Speaking of Los Gatos and Sunset.....I heard (rumor) that they opened the southwest connector of Sunset that links Water Of the Woods to Sunset....this section was hiking only last time I was on it. Buelller?
Thanks! Would this route be good for an intermediate XC rider?
After 20 years, I'd be lucky to be classed as an 'intermediate xc rider'........I ride that route all the time. There are some challenging features, but the main trail always flows around them. You will do just fine on the entire trail system, excepting Noble canyon trail itself....there are sections of that which have eroded to a degree that I would rather walk them.
It also gets mighty hot on Noble this time of year unless you start it quite early in the AM.
Btw, Noble Canyon was not shown on the OP video. The stuff shown you can definitely do. As I mentioned, you can simply bypass the features that look sketchy to you.
Agree with Ray. All the log rides and rolls are aside the main trail.
The track I linked to only includes the upper part of Noble Canyon trail. There's a place where you intersect a paved road (it's the 4th time you cross it, I think) and ride it back up to the Laguna Meadow trail. Anyway, that part of Noble does not include the tougher sections further down.
BTW I rode that route 2 Sundays ago on a rigid single speed with a bum knee. And I'm the clumsiest technical rider I know. So you'll be fine.
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Thanks for the great responses guys, I really look forward to checking out this ride!
And to tell you the truth, I attempt around half of the log rides, and a few of the rolls and jumps. I have a Joker, and the bike is evil.......it makes me try stunts that somebody my age, with as much 'retained hardware' as I got, should NOT be doing.
That said, I make about 50% of all the log rides I try, which averages out to 25% of all of 'em, and I never endo or crash on the jumps I do. So that's not bad. I suggest that you just roll the trail through the first time, scope it all out, and if you want, turn left at the end of the trail and climb around up Los Chicos ravine and do a repeat. I know lots of guys and gals who do just that. It makes for a decent little mini-loop.
I ride there and there is really not anything an intermediate rider can't handle. You can go around all the logs and stuff. I try some of them but I mostly ride alone so I am not about to get hurt out there. It is a great trail but it does get hot so ride early, bring plenty of water and be prepared to suck wind a bit if you are not acclimated to the altitude.
I suggest that you just roll the trail through the first time, scope it all out, and if you want, turn left at the end of the trail and climb around up Los Chicos ravine and do a repeat. I know lots of guys and gals who do just that. It makes for a decent little mini-loop.
Yerp, thats the way we do it. Left at the start to loop clockwise around the meadow catching a nice chunk of BLT, then snake around (that once section of climbing on either escondido or aqua dulce, cant remember witch, is a freaking beast. I can only clean it like half the time) to gatos from above. Left at the bottom to take a second pass at gatos before calling it a ride. Runs 20 miles almost on the nose.
Favorite ride in greater SD hands down.
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