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    New question here. MTBR So Cal forums group ride

    Anyone interested in getting together for a forum ride?

    We are kind of spread out but maybe somewhere centrally located in LA county?

    I don't know any of the trails in LA or even if that is a good choice (I'm in Ventura county) but I'm down to drive for an hour or two to hang out with you all. Perhaps there is a nearby place we could all procure a fermented beverage after this ride.

    Thoughts?

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    I'm way down San Dieggo way, but I might be tempted by a emptybeer-discount day at Big Bear, that would be cool. Maybe the owners could work some kinda deal for us all.

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    I'm interested but let's wait til this heat goes away once and for all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I'm interested but let's wait til this heat goes away once and for all...
    I second that motion, unless we decide on a mass group night-ride. Just imagine the dust.....

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    Dust...another thing that doesn't go well with humidity and sweat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Dust...another thing that doesn't go well with humidity and sweat.
    That's what so nice about Durango and Crested Butte, CO in the summer.... Monsoon rains, while humid, cause rain and soak the trails and keep the dust to a minimum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyonadyke View Post
    That's what so nice about Durango and Crested Butte, CO in the summer.... Monsoon rains, while humid, cause rain and soak the trails and keep the dust to a minimum.
    LOL, we are talking about a group ride in So Cal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    LOL, we are talking about a group ride in So Cal.
    Hopefully, TurtleHawg, you can experience new dirt out of state that has fun, and great aesthetics where you ride. CO is one of those states. It has the goods, in spades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyonadyke View Post
    Hopefully, TurtleHawg, you can experience new dirt out of state that has fun, and great aesthetics where you ride. CO is one of those states. It has the goods, in spades.
    That's a whole different chapter...

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    Really fun idea; not-so-fun timing.

    I'm with Boyo–this time of year I think elevation and further from equator. SoCal is awesome starting late October IMO, but now riding here more to keep sane than plunder great conditions. We're on the cusp of a CO mission to get some of the goods Boyo mentions.

    Hope to hook up later...

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    Buncha fair weather riders....

    MichaelScott I'd be down for something in the Conejo or Simi areas.

    Heat isnt really an issue in Sycamore Canyon, although I try and stay away during the weekends due to the "Popularity".

    Cheeseboro is a good summer option too due to the shaded climb up the canyon.

    LMK!

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    Fair weather LOL. I ride Santa Anas all year and see no one some days. If I'm gonna load up my gear and burn gas, it's gonna be for the prime ****, not regional dust. Cheers...

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    Count me in. I don't mind the heat, and as long as it was an earlier start we could get the climbing done before it's too hot.

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    We ride all year long in the IE. Im down for a ride. No e-biker here.

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    Looks like someone here needs to start a POLL so we can decide where to ride....

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    Hawg, How about Hannah Flats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trmn8er View Post
    Hawg, How about Hannah Flats?
    It's kind of short (13 or 14 miles) for a group ride, IMO.

    We need an "all dayer" for the group ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    It's kind of short (13 or 14 miles) for a group ride, IMO.

    We need an "all dayer" for the group ride...
    Naw I was messing with ya because that is where we are heading Friday. For a ride of this Scope, I vote SART. Truly epic riding for So-Cal, as long as you want it to be, enough elevation to help with the heat, and a great meet spot. IMHO, some of the best riding So-Cal has to offer. Or what about San Juan trail? Also world-class riding!

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    ^start a voting poll.

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    throw me down for a sart vote!
    Just some yahoo on a Wahoo

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    I'm not that familiar with the trails in the LA area so I could not make a poll unless someone offered a list- SART looks totally cool though. Anyone familiar enough to lead it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelscott View Post
    I'm not that familiar with the trails in the LA area so I could not make a poll unless someone offered a list- SART looks totally cool though. Anyone familiar enough to lead it?
    I've never set foot nor wheel on it. Therefore, I think I would be the PERFECT leader!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Raton View Post
    I've never set foot nor wheel on it. Therefore, I think I would be the PERFECT leader!

    Lmao...on a related note I've always wondered if when it rains, does SART then turn into SHART?

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    Backbone. Kanan to Circle X and back. ~30 miles round trip. Not an easy ride, but not super challenging either. Spectacular views to say the least and then there's Rustic Canyon General Store for post-ride eats/drinks.
    Alcohol may lead nowhere, but it sure is the scenic route!

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    SART is perfect for a big group ride and trmn8er knows the way through there.

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    It should almost be Fullerton Loop! LOL!
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    If you throw in a Cougar Crest loop, and climb Gray's Peak, you can get up into the low 20 mile range for a Hannah Flat area ride:

    Do the Cougar Crest loop which is about 5 miles, then take Polique Canyon up from Hwy. 38 as you did in the Polique Canyon / Cougar Crest ride mentioned above. When you come to the "t-bone" intersection at the two mile mark, turn left this time. This next section is about a four mile stretch (the first two miles of which is climbing and the next two miles is descending). Go past the 2N80/81 intersection to where you "t" into 3N12. Turn left and go down 1/2 mile to 3N14 (Coxey Rd.) and turn right. Less than a mile will put you at the entrance to Hanna Flat Campground. It's about 7.5 miles from the bottom of Polique to Hannah Flat CG, so it foyu've done CC and then around to Hannah Flat CG, you're now at about 12.5 miles and ready to head over to Gray' Peak (not sure how far it is to Gray's Peak from Hannah Flat CG), which is a little over 4 miles up to the peak, and then back down. That's 16.5 miles without counting the distance from Hannah Flat to Gray's Peak, and from Gray's Peak to Grout Bay, and then another two miles from Grout Bay back to Cougar Crest trailhead.

    Another good ride in the BB area, would be to start at SS, climb 2N10 over by Bear Mountain, then ride across Skyline/2N10 over to the Lodgepole Pine area, out Siberia Creek to the Gunsight rocks and back to 2N17Y, head east to the top of Cabin 89 (or the mid point of 1E01 aka Pine Knot), down to Aspen Glen, and then back to SS where you started.

    Tons of good rides up in the BB area, and you can mix and match as you go if things aren't progressing as hoped. Personally, I would take either one of those rides over SART, but YMMV.

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    Big Bear has the rim trail that chimes in at 38.5...it might not be open yet though. I think skyline is still under construction.

    Its basically a few of the trails up at bb linked up. I don't think it has much pavement if at all. Its worth a look at least
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    just found this thread. i'm down if y'all are cool with a roadie convert. if it's going to be a hammerfest, i'll just slow you down, my technique is crap apparently...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vqdriver View Post
    just found this thread. i'm down if y'all are cool with a roadie convert. if it's going to be a hammerfest, i'll just slow you down, my technique is crap apparently...
    Nahhh, all the roadie/mtn bikers I know are full blow hammerheads. You'll power along just fine.

    The way I see it, some will be fast, some will be slow, and some will be in the middle. Nobody rides exactly the same. Got to go in understanding this from the get go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffj View Post
    If you throw in a Cougar Crest loop, and climb Gray's Peak, you can get up into the low 20 mile range for a Hannah Flat area ride:

    Do the Cougar Crest loop which is about 5 miles, then take Polique Canyon up from Hwy. 38 as you did in the Polique Canyon / Cougar Crest ride mentioned above. When you come to the "t-bone" intersection at the two mile mark, turn left this time. This next section is about a four mile stretch (the first two miles of which is climbing and the next two miles is descending). Go past the 2N80/81 intersection to where you "t" into 3N12. Turn left and go down 1/2 mile to 3N14 (Coxey Rd.) and turn right. Less than a mile will put you at the entrance to Hanna Flat Campground. It's about 7.5 miles from the bottom of Polique to Hannah Flat CG, so it foyu've done CC and then around to Hannah Flat CG, you're now at about 12.5 miles and ready to head over to Gray' Peak (not sure how far it is to Gray's Peak from Hannah Flat CG), which is a little over 4 miles up to the peak, and then back down. That's 16.5 miles without counting the distance from Hannah Flat to Gray's Peak, and from Gray's Peak to Grout Bay, and then another two miles from Grout Bay back to Cougar Crest trailhead.

    Another good ride in the BB area, would be to start at SS, climb 2N10 over by Bear Mountain, then ride across Skyline/2N10 over to the Lodgepole Pine area, out Siberia Creek to the Gunsight rocks and back to 2N17Y, head east to the top of Cabin 89 (or the mid point of 1E01 aka Pine Knot), down to Aspen Glen, and then back to SS where you started.

    Tons of good rides up in the BB area, and you can mix and match as you go if things aren't progressing as hoped. Personally, I would take either one of those rides over SART, but YMMV.
    I just did a loop that included taking off from near the airport, heading up Van Dusen, turning left at the junction, then turning onto Polique Cyn. I was trying really hard to find the trail head off of Polique to hit Cougar Crest going down but it is not obvious at all. Where exactly is it? At the top? On the front side (lake side) of the hill, or is it before the top of the hill on the backside? Is the trail head marked? The fact that it was absolutely pouring rain might have clouded my perception, though.... Help!

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    I'm down.....gotta take the SS though, just sold the geared bike.
    San Juan or SART would be saweet....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2times View Post
    I'm down.....gotta take the SS though, just sold the geared bike.
    San Juan or SART would be saweet....
    It would be cool to have some SS'ers in the mix!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I just did a loop that included taking off from near the airport, heading up Van Dusen, turning left at the junction, then turning onto Polique Cyn. I was trying really hard to find the trail head off of Polique to hit Cougar Crest going down but it is not obvious at all. Where exactly is it? At the top? On the front side (lake side) of the hill, or is it before the top of the hill on the backside? Is the trail head marked? The fact that it was absolutely pouring rain might have clouded my perception, though.... Help!
    If you're coming over from Van Dusen, and then down Polique, there is a section that starts going steeper downhill, and there is a gate on the outside of a very sharp right hand switchback. Slide your bike under the gate and look for the trail kind of to your left that heads up a steep hill. That's the one!

    MTBR So Cal forums group ride-polique_cougar_01a.jpg

    Better yet, drag my bloated, oversized carcass up there, and I'll show you exactly where it is. How could you refuse an offer like that? ;~)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffj View Post
    If you're coming over from Van Dusen, and then down Polique, there is a section that starts going steeper downhill, and there is a gate on the outside of a very sharp right hand switchback. Slide your bike under the gate and look for the trail kind of to your left that heads up a steep hill. That's the one!

    Better yet, drag my bloated, oversized carcass up there, and I'll show you exactly where it is. How could you refuse an offer like that? ;~)
    So it's not that obvious after all? Sounds like you gotta know where to go on this one.

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    I would like Ride sart never been. Its 2500 up 6500 down someone was telling me?

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