Ride Review: Barrett-Stoddard "Truck" Trail

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Andy, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The OC, Calif
    Name:
    Andy
    Current Bike:
    Depends...
    I'd had Barrett-Stoddard bookmarked for a while now and had found a few reviews of it, mostly from hikers, a fire road, with some slight to moderate climbing - well, that seemed to be the general gist of it... One site did mention about the glass in the parking area and about not leaving valuables in your car. As I turn in I see some guy in bushes. Sod it, I'm already here, I'll risk it. I unload my bike and by the time I'm done turns out its so local old guy out playing/walking his dog... We exchange pleasantries and he asks me if I'm going to "the flats". I tell him I'm just out for an easy ride, and see how far I go.

    I think the term "the flats" are a joke by the locals played on unsuspecting visitors...

    Almost immediately there's a stream crossing, only a couple of inches deep, but fast flowing and very very cold. And so the climbing begins. Its not horrendous, but all my rides recently have been flat(ish) and soon I'm huffing and puffing. The early morning warmth of the parking lot has given way to very chilly air, the trail at this point is thick with trees - and silence. The second stream crossing and several cabins precede a gate, which states "Road Closed", well, it is, but hiking and bikes are ok. The trail continues to climb, and at about 1.5 maybe 2 miles, the trees thin out and open up and I assumed I was at "the flats" except as I round a couple of bends, the trail starts to descend.

    And change. Under the umbrella of branches, the trail had been leafy and tacky. The local residents frequent use also means its fairly clear. Out in the open now, the trail is hard, with occasional stones/loose rocks. But as the descent continues (and it does continue), the trail is starting to get rougher. Sandy spots begin to appear in the dips, meanwhile stones and loose rock seem to be getting larger as the trail narrows. This is no longer a fire road, this is double track, nature is reclaiming the trail, it seems not many people are coming this far.

    At about 3.5 or 4 miles, there are now sizable rocks on the trail. And the trail has continued to narrow - its now down to single track, at its widest! Prepare to have shins/lower legs scraped. By now I'm forgetting myself, out by myself, a few miles from anywhere on a trail that is obviously used infrequently, I'm having fun descending this over grown, slightly technical swoopy trail, all the while watching out for the occasional exposure. A few bends/corners are getting washed out, and maybe at some stage may become impassible. A downed tree also causes a dismount, and there's a fourth very small (probably season) stream.

    Then once again, I appear to be at a "flat", but its not... The trail begins descending.

    Again. By this time, I'm back in cell phone coverage and a text from my wife says she'll be finishing work early, and I have to pick her up.

    I continue to descend a little way further, but then think better of it and begin my trek back. At this point I thought there was something odd anyway... I was actually just past the junction/turn off for W Cucamonga Truck Trail. Barrett-Stoddard was pretty much over grown and I couldn't really see it compared to Cucamonga. If I'd had time, I would've checked my map more thoroughly, but I wasn't that far from the end anyway.

    I wanted to get this ride in before any more rain, but long enough after the previous rain. It was a perfect day, beautiful weather, it was 75 when I arrived back at the car, and apart from some hike-a-bike (for me) and the way back a nice ride on a trail I'd never been on before.

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    Near the start, looking up


    Obligatory bike pic masquerading as a pic of the trail


    Near the top


    Looking back down the trail from near the top


    View from the top looking south(ish)


    Along the top


    Singletrack heading down


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  2. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Andy!
    Nice report bud! You got writin' skeels!
    That looks to be a nice area to ride.
    Thanks for the report and pics!

    Mikie
     
  3. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9
    Barrett Stoddad is a local mini-EPIC along the east side of San Antonio Canyon (12 miles one way...better off shuttled from Mt. Baldy Road down to Euclid and 24th Street). The trail is wild and full of rocky and gravitational consequences. There is always maintenance to be done on that trail, but it is so, so worth the effort. One of these days, I promise to post a RR of the Barrett Stoddard Bitch Slap. Stay tuned!
     
  4. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    How about posting up a ride up there? But no "mini epic" shuttle. I want to climb that too. :shock:

    I've only ever made it about 5 miles up before the trail was gone. That was more than 10 years ago, though.
     
  5. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    If you want to climb, go up baldy then down B stoddard. I really wouldn't call it a mini epic. It's an "OK" trail.
     
  6. mpmffitz

    mpmffitz Newbie

    Name:
    Mike Fitzgerald
    Current Bike:
    trek ex 5
    Did this recently without a fancy phone as an out and back but would have liked another rider to pace with or even shuttle..
     
  7. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9
    I will be shuttling this trail tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Rendezvous at top of 24th Street/Euclid Ave. at 9am. Looking at just over 12 miles. Start at 3800', climb to 4450', drop to 2675', climb to 3100', drop to 2150, cross Cucamonga Wash, climb "Dante's Peak" (short but shitty), and cruise back to the rendezvous point. We will self shuttle...it's about a 15-20 minute drive to the trailhead from the rendezvous point. Reply to this thread if you're interested. I recommend pads but not necessarily a full-face. It's a wild trail.

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  8. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    That's not how you use a toothpick.
     
  9. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9
    First off thank you Andy for sitting idly by while I hijack your Barrett Stoddard thread. Today we had Barrett Stoddard paragons T-no, Todd, Oliver, and 3xD rip down Stoddard like it was their hundredth time...actually it was about the 68th time, and every ride there are new tree and rock falls surprises. The trail has everything from wide open fire road to rugged double track to very narrow singletrack to wash crossings with no trail prism at all. The singletrack is deceivingly dangerous, allowing you to reach 25 mph and tease the 30mph mark with it's flowy DG berm-y matrix all while disguising boulders around many a-corner with thick coastal sage scrub and chaparral vegetation. I had a chaparral white thorn (lilac) pierce my lil' pinky...oh my!

    The boulders creeping onto the trail keep you honest, but there is no real way to describe the feeling of dodging them on off-camber leans while holding a line at 20+mph. Todd went OTB trying to avoid a boulder camouflaged by light when transitioning from sun to shade at high speed...that boulder wasn't there 3 weeks ago. The cottonwood tree fall is still there: On 4/27/14, Da Booges and I spent 3 hours building a 3' ramp-to-drop transition over three very large branches that fell onto the trail after a windstorm. By 5/5/14 the rest of the tree fell and bitch-slapped us for all the work we did (sorry no photo proof of the ramp since I broke the smartphone I used to document it).

    Thanks to many an 8-man "maintenance run," what used to take 20 minutes to traverse the bitch-slap tree is now a gnarly technical section only The Dante can clear without having to hike the bike. Moving on, the Cucamonga Creek crossing is a 1/3-mile jaunt that was 90% hike-a-bike in 2008, 60% in 2009, 40% in 2010, 20% in 2011, and a cleanable section to be proud of ever since Da Booges and The Dante completed a rock bridge through the water, which (for the record) Randall M. on the Ventana was the first to clean. The climb out of the creek is known as "Dante's Peak" because up until 2012, only The Dante was able to bag it on a bicycle. Nowadays Dante's Peak has become more user friendly and offers 50/50 odds of success.

    All in all it was another fine Barrett Stoddard ride. One of my favorite places.

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  10. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    First of all - trail prism? Matrix? Way to go all technical with your ride report!

    Secondly, it must be in the Southern Hemisphere, because it's upside down. No wonder it is so challenging.

    Third...nice rack Oliver. That thing belongs right next to the picture of Kate Upton in the other thread!!

    Thanks for the RR and pics - fun read and descriptive. :clap:
     
  11. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The OC, Calif
    Name:
    Andy
    Current Bike:
    Depends...
    Its not hijacking, its adding to it! And I'm glad people are. Actually, I'm looking forward to riding this again, hopefully as a shuttle this time, as per my post, doing it as an out-n-back with time restraints meant it seems like it wasn't done under ideal conditions...
     
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