Guide to ride Hanna Flats to Grays Peak!

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  1. deocguy

    deocguy Member

    Location:
    Orange County
    Name:
    JB
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    Specialized
    Hanna Flat to Grays Peak is a 18.5 miles out and back trail located near Fawnskin, California that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.




    Hopefully you are enjoy to watch it enjoying the video as I really enjoyed riding it. Fun trail!
     
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
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    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    Great vids as always! Never ridden that side of Big Bear before.
    Thank you!
     
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  3. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    trek ex 7
    Love that trail.......It's my avatar pic!!!!
     
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  4. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

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    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
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    Chameleon & Highball C
    Why have I never heard of this one? I'm so sheltered. o_O

    I admit it... I skipped around in the video. But what I saw was pretty cool! The riding looked fun, but I really like the group picture you guys and gals did at 9:21. Very cool.

    :thumbsup:
     
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  5. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    I'll be leading a few out of towners through there next weekend. It's been a while but oh yes, it's a fun one!
     
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  6. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Because you don't ride on the North side of the lake. There's also Cougar Crest trail, with it' techy sharp rocky sections on the North side.
     
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  7. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Hanna Flat to Gray's Peak, back down to the Grout Bay picnic area is a great loop from Fawnskin. I park at the Fire Station. Ride up the fire road (3N14 or Rim of the World Drive) to Hanna Flat (it feels like a long way).

    Nothing technical, and nothing very difficult except dodging hikers on Gray's Peak and on the finishing section of the Grout Bay Trail (between the base of the Gray's peak climb and the Grout Bay picnic area). The few switchbacks on that section add a little character to the finish.

    The trail surface on the Grout Bay Trail from Hanna Flat to the Gray's Peak is decomposed granite, so it can be a little soft in the turns, and it's a hiking trail, so there have been no attempts to add berms to make it a little more bike friendly. Easy gradient makes it a good choice for neophytes - although they will want to walk a creek crossing or two.

    Gray's Peak is an out and back that you can skip if you are showing beginners the beauty of MtB. It's a fairly easy gradient, but to people such as my wife, the climb feels long and the altitude takes a toll. Fun photo spot at the top, as you saw in the video.
     
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  8. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Meh.......done it a few times. Don't think it is all that great. The out and back on Gray's Peak is not that long and not that difficult. You do it more for the view at the top. You can't bomb back down due to the uphill traffic, especially on weekends.

    Hanna Flats feels like you are climbing the whole way....both directions.
     
  9. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Fun video, thanks! Really good sized group there. Do you have a Strava or similar showing the route you rode?
     
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  10. deocguy

    deocguy Member

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    JB
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    Mikie, you should try it my friend. It's an XC ride, fun ride tho!
     
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  11. deocguy

    deocguy Member

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    JB
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    Specialized
    Yes. The Strava link is on the video description.
     
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  12. deocguy

    deocguy Member

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    JB
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    Thanks my friend! ☺️
     
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  13. deocguy

    deocguy Member

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    Orange County
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    JB
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    Herzalot...yes, we parked at Fire Station parking lot, from there we climb up on fire road til Hanna Flats campground to get in to the Hanna Flat Trailhead.

    I agreed with you, going up to Grays Peak is a lot tougher due to thin air and high altitude for beginners. But the view from the top is endless breathtaking. So Beautiful up there!
     
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  14. deocguy

    deocguy Member

    Location:
    Orange County
    Name:
    JB
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    Specialized
    It's fun indeed. Btw, trail is in good condition now. Enjoy!
     
  15. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Let's plan an imtbtrails group ride through there! :cool:
     
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  16. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Rockstah

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    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Thanks. It doesn't work for me... just directs me to my dashboard???
     
  17. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    trek ex 7
    Starting from Grey Peak trailhead for an out and back, you avoid that FR. You can start with bagging the peak first , then doing Hanna flats then back. Not sure of the mileage. ALL ST!!
     
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  18. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

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    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
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    GREAT idea, thanks! That's probably what we will do this weekend.
     
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  19. bigringrider101

    bigringrider101 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Winnetka CA
    Name:
    Berni Avila
    Current Bike:
    Jones Space Frame Ti truss for
    I did that route so many times.
    Now I’d still start from Grays peak TH ride to Hanna flats CG and then instead of climbing Grays peak I go to Butler peak. It’s all fire road but it a unique fire tower overlook.

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  20. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
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    trek ex 7
    SAturday morning??
     
  21. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Dunno yet. Depends on my guests.

    I'm thinking of doing that one on Friday so that we can haul ass coming back down from Grays Peak with less foot traffic since it will be a weekday. Probably do Skyline on Saturday.
     
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  22. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

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    Orange
    Name:
    J
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    SC Chameleon SS

    That is how we have done it.
     
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  23. deocguy

    deocguy Member

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    Orange County
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    JB
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    Specialized
    That's how we've done it before but I've noticed GP to HF route is not for everyone.

    It's tougher coz the climb from GP trailhead is steeper. It won't be a problem if you ride with a group of riders who has strong cardio and stamina. Unfortunately, few riders from our group were bonking too soon and they weren't able to enjoy the rest of the ride.

    HF-GF route is more enjoyable for everyone. The fire road climb is mellow. It's similar with the beginning of Blackstar climb. Imho, it's good for warming up to get used to it with high altitude. ☺️
     
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  24. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

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    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    You make a great point here.
     
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  25. Grassblade23

    Grassblade23 Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Iron Horse Quantum/Chumba XCL
    Rode this last year. It definitely feels that way. I thought it was just because I'm fat and slow. I was doing car support for a hiker friend who was on the PCT and I snuck in the Hannah Flat out-n-back between the Delamar Mountain and Holcomb Creek PCT stops. For a quick "stolen" ride, it was pretty good. I feel the need to go back and ride it faster, (And do Gray's Peak,) but Skyline is a lot more fun.
     
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  26. OTHRider

    OTHRider Member

    Name:
    Duke
    Current Bike:
    '14 Giant TCX SLR2 Cross Bike
    But the view from the top is endless breathtaking. So Beautiful up there!

    Agreed! Well worth the climb up.

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  27. deocguy

    deocguy Member

    Location:
    Orange County
    Name:
    JB
    Current Bike:
    Specialized
    I'm so glad you went my friend. The view always amazing there. That's why we always cameback!
     
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