After riding Baldy and Angeles Crest last weekend I wasnít sure what ride to do this Saturday, but I figured it would be one or the other again. Whitecarbondude, however, suggested doing Onyx Summit instead. Since Iíve never ridden Onyx Summit, I thought it sounded like a good idea. We had thought about doing Glen Oaks, but decided a couple days ago that we wouldnít have the time due to other commitments.
We decided to start at Sylvan Park, which would give us another 1200 feet of climbing, and we were supposed to meet at 6:15, but I misunderstood the map I had and ended up at the corner of Sylvan and University, instead. Jon, however, went looking for me and found me around the time we were supposed to meet and led me back to the parking lot.
The temperature was in the 50s, I think, and I was cold! I ended up wearing arm warmers and my light Optik Jacket, even though I knew Iíd end up carrying them in my pockets most of the day. No biggie, I wasnít bringing any food except for a small flask with 3 shots of Hammer Gel, so I had the room.
We could see the smoke from the fire that had closed Hwy 18, and we think this closure was the reason there was a lot of traffic on Hwy 38, which made for a couple close calls, but we did a pretty good job of staying as far right as possible.
Anyway, if you havenít ridden Onyx, hereís what itís like to ride it from Sylvan Park (which is right by the University of Redlands):
Ride almost 8 miles and climb 1200 feet gets you to the ranger station at Mill Creek. Another 11.5 miles and 3100 feet and youíre at Angeles Oaks. 10.76 miles and 1288 feet of climbing mixed in with 775 feet of descending through the rollers brings you to the last climb, which is about 8.5 miles and 2100 feet. At this point youíre at Onyx Summit and itís time to turn around to head back down to Redlands. The descents were fun, fast, and more stable than the descents off of Baldy, but the length of it wore out my back.
Totals for the day, 8615 feet of climbing, 77.31 miles. Woohoo, fun times!
I titled this picture "Chunky Butt Makes it to Onyx Summit"
IRO Jamie Roy (fixed-gear commuter), Gary Fisher Rig 29er SS, Trek Madone 5.5, Specialized Allez Comp, Marin Mt. Vision Pro, Specialized M2 Hardtail, beater Nishiki fixed-gear conversion, Gary Fisher Rig 29er SS
Man, if the traffic was anything like today, I'd have been pretty sketched out on that road. I was driving Hwy. 38 today, after riding the Santa Ana River Trail, and it was just a long line of traffic heading all the way down the hill.
Kinda glad I opted to start "tapering" this weekend, and go do Raincross, on Saturday, instead of another long climbing ride. OTOH, had I opted to go climb, I might've run into you (Not likely though. I like to get an early start, but 6:15?! Are you nuts? ).
That's a good climb - I did the big bear century earlier this year, and that descent after Onyx peak is great!
Nope, all I brought with me was 3 shots. At Angeles Oaks on the way up I refilled a bottle with Gatorade, had a Starbucks Mocha drink thing, and a regular Snickers Bar. On the return I stopped at the same place and had a Coke, refilled with Gatorade, and another regular Snickers Bar.
The descent was a blast, but hard on my back. The road is excellent, though, and really well paved.
Nice pic, John, and I enjoyed hearing about you and Jon riding to Onyx Summit yesterday. You're going to have a blast (in the painful kind of way) at Everest and should be proud of yourself for going for it!