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    San Gabriels - Condor Peak Trail

    Last weekend, I ventured out of my normal stomping grounds down here in SD for a ride in San Gabs with a couple of cohorts from LA and the OC. We did a point-to-point ride on Mendenhall Ridge fire road and then onto the Condor Peak trail. This was a really awesome 22.5 mile ride with scenic views with narrow and often exposured singletrack.

    Here are a few pictures from the ride.


    There was some nice views along the mellow 12 miles of climbing on Mendenhall Ridge


    The LA basin was pretty socked in, but we spent most of our time above it all.


    We saw quite a few critters along the ridge. This little fellow stood still long enough for a close up.


    We also came across a very young rattlesnake who had not even grown his first rattle yet.


    The upper portion of the Condor Peak trail is pretty freaking scenic




    But it is not all fun and games


    Most of the Condor Peak is not for the faint of heart or those who can't hold a line and finesse thier brakes.

    [SIZE="4"]Here is the full story on this ride.[/SIZE]
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    Great report. I did Condor Peak a couple months ago. Went up Condor Peak Trail and down Trail Canyon Trail. There are some really great views, which your photos capture.

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    Very nice, that is one aspect of riding that NorCal is missing. Used to do Condor once every month and miss it.

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    Thanks! We ride the San Gabriel's quite often. Never even thought about doing Condor Peak. May do just that in the weeks to come!

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    Great pics! Whats the closest city to the trailhead?


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    Terrific photos! You got up there early enough so the morning clouds are all over and you must have had a zoom for those great critter pics.

    So where is this, btw? I can't find route info in the usual places.

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    I can believe people can't find this trail. Google is just so confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarateChicken
    I can believe people can't find this trail. Google is just so confusing.
    Ya, thanks, smartass.

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    nice pics....young rattler w/no rattles = scary
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    Good job! Niceeee RR ...

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbill
    [B]Last weekend, I ventured out of my normal stomping grounds down here in SD for a ride in San Gabs with a couple of cohorts from LA and the OC. We did a point-to-point ride on Mendenhall Ridge fire road and then onto the Condor Peak trail. This was a really awesome 22.5 mile ride with scenic views with narrow and often exposured singletrack.
    This one is definitely now on my "To Do" list... thanks for the great RR & pics.

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    Great ride report and photos! As always. Did you video any of the ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0greymatter
    Ya, thanks, smartass.
    The funniest part about your ineptitude is the fact that Bill was kind enough to post a link to the whole story, including detailed directions, hotlinked in big blue letters at the end of his post. To think that most feebs could even catch that and follow his directions makes it even more hilarious. How do you manage tying your shoes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floater
    Great ride report and photos! As always. Did you video any of the ride?
    No, not this ride. I'm in the middle of retooling my helmet cam and editing setup. I'm moving to a Hi-Def Rig which has a lot of additonal costs like new editing software and a computer with enough horsepower to do the editing. The "test" footage on the trail looks pretty freaking awesome. I did bring it to the trailhead, but 12 miles of climbing and it being overcast and socked in, I opted to not to. Most of the descent down Condor I would have been filming back down in the clouds so I'm not bummed about skipping it.

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    I'll be looking forward to your new setup!

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    Uber Cool, dudes!
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