Best Noob "Day Trip" Trail/Ride in So Cal? La Verne/Los Angeles

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Rhino-1, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. TwoWheelsGood

    TwoWheelsGood Four Wheels Bad

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    Generally, people post to this thread when they are riding in this general area. Call it from about Cajon Pass to Arrowhead/Big Bear.

    This particular route is NOT big bike or noob friendly. Actually, some if it is but Redondo Ridge is not, unless your name is Riceless :deal
  2. GS&S1K rider

    GS&S1K rider Adventurer

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    ok, for sure i will keep an eye out to this forum...looks like a season ready to ride!!! wooohooo!!!
  3. Off Limits

    Off Limits Banned

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    Actually it's just the rocks getting to the crossing that looks gnarly. We took a big group of noobs across and up the trail and only one noob drowned his bike. He bought a Ktm and put an auto clutch in pronto. Nfsw drowned his xr400 also. We got both bikes running and everyone cleared the goat trail no problem. Here's the same crossing but with a lot more water flowing. Was on my dr650 that time.
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  4. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    I did that loop on my GSA last year and took shit from all the hardcore single track guys for months. That said, I would not reccomend that loop to a new rider on any bike, let alone your new GS.
  5. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Hey everybody, I'm back :wave

    Flew home from India last tuesday (and boy are my arms tired, ba-da bump :rolleyes)
    Just recuperating and layin' low since then :sick :jkam

    Managed to get out for a ride up to Big Bear on sunday with Aaron (speedygee68), his soon-to-head-off-to-college son Elias, and my friend Bobby (son of passed friend Bob).

    Met up over in Highland, then got off to a false start when I discovered my clutch slave cyl had blown its o-ring. No worries, I had all the necessary fixin's :thumb

    Back on our way, a short run up Hwy330, then turn off on Alder Creek Rd (1N09).

    Bobby
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    Elias (on Aaron's Haski)
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    Aaron (on his new Austrian sweetness)
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    This dude raced me for quite awhile, but couldn't out run the mighty 950 :ricky
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    Stopping to enjoy the view.
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    Roads were dry and dusty, but everyone kept a good pace.
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    Bobby flying the BRP at Keller Cliffs.
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    Stopped at Bear Creek for a break...
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    ... and a chance to rinse off some dust in the cool water.
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    Moving on towards Big Bear.
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    Big A chasing little E through seven Pines Meadow (1N64).
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    Halfway up a very rocky and sandy Clarks Grade (1N54).
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    Over the top, drifted our way across Grandview, then down into Big Bear for lunch :dg
    Arrived just in time to meet Ersin, Gi, and my new-to-me niece at Azteca (Sorry, no foodie pics).

    Back on the road with full tummies.
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    We circled 'round the west end of the lake towards Fawnskin.
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    I had thought maybe to run up to Butler Peak, but gate was still closed (with a guard on duty) so we continued on to Big Pine Flat (3N14).
    I explained the options from there - 3N16 to Green Valley Lake or 3N14 to Hesperia - and everyone voted for the Hi Dez.

    Boby approaching Little Pine Flat.
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    Elias.
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    Aaron
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    Another quick stop to enjoy the view.
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    Good place for my bike to turn 75k miles :thumb
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    On down to Roundup and a stretch of pavement over towards Silverwood where we found Hwy173 really was closed up to Pinnacles. Bummer.
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    Ah well... day was getting long and it was time to start heading for home.

    West on Hwy138, then one last stretch of dirt over Elliot Ranch / Cleghorn to I15.
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    Thanks guys!
    That was a great way to get back in the saddle :thumb

    -M
  6. M1Jeep

    M1Jeep Long timer

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    Welcome back, Matt! :clap
  7. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Yeah, welcome back. :clap
    Your niece says hi to you. :rogue I have no idea how she came up with that. :D
  8. speedygee68

    speedygee68 dirt eater

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    Just flew back in from college orientation. Just wanted to say that the ride was "Epic". What else would it be when Matt's in the house. Great company, great food, great ride. Any other way to describe it? No. <label for="rb_iconid_10">:d</label>
  9. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Gonna try to get in an early morning ride tomorrow (sunday) before it gets too hot :knary

    I'll be leaving home ~5am, meeting dad at Lytle Creek Chevron (I15 @ Sierra Ave), roll from there by 5:30am, ~7am breakfast at Summit Inn, home before 10am.

    Probly be on the 525, but mostly fast fire roads so a good rider on a big-bike should be able to keep up :deal

    -M
  10. r'elise me

    r'elise me Been here awhile

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    See you there.
  11. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Aram and I rode all through the trails from Silverwood to Arrowhead. It was SUPER hot but there weren't many people out there.

    Have fun tomorrow and take lots of water.
  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    very nice. glad to see this thread back on page 1. thanks to matt for keeping the rides alive and others for riding along.
  13. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Hey Joel :wave
    Thanks for taking time out of your busy riding schedule to stop by and say HI :D

    Speaking of riding...
    Currently have no plans for saturday or sunday :dunno
    Anybody have anything in the works? :ear

    -M
  14. dunerat

    dunerat WTF?

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  15. Klammer

    Klammer Old and Grumpy

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    :ear
  16. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Ok... so I didn't get out for a ride today, def will ride tomorrow :nod

    Maybe just a breakfast run, maybe something more, probly not all day :dunno

    Anybody :ear

    -M
  17. Klammer

    Klammer Old and Grumpy

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    Come on out with the Rowher Flats Breakfast Klub tomorrow Matt.:evil
  18. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Sunday????
  19. mr. thumbs

    mr. thumbs Long timer

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    Riding somewhere down to Palomar area tomorrow with a few other guys.
  20. speedygee68

    speedygee68 dirt eater

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    Looking to do something in Big Bear Area on my 990. Anyone anyone:ear