SART from Heart Bar down to Angelus Oaks...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by mtbMike, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    I don't think I've ever had a bad day on SART but today was one of those special days. I found out last night from a Big Bear friend that it had "poured" yesterday. There was definite some mud and larger puddles up top but easy to navigate around until we got a mile in. The rain had obviously been pretty significant as there were a few trail washouts in the corners and a 3-4 downed trees. After the 3 mile mark (after the creek crossing and the 1st loose, rocky climb if you're familiar withe the trail), the trail was perfectly tacky and as close to a magic carpet ride as you could get. Add that to temps in the low 70's and only one group of hikers and it was a near perfect day.

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  2. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    Outstanding!
    I love me some SART!
    Can’t wait to get back out there and get some...
     
  3. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    trek ex 7
    Wished I could have gone Mike. Never been above South Fork CG. Thanks for the report!!
     
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  4. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    It was hit & miss in a few places. At one point, the trail fork we normally take was gone... probably covered in mud obscuring the entire turnoff. We took the other trail for the 1st time but ended up having to get on Trailforks and go full cross country mode to get back to the right trail. It was a fun detour and better than riding thru 6-12” of mud.
     
  5. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Wet tacky SART with cool temps? That's too much... :inlove:
     
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  6. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    I agree!
    Dream epic ride..big bear to redlands.. will need to shuttle...
     
  7. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    I got time to ride out there mid week...
     
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  8. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    Crazy Bear bikes runs that shuttle every 6-7 weeks. It was being run today if there were enough riders. He usually picks up at the bottom of 138 at the ranger station but with advance notice will pick you up at the brewery in Redlands. He sometimes runs the shuttle from LA as well but not as often.

    As I mentioned, the upper section of the Heart Bar link to South Fork has some recent storm damage. Make sure you have Trailforks because one of the turnoffs is GONE at the moment. Even riding South Fork down to the ranger station can be a tough ride depending on the weather. Last time we did it, 6 out of 7 of us ran out of water in 100+ heat.
     
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  9. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Watch the board around Hell Ride Time! You never know...
     
  10. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Our HS MTB coach and his son, who is in seventh grade, just rode the entirety of the SART from South Fork to Huntington Beach.
    Yeah, they're crazy like that.
     
  11. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    But did they ride back? That would be awesome.
     
  12. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    That's probably next weekend!!!
     
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  13. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Have done this ride a few times. There are very few rides I'd call epic but this is one. BB - Sugarloaf - Wildhorse - SART
     
  14. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    yes. that is something I had my eye on for a while...
     
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  15. Grassblade23

    Grassblade23 Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Iron Horse Quantum/Chumba XCL
    That's been a distant goal of mine for the last 4 years.
     
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  16. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Make it happen!!!
     
  17. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Unknown
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    Sounds like something I would want to do on something like a Diverge or Slate. Large tire adventure bike.
     
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  18. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Or stash your road bike in Redlands and swap out. I think that's what people are doing, but am not sure.
     
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  19. Grassblade23

    Grassblade23 Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Iron Horse Quantum/Chumba XCL
    No hate on the guys that swap, it certainly makes sense. But my OC won't let me, (Plus I like keeping accurate mileage on Strava. If I swap, it would have to be uploaded as two separate rides.) I think we've discussed this elsewhere. I would totally keep some carbon profile aero bars in the Camelbak to toss on for the paved sections. If/when I do this, it will probably be on a 29er Hardtail, (Like my upcoming Karate Monkey build,) but I bet it would be awesome on a Slate or a Cutthroat with a StepCast, Lefty or RS1.
     
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  20. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    I'm not sure what the trail conditions are like below the post office but the singletrack section from Mill Creek Rd up to the post office is in less than stellar shape. Still 98% rideable for sure but worst condition I've ever seen it this past weekend. Time for some Mt Wilson action :D
     
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  21. Grassblade23

    Grassblade23 Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    Iron Horse Quantum/Chumba XCL
    Speaking of ambitious mixed surface rides, when I get the legs and lungs for it, I want to ride Baldy freeway to summit, (Devil's Backbone and all,) and film the descent.
     
  22. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    A Cutthroat or similar big-tired drop-bar bike would be good. Thunder Burts or Nanoraptors on it. Would be slippery on the dirt though! But would make up for the 70+ miles of asphalt.
     
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  23. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Unknown
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    I was just reading yesterday about people doing that on the Mauna Kea ride. Swapping bikes, shoes, etc to do the ride. I had thought about making that a destination ride. But swapping bikes and all that kind of stuff just takes away from the spirit of it to me. Now...I might consider doing the whole thing on my XC MTB...
     
  24. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
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  25. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Unknown
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
  26. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    I think he has it on private. Anyway, it's the regular SART, but he began another nine miles up the trail on the south side of Hwy 38. Basically at the intersection of the PCT. He swapped bikes in Redlands, but I have no problem with that!
     
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