Trail 120 Frazier Park w/ Driffter33 - It's an Epic!

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  1. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    Having done this several times I don't normally post a ride report for Epic Repeats, but it was awesome! So I will toss some words and the latest pics at you and reference previous write ups. :)

    I had Saturday free but did not know where I was going to ride. I prefer to ride local but often can not get folks to come up my way to ride. It's such a shame as there is so much more "Epic" than the campground slide called McGill Trail (here is where I picture that little whistles that clowns use).

    So Warren out of Fullerton says he might be coming up to work out in the Fort Tejon area and asked if I wanted to ride on Saturday...Duh! :roll:

    Friday I'm driving home from work and Cathy calls me on the cell and says a strange man has pulled up in the driveway and wanted to talk to me. Turns out...It's Warren! Done for the day and has ice cold beer with him? Ahhhhh Warren!

    I get home we shoot the breeze, decide we would get a much better ride in by waiting until tomorrow (Saturday). So he kicks it at the Holiday Inn Express over in Lebec. I pick him up in the morning and we shuttle to the usual drop point which is in Lake of the Woods at the Lockwood Valley turn off (it's where all the DH'ers go for pizza at Mike's Pizza after a hard day of coasting down McGill 6 times :lol: , I'm just kidding guys! We actually now HAVE DH'ers on the site :D ).

    We gear up...we go ride. Gotta say, the weather was just a little nippy at first at 8:15am. Seemed to go away once we started climbing. The remainder of the day was AWESOME weather with fantastic company.

    Warren thought there was potential to die on Trail 120 based on Hill^billy scaring him, but he didn't. In fact, Warren handled Trail 120 very well!

    Here is another Ride Report from several weeks ago with a LOT more details: http://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1374

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    Picking up the New Warren at the local Lebec Holiday Express.
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    From the Holliday Inn parking lot you can see Frazier Mountain. We will be traveersing from right to left (West to East)
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    Climbing up from the Lockwood Valley side. Mount Pinos to the left, Cuddy Valley to the right.
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    You just GOT to go to the Look Out Tower even though it is out of the way by a couple miles.
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    Bagging the peak of Frazier Mountain at 8013 feet of elevation.
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    You just Gotta have your pic with the sign. That's the Tehachapi Mountains in the background, also known as the Southern Sierra's.

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    The Antelope Valley. On a clear day you can see Boron and well beyond...
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    "Been riding all morning my hands wet on the bars..." ...Radar Love.
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    What's left of the poor old tired Look Out Tower.
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    Right between the trees is Pyramid off in the distance. A view would not normally get.
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    The epicness of this ride are the insane views. Antelope Valley to the left, Quail Lake off to the slight right, and the hills that's home to none other than Golden Eagle off to the right.
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    Another view of Pyramid Lake off in the distance...
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    Interstate 5 weaving through Gorman and Hungry Valley State Off Road Vehicle Park center right.
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    Dead center behind the rees is what is left of Castac Lake. Not to be mistaken for Castaic Lake. Castac is a large pond compared to Castaic and lies on Tejon Ranch property. There has been talk of changing the name to Lake Tejon. Tehachapi's dead center in the background.

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    Close to the end, one of the last switchbacks, loose and sandy. Fire and lack of rain.
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    Talk about brutal! The fire roads sneeking back out of Hungry Valley, steep and deep sand making for major effort when it is already hot and we are tired.
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    Views looking out over Hungry Valley. The low High Tension Lines crackling and making the hair on your arms stand up.
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    Back at the Holiday Inn Express. The New Warren wheels must get disassembled to fit in the front seat.

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    Another successful day of kicking Frazier Mountains lonely azz. There is always an Epic if you look hard enough!

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  2. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    You might not be big on repeats, Mikie, but I hope you do this one again. It looks classic. I'd love to ride it.

    LPNF, gotta come up and get summadat. TFPU!
     
  3. driffter33

    driffter33 Member

    Location:
    Buena Park CA
    Name:
    Warren Hornaday
    Current Bike:
    2013 Giant Anthem X 29er
    My contribution to your entertainment! ;)
     
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  4. Danimal

    Danimal iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    GG Trail Pistol!
    Cruising up the 5 or 101 I'm always looking at the hills and thinking if there are trails.

    Thanks for the RR!
    I hope So cal gets rain this year....
     
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  5. driffter33

    driffter33 Member

    Location:
    Buena Park CA
    Name:
    Warren Hornaday
    Current Bike:
    2013 Giant Anthem X 29er
  6. driffter33

    driffter33 Member

    Location:
    Buena Park CA
    Name:
    Warren Hornaday
    Current Bike:
    2013 Giant Anthem X 29er
  7. driffter33

    driffter33 Member

    Location:
    Buena Park CA
    Name:
    Warren Hornaday
    Current Bike:
    2013 Giant Anthem X 29er
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  8. driffter33

    driffter33 Member

    Location:
    Buena Park CA
    Name:
    Warren Hornaday
    Current Bike:
    2013 Giant Anthem X 29er
  9. driffter33

    driffter33 Member

    Location:
    Buena Park CA
    Name:
    Warren Hornaday
    Current Bike:
    2013 Giant Anthem X 29er
  10. hill^billy

    hill^billy iMTB Rockstah

    Sorry to scare ya Warren, I must have forgotten you are the new Warren! So how did you like the rock marble shoot?
     
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  11. driffter33

    driffter33 Member

    Location:
    Buena Park CA
    Name:
    Warren Hornaday
    Current Bike:
    2013 Giant Anthem X 29er
    Haha it was awesome! A great skill and confidence builder with killer views.
     
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  12. MTBZen

    MTBZen Member

    Location:
    Corona, CA
    Name:
    Gary
    Current Bike:
    2017 Trek Pro-Caliber 9.6
    Awesome ride report and great pics...gotta say...that pic of the fire road leading up to the powerlines....looks miserable. That's more sand than the beach! PLEASE RAIN!!!!!!!
     
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  13. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    Bumping a good time...
     
  14. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    And bumping again...this looks worthy of a road trip.
     
  15. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Mikie I’d be up for this local ride!:whistling:
    @Mikie
     
  16. Danimal

    Danimal iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    GG Trail Pistol!
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