Summer Solstice Blackstar

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  1. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    Ride Name: Summer Solstice Blackstar
    When: Friday, June 21st
    Time: 6pm
    Where: Xmas Tree Farm at Blackstar Cyn Rd and Silverado Cyn Rd
    Ride Description or Details:
    Continuing my new tradition.
    How about a gathering for the Summer Solstice and the beginning of summer? Sunset is at 8:04 pm and the actual Solstice is at 8:54 am.
    I am a slow climber and plan to start at 6pm in time for sunset at Beek's. You may start then or later or take a different route. Basic idea is to be at Beek's before sunset.
    Bring some of your favorite libations and we can toast the sunset and perform whatever Pagan rituals you believe in at Beek's for the Solstice.
    Others can certainly join us by coming up from Skyline or other areas.
    You can do any extra credit you like. Some may take singletrack options on the way down.
    Probably want lights for the descent.
    Moon will be waning gibbous at 84%, if no June gloom.
    https://www.moongiant.com/phase/06/21/2019

    ~~~~~ Optional Details ~~~~~
    Meet Location: Xmas Tree Farm at Blackstar and Silverado Cyn Roads. Or at Beek's Place if coming from another trail.
    Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Ride Pace: Easy with Moments of Effort
    Type of Ride: Out and Back
    Rider Limit: Just short of too many
    Anticipated Mileage: 18
    Elevation Gain: 2200
    Ride Duration: 3 Hours
    Previous Ride Reports: https://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/2018-summer-solstice-ride-to-beeks.7509/
    Possible Bail-Outs: Turn around, dummy. But, please - come up to Beek's with us.
    Facilities: Sage and such, watch out for poison oak.
    Food/water suggestions: Bring something. Water for the ride, snacks or food and libations for a sunset toast at Beek's.
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  2. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Thanks for posting @Rumpled !!! This looks fun, I think I'm going to try and make it, maybe the train to the Floop ride also!!! :thumbsup:
     
  3. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I should be there... :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The OC, Calif
    Name:
    Andy
    Can't believe it has been two years since I did the first one. I haven't gotten any faster, but I did buy a light, so I think I’ll try and keep up...
     
  5. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    And there's no sand pits like Pioneertown. :p Just a mellow ride up the mountain... And maybe a beer at the top while you take in the views. Optional single tracks on the way down. :thumbsup:
     
  6. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    hmmmmm......maybe I will factor this into a much bigger ride and stay out til early the next morning. :cautious:
     
  7. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    :laugh:!!! Did you say up the mountain!?? o_O
     
  8. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Don't worry... It's the easiest way to get up to Main Divide in the Santa Anas!









    :whistling:
     
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  9. Derek13

    Derek13 Member

    Location:
    Costa Mesa
    Name:
    Derek Smith
    Current Bike:
    SC Hightower and Chameleon
  10. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
  11. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The OC, Calif
    Name:
    Andy
    Not sure if anybody’s mentioned... watch out for the ticks... I picked up a couple of hitch hikers at 4 Corners the other day.

    I always wash my gear - as soon as I get home - on the long cycle... One of the little bastards survived that. Luckily it was crawling on a white T-shirt so I saw it immediately...
     
  12. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Iffy. As in if I can get out there that date, I'll be there. May not be able to.
     
  13. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Ah yeah!:thumbsup:
     
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  14. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1
    You can always get a spot in Blue Jay and ride around the San Juan area. But otherwise the Trabuco Ranger District does not allow dispersed camping anywhere outside of the San Mateo Wilderness... which you can't take your bike into.

    [EDIT] That's not to say that I haven't run into tents early in the morning on Harding and Four Corners. And I know that people frequently overnight at Old Camp.[/EDIT]

    Back to the subject of this thread. I'll be there!
     
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  15. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Bumping this up for those who may have missed it initially. Too much fun to miss. I'm gonna make every effort to be there, but it depends on the wife's recovery from her knee replacement. Obviously she comes first. :thumbsup:
     
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  16. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    Weather looks cool. Not joining the 100 degree club like we have previously.
     
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  17. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    The wife says she's okay with me doing this, but final decision will be Friday afternoon. After two weeks not riding, this will probably be my slowest ever trip up B*. :eek:
     
  18. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    Gotta take care of momma with her Ti upgrades
     
  19. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Wait - what? Ride from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm, take a nap, then get up early and drive us to Sandberg?
     
  20. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Nap? What's a nap? He's riding from B* to Sandberg. Didn't you get the memo? :Roflmao:eek::rolleyes:
     
  21. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I'll be home long before 10:00... :p
     
  22. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Working late lately but still going to try to make it. Work, B* then Golden Eagle = Crunch Time.:confused:
     
  23. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    Looks to be cool and breezy

    Friday
    Patchy drizzle and fog before 11am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
    Friday Night
    Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 50. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
     
  24. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    The weather gods do not like me putting on these rides. It's either 100 º or cold and rainy.

    It rained at home and at work this morning; I don't think as much up in BStar.

    If it is muddy; I will not ride a mile too far.

    This Afternoon
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
    Tonight
    Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

    Wind should dry most moisture.

    Hope to see people out tonight.
     
  25. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    I will be out there....but gonna roll early. Will see you guys at Beeks.

    I agree, the breeze should be drying everything out.
     
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  26. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    It's neither cold nor rainy. 67* with a light wind.

    Where is everyone? :rolleyes:

    20190621_161553.jpg
     
  27. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    And I thought 5:30 was going to be an early roll time. :confused:
     
  28. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2018 Specialized Epic Carbon C
    I'm rolling at 6; the goal is to meet at Beek's for sunset at 8:04 (if we can see it)
     
  29. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The OC, Calif
    Name:
    Andy
    Checking waze for traffic and heading out shortly...
     
  30. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Good to see all y'all out there; I had to get to the top and skedaddle back down.
     
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