I thought i would post some trail conditions since i am bored and some people are complaining that there is nothing going on in the area. Well A buddy and I rode Up Thomas via the south ridgde down Rouse ridge rd and then up the control road to Idyllwild. I was riding on a cross set up and he was riding his new siren john henry. Which made for an interesting riding dynamic.
The Ride up thomas was pretty mush like usual, nothing to steep the roads in good condition until you reach the tool box springs campground. after that sections of the road start to become very muddy/icy.snowy in patches. Not so bad that I could not ride through it on my 32c tires but it made me put more effort in to it then i would have liked.
Once on our way down thomas and taking the first left on to rouse ridge the trail started to become more sandy, with section that had allot of loose rock or deep ruts from the storms that we had got earlier in the winter. For people who are riding mt bikes with tires that are bigger then an inch and 1/2, this would not effect you. For me though since I am sporting open pro and 32c tires it made the down hills slower and kept me on high alert. I remember that about half of the ride down rouse ridge was like the conditions that i just described and the other was nice had pack dirt where you could really get some speed.
It took us about 3 hours to get down to the FS station and once where there we refilled water and headed out to the old control rd. The ride up was pretty much just what i was expecting from what i had heard-- Up hill the whole way. My mantra to keep me pedaling was PIZZA, Beer. during the tuff sections the condition of road seemed alright, a good amount of sand during some of the steep sections. but besides that the road was fine in good shape. Lastly i will have to mention that on the control road there where several times where i thought that i was going to be ran over by truck hurling down the road with no consideration for any thing but them self.
From the control road we went into town where we had a much awaited pizza and pitcher. If wee had more time Our plan was to ride into may valley and back to mountain center, but we decided against that.we hit dirt at 11 and arrived into Idyllwild a little past dark. Overall it was a good ride about 45 miles in length with the majority of it being up hill. Sorry there are no photos, I know that i like seeing them.
PS Think about doing a beer and ride or something up in this area, Any Ideas?
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