Mt. Pinos/Frazier Park ride suggestions?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Zen Slug, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    I am looking for rides in the Mt. Pinos ranger district of
    Los Padres N.F. (Southern California)

    :ear Have you got any favorite rides up that way?
    (answer so far: read the thread)

    :tb Does anybody know if Yellowjacket Canyon Trail is passable on a GS without knobbies???
    (answer so far: 'you crazy?')

    :evil How about some of the single-trackers near Frazier Park, like OHV trail #'s 114, 115, 116, 117???
    (answer so far: 'maybe for javarilla!')

    [​IMG] Anybody been crazy enough to take a big pig up Tinta Trail yet?
    (answer so far: Traveltoad and Jean-Luc are goin' first!)
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  2. irlsanders

    irlsanders Panamaniac

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    Perhaps these guys can help out -

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    I've ridden more off to the east, towards Jawbone
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    My friend Sam and I will ride out early this Sunday on KLRs for a half day ride. Just got the Benchmark California Atlas, and want to see where it leads. You're thinking Gorman area?
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  4. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    I'll be there this Sunday with my buddy too. He's on a 1200GS and I'll be on a f650GS. We might not be able to keep up with KLR's, but it would be great to meet up for at least part of the day. :evil

    I prefer the Frazier Park side...Gorman and Hungry Valley just get too crowded on the weekends. On the Frazier Park side you can find trails that you have all to yerself!

    I have an extra Forest Service OHV route map if you want it.

    Check out this website for trail descriptions
    http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/recreation/ohv/mprd/ :deal
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    we've only been dirt riding since January, so don't worry much about keeping up. Where you leaving from? We're out of Burbank and Van Nuys. Maybe meet at the Coffee Cantina on Mt. Pinos Way?
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    761 Been here awhile

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    zen,
    I'm Sam, in Glendale. Gonna ride with Irl on Sunday. If you're in LaCrescenta, we could all meet up Sunday AM to head North. Where in LaCrescenta are you?
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  7. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    I'm near the junction of Angeles Crest and the 210 freeway...but my riding buddy will be coming up the 5 from Long Beach. Maybe we could all meet up someplace in Burbank???

    How early is too early for you guys? :bueller
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    I can be ready to roll at 8am. How 'bout you Sam?
    We could meet as his place - he's at the Brand exit on the 134.
    Or your place, and just scoot up the 210 to the 5.
    BTW - What's your name?

    Here's where we're going
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  9. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    you call 8am early? :rofl
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    irlsanders Panamaniac

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    Musician by nature.
    What's good for U?
    Your buddy leaving LB before 6am?
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    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    I'll have to ask my buddy to chime in, but he's usually an early bird like me. :bueller

    It's a good hour north before we'll hit any dirt...but I can deal with an 8am start if that's the concensus.

    You got a gig Saturday night or something? :drums
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  12. ErrinV

    ErrinV D Boon!

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    This sounds good. I'll try and keep sunday open. I'm on an 1150 with knobbies (going away). Do you guys have an ideas of what roads or areas you plan on going to? I have Topo! so I can plot stuff on the GPS.

    Errin
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    Naw, just a date with Yo Mamma! (cheezy drum fill!) :killen
    Geez, got no right pulling that on someone I haven't even met!
    Sorry!!! :evil

    I can roll at 6 or 7 if that makes anyone happier.

    Sam and I are are in TV Audio.
    Errin's a picture editor if I recall.
    Just noticed your profile sez you are, also.
    Maybe we should change the board name to TV-Rider.com.
    Oh wait, that means something else, too :puke2
    Still wondering about your name....so I can insult your maternal progenitor more personally, of course! :D


    Sounds like we'll be riding north outta Frazier Park -
    Take a look at the GoogleMap link above.
    Scattered T-Storms predicted for late Sunday (20-30%)
    High Temp could hit 100. Leaving early looks like a good idea!
    http://ca.weather-forecast.ws/frazier-park
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    6 would be better for me as I will need to bug out early and be home by noon (ish).
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    This is turning out to be a par--tay.... :freaky

    Errin
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    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    6 or 7am sounds good to me...it's an hour each way not including dirt...and I figure an early start makes a half day last longer...right? :wink:

    As for trails...I know of LOTS that I want to explore...but don't know how do-able they are on bigger machines.

    That's why I started this thread...so you guys could help me out! :baldy

    If you want to download some GPS data try this general grid:
    119°08'00" to 118°56'00"
    and
    34°54'00" to 34°49'00"

    Or search for these road/OHV trail names: :cromag
    9N19 Cherry Creek Ridge
    9N21 Scott Russell Rd
    OHV trail #114 West Tecuya Trail
    OHV trail #115 Tecuya Timber Sale
    OHV#116 Cold Springs Canyon
    OHV trail #117 East Tecuya Trail

    These are all right around Frazier Park...which makes it easier for people to bail early if they need to.

    And as for Irl...stay away from my momma and my wife too, you're a sick puppy! :viking
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    Don't worry, we'll bring tow ropes :evil

    Sir, yes Sir!

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    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    What are you doing awake, Irl...it's not even 8am yet :rofl
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  19. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer For The 2nd Time

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    Hey Zen! Got your pm, and yes I have some experience with Gorman, but not much with Frazier Park. I would be careful taking the GS's on most of the forestry trails. I'm sure it could be done, but it would be a challenge. A fun ride for bigger bikes is Gold Hill rd through the Hungry Valley riding area up to Alamo Mountain. Enter at the main gate and follow the road until you reach the "T", turn right and keep going. its a fun, rough paved road until you reach Piru Creek. Be careful on the low water crossing as it is usually real slippery. After about a mile it turns to dirt and up at the top you will hit the loop road. Wish I could join you but I'm still recovering from a recent incident :bluduh Have fun!
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  20. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Thanks for the warning. I got in over my head last year on "Lockwood Trail" (on the way up to "Cottonwood" campground near where Lockwood Creek and Piru Creek meet) so I know what you are talking about! Those jeep trails can be a real bitch on a GS!

    So I assume after the loop (NF road 7N01 on my map) you double back and go back out on Gold Hill Road again, right? All the forestry trails down from Alamo Mountain are "most difficult".

    Is it crowded over there? I wanted to avoid the Hungry Valley side if I could, which is why I was thinking Frazier Park.
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