Trail 120 . . . Frazier Park Ca

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  1. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Lebec, California
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    Mikie Watson
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    Trail 120 off the top of Frazier Mountain.
    It was Sunday and I needed more miles . . . a lot more miles.
    Getting there is half the fun. Dropping down Trail 120, you plunge from 7,465 feet to 4,288 feet in 4.1 miles. That's 3,177 feet!

    The views are breathtaking and the trail is . . . well, breathtaking in a different way!

    Let me back up though. Hill^Billy and I did this ride as an exploratory one time, I think last year http://imtbtrails.com/magazine/?p=136. I could not find my STRAVA on this although I have a picture of my Garmin on my bike after the ride so no explanation there. Currently my latest Garmin is sitting on my desk next to me in two pieces from the tree-slam two weeks ago on McGIll Trail.

    Found it! http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/218996322 This is the half loop version...

    I had Cathy drop me off at the Lockwood Valley Turn off and I rode my bike from there. I started at 1:30pm in the afternoon riding solo :( .
    Trail 120 would be considered a destination trail, as there is no other way to get to it other then to ride roughly 12 miles (12.3 miles to be exact) from the Chuchupate Ranger Station off Lockwood Valley Road. It starts out as paved and then turns to dirt at the Frazier Mountain Campground. As I was climbing the road section a roadie blew by me. I mean he blew my doors off! He kept looking back and at first I thought he was taunting me. Then another passed me but did not blow by me, he said they were climbing a total ascent of 8,000 feet for the day. Then shortly after another roadie cruzed passed me. I knew what I had ahead so I just kept my pace.

    Cloud Cover.
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    So up and over Frazier Mountain on FS 8N04 (Frazier Mountain Road). Now you don't have to hit the summit but it's pointless to do this ride without hitting the Lookout at 8,029 feet. From the Ranger Station to the Lookout is approx. 6.7 miles with an elevation gain near 2,814 feet. The views overlook the entire Antelope Valley and are spectacular!

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    Dropping back down on 8N24 to continue on out to Trail 120 is large rollers covered thick with pine trees throughout. Ever once in a while you get a clearing to see for hundreds of miles to include the South end of the San Joaquin Valley over the top of the Emigdio Mountains.

    Once you get to Trail 120 it's not much further past that, that the 8N24 Forrest Road dead ends. Making a sharp near U-Turn left you instantly drop on Trail 120. I didn't put 2 and 2 together when I pulled up on the upper trailhead. It was officially closed! :shock: A bar and lock was across the opening. Just this last year there was a big fire on Frazier Mountain and I never even thought about the trail being closed so naturally, I just turned around..... :eek:

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    ....NO I DIDN'T!!!! :eek: You know me better than that!

    It starts out smooth and flowy with some sweet banked turns. Wide enough for a quad in most places and that's because it's a trail that comes out of Hungry Valley State Off Road Park. But the trail goes steep, and soft, and slippery, with baby heads, and sliding baby heads on top of sliding baby heads. This is NOT a trail to take your girl friend on who you are trying to get to like Mountain Biking...she will divorce if not kill you in your sleep.

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    Steep, Fast, and Flowy... (to start).
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    Antelope Valley, Quail Lake, and Liebre Mountain near dead center
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    This is steep sliding switchbacks where if you have a dropper, it's dropped, and you are wondering when you are going to hit your junk on your rear tire steep. Sometimes it's fast cuz you aint got no choice steep. You get the picture. So bring fresh brakes, or brake replacements...

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    But as you are negotiating all of this you can't help but want to lift your eyes off the trail and look at the views, but don't. Stop and look otherwise you could die in some places...ha hah! :lol: As you drop down you end up steering both wheels at the same time, the combination of locking and unlocking brakes for both wheels as you throw tons of body English into negotiating soft to hard trail conditions, staying out of rain ruts, missing 20 inch boulders, and debris in general...

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    Hungry Valley in the foreground, Pyramid Lake way off in the upper middle.
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    Castac Lake.
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    Gormon on Interstate 5.
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    The last switchback.
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    With no vegetation left to protect the trail, 2 and 3 foot deep ruts take over from out of control rain.
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    The bottom trailhead up Trail 120.
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    When you finally do get to the bottom, not only is the ride not over, but now you are in Hungry Valley where you gotta sneak out to the North.
    This is done on a Power Line dirt Access Road which does not hug the elevation. So up and down you climb over the Frazier Mountain East Side foothills to escape the State Park. This takes you up behind Frazier Mountain High School, up and over into Juniper Ridge, a development I had to abandon when the construction market crashed. I only built 2 houses in there on 2 of the 8-20 acre parcels :roll: (heavy sigh...).

    Now to get across Hungry Valley.

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    I thought I said the climbs were over?

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    The stretch across Hungry Valley to the next little summit.
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    Last of the tuff climbs...
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    Looking down on the last big'un I just climbed... almost home free!
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    Just up over this gradual and I'm done!
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    Juniper Ridge. An old custom home development I had started, but the economy had a different idea...

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    Suffering through the last climb and dropping into Juniper Ridge all the worries go away as it is down hill all the way to Flying J on the road and then a left onto Lebec Road which takes me to Lebec Oaks Road which climbs back up to my house for a total of 4 1/2 hours of riding. NICE!

    I'll add a Google Earth map and elevation to this when I get the chance this weekend so I can figure out exactly what the elevation gain and mileage was... I would do it again, but it's a whole lot better with company!!! :cool:

    Mikie
     
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  2. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

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    Sounds like a blast!
     
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  3. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

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    Fires make me really sad and angry at the same time! This is one ride, or trail I will never forget! I'm so glad I did it, not one you would want to do without Mikie as your guide. Remembering back I still get a charge thinking about how intence it was with gravity in the drivers seat! I also remember being happy I was on my Enduro with an 8" rotor on the front. Some very long sections of pure adrenaline and that feeling of I can not make a mistake! Thanks for the memory Mikie! Oh and I can't believe you are crazy enough to go solo on this one! Mikie you are a crazy bastage!
     
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  4. BBJohn

    BBJohn New Member

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    John
    Awesome Mikie! The one photo makes Liebre Mtn look like an ant hill. Wow.
    Looks like a great ride. I'd be interested in the overall mileage and elevation on that one.
     
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  5. MTBHotRod

    MTBHotRod New Member

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    Great RR Mike. Can't what to ride with you and the crew next week.
     
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  6. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Found the Half Loop Version. It was on Garmin not Strava: http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/218996322 :D
     
  7. BBJohn

    BBJohn New Member

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    Between Berni posting riddles over on the Wrightwood 50 post and you posting KM instead of miles, I'm so cornfused!!!! :lol:
    21 miles +- for 1/2 the loop? Crap, nice work for an afternoon! For some reason I thought the elevation was much greater than that. Maybe because of the views you got. Was that most of the climbing?
     
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  8. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Huh.... That's odd. I logged on to Garmin and it shows miles/feet, but when you simply click on the link it shows in metric. Now I'm confused too :?

    Yes that was 98% of the climbing from where I started. Kinda like climbing up onto a diving board you got the ladder and then the board, but then your diving into the pool with is deeper. Antelope Valley was the pool. :lol: lemme see if I can changed the view settings on Garmin. ;)
     
  9. BBJohn

    BBJohn New Member

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    Now I was thinking that was 1241 was feet. Insert banged head. Makes since why the views were so good.
    4100' for meter conversion give or take. Of course that is give or take since I wasn't pedaling it . :D I'm sure you felt every foot. Great job for an afternoon Mikie! Looks like a fun one to do someday. That would be a day after it is legal to ride, no one here condones riding on trails that are closed or off limits. ;)
     
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  10. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Hah! Joe Mac and I just did the ride today!!! Of course, I didn't tell him trail 120 was closed until we got there... :roll:
     
  11. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

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    Well! How did Joe like it?
     
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  12. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Joe seemed to like it a lot. He said that Trail 120 was one of the toughest singletrack descents he has ever done. He was jacked that we got over 4000 feet of climbing! I asked if he would do it again and he paused . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . uh, yeah . . . . . . I would, uh, do it again in the future..... :cool:
     
  13. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

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    That trail is not for the faint of heart, so do you think it will survive? Do we need to round up some big balled people and put the tracks down?
     
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  14. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Gee, who would THAT be? I'm getting to where I really enjoy that ride more and more... It's good to me... :D
     
  15. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Joe Mac just posted his STRAVA for our ride Friday: <a class="postlink" href="http://app.strava.com/activities/174336663" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://app.strava.com/activities/174336663</a>

    Took some Pics of Joe Mac on the Trail 120 Epic:

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  16. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

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    Ok Mikie! I'm ready for a tour!
     
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  17. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    Brother, I am ready when you are!
     
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