Gabrieleno Trail advice..

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mtbMike, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    So we’re doing the Mt Wilson Enduro today and they are asking me if we want to finish the day on the Gabrieleno trail. My concern is hikers and it being too mellow compared to Mt Lowe/Middle Merrill/Sunset Ridge.

    What can you tell me about Gabrieleno
     
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    I think everybody is out riding it. Gabrielino is awesome!
     
  3. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    I'd say that overall it is more mellow than Middle or Sunset. It does have some techy sections but I would consider it more along the lines of XC riding. I cannot speak for the section between Switzers and Ken Burton, though.
     
  4. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
    Its not so mellow, especially after a hard day of riding. Lots of penalty for failure still. But the climb over the dam was tiring after a long day.
    Saw no hikers until after the dam.
    But the FR climb after Millard will be hot, so....
    Hope that helps....
     
  5. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    All too late as I didnt have service anyway. We stuck to what we knew. The heat was absolutely a factor as we all ran out of water. It didn’t hit me until Middle Merrill when I stopped to help a guy with a flat. The climb back up to Sunset wasn’t fun but Sunset was fantastic. I ❤️ that trail. @floyd joined us and try to stay low key on his skills but he ripped just fine.
     
  6. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
    Looks like you bailed on Millard and El Prieto also? Bummer. Gotta do that shuttle in the winter time!
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  7. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Try it out next time if you don't like it you never have to ride it again. Upper gabrielino below newcombs pass is total adventure riding. The newly opened section sounds fun and opens up new options
     
  8. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
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    Yea it’s all mellow XC style riding until you take your eyes off the trail or you don’t clean a seemingly easy technical section.
    She was lucky Burt heard her cries for help and that she didn’t break any bones. Took a human chain of five rides to get her and her bike out.
    This was one or two miles below Switzers on the new section.
     
  9. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Tunnel vision... Riders of the San Gabes MUST ride with tunnel vision.

    While you are rolling, look only where you want the bike to go. STOP, to smell the roses if you wanna look around.
     
  10. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    Never heard of Millard and I keep hearing about El Prieto but have no idea where it dumps out of how to get back to my car after the ride. I'm game to going you guys later in the year when the weather cools down and I'll try to keep up as you show me around. :thumbsup: :D
     
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  11. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
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    Kinda like this day on Strawberry. That bike trap is still there, btw.
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  12. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
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    You guys took the DHers easy way out. They go that way because they cant pedal up the FR to El P. Which would have been a chore for you too probably due to the heat.
    Instead of going left and down Chaney/Horsey Trail at the chain link fence you go right and down Millard to the camp ground.
    Then you climb to the entrance of El P., which is beautiful and green and shady. Great way to end the ride.
    It takes you straight back to the car, no neighborhood to ride thru.

    Next time for sure!
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  13. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Just rolled that section today, solo! You guys mean that part is dangerous?
    :whistling:
     
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  14. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    El prieto might be the jewel of the whole ride...shady.. techy..chunky..creek crossings.. just too short...
     
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  15. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    No problem. Ride back up and hit it a second time :whistling::thumbsup:
     
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