SoCal Crescent

Discussion in 'Bikepacking' started by mike, Nov 16, 2016.



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  1. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    I characterize it as a classic singletrack tour of SoCal.

    I've mapped half (southern section) of it, from Hemet to Palm Desert. (Already needs updating to reflect lifted closures and new options.) The other half will include Berdoo Canyon to J-tree to Pioneertown to Wildhorse and SART to Redlands. Unlike many bikepacking routes, it has no noteworthy start or finish (well, Uncle Howie's is special). It's all about the goods en route. Highlights include:

    Idyllwild town and trails
    Ramona Trail
    Sawmill Trail
    Palm Canyon Epic
    Joshua Tree NP
    Pioneertown
    Wildhorse Trail
    Santa Ana River Trail
    and a bunch of FR and unimproved roads connecting them


    I rode the mapped part solo in four days awhile back and had a blast doing it. A lightly-loaded bike was no problem whatsoever.

    CaliforniaCrescent_south_thumb_4-14.jpg

    PDF:
    http://www.ousleycreative.com/misc/SoCalCrescent_south_4-14.pdf

    I'll be saddling up to ride the north section, and perhaps the whole megillah, as soon as conditions coalesce. (Work and weather.) One hardy rider here may join for some, so he says (I believe him; he's a badass). I'm guessing about eight days on the bike for the whole thing.

    California, IMO, is glaringly absent of established bikepacking routes, especially considering the climate. The Stagecoach 400 is mildly interesting, but I'm not a racer and I love ST. So I made my own route. Adding in more of ANF would be beneficial, but for now this is what it is.
     
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  2. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
  3. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Sorry if you got an error after clicking the PDF link. I just put some fresh grease on it and I believe it's working properly now.
     
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  4. littlewave

    littlewave Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Newport Beach
    Name:
    Brett
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash (Alu)
    Still broke.
     
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  5. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why S7, Revel Rascal, Spark RC
    Too much grease, maybe?
     
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  6. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Well, you get what you pay for, I reckon.

    Maybe it's fixed now...
     
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  7. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    I'm still broke too!

    Oh, you mean the linky...:D
     
  8. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    You will ride your bike tomorrow and the next day on this shindig, and I imagine there will be company along the way. Not the entire way, but here and there your routes are supreme. Nice work!
     
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  9. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    Would Berdoo Canyon require a +tire bike I reckon?
     
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  10. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Yeesh, idunno. Last time I drove it it wasn't too bad, but sure, I think it's possible there might be a short section or three of pushing a normal loaded MTB.
     
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  11. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    The deep beach sand on Berdoo is on the downhill toward Geology tour road. Be prepared for more sandy fun there too.
    Would like to be in on that section if timing works out.
     
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  12. evdog

    evdog iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Looks cool! How was Sawmill when you rode it? It has been a few years since I rode it, and there were some big trees down back then.

    I am still working on a route from San Diego to Santa Barbara, basically connecting Stagecoach to Tour de los Padres. I still have some decisions to make on routing, and a lot of re-routes to consider for fire closures. It is never ending!
     
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  13. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    You might recall my RR and our conversation about Sawmill...I still have yet to ride It. And a few other sections of the proposed route. Faith in info...

    Your route sounds like more of exactly what we need here – documented bikepacking options. Have fun crafting it...it's pretty cool to be the one making, rather than following, a long route. :thumbsup: As you know!
     
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  14. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Dredging up an old project that I never got the through-ride on.

    I feel an obligation to do it this year. :sneaky::geek:
     
  15. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    If my wife leaves me and takes the kids with her, I'm in.

    Kids: If you are all grown up now and are reading this, ya gotta understand the Ousley Influence is a siren song of MTB radness and supreme wilderness inundation. Besides, ya gotta ride the Squiggle Bug downhill to understand its pull. After all, I named it after you.

    BTW, I hope I don't get to do this ride...or something like that.
     
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  16. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Trek FEX
    Since part of your route goes through the high desert, I might be able to jump on for a piece of it (day ride) or at least meet up somewhere in that vicinity.
     
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  17. Nag

    Nag Member

    Location:
    Studio City
    Name:
    Noah
    Current Bike:
    Niner Rip
    This is interesting. What's the latest?
     
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  18. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    It’s a route for fall or early winter. I plan to be in the area this year, it’s likely I’ll have a week to make it happen. Fire season willing.
     
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  19. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Trek FEX
    It seems to be fire season all year here in the West anymore. :(
     
  20. evdog

    evdog iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Well, good news is the closure in May Valley is no longer in place. Bad news is the trails connecting to Hurkey are in bad shape.

    To connect the north and south halves I have a pretty solid route now from Redlands to Idyllwild.
     
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  21. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    Seriously, don't put too much effort into the cartography... South Ridge trail to May Valley Rd or drop the lower part to Mtn Ctr should work pretty well through there. Like to see your route; making up stuff is fun. :thumbsup:
     
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