Big Wednesday Epic

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by rossage, Aug 29, 2018.

  1. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Big Wednesday Epic in the San Gabes!
    Me and @Luis ticked off the box on a ride we have been discussing; a loop of Strawberry, ending with a run down the newly opened Gabrielino from Red box down to JPL.
    We met for the shuttle (?) at the JPL lot at 730 or so. Traffic woes had Luis driving past @SnakeCharmer and @Mikie Robin Mcguire homes, horn blasting out the invite....
    The ride starts at Clear Creek in the ANF. Both of us felt like crap going up the Josephine fireroad. We got over that quick when we hit the singletrack
    Loose, late-summer conditions, no trees down, excellent weather.
    Oh yeah, the singletrack. Out of the 25 miles logged,at least 20 miles of it was trail. The last 8 miles was the newly opened section of the Gabrielino from Switzers to JPL
    Many thanks to CORBA, MWBA, and everyone else who worked to make this trail amazing! Best condition, most rideable I have ever seen it.
    To be able to ride it after all these years brings back a flood of memories...

    Get some!

    Smokie leads the way
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    Fireroading
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    @Luis on the trail
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    Coming down the Gabe

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    25 miles, 2800 feet of climbing. No mechs, no flats, no whining.

    Oh yeah, @Luis really likes Brussel sprouts.
     
  2. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    ^ Simply outstanding!
     
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  3. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Pick one, got a few
    Nice one:thumbsup:. Trail looks great:D. You guys and your xc bikes:rolleyes:.
     
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  4. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
    Some one schedule this ride for this weekend!
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  5. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    Awesome! Let's do it again in a couple of weeks!
     
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  6. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Work and life events have kept me off the bike lately. I even bailed on last sunday's OTB club ride at Haines/Blue Bug because I was mentally wiped out :(
    Luckily theres someone like @rossage to pull me out of my funk. Besides, there's nobody better to berate me and talk Sh!t to me :laugh:

    Views like these make me forget my troubles for the day

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    The route: Leave car #1 at JPL, drive car #2 to Clear Creek junction and park on the dirt lot.
    Ride up Josephine fire road to the saddle, take connector to Colby trail.
    Colby is the beginning of the single track that takes us to Strawberry meadow.
    Climb out of the meadow up to the Strawberry peak trailhead. The beginning part of this climb sucks ass, theres no way to sugar coat it unless you're a handful of people that I know can clean the first four switchbacks. After that, the climb is steady but rideable all the way to the Strawberry saddle.
    After the Strawberry peak saddle we drop down a fast fun descent to RedBox junction.
    Quick snack and water refill here because its the only source of water until we drop all the way down to the arroyo near the bottom of Fern TT.
    Both Ross and I decided to forgo the sweaty monkey-on-our-back hydration packs and the enduro-bro fanny packs today. Two water bottles was just fine for todays adventure :thumbsup:
    From RedBox junction we hop on the Gabrielino trail. Did I mention that the trail is now officially open from Switzers all the way to JPL :geek::) ... well, it sure is!

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    I lost track of all the trail work days I've spent on this section of the Gabrielino trail, some days I hiked, some days we rode up from JPL, some days we rode down from Switzers and then rode back up for a well deserved lunch. All thanks to the volunteers at MWBA and CORBA and the various sponsors like REI and the local bike shops that donated funds or sponsored the lunches for the volunteers.
    Here is a great article from the Pasadena Star news :inlove:

    https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/…/volunteers-using-bicycl…/

    Oh yea, the stats of todays ride, brought to you by S T R A V A aka GETOUTOFMYWAY ;):

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  7. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    I would not object to riding this route again on sunday :)
    Then heading over to Loma Alta Park for a little celebration.

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  8. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Excellent day on the bike with my friend @Luis.
    The Japanese call it "forest bathing".
    Today was a power wash!
     
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  9. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!

    And here are some friendly faces in the linked article (can't read article):
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  10. kioti

    kioti iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    You San Gabe boys are rad! Thanks for all your hard work @Luis, and for firing up the power wash @rossage. :thumbsup::whistling:o_O
     
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  11. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Oh I almost forgot! The Habit has Brussel sprouts!

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  12. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Epic for sure. I did that route a couple months ago. Now for 3points to Jpl :whistling:
     
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  13. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    IN :thumbsup:
     
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  14. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    You would think a shuttle wouldn't be that bad on the body... I'm sitting in front of the TV drinking coffee this am instead of riding. Full body workout.

    Silver Moc to Gabrielino, easy to follow.
    Add in that substantial climb from West Fork and about 7 more miles of trail...
     
  15. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    What kind of mileage and elevation are we talking Rossage?
     
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  16. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    @Luis posted the STRAVA above Brother Bomb! :thumbsup:
     
  17. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    now that the santa anas are off the radar... time to explore the strawberry loop gabrieleno....
     
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  18. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Oh no @Mikie , sensei Tom is talking about a bigger better uncut route
     
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  19. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    Look at you guys all cool with no packs @Luis @rossage ! Killer ride man, killer duo as well!

    Can't wait to ride the new Gab one day.
     
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  20. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Solid guesstimate is 33miles 4000 climb.

    Let's go find out!
     
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  21. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    All of this is just AWESOME!
    I can't wait to get out there!
     
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