Loch Leven + Post Office Loop

Discussion in 'Trailhead' started by Cyclotourist, Aug 25, 2016.



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  1. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Ride Name: Loch Leven + Post Office Loop
    When: Saturday August 27th
    Time: 9:00
    Where: Loch Leven Trailhead
    Ride Description or Details:
    One of my favorite local rides. My friend Mike from Carlsbad is coming up, so figure I'd throw an invite out and see if anyone wanted to join in. Casual pace up the hill, great singletrack through the valley, as fast a pace as you want back down the hill. A decent amount of climbing. You can see the write up from last weekend: http://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/i-rode-my-bike-today.2149/page-149#post-61285 Saturday's temps should be pretty nice, so not worried about the heat. Highly suggest bringing a bug net, there are LOTS of gnats.
    ~~~~~ Optional Details ~~~~~
    Meet Location:
    Loch Leven trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/iiCFMZjdTFv
    Skill Level: Intermediate - long climb, high exposure on singletrack in places.
    Ride Pace: Social Cruise, Easy with Moments of Effort, Moderate Pace - All my rides are social, why else ride with other people???
    Type of Ride: Out and Back lollipop
    Rider Limit: Conga line
    Anticipated Mileage: 19
    Elevation Gain: 3,000
    Ride Duration: At most four hours. That's when it was really hot and I took lots of breaks riding solo.
    Previous Ride Reports: http://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/i-rode-my-bike-today.2149/page-149#post-61285
    Possible Bail-Outs: At any point going up, just turn around.
    Facilities: Oaks Restaurant @ mile 6.3
    Food/water suggestions: Bring food and water for a four hour ride.
     
  2. socalpedalpusher61

    socalpedalpusher61 Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Hugh Smitham
    Current Bike:
    2015 Santa Cruz 5010
    I may join in. See if I have it in me. If'n I don't make it have a great time!
     
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  3. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Hope you can make it! A bit of a drive, but it's a pretty fun time!
     
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  4. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    If I didn't have the Santa Monica ride on Sunday, I'd join you... I need to stay closer to home on Saturday.

    Have fun...
     
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  5. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
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  6. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    If you can break away for a few, we're just up the road a bit!
     
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  7. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Damn! I really want to do this but I gotta work at the shop Saturday...unless I get fired tomorrow!;)
    That's a great route, all the good stuff...
     
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  8. Sasquatch9billion

    Sasquatch9billion Well-Known Member

    Name:
    trinidad j. mendez
    Oh man, I'd jump on this if I hadn't been off the bike for five weeks. Have fun!
     
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  9. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    The climb is long, but a constant grade, never really steep. Six miles of it though. Then another three after the singletrack.
     
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  10. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Probably not worth getting fired over. I guess...
    It's a good morning out. Beautiful scenery, SART is fantastic. There were about 10 trees down which kind of dampens the vibes a touch, but make it a bit of an adventure.
     
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  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....................
    Let me see how my Friday goes...:)
     
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  12. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    This is becoming a thing, eh! I know where there's good pizza and beer after the ride!
     
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  13. dstepper

    dstepper Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Dean Stepper
    Current Bike:
    2014 Turner Czar
    Was on the post office loop about a month ago way too many trees across the trail for this time of the year. Forest Service very slow getting out there with a chain saw to clear trail. By the time I got to post office loop I was over 20 miles into a ride and near 4k of climbing and was not in the mood to be climbing over trees.

    Dean
     
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  14. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic, Stumpu and Enduro
    I was there last weekend, had fun luckily the trees are at the end of the P.O so they aren't to much of a vibe killer. Have a good time. Racing Sunday otherwise I would be there.
     
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  15. SoCal_Rider

    SoCal_Rider Member

    Location:
    Temecula/Murrieta
    Name:
    Ryan
    I was going to say the same thing. There were so many trees (and kinda difficult to get around/over) that I decided to skip that part when I did SART a couple of weeks ago.
     
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  16. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    I counted about 10 trees across the trail. But they didn't bother me too much. Gave me a chance to catch my breath! Only one was pretty difficult to get over.

    Currently taking a break from futily trying to mount my rear tire that I just swapped out, and having zero luck. Drying it out so I can slap on some Gorilla Tape as I could see bubbles coming out the spoke holes. Maybe that will seal it up enough. Worst case scenario I throw in a tube as goatheads shouldn't be a problem. Shouldn't just left the worn tire on there...
     
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  17. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Hey David,
    I am out for tomorrow. Going to ride local... You guys have fun!:thumbsup:
    Mikie
     
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  18. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Thanks for the heads up. No worries, it's a long drive for a fun, but less than epic payoff. :)
     
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  19. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Damn tire won. Can't get it to set into place, using Gorilla Tape which is definitely thicker than Stans. That may be the problem. Bad time to experiment :( Gave up and tried putting a tube in, but so tight I needed to use a lever, and of course pinched the tube in the process. I quit for the night! Worst case scenario I have to ride my monstercross which will be fine, but not what I want to do. First world problems.
     
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  20. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    GREAT time today. Buds from SD made it up here without incident. A couple of neighbors jumped on board as well. Weather was PERFECT overcast morning, burning off to blue skies. My back was messed up from yesterday, and that led to a tough climb up. I was going to turn around as I didn't think I could do the single track, but everyone encouraged me to keep going. Glad I did, as the ride was great. A bunch of trees down, but climbing over trees in the mountains beats hanging around the house! Four hours riding up there, then down to the local pizza joint downtown for well earned carb loading!

    https://www.strava.com/activities/691237822

    SART:
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    Trail-side BS session:
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    Back to the flatlands:
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    Looking good:

    Instagram Link


    Instagram Link
     
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  21. dstepper

    dstepper Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Dean Stepper
    Current Bike:
    2014 Turner Czar
    Those trees need to go bye bye. Next time up there I will stop in the ranger station and ask where the hot shots have been. I know it has been a bad fire season but they have had since last winter to get it done. Maybe I can enlist Kanga to do the work he has forest service permit to use a chain saw in the forest. Or maybe I will pull a firewood permit and do it myself.

    Dean
     
  22. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Dean, they have definitely been there for a while. I'm surprised as the P.O. Loop is what I consider a pretty accessible and therefore popular/well-used trail. It's not some obscure back-country thing.
    If you do end up going up there, put the word out, I know several of us out yesterday would love to help!
     
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  23. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic, Stumpu and Enduro
    Kennedy Meadows area Forest Service told us they had no trail crews this year. I wonder if that is States wide.
     
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  24. dstepper

    dstepper Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Dean Stepper
    Current Bike:
    2014 Turner Czar
    I really don't expect the forest service to do all the work but they are very slow and do not make trail maintenance issues easy of volunteers. It is easier to get a gun permit than a sawyers permit. Darin has a large cross cut hand saw that will go the job.

    Dean
     
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  25. riiz

    riiz Member

    Location:
    Redlands, CA
    Name:
    Eric
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Heckler/Killmaleon
    We could probably just go out and take it upon ourselves to do it. Nobody is probably gonna harass us for improving trail conditions.
     
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  26. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic, Stumpu and Enduro
    We can get most of them. There are a couple very large specimens. I agree Dean.
     
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  27. dstepper

    dstepper Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Dean Stepper
    Current Bike:
    2014 Turner Czar
    It is weird because for the decade I have been riding the SART down trees have always been cleared fast. I wonder what changed. The trail knomes seem to have disappeared. Best guess whoever was doing trail work out there either moved on, got old or most likely got tired of never receiving any help.

    Dean
     
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  28. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Yeah, if we can knock the 10-ish out there down to three or four, would be quite an improvement! Call the date!
     
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  29. riiz

    riiz Member

    Location:
    Redlands, CA
    Name:
    Eric
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Heckler/Killmaleon
    Anytime after Labor Day is pretty much good for me.
     
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  30. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I'm surprised Sawyer McG hasn't cleaned it up! Wrong forest, I guess. He's Angeles, not Cleveland. And he's a saint - along with Robin. @Mikie Robin Mcguire

    I'd be willing to cut trees, if someone has a chainsaw. That was my first summer job when I was 16. I still have my limbs and digits. I am guessing whomever does the work would need the blessing of the Forest Service.