5-Deer & Stuff with Dirtbags

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Willi-D, Jan 17, 2014.



  1. Willi-D

    Willi-D Active Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Super Red!
    I've been wanting to do this ride for a long long time but just hadn't got to it. It's always a better ride when you do it with dirtbags, even better if they're buds. I showed up at Bouquet Summit and Man! was it cold at the trailhead! A few minutes later I see the time machine materialize, an (uncharacteristically) unhappy looking Mikie glaring through the port-side portal. The CHP rewarded his long drive out from Frazier Park with a citation (not for excellence in mtb). So Ed pulls up and soon after Doogie decides to show up wearing his skinsuit roadie getup - lol. He was visibly cold if you know what I mean... Scottay rolls on in with his 1X10 hard tail and we are ready roll.

    So the route was gonna be a mtb'ing beat-cop's dream, a nice chocolaty all dirt double donut. All rides out here start with the obligatory fire road climb, of course. But it's a short 3 mile climb and not too steep. And when you're chattering away with friends it feels like you're on an escalator. The great thing about this climb is you're rewarded with a 5 mile ST descent. It is a winding narrow ST hugging the side of the mountain with one 2/3 mile section aptly named "the Bobsled". Today it suffered a little from being washed out by some doofus moto rider who apparently could not and did not stay on the trail. Every turn was terraced and even most of the straights. It was still a blast but required a bit more care than usual.

    That was the first donut a gooey glazed delight. The second (a full on apple fritter) starts with a climb again but this time, a sweet single track up the shady side of the canyon. Under the trees and through manzanita tunnels we sweated and huffed up sinuous, buff, narrow, perfectly crafted trail. After about five miles of this we topped out on Sierra Pelona Motorway and got some really spectacular views of Acton and Agua Dulce with the Angeles Forest in the background. A short ride across the motorway drops you into the 5-Deer Tailhead. Now 5-Deer is in pretty good shape these days. I was pretty surprised! Some angel from heaven has done a huge amount of brush clearing. It's still a bit overgrown in spots but all of the PO is gone and only some occasional ducking and juking is required to keep from snagging a branch. 7 miles of amazing single track; alternating buff dirt winding under the trees and rutty chunky goodness. Halfway through I pull up to Ed who is hissing and sputtering; no, it wasn't Ed but Stan refusing to seal his punctured rear tire. The new formula just isn't the same... We get him patched up enough to complete the rest of 5-Deer thank goodness.

    So at the clearing where 5-Deer dumps out on Artesian Springs, we stop to take a quick food break and look at Ed's tire. All looks good so we start to pedal off. Ed decides it's much faster and safer to ride with his rear skewer unscrewed and hanging loose. His tire decides it doesn't agree and starts spewing more Stans out the bead. So we have another nice little break. There was quite a bit of debate over how many eediots it takes to fix a flat. In the end it turns out the correct number is 5 ( there were exactly 5 of us). We finally got his bead to seal, the puncture to stop spitting, and the skewer tightened. And we're on our way. Up another fire road. I don't like this fire road. It has zero redeeming qualities or memorable features. In fact, it's not even worth naming. It's just a 2.5 mile steep grind. All for the cause though.

    So eventually we top out on Sierra Pelona mtwy again and take a moment to soak in the views (Ed had to soak in some air) and take time hold the adventure thus far in our memories (Ed had to try really hard to hold in his lunch). We debated for a few seconds on the merits of climbing some more and exploring some unknown "google earth" single track. The decision was easily reached to instead bomb the singletrack back down to the canyon road. Man that is a sweet trail! Even the hiker we encountered was a cordial fellow and provided some interesting facts regarding the trail, which we were so happy to hear. I think we all gave a special salute to the dear fellow as we left him to continue our descent.

    All in all it was about 24 miles and 4000' of climbing. But the more important stat was 5 Dirtbags enjoying a great day on fantastic trails.

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  2. Mikie

    Mikie MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    2012 Yeti ASR 5c
    "Eeeeediots", is starting to be a common word among us. :lol: It's a good thing that it's true otherwise I would be offended! :eek: ...Not really. What a great ride today and a great ride report (Willi-D, I love your sense of humor!)! This is insane weather we are having in January where we are riding at 4,000+ feet and wearing just jerseys and shorts (and some UV Arm covers), it was only a little nippy at the top with that breeze going....It's fun to get out with the Dirt Bag Boyz and beat each other up both physically and emotionally :roll: .

    Wouldn't have it any other way. What a great day!
    Thanks guys! Another great memory to store and record...
     
  3. Maddog

    Maddog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lancaster
    Name:
    Greg Madison
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer 275
    Great RR Dave! Thanks for not posting up any pics of Doogie in the skin tight roadie suit. Even with the cold-induced shrinkage it would not have been pretty! :shock:
     
  4. Willi-D

    Willi-D Active Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Super Red!
  5. Willi-D

    Willi-D Active Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Super Red!
  6. Mikie

    Mikie MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    2012 Yeti ASR 5c
    He said nuclear flash! Ha hah ah ah aaaaahhaaaahhhha haaa haaaa.... :cool: :eek: :? :lol:
     
  7. hill^billy

    hill^billy MTB Addict

    Location:
    Acton
    Name:
    Doug Lake
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB-66
    Great call Dave! Glad you guys could finally do a week day. Just burned my skin suit in the fire pit.
     
  8. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Winnetka CA
    Name:
    Berni Avila
    Current Bike:
    Jones Space Frame Ti truss for
    That looks like a nice ride. Can it be done on a weekend? Some of us have to work 9 to five Monday thru Friday you know?
     
  9. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb MTB Addict

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner WFO
    Looks like a good trail, wish my sinuses would let me ride. Been 2 weeks now. Sucks!
     
  10. Mikie

    Mikie MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    2012 Yeti ASR 5c
    Why . . . Yes it can bigringrider101! There is often folks hiking on some of these trails on the weekend, but you city folk are probably used to that! :D
     
  11. Mikie

    Mikie MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    2012 Yeti ASR 5c
    Thought it has been awfully quite in the bombardier hangar!!!
     
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