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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by NSFW, Mar 5, 2008.
Maybe he's still sleeping ?
Just got home. I had an awesome 5 days of riding with the crew. I'm tired and going to bed.
Riddler and I left for Mammoth about 1:30am Friday morning. Upon arrival, we made a quick pitstop then headed to camp.
We unloaded and set up camp then attempted to take a short nap.
Minutes later, a couple of other LA weekenders crashed our camp and made us gear up and go ride with them.
We opted for Wheeler Ridge, a first for all of us. It did not disappoint.
After about 15 miles of climbing a variety of terrain, we made a left turn at a Y and the trail really began to get interesting.
There were long sections of winding, rocky uphills.
Then we ended up in a meadow with a snowmelt pond.
Then we came around a corner and had a view of the entire area North of Bishop.
Nowwhat and Riddler stopped to enjoy the scenery.
Then we did some more climbing.
Here's something you don't get to see every day. Riddler probably got stuck in the rut I had just spent 15 minutes making.
Nowwhat showed us how it's supposed to be done.
Then Toast reinforced it.
We came around another corner and got another spectacular view.
Toast, Nowwhat and Riddler stopped to check out a glacier.
Then rode the off camber sand trail along the edge. Here comes Riddler X6.
Then over a ridge and into another nice valley.
And finally to the end of the road at over 11,000 ft elevation.
The guys made a custom part for Toast's seat.
We claimed the land. Now what?
Let's head back down.
Next time any of you are in the Mammoth area, do yourselves a favor and ride Wheeler Ridge. It has just about everything. Although I wouldn't recommend trying it on a big bike unless your name is Brent or Jeff or something along those lines.
Nice RR Biggie Certainly wet my appetite to ride "The Ridge" :eek1
Campsite looks good too
THANK YOU ! .
Those pix are terrific , makes me want to go .
Miss you guys!
that's BS, it's nOOb rated...
that was in oct 2007 (i think?) and was genuine nOObie
j/k, eric is right...the trails are suitable for small bikes and at least an intermediate riders....
need to have the correct jetting, fi better. and if you're not in great shape, drop the bike 3 or 4 times, you're done for the day (high altitude will kill ya). only reason we made it up to the top was with the help of our 4wheeling friends,
did you guys notice there is a sand dune at the other side of the pond? like eric said, it has a little of everything....
wow Biggie....nice pics as always....
Aw. Some. On the list.
Saturday, after riding a half day with an old friend and her boyfriend, Riddler and I decided to do another out and back. This time it would be Laurel Lakes off of Sherwin Creek Rd. This is the top section of it.
It was a rocky climb the entire way to the top. It reminded me of Lippencott Rd but longer.
Down below looked much more attractive.
The top was up around 11,000 ft again and we ran into a little snow.
Down a little were the lakes and way down was Mammoth.
We stopped to take a better look around.
Then rode down to the lakes. They were actually as green as they look in the pictures.
On our way back down we decided to see what that green stuff down by the stream was all about.
Ends up it's about a nice little single track that follows the stream.
In some places it turned into a two track.
Sometimes there was no track.
There were still a few rocks but nothing like the main road.
If you could see Riddlers face here you would know he was smiling.
The road ended at a nice little section of the stream.
Right next to it was a great campground.
Discovering this nice little single track definitely made the ride worth it. Without it, I would probably not ride that road again unless I wanted to do rock riding training.
hey eric....you described laurel lakes accurately as much as what i remember from many years ago. the ride up was rocky and littered with shales.
rider914 did that too and with the same description. so the place never got better. guess, better that way to keep it somewhat pristine. i think jim spa had a flat tire there.