San Gabriel Mountains, ANF

Discussion in 'Trail Conditions' started by rossage, Jan 30, 2017.



  1. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I haven't done Upper Monroe, but if you combine it with Lower Monroe you'll get roughly 5K ft ascent in toto, over 20 miles before the romp down MTT. At least as shown on Strava. :)
     
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  2. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    If'n you want a big ride, let's grind on up to Ice House Canyon (or beyond), then turn around and blast back down (except you gain about 900 feet on the way down), and take lower MTT to finish. Man, that is a riot!!

    You'll get over 6K outta that one.:cool:
     
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  3. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tustin
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Mojo HD3, Ibis Tranny
    That's the plan. None of us have ever ridden Upper Monroe, so we're doing a little exploring. Looks like it's another 1,700 feet or so of climbing on Upper. Should be 30 miles, 4K total. Plans could change depending on weather & trail conditions.
     
  4. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I'm game. New dirt, meeting folks for the first time...makes for a great day!!
     
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  5. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    I think I am just going to climb Lower to GMR and head back down. I will be on my 30 pound tank tomorrow, and long rides (especially climbing) are no fun on it. Plus, that's all I really have time for tomorrow.

    Right now is the time I am wishing my new HT was finished and ready to roll. :mad:
     
  6. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tustin
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Mojo HD3, Ibis Tranny
    :thumbsup:
     
  7. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Just had a rain squall roll through...I'm not big on riding in the rain, and there's a 60% chance tomorrow.:eek: If it's raining, I won't be there.
     
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  8. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Same here. The forecast is a little different depending on who is forecasting it. It will likely be light rain if any. The energy tomorrow will be from OC and South and getting stronger the further South you go. The low will be right over MTT tomorrow morning so the rain should be light. Up here in L.A., it barely sprinkled enough to get the ground wet. Some places got nothing at all.
     
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  9. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    It DUMPED out in Glendora (MTT) through the night. The creek likely raging and the bushes are probably soaking wet.

    I'm out.
     
  10. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Highball SS and Chameleon
    Bummer... That sounded like a fun ride.

    It started raining in RSM late yesterday afternoon, and we had a few heavy downpours during the night... One woke me up at 4:30. No ride for me today probably...

    And a quick look at the OC data shows just under an inch at Santiago Peak so far. :thumbsup:
     
  11. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    MTT is one of my personal favs in my region. The 7 miles of downhill is super fun.
     
  12. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Should have done it.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled trail conditions:

    Rode LSM Echo Sunset El P and it was glorious. Right on the edge of the weather and the trails were tacky and moist and so were my shorts! No trees down, no landslides, snow up at Inspiration....
    Little bit overgrown in spots.
    Ride it.
    Live it.
    Love it.
     
  13. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    It will be interesting to hear what @pperrelle has to report because the last time I heard, they were going to go up there and have a look-see.
     
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  14. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
  15. Poofighter

    Poofighter Active Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Noel
    @rossage how was the PO on Sunset and EP?
     
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  16. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tustin
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Mojo HD3, Ibis Tranny
    Well, it did rain as evidenced by the soaking from the bushes. Still a fun time. Didn't see another bike out there, not even a shuttler! Socks, jersey, gloves and shorts were soaked by the time we hit GMR, so I decided to just flip it around and enjoy the descent back down. Sun came out going down and it warmed up nicely. Dirt was in great shape except for the fire road part at the top. It was spongy and felt like riding on velcro. 16.6 miles, 2,621 feet of elevation, so not the 30 and 4k I was shooting for.

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  17. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    I didn't notice much, but we're moving pretty fast. Most of the overgrowth was the Spanish broom.
     
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  18. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Oh yeah! It was beautiful out there when the clouds broke...
     
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  19. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    May 19th, 2017

    All trails in the JPL area are pretty much cleared and open. Slight overgrowth in areas but totally rideable.

    Lukens fireroad from the fire station has been graded, eliminating the ruts near the bottom. Top is excellent.

    Grizzly Flats has no trees down but has some extended sections of close brush. Rideable with one hikeable rockfall.

    Chantry area is overun daily with hikers so get there early and often.

    Charlton Chilao was in great shape but there has been a wind event since I've been up there last.

    Get some!
     
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  20. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    June 6

    Strawberry is in really good late spring condition. Little loose in spots, overgrown in others. One tree down on the Gabe between Red Box and Switzers.

    Get some!

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  21. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    6/20/17
    Ken Burton is in excellent shape thanks to the recent trailwork done by MWBA and others (?). Some of the switchbacks are getting a little loose but that should be expected...
    The Gabrielino still has the washed out section right where you first drop in from KB. Long sections of sand and gravel lead to refreshingly cool stream crossings. Another loose set of switchbacks dropping down from above the dam.
    Get some!
     
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  22. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    We rode down to the monument and back the other night. Yep, dry, dusty, and loose.
     
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  23. TwoWheel Eric

    TwoWheel Eric Active Member

    Location:
    Orange County
    Name:
    Eric
    Current Bike:
    TallBoy 3 29"
    Anyone ridden Chilao lately? Conditions? Was thinking either Big Bear or Chilao.

    Might prefer Chilao to avoid the summer crowds at BB
     
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  24. UPSed

    UPSed MTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    OTB is up there this morning. I hear everything is in great shape.
     
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  25. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Rode Grizzly Flats to Lukens today. Trail is in great shape. Saw a bear. A big bear. And lots of bear poops!

    2017-08-08 12.24.03.jpg

    Looking down on Blue Bug

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    Painted the building green for some reason...

    2017-08-08 12.25.26.jpg
     
  26. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    ^ Nice cross-chaining picture @rossage! :whistling:
     
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  27. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Just testing the limits of my new drivetrain.
    As expected, and witnessed, I can stay in my 34t ring longer. It is not a gear combo I would stay in for a long time but it is useful in certain situations.
    In the small (24t) ring, the 40t in back is practically unrideable. It's going to have to be a long day, steep climb, or combination thereof to have me grinding that combo.
     
  28. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    I know that you know better. I'm just messing with you (as usual). :D

    BTW, It makes sense to paint a building in the forest in Forest Green, me thinks.
     
  29. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley
    Go do @Mikie's "secret trail" ride that starts with his Alps de Hues "climb from hell". That gearing sounds just about perfect.
     
  30. Cornholio

    Cornholio Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    B
    Current Bike:
    RIP9
    I'd have no problem at all making a 24t/40t combo work, no problem at all. Wouldn't even need to be steep either.. nope. :coffee:(Fat guy emoji)
     
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