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    Tunnell Trail in SB

    I occasionally make it down to the Central Coast. What ride level would you say the Tunnell trail is? I'd love to check it out. Thanks!
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    advanced. the faster you go the nuttier it is.

    if you want a more mellow but still fun ride, id suggest cold springs, still has rock sections.

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    Unless you like being relentlessly pounded by sharp-a$$ long rockgardens and encountering pissy hikers, Tunnel may not be for you. Try Romero or San Ysidro or Jesusita first to get a taste of the rockgardens, then move on to Tunnel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHidiot
    Unless you like being relentlessly pounded by sharp-a$$ long rockgardens and encountering pissy hikers, Tunnel may not be for you. Try Romero or San Ysidro or Jesusita first to get a taste of the rockgardens, then move on to Tunnel.
    Thanks. It looks like hikers booby trap the Tunnel trail too (from 2002):
    http://www.leelikesbikes.com/Stories/TdC02/TdC6.html

    Is that still a problem, or was this an isolated incident?
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    tunnell is like riding downhill on embedded rocks(bowling ball size) faster you go the better it is. I only did it once hiked up thinking holy ----but found coming down it wasn"t that bad. just hard to keep from falling into holes and losing speed! it is only 4 miles about 10-15 minutes down.must ride once or walk once!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stripes
    Thanks. It looks like hikers booby trap the Tunnel trail too (from 2002):
    http://www.leelikesbikes.com/Stories/TdC02/TdC6.html

    Is that still a problem, or was this an isolated incident?
    i was up there a couple weeks ago, and didnt see anything.

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    Stripes, you have most likley ridden Toads. You know the really rocky section on Toads? Ya thats pretty much how all of tunnel is. I heard of a booby trap this weekend, another wall of rocks. Seams to be common after full moons. Crazys come out at night and dont need a flashlight. Since the mag put Tunnel as a "must do" trail I have had alot of people (mostly XC guys and gals) asking about it. I just tell them "hike it" so they can see what they are getting themselves into. I have ridden it on a HT, trail and Dh bikes and it is ridable on all of them its just a matter of how fast you want to go. Funny thing is the only bike I havent pinched on is my HT ? But my hands sure hurt.
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    Thanks guys. I've ridden a few trails in SLO (MdO, Cal Poly, and the one near Los Osos Valley Rd), so I was trying to expand my central coast riding knowledge.

    I'll look into Romero, San Ysidro, Jesusita, and Cold Springs.
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    If you do make it down this way, PM me. I'd be glad to show you around.

    To give you a comparison, I was up in SLO last week and rode Madonna Mountain and the trail coming down seemed very similar to Jesusita to me. Tunnel is a couple of steps beyond that in the chunky, ledgy department.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stripes
    Thanks guys. I've ridden a few trails in SLO (MdO, Cal Poly, and the one near Los Osos Valley Rd), so I was trying to expand my central coast riding knowledge.

    I'll look into Romero, San Ysidro, Jesusita, and Cold Springs.
    SLO is great! jms and I are going to ride Shooters in about an hour. Anyone coming to SLOtown can PM me for info or maybe as a trail guide if you do not mind going SLOw.

    Ride to start from downtown:

    Irish HIlls
    Cerro San Luis (Madonna)
    Poly / Stenner Canyon
    Shooters
    Morning Glory

    These are further away, but worth the drive if you have a vehicle:

    Cerro Cabrillo (Bautista Property)
    Montana de Oro
    Cerro Alto

    Sites:
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    Cal Poly MTB
    Cal Poly Wheelman

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    If you are riding with JMS you are not SLO, good luck LOL being slow, hehehhehehhe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Teeth
    If you are riding with JMS you are not SLO, good luck LOL being slow, hehehhehehhe
    How about half SLO, you know, or only half fast.

    Yeah, he makes me work hard, but I am getting stronger from his inspiration. He still waits for me often enough.
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    nice photos!

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    bring a bell, armour, and courage
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    Tunnel

    Quote Originally Posted by stripes
    Thanks guys. I've ridden a few trails in SLO (MdO, Cal Poly, and the one near Los Osos Valley Rd), so I was trying to expand my central coast riding knowledge.

    I'll look into Romero, San Ysidro, Jesusita, and Cold Springs.
    Be careful. We don't have trails like these in norcal.

    Tunnel and CS are extremely technical. To ride there without at least leg armor is foolish. Romero + Jes are slightly lower volume than the first two, but are still challenging. San Ysidro is the easiest, but still rockier, longer and more technical than anything at skeggs (for comparison).

    Tunnel and CS are perhaps my favorite trails of all time.

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    "bring bell, armour and courage" yeah i second to that ! tunnel is a very gnarly trail, just be safe at this one section where the trail split in 2. make sure to stay on the left or else you will be free riding to the cliff lol.. does anyone know what im talking about ? but yeah it is a must do trail but you gotta be very careful and watchout for the damn hikers, they could be a biatch sometimes..
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