have any questions or want someone to ride with in Santa Barbara PM me.

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    Grampa has very good advice, always listen to elders

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampa
    Hey Flash!

    You'll have a blast riding out of Pasadena! It's nothing like MI!

    One word of caution: I've had friends from the MidWest get really freaked and in trouble because they didn't appreciate the reality of our local mountains. The mountains are big and really steep - and every year people fall off trails and it takes days to weeks to find them. You wouldn't think that you can have wilderness so close to a major city, but it's reality.

    Any time you can ride with a local, do it. Always let your wife or sister-in-law know exactly where you're going. And throw some extra PowerBars and a space blanket in your camelbak just in case. A cell phone may or may not work in some canyon areas.

    Have fun!
    Ya I took an incredible fall one time off one of those trails all due to e mechanical! My chain popped off & I fell like 90 feet down a washout..I thought I was a goner. Landed on my head & just kept tumbling, sliding -then the rocks started chasing me once I stoped falling! Ya know ya don't have time for you "Life to pass you buy"! You just wonder when you will quit falling!!

    My buddy was behind me just enough not see me go off ...he said one second I was there, in front of him & the next I was not! All he saw was the dust...it was crazy I thought for sure I broke something!..All I gat was a dislocated finger..NASTY bent strait to the right I for sure thought I snapped it heh-heh never had a dislocated anything!

    Anyhow the beauty DEMANDS respect!
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    What size bike?

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    Check out this ride report from last weekend. These were on the trails you'll be riding:

    http://otbmbc.com/epics/2008%2D02%2DBikepacking

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    I ride a large.

    Nice pics, I think I need more than a week in Ca!

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    Here is a good video of Redbox to Switzers Campground.
    http://www.sirbikesalot.com/includes...j=&w=492&h=276

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kanga
    Check out this ride report from last weekend. These were on the trails you'll be riding:

    http://otbmbc.com/epics/2008%2D02%2DBikepacking

    See ya out here!
    Ya you gotta do that ride...I always cheat and ride the fire road up...Plus the advantage of riding the fire road for you will be the steel points of interest with pics of the trolley car which I think you out to see since you might not get to check them out again plus it might be easier for you to climb..then you can deal with the technical single track coming back down ,,but thatís just my .02cents coming from the nostalgic side of the mountain!

    p.s. I rode all that stuff b-4 suspension!...mostly a hard tail Klein! .....crazy fun!...Now gotta have my 6 inches of spring!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kanga
    Check out this ride report from last weekend. These were on the trails you'll be riding:

    http://otbmbc.com/epics/2008%2D02%2DBikepacking

    See ya out here!

    those are some sweet pics man!
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    and here ia an El Prieto vid! http://video.aol.com/video-detail/mo...one/2464549828 man are you gonna have fun!,,,,I wanna go!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    MGW12, Your .02 is worth every penny. Being that I'm a 49 yr old midwesterner who just got done snowblowing and shoveling a ton of snow this winter as my only form of exercise, not to mention I've been working 7 days a week this winter, ya, I'm not opposed to a fire road climb versus a grinder singletrack climb. When I'm in good riding condition I enjoy challenging singletrack climbs alot. Thanks for the 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    MGW12, Your .02 is worth every penny. Being that I'm a 49 yr old midwesterner who just got done snowblowing and shoveling a ton of snow this winter as my only form of exercise, not to mention I've been working 7 days a week this winter, ya, I'm not opposed to a fire road climb versus a grinder singletrack climb. When I'm in good riding condition I enjoy challenging singletrack climbs alot. Thanks for the 2 cents.
    Well trust me the pavement climb at the beginning to the dirt is CRAZY steep! But like I said "hang in there because once you hit the dirt it just flattens out...actually the pavement ends and the dirt starts at the "Cape Horn" check this link out and look at pics imagine it because there are only about 50 rails left on the whole mountain! There is not much there just foundations of the old buildings..it is just so cool becuse all of LA does not even know this existed! And no one really will walk to it!.....I "faintly" remember my dad telling me stories as a little boy but even then it was before his time!

    They destroyed all the buildings because vagrants were living it 60 plus years ago!

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    Malibu

    Malibu Creek State Park is rad and it has a lake with a rock that you can do flippies off after a long hot sweaty ride.
    I got 2 words for that, Nice!

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    S.B. ...Romero for sure,Tunnel is pretty extreme, the upper part of Romero has just enough rock to make it interesting and there is a S/T off to the right on the way down about 1/2 way down I don't know the name but if you need "more" take it , plenty of rocks and water crossings , but if you ride in S.B. bring a bell , they make a big deal about it.Pasadena..I like Strawberry Peak , but be ready to climb or you could shuttle Red Box-Switzer's or JPL.Just my two cents,enjoy.

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    Just to add a little bit of spice to your trip, here's a snapshot of one of the local kitties near some Pasadena trails!



    Happy trails!

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    On no, ears back, calm down kiddie =8-O

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    I guess Friskees power bars are in order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampa
    Just to add a little bit of spice to your trip, here's a snapshot of one of the local kitties near some Pasadena trails!



    Happy trails!

    Reminds me of a night ride...by myself....alone with my lights pointing off into the blackness....AND seeing "preditor" eyes stareing and slowly blinking back at me!....now THAT is freaky when you are all alone far from civilization!...and no cell phone at the time! I always carry it now...

    also reminds me of the time I chased a bobcat down a trail treed him & he stops to "not let me pass"...oh ya I was all alone & only had one way to go....let's just say I WENT FOR IT!...he freaked ran down the tree & continued down the single track till we got to a split..he went up I went down!...ah the fun mountain bike stories!
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    Tyres?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2TurnersNotEnough
    Mmmmmm..... Romero





    Also, the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers tries to keep a small mailbox stocked with bells at the trailhead. If you have any questions or want someone to ride with in Santa Barbara PM me.
    What kind of tires are those and sizez? They look nice
    I got 2 words for that, Nice!

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    Those are Maxxis ADvantage 2.1 tyres. I' m pretty fond of them for general trail riding. They're not the fastest rolling tire, so I don't use them for racing.

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    You might consider San Luis Obispo. There are several fun trails here.

    you should check out this link for more info on trails.

    http://mountainbikeslocounty.com/

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    Made it to Pasasdena! I hope the trails are safer than the roads!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    Made ti to Pasasdena! I hope the trails are safer than the roads!

    Sweet...El Prieto will be a good "warm up" ride for whateverr elso you decide to do! heh-heh

    Have fun!
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    I was thinking of doing El Prieto monday morning but I see there is a high wind warning. Is that something I should be concerned about? I would ride the shortest route. I also would like to ride the tuesday ride. Lower Merrill/Sunset. Hey Kanga, How's it look for tuesday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    I was thinking of doing El Prieto monday morning but I see there is a high wind warning. Is that something I should be concerned about? I would ride the shortest route. I also would like to ride the tuesday ride. Lower Merrill/Sunset. Hey Kanga, How's it look for tuesday?
    Na don't worry about the wind at all .. go for it El Prieto will be a great wa rm up!
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    Looks good, except I don't have a rear brake... I can still ride though. I'm trying to get one today.
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    I rode El Prieto today. I guess I need to know how Lower Merrill and Sunset compare. I was slow up the climb and walked a bunch on the way down. Overall it was a sweet ride. Not knowing the trail made me a little nervous.

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    Glad to hear you got out and rode! If you walked some of El Prieto, Sunset is similar in difficulty, but a little longer. There are a few short sections of Sunset Ridge that are more deeply rutted, with steps down, and some tight switchbacks with steps. The climb up lower merrill is also steeper, but relatively smooth. There's a group from STR riding the JPL/Lower Merrill/Sunset/Prieto route at 1:30 this afternoon, and our group will be there at 6:00 to do the Merrill/Sunset loop. I'll likely just do laps all afternoon, presuming I get my brake in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    I rode El Prieto today. I guess I need to know how Lower Merrill and Sunset compare. I was slow up the climb and walked a bunch on the way down. Overall it was a sweet ride. Not knowing the trail made me a little nervous.

    very cool i am VERY jealous and VERY stuck in south carolina!

    To all mountain bikers...do not move to south carolina! no place to ride...

    ok there are like 5 places IN THE WHOLE STATE!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnLight
    Check Incycle - Pasadena (626) 577-0440 if they have bike for rent. I know Incycle - San Dimas have a couple of bikes for rent like Specialized Enduro SL and Treks.
    Nice thread! I'm coming to Pasadena for a conference in about a week, and it would be great to be able to do a ride in the Mt. Wilson area. All the trail descriptions people have linked to look excellent. But, coming from Europe, bringing my own bike is not an option, so I would need to rent.

    I sent an e-mail to Incycle, but didn't get a response. Does anyone know of other rental options in Pasadena? I haven't found any online.

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