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    Hi
    My post count is too low to PM you. If you can do so PM me, if not you can PM me directly on the bikepacking.net forum, my forum name is the same.
    Afton canyon was interesting. There was still some water in the Mojave river to cross. The sand in the canyon was generally firm, a few areas required granny gear spinning. Once in the canyon proper there's some neat features cut into the canyon walls, and if time permits " i am told" a slot canyon to explore. I did an in and out ride starting from right off the freeway and riding about 10 miles in before turning around, this probably covered about 3/4 of the canyon. I would definitely go back and do more exploring
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    How was the Death Valley Trip?

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    Good to see more fatties in this thread. We have to organize a trip out to Death Valley. Camp at Striped Butte maybe?
    How was the Death Valley Trip? I would like to ride there.

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    Hi Steve C
    I have a pug and live in Laguna Hills CA. Contact me and lets try to set up a ride.

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    Hi Chayzed
    Iím considering a Fat Bike ride in Red Rock Canyon north of Mojave. The routes about 26-32 miles and goes thru nightmare gulch. You can check out nightmare gulch via video clips on some 4x4 sites. Going thru by bike is not that difficult. Thinking early to mid-January, after 1-31 its closed for 6 months. Any interest your way or for that matter any fat bike riders in So Cal.
    If interested PM me and I'll see if there interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrightwoodfilms View Post
    How was the Death Valley Trip? I would like to ride there.
    I still haven't made it out there. Hopefully in 2013 though.

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    mtntraveler, I'm very interested in making it to to Red Rock Canyon and I've got a couple of other 'Fat' riders interested as well. We need a date. I'm flexible if I have some advance notice....

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    Hi
    How about the last weekend of January the 26 and 27. This could be just a one day ride or the weekend and do two day rides. I'm flexible as to what we do, but would prefer to stick with the listed date.
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    I live pretty much on the O.C., L.A. county line in Belmont Shore. Just recieved must parts for my Moonie and expect to be riding in a month or so. The plan is to ride with a group for The Path Bike Shop in Irvine and Portola Hills. This is good group that does weekly rides on Thurs evenings and Sunday mornings. One of their top mechanics rides a Moonie and a Mukluk. Believe it or not the fatbikes and rigids or getting more and more popular in that area because they climp so much better than suspension bikes. I see a lot of Karate Monkeys, 1x1's, and new Mukluks keep showing up all the time. The Path has sold a fair amount of them.

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    Anymore fatbike rides coming up?

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    I'll be at the MBAU Poker Ride near San Diego on Sunday. I'm riding with some other folks, but I'll be representing the Fat Bike Nation.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/158407617699190/

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    So Cal Snow Riding

    Lets make some plans for fatbikers to do some snow riding in So Cal this year. Possibilities include:

    Big Bear area - there is the grueling ride to top of Snow Summit, followed by descending along some trails with snow. I don't think we can get our bikes on the lifts, but I emailed snow summit and asked. I would love to do Pine Knot that way. Or the big wide dirt roads around the other side of the lake, Holcomb Valley/3N16, the snow level will have to drop for that. If it gets even lower there is the possibility of doing SART in the snow.

    Mammoth - There is snowbiking to be had, see fatbikemamoth That could be more of a regional get together, riders from all of California might be interested in that.

    I have ridden the Santa Anas in the snow.

    For some of those venues we will have to be on "snow watch" and ready to go at a moment's notice since the snow will not last long on some areas. Can you say
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    I am in.

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    Fat bike friendly shop in Wrightwood. Wrightwood Cyclery - Home We sell, rent and ride 9:ZERO:7's. Like us on Facebook and you'll be up to date on all information regarding rides.

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    Done! I would love to explore the area in the snow/winter.
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    I'm in the Ventura area but I'm just a beginner with a moonie. I already discovered I don't have the higher pace that most bikers have, just a slow amble along the dunes.

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    Have you been up to Jalama Beach. I go there a couple times in the winter to fatbike to the lighthouse and also surf.

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    I'll be back home in Southern California in February and I'll be bringing my Mukluk back with me!

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    No I haven't but I am exploring on Google Maps, which does not help as much as you might like for beach riding. What stretch of beach is rideable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtDad View Post
    No I haven't but I am exploring on Google Maps, which does not help as much as you might like for beach riding. What stretch of beach is rideable?

    lookers left a great strech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrightwoodfilms View Post
    lookers left a great strech.
    Its about a Five mile beach strech about a 10 mile out and back.

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    ... and if we just ... beach riding, consider Pismo Beach

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    Have you been up to Jalama Beach. I go there a couple times in the winter to fatbike to the lighthouse and also surf.
    Consider going to Pismo Beach. From November to February you can ride about 15 miles south one way with no problem and further with some climbing. After the first 3-4 miles no more moter vehicles are allowed. From March to October this beach area is closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtntraveler View Post
    Consider going to Pismo Beach. From November to February you can ride about 15 miles south one way with no problem and further with some climbing. After the first 3-4 miles no more moter vehicles are allowed. From March to October this beach area is closed.
    Thank you i have been thinking of riding Pismo.

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    Last winter we took the kids to the end of the road up Mt Pinos for some snow recreation. I don't own a fat bike, yet, but that area seemed be a good spot for snow riding.

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    I am doing a beach ride next Saturday, Nov 2. High tide is 8:30am, and a very nice low tide is at 3:30pm. I plan to start at noon. Anyone who would like to join me please RSVP by PM or on the forum. Meet at noon at the San Clemente Pier, I will be heading south for a longish ride.
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    Palm Canyon Trail?

    Is anyone here familiar with Palm Canyon (PC) trail? I have only read about it: an epic shuttle ride of almost 30 miles that descends into the Palm Springs area. It has a couple thousand feet of climbing vs about 6000 feet of descent, and it is also notorious for about a 3 mile section of sand that other riders dread. I have never ridden it, but I have had a couple non fatbikers tell me that a fatbike might be good for that ride. Sounds great.

    Has anyone here ever ridden PC, fatbike or no? I am told the weather in December-February is the best time to go, it is often too hot otherwise.
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    Pismo Beach, Fat bike ride Nov 9

    Pismo Beach, Fat bike ride Nov 9

    I will be in the area and plan to ride the beach sand at Pismo Beach on Nov 9. This is an in and out ride so ride as little or as much as you like, a local guide book says you can ride 20 miles round trip, Iíve ridden further than that. Email or PM me if you plan to attend.

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    I just took a fat ride at Whiting Ranch. I was stoked to see how well the fat tires handle the sandy spots, and the high speed corners. I would love to do the San Juan trail from the top of Ortega on a fatty...

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    Thanks for checking in.

    It looks like you don't have a choice of dates since you are traveling. Whenever I do a surfbike ride I check the tide first for safety reasons. This is a good site for that area, you can click on future tide prediction and enter your date:

    Pismo Beach Pier - Surf Report and HD Surf Cam | SURFLINE.COM

    There is going to be a relative high tide most of the morning that day, the low tide barely dips below 3 feet at 8:30am, just before that will be your best conditions.

    Have a great ride!

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    Pismo Beach, Fat bike ride Nov 9

    I will be in the area and plan to ride the beach sand at Pismo Beach on Nov 9. This is an in and out ride so ride as little or as much as you like, a local guide book says you can ride 20 miles round trip, Iíve ridden further than that. Email or PM me if you plan to attend.
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    I posted on socaltrailriders.org about a local epic ride of 30 miles that features a notorious stretch of desert sand - Palm Canyon Trail. On the forum I asked if a fatbike would be a good idea. Well, you can read the thread, but let's just say that there are a lot of mountain bikers who do not understand fatbikes. I have at least one other fat rider who wants to join me and do the ride. No date set. I plan to take a few pics and vids. Dec-Feb are the months to go due to desert heat. I think it would be good to get a big bunch of fatbikers together to ride a ride that even other mountain bikers don't expect. If anyone is interested, respond or PM me. (cross posted in its own thread).
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    How about San Juan on Nov 9? I am thinking of climbing to Cocktail Rock, too. Me and one other fatty rider are planning on it.

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    I just took a fat ride at Whiting Ranch. I was stoked to see how well the fat tires handle the sandy spots, and the high speed corners. I would love to do the San Juan trail from the top of Ortega on a fatty...
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    Im going to be in Nevada that weekend. Taking the fatty to Bootleg Canyon!

    Climbing to cocktail would probably kill me on my fatty. Its sitting at 53lbs right now. But starting at the top and doing the 12mile dh would be cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtDad View Post
    I posted on socaltrailriders.org about a local epic ride of 30 miles that features a notorious stretch of desert sand - Palm Canyon Trail.

    Hi Dennis,

    Touch base with Brendan at The Hub in Idyllwild. I'm pretty sure he knows all about Palm Canyon. I'd be into doing this in Dec or Jan.

    Errin

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    I am watching the rain coming in this weekend closely. It looks very unlikely to drop snow at Big Bear, but who knows? There may be snow at higher elevations. Web cams are very helpful for this.
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    Weekend snowstorm update

    See here and here I am going to either the snow summit or angelus oaks/sart area on Saturday. No specific plans, I just want to start early and be flexible. I will probably drive up the 38 through angelus oaks and if that looks mushy continue up possibly to Snow Summit for a 2n08 climb and descend whatever looks doable in the snow. PM me if interested.
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    Just so y'all know, this was a shot from the Snow Summit live cam

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    Big Bear update

    Conditions were great yesterday, see the full ride report in the forum. Here is a teaser:

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    Not wanting to be a tease, here is a full video

    <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jXH1NPF-7FU" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe>
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    Well, first off, I am very jealous and you suck. Second, can you send me your garmin GPS file, so I can go to the same place!

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    Here it is on Strava. This is my track but I have figured out how to fine tune it a little. If you ride it, don't laugh at how slow I was. I have always considered Pine Knot to be a bit of a secret or little known trail, don't go telling everyone about it. The downhillers are not interested in it, it is not all that technical, it is just gorgeous and fun.

    <iframe height='405' width='590' frameborder='0' allowtransparency='true' scrolling='no' src='http://www.strava.com/activities/96733817/embed/3683da30b0215ed53b7fa5b5dba698eb82d739e7'></iframe>
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    Thanks! I'm going to follow you on Strava.

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    Back atcha big guy.
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    I live in Moorpark, Ventura County - One mile from Happy Camp Regional Park, which is otherwise a pretty boring place to ride if it weren't for my Pugs. I also ride all over Conejo Valley, Santa Monica Mountains, Ventura Beaches, deserts, etc.

    Last weekend I rode an 8-mile stretch of the Santa Clara River in Fillmore. It was a blast and I'm thinking of gathering a group of other Fatbikers to ride from Fillmore to Ventura in the river bottom. I'm not sure yet how many miles that would be, if it's legal, or if it's all passable - however Google Earth shows it's mostly very wide. We would take out at Johnson Drive in Oxnard. Anybody interested???

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    sounds interesting.

    Quote Originally Posted by TOTHEHILLS! View Post
    I live in Moorpark, Ventura County - One mile from Happy Camp Regional Park, which is otherwise a pretty boring place to ride if it weren't for my Pugs. I also ride all over Conejo Valley, Santa Monica Mountains, Ventura Beaches, deserts, etc.

    Last weekend I rode an 8-mile stretch of the Santa Clara River in Fillmore. It was a blast and I'm thinking of gathering a group of other Fatbikers to ride from Fillmore to Ventura in the river bottom. I'm not sure yet how many miles that would be, if it's legal, or if it's all passable - however Google Earth shows it's mostly very wide. We would take out at Johnson Drive in Oxnard. Anybody interested???

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    sounds interesting.

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    Rumor Has it there will be a winter Kamikaze Fatbike race in March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOTHEHILLS! View Post
    I live in Moorpark, Ventura County - One mile from Happy Camp Regional Park, which is otherwise a pretty boring place to ride if it weren't for my Pugs. I also ride all over Conejo Valley, Santa Monica Mountains, Ventura Beaches, deserts, etc.

    Last weekend I rode an 8-mile stretch of the Santa Clara River in Fillmore. It was a blast and I'm thinking of gathering a group of other Fatbikers to ride from Fillmore to Ventura in the river bottom. I'm not sure yet how many miles that would be, if it's legal, or if it's all passable - however Google Earth shows it's mostly very wide. We would take out at Johnson Drive in Oxnard. Anybody interested???

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    I'm interested!! Sounds like fun. FYI, I'm in the SFV near Winnetka/Canoga Park

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    san diego here.. not too many fat bike riders here as well.. met 2 other specialized fatboy riders since owning my fatboy 3 mos ago.. beaches here sux.. we are at the mercy of high tides.. that or you run against a military training area and is ask to turn back, like coronado.. lots of sand to play with but you can only go far both ways before you have to turn back.. so mostly i ride mine on the trails.. love the bluto..

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOTHEHILLS! View Post
    I live in Moorpark, Ventura County - One mile from Happy Camp Regional Park, which is otherwise a pretty boring place to ride if it weren't for my Pugs. I also ride all over Conejo Valley, Santa Monica Mountains, Ventura Beaches, deserts, etc.

    Last weekend I rode an 8-mile stretch of the Santa Clara River in Fillmore. It was a blast and I'm thinking of gathering a group of other Fatbikers to ride from Fillmore to Ventura in the river bottom. I'm not sure yet how many miles that would be, if it's legal, or if it's all passable - however Google Earth shows it's mostly very wide. We would take out at Johnson Drive in Oxnard. Anybody interested???

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    Quote Originally Posted by big boy phil View Post
    I'm interested!! Sounds like fun. FYI, I'm in the SFV near Winnetka/Canoga Park
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    sounds interesting.
    Glad to see there is some interest! I'll do some more research on the route and maybe create a FB event for this. I'm thinking December 6th would be a good time for this since it's Global Fat Bike Day - Global Fat-Bike Day 2014

    I haven't organized a ride before, so any help/advice is welcome.

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    Might be Fat bike owner this week or next week....I live in So Cal desert ( Apple Valley) great trails up here
    SWING YOUR LEG OVER IT AND PEDAL

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    With this post resurrected, I also wanted to see the fatbike folks in the area. I live in Anaheim Hills and ride the local trails and sometimes do HB, are there any folks who do a fatbike ride? I am 60, so I am not fast, but have a very nice fatboy with a bluto and would enjoy riding with other fatbikers.
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    If you are going to organize a ride, you'd better do the route first. I live in Santa Barbara and I can make it down there this Saturday morning.

    FGO: I'll be in Costa Mesa at my wife's parent's house with my fat bike around Christmas. I'll mostly be puttering locally but I should have at least one day where I can go do something.

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