Chilao Epic

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by vinosteep, Apr 16, 2019 at 6:27 AM.

  1. vinosteep

    vinosteep Newbie with Hope!

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    vino
  2. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
    I think one of the Mikes did it recently. You have to detour on hwy 2 past Redbox tho.
    Get a paper map and also download the route on to your phone from Trailforks, etc.
    They may be other riders on the tour who have been there to guide you.
    Post up if you plan on going!

    EDIT: My bad, I was thinking of the Enduro Day for the detour.
     
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  3. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

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    Western US
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    Mike O
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    GG Smash
    WT freaking 'ell, Vino!!!!?!!! Glad you are still killing dirt, pal...sorry to be so unavailable the last few times. I'm still a moving target. You venturing beyond the Orange Curtain? NICE; good on ya!

    Great to see you re-surface here, buddy. I wish Yeager, Bell, Los P and I were there...so many great memories! Don't be a stranger, man. ¡Salud! :thumbsup:
     
  4. vinosteep

    vinosteep Newbie with Hope!

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    vino
    Thanks for the info and tips Scot...
     
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  5. vinosteep

    vinosteep Newbie with Hope!

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    vino
    What up compadre, long time no see. Yeah I am trying to hit some new dirt before the heat shows up...my garden is down to ashes so I need to explore for some CSB action
     
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  6. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Hey Vino!
    I'm not exactly sure what the "Chilao Epic" is but many here have ridden Chilao many many times.
    It's a great area.
    I can upload a STRAVA route here when I get home tonight if you like. @rossage has put a nice route together on it where you get the goods twice!

    Welcome back!
    Mikie
     
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  7. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2012 Rockhopper 29
    I think it's Hillyer to Arcadia
     
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  8. vinosteep

    vinosteep Newbie with Hope!

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    vino
    yes, if someone has the Chilao Epic route on strava or Geo, please post.
    Also, check out the link I posted for more details. Very likely I am doing it , any one down?
     
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  9. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

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    Western US
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    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    If I was there...

    You guys here who don't know this dood with the beastly avatar can go forth confidently with him as a partner. Full vouch here, solid all around rider and BC athlete. Rarely hospitalized; acceptable survival instincts. :thumbsup:


    vino, kidnap your family this summer and take em to Lake Tahoe in a rented RV. Some Downieville and Tahoe Rim therapy would do everyone good :cool::)
     
  10. vinosteep

    vinosteep Newbie with Hope!

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    Right on brotha, in order for me to do some traveling I would have to sell my bike and there us jut no way I am doing that...:)
     
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  11. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

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    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    This is essentially what it comes down to. I asked about it on the San Gabriel Trailriders FB page because I was thinking about trying it next time as well. I know the initial drop is at Hillyer to Silver Moccasin to Charleton Flats but w/o being an expert on the area, I'm kind of lost from there. The owner of Mt Wilson shuttles told me you hook up with the Gabrieleno Trail but looking at Trailforks, I don't see where the two hook up....unless you're expected to go down Hwy 2 on the pavement to RedBox/Gabrieleno. I also asked about connecting it with Mt Lowe at the bottom and he said you can do that by climbing up the road 3 miles from the top of Red Box.
     
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  12. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

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    Lebec, California
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    Mikie Watson
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    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    I thought @Luis said they did lower Silver Moccasin over to the Gabrielino Trail, but I heard that section of SM is kinda brutal. I too would like to more about this ride.
     
  13. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2012 Rockhopper 29
    Via mtbproject app

    The blue with arrow is the gab, heading towards Chantry

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  14. vinosteep

    vinosteep Newbie with Hope!

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    vino
    I am lost already...;)
    I sent email and left voicemail and no response so far...
     
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  15. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Monrovia
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2012 Rockhopper 29
    Mtbproject tends to have more comprehensive maps of the area
     
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  16. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

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    Mike
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    Chris is usually a day or two behind on emails it seems and right now he's confined to his couch as he had a tib-fib fracture at Snow Summit a few weeks back.
     
  17. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    We started at 3 Pts and rode the Silver Mocassin all the way thru Chilao, Charlton, Shortcut, and down to West fork. Got on the Gabrielino after a fireroad climb. Finishing at Chantry or down the road in Arcadia.
    28 miles 4000+ft

    Right now, the trail is not in the best shape. Trees down and water damage. Still a good ride but tough. The section from Shortcut to West fork is sketchy even in good condition so I would expect to find trees down and trail damage now.

    When is this ride? :whistling:
     
  18. vinosteep

    vinosteep Newbie with Hope!

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    vino
    I am trying to go this Saturday but I want to have some idea of the route so I dont get lost out there
     
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  19. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

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    Sylmar
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    Luis
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    Big Black 29er
    Chilao epic you say?
    Just as there are many ways to skin a cat, there are various options on a Chilao epic.
    It all depends on where you want the ride to end. Either at JPL or Arcadia.
    From Hillyer or Chilao you are basically following the Silver moccasin trail up and over Charlton flats and up and over shortcut saddle.
    From shortcut saddle the silver Moc takes you to west fork. That’s where the Gabrielino trail and Rincon-Redbox FR are. Heading east on the fireroad takes you up to Newcomb saddle and the junction of Rim trail and the Gabrielino.
    If you follow the Gab eastward here, you end up at Chantry flats.
    If you take the Rim trail up you will come out at the Mt Wilson observatories. From there it’s a quick downhill ride on the road to the Eaton saddle and the chunky front side stuff. Merrills, Sunset, El Prieto.
     
  20. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

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    Sylmar
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    Luis
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    The other option at west fork is to head west to Redbox via the Redbox-Rincón fireroad. There you can do a three mile road ride up to Eaton saddle and the ride front side stuff. OR at Redbox continue west on the Gabrielino and follow that all the way down to the arroyo and our to JPL.
    Epic
     
  21. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    What about the "other" Chilao Epic?

    Taking the Gab West until you bump into NASA JPL.
     
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  22. vinosteep

    vinosteep Newbie with Hope!

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    vino
    I am trying to do the Chilao epic shuttle offered by :

    http://mtwilsonmtbadventure.com/

    http://mtwilsonmtbadventure.com/
     
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  23. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

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    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    Aah memories! Thank you for reminding me of one of my most memorable days on my bike!!

    https://www.strava.com/activities/577482302#14029173830

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  24. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

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    Sylmar
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    Luis
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    Big Black 29er
  25. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

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    Sylmar
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    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    That’s the only one I haven’t done yet
     
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  26. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Hwy 2 was still closed at Redbox last weekend. Will it be open or does the shuttle have an alternate route?
     
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  27. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

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    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Turn left at Clear Creek. 18 miles later and you'll be back on the 2, past the slide.
    Adds about 30 minutes each way
     
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  28. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Would it be faster to just go up Big Tujunga Cyn road (to Upper Big T) down in Sunland?
     
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  29. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

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    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Yes, just slightly. Saves 15 minutes if I remember. I took David and I one hour to get up to Chantry flats.

    I’m really contemplating doing this on Saturday. I have two other suckers.... I mean buddies that are game as well
     
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  30. vinosteep

    vinosteep Newbie with Hope!

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    sounds like a full day ride...
     
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