Bikepacking overnighter Pine Valley / Cuyamaca

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by CarlS, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. CarlS

    CarlS Member

    Location:
    Temecula, CA
    Name:
    Carl
    Current Bike:
    Walmart $50 special
    Here is a few pics from an overnighter we did from Pine Valley up to mount Laguna then over to Cuyamacas. The plan was to get a fairly big day on Saturday and then a real quick drop back to the cars on Sunday as my buddy Chad had to get back home ASAP on Sunday. We went up Fred Canyon and Thing Valley in full mid day sun and I must say I wouldn't do that again as it has full exposure with zero shade. At the top, we had lunch at the Pine House Tavern and then cruised around the BLT trails. Our big disappointment came when we found no water at Penny Pines, but we managed to bum a few liters from some returning hikers who saved the day. Final push was over to Granite springs trail camp in Cuyamaca. We had just enough daylight left to share the two tall beers I carried all the way from the store and then
    make camp. A big day for me with over 10 hours in the saddle.

    The dirt and weather was fantastic. Next month will probably be primo up there as the wildflowers start coming up and everything should be super green.

    weird. photos came up in reverse order. Im too lazy to change it.

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  2. CarlS

    CarlS Member

    Location:
    Temecula, CA
    Name:
    Carl
    Current Bike:
    Walmart $50 special
    Day one climb up 48 miles / 6400 feet

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  3. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Great photos, thanks @CarlS !
     
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  4. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Nice one, Carl! :thumbsup:
     
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  5. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Nicely done. Style points for toting the crappy beer :cool:
     
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  6. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
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    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Yes, great pics and write up :thumbsup:, and I like that crappy beer (in the bottle). :unsure:
     
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  7. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    "Crappy" wasn't meant in a negative way at all. It means it was bought on the fly from a store with a limited selection, in packaging that works for the task. Crappy beer can be perfect for bikepacking. :thumbsup: Hell, I swilled unopened beers found on a closed road covered in snowpack. Who knows how long they were there. I appreciate good beer, but I have no shame in the b/c or when I'm waiting to be paid. :eek:
     
  8. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Ha ha! I have found beers (budweiser cans) stashed in the cool waters of a mountain stream. Probably the best crappy beer I've ever had!
     
  9. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    I found one on the slopes at Snow summit a few years ago. Popped that baby open on the lift back up to the top on a ski day.
     
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  10. levity

    levity Member

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    elsewhere
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    gone
    As others have said, nice photos!

    Beautiful up there in the trees, riding singletrack, camping.
    Good timing to beat the summer heat and crowds.
     
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  11. CarlS

    CarlS Member

    Location:
    Temecula, CA
    Name:
    Carl
    Current Bike:
    Walmart $50 special
    one more photo of yours truly descending indian creek to camp credit to Chad. I wish I had more from him, he is a great photographer

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  12. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Prescott
    Name:
    hill^billy
    Damn! This picture is awesume! I want to ride there!
     
  13. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Agreed, that's a fantastic photo!
     
  14. CarlS

    CarlS Member

    Location:
    Temecula, CA
    Name:
    Carl
    Current Bike:
    Walmart $50 special
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  15. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    @CarlS Thanks for posing the link!
     
  16. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Prescott
    Name:
    hill^billy
    Link was great!
     
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  17. Danimal

    Danimal Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Rocky Mountain Altitude
    Nice RR! Thanks for posting.
    When I first started Mtb riding would make the drive to Cuyamaca and ride around aimlessly. Was quite the adventure, always alone as at that time because didn't know anyone that rode. The 8-10 miles I would ride there was Epic in my book, and memories I cherish. Thanks for reminding me!
     
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