I get down to Los Angeles on business frequently and I'm going to say over either Thu or Fri night to do the infamous GMR. I looks like if one wanted to do a 40 mile or so round trip you would just keep going when GMR becomes GRR. This is the normal routing as I recall from the many posts on the subject. Anything else I should know? I would obviously plan on starting no later than 0700 to avoid the higher temperatures.
On second thought - it looks like if you're going that far you might as well keep going and descent Mt. Baldy Road.
Here's the basic route - http://app.strava.com/activities/52559233
I've never gone down baldy road because it's fun to climb back out of Baldy village and then you don't have to commute back to your car. The route I posted is slightly longer and a bit hillier but probably more fun.
The basic guidance is to keep going up anytime there's an intersection (it works both ways, strangely enough). There's an intersection after the shack and the "up" route takes you to GRR, the "down" route takes you down the mountain to Camp Williams. There's another intersection at Baldy Village and "up" takes you to the village. "down" takes you down baldy road no matter which way you approach the intersection.
Post when you get here, I'm sure somebody would ride with you. I'm in. :)
TH, thanks for the advice. I'll definitely post when I'm going to give it a shot. Next trip is in two weeks or so - we'll see. Be advised I'm a 200 lb senior citizen, but in reasonable good shape. My general approach to climbing anything is to avoid stopping, but that's a good climb. Here's a typical hard climb in our area. Not as long as GMR/GRR, but average grade is decent. I hate the fact that there are some downhills on the way up. I have a tough, dead end ranch road right near my house, but the road is so bad I don't do that one very often.
Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Ah, you'll do fine, ya skinny ba*****. :D I'm out Aug 1-11 but aside from that I'm in.
My tips would be:
1. Bring lots of water. There is no water between the base of GMR and Mt. Baldy Village. I drink a lot of water when climbing, so I carry a bunch when I do that ride.
2. If you're going to descend Mt. Baldy Road; make sure you're experienced at high-speed descents. The pavement isn't too good, and there are two high speed tunnels where you can't see the road surface. I've descended worse; but I'll always refuse to take descending novices down it.
Have fun, and don't pet the squirrels!
Thanks for the tips. On that sort of climb I'd be wearing a Camelbak plus two water bottles. We've got dead-end ranch road climbs in my area where the road is in very bad shape plus steep in places with switchbacks. I love the disc brakes on my Volagi.
Originally Posted by rooftest
I'm also very squirrel savy; this is the worst squirrel year in recent memory, rolling waves of the critters everywhere!