California - The Adventure Republic

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by NSFW, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    have you heard of "Pasadena Bait Club" ? a friend for few years now is the chairman of the club. he's probably the only surviving descendant of the founding members of the club. i got invited as well as many advriders to its 100 year-old celebration of the club which was held at a restored cabin next the west fork river in san gabriel mountains. the road to the cabin is not for the motorized public but for special use only. we were fortunate that we were given permission to ride our motorcycles and others their cars to get to the cabin.

    but first, we rode the twisty hw 39 all the way to crystal lake
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    most of the riding is in the canyon
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    nice big sweeping curves
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    commanding view at 5,500 feet elevation, at the parking lot right before the locked gate
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    not all are riding big bikes. the venerable XR600 is in the mix.
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    mat, jeff and eric
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    then we rode to crystal lake cafe
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  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    alpine forest not far from the desert
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    the place immediately got busy after we parked our bikes
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    some of the finest japanese vintage cars
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    we all enjoyed relaxing and watching cars and bikes come and go
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    i remember my uncle had one of this
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    never will i forget this name
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    to be continued later...:ricky
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    we forgot that we have to be at the gate before noon and we only had 12 minutes left.
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    on the way to west fork, we got held up for about 10 minutes. poor harley rider crashed in the corner but luckily the paramedic got there quickly. i guess on weekends, they are always on red alert.
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    once we're moving, the vintage imports caught up with us
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    no traffic going downhill
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    we were 15 minutes late but the caretaker was nice enough to wait for us. he unlocked the gate and now we can relax.
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    we took slow to show respect to hikers, mountain bikers and other motorists
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    not hard to find the cabin since it's just next to the road
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  4. SlowerThanYou

    SlowerThanYou Offline Supporter

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    How have I not heard of this? :scratch I grew up in Pasadena and my dad raised earth worms at one time under his company called "Maru Ranch Bait Company". Seems like I should be President of this club...
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    del. there's the answer. the club members are merely apprentice baiters and none has reached the status of a master, just like your dad.

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    they hold meetings. we can join the club.
  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    we easily found spots to park the bikes
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    barry welcoming us all
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    soon we're lining up to get our food
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    rockhopp3r the triumph rider
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    after lunch, we were entertained with classic music
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    the banjo came into action
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    more to follow
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    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    Looks like a real fun time. Not sure if I'd want to meet any of the Masters.

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  8. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    har-dee-har!
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  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    the boys were unstoppable in getting more food on the table
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    specially decorated cake, desert and champagne.
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    barry sharing the story of the club and the cabin history
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    met friends from various land use advocacy groups
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    luck was really on our side. after lunch, we got invited to visit Cogswell Dam and the will open the gate for us.....damn cool


    opportunity like this, we don't mess around and immediately went to our bikes
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  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    thanks to those guys who got us here
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    other side of the dam
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    noticed a little waterfall on the way out.
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    before heading home, we took the east fork even after we heard it was closed 7 miles from the turn-off due to a landslide.
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    the road was in great shape and it was still a blast
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    till next time....:ricky
  11. SonoraDave

    SonoraDave Been here awhile

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    Nice report Joel. Thanks for sharing.
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  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    hello dave. thanks for the likes and to the others too.

    not epic but glad to have opportunities to do small rides and get friends to join. sorry if i didn't invite everyone. i had a short memory and only asked those guys who are in our forest volunteer circle.

    the canyon is great for the big bikes, though the view is just as amazing. i will probably never see Cogswell damn in my life and learn the history of what's out there at the West Fork; well if i ride a push bike, a maybe if i don't get a heart attack on the way up.
  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    memorial day weekend, that saturday the weather was perfect. i've been wanting to explore some local roads that never got my attention.

    the usual meeting spot for the last 12 years on osborne and little T. thought more will join me but happy to have one, sito.
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    Little Tujunga Canyon Rd is my favorite local road. not far from home, most of the time it's empty and a fun place to practice my cornering skill
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    the plan is ride to Bear Divide Rd if we can see it
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    these cyclists have my respect.
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    we were looking for a dirt road but the visibility made it difficult
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    we made it to the peak and to the end of the road. we missed the turn off.
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  14. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    didn't take long for the fog to go away and we turned around to find the dirt road
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    jackpot!
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    like me, i'm sure sito is smiling too
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    a surviving trace from WWII and we saw a few of them along the ridgeline
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    many reasons people come here
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    we stopped at the split and figure out where we want to go
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    the road straight ahead have this sign
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  15. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    we took the road to the right
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    the roof of san fernando
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    overlooking Santa Clarita
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    after bear divide, onto Angeles National Forest
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    we stopped at Sawmill Ranger Station to confirm Lynx Rd is still locked
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    so is Mt. Pacifico
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    back on the highway and towards Newcomb's Ranch
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    late lunch at newks
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    you'll always see big spenders here
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    small part of newks is a moto botique for the stylist people
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    after lunch we set our eyes on a dirt road we used to go
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    looks like someone lost a life here
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    found out the Crest is still closed below Upper Big T
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    the ride down was fun
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    i like squiggley arrow not much the one below
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    it was a good day of riding. good to see sito back on the saddle. really glad we rode since it rained the following day.
  19. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Giant Sequoia National Monument and King’s Canyon National Park. On the way to Cedar Grove.
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    Very dramatic views on the way to Cedar Grove. No need to hurry on this ride.
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  20. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    it's been many years the last time i've been there. this reminds me to ride up there again and really it's not that far from home.
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