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. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Got a nice ~140 mile ride in today :ricky

    Damp and gloomy up thru the pass...
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    ... but blue sky and sunshine up in the dez.
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    Made a 'quick' :rolleyes stop at slideway's pad to pick up a moto part and say hi :wave to Ryder
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    (You can read more about him in my sig line below)

    Moving on towards Lucerne Valley on any ol' trial that seemed to head that way :dunno
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    Only stopped for a splash of gas and a beverage break, then started heading back.
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    Photo op on Rabbit dry lake
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    Working my way back over the pass, I threw in some single-track ...
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    ... some railroad track ...
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    ... some twisty tarmac track ...
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    ... and some gravel track.
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    It's all good :nod

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    Good news... Applewhite is finally reopened :clap
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    -M
  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Nice one Mat.

    I remember that dog and glad to see Dan is taking care of Ryder.
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  3. slogger

    slogger Been here awhile

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    thats a great looking bike!!!!
  4. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Got some bike wrenching to do on saturday, but aiming to get out for a ride on sunday :ricky
    Keeping it local for dad, so Father's Day brunch or lunch in Wrightwood sounds good :nod

    Also itching to get out for a quick overnighter in the next few weeks and want to see if Blue Ridge / Guffy is open.

    -M
  5. Greedyg76

    Greedyg76 Certified Card Carrying A-hole

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  6. headstaller

    headstaller Long timer Supporter

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    Was just thinking the same...
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  7. aanichols

    aanichols Racer at heart

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    Wish I could but I'm up in N Cal for a month.....no bike just working:becca

    Say hi to your dad for me....he's my inspiration
  8. slidewayes

    slidewayes slidewayes

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    can you call that work with no guilt?
  9. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Stop thinking, start doing :nod
    I need a target :deal

    Will do :thumb

    Meeting dad 9am sunday at Lytle Creek Chevron :ricky

    -M
  10. aanichols

    aanichols Racer at heart

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    Lots of trails around Shasta Dam


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  11. aanichols

    aanichols Racer at heart

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    Maybe a little :beer
  12. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Got out for a nice father's day ride with dad last sunday :thumb
    We were joined by Glen @r'elise me and Mike @pvt joker (until he had to split home for fatherly duties) :wave

    Rode the full length of Lytle Creek divide starting from Nordstrom's warehouse and dropping down to Lone Pine Cyn at Gobler's Knob.

    June gloom in the valley eventually cleared as we gained altitude
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    Dad on the pegs :clap
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    Dropping down Applewhite above Mtn Lakes Resort
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    Quick break along upper divide... lots of colorful flowers and good to see the hills still green :nod
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    Looking back down the ridge
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    Lunch in Wrightwood at the Evergreen Cafe :dukegirl
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    Corner table was a great spot for checking out all the unusual bikes in town that day
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    Dad was riding well and having a good time, but didn't want to push himself too much, so he turned for home after lunch.

    Glen and I continued out to end of Blue Ridge, where I noticed my camera lense wasn't opening anymore :bluduh
    We hopped on Hwy2 for a bit, then took fun 4N56 from Vincent Gap around to Jackson Lake, and then back thru Wrightwood before heading home.

    :ricky

    -M
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  13. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    I've been thinking do a quick overnight campout in the next couple weeks, hopefully before 4th of July holiday.

    Had my mind set on Guffy Campground, but they've done a lot of brush clearing along Blue Ridge, leaving the campground feeling a bit sparse :(

    Still a great spot with awesome views, picnic benches, toilets, fire pits, and strong cell reception on the east side of the ridge.
    First come, first serve and adventure pass required (though I have never seen a ranger checking).
    ~5 miles out a dirt road keeps it quieter than most any other camps along Hwy 2.

    Open to other suggestions if anyone has any :ear

    -M
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  14. dunerat

    dunerat WTF? Super Supporter

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  15. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    Got out for a nice ~120 mile ride yesterday, reversing much of what Glen and did last weekend, and adding a few other options.

    Unusual to still see water flowing out of Lytle Creek this time of year
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    Lots of blooming going on. Also very buggy and had to ride most of the day with face shield down.
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    Met this very cool striped racer/whiptail along lower LC divide :wave
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    @headstaller Chu ... Sheep Creek is calling you :nod
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    The 'USS McSlut' is still there...
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    ... but the engine and drive have been surgically removed.
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    Jackson Lake
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    Pinyon Ridge was super fun :ricky
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    End of the road
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    Wildlife guzzler (There are several hidden along this ridge :evil)
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    :pynd
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    Looking back a Baden Powell from Blue Ridge
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    Going to Guffy
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    End of another road
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    Super nice up at elevation (other than the bugs), but I knew it would be warming up down below.
    Took my lunch break at Guffy, then started cruising back towards home.
    Felt like temps climbed 20+ degrees from the top of Lone Pine Cyn to the bottom :knary

    -M
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  16. DannyG

    DannyG I have the waypoint. Supporter

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    big bike (1090R)?
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    headstaller Long timer Supporter

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  18. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    More than likely :deal

    I'm fine with any place somewhat close to pavement and town so that others can easily join in :kumbaya

    That said...
    Looks like I probly can't get out this next weekend (6/29-30) and would like to avoid the crowded holiday weekend (4/6-7).

    :ear

    -M
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  19. Smittyrunner

    Smittyrunner Been here awhile

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    I'm down for a big bike ride.
  20. CSK24

    CSK24 adventurer

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    My 950 is currently parked in Romona and I'm flying out Saturday. I'm looking to explore on Sunday if you want to pop over the hill. I was thinking about checking out Borrego. I haven't spent much time on the big bike West of Mojave so I'd be open to doing a big bike ride anywhere.
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