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bobonker 06-12-14 11:35 PM

Pearblossom to Mountain High -- Is this route ok on a Sunday morning?
 
Title says it all. My in laws live a few miles outside of Pearblossom and I've been given Sunday morning to do this ride:

Pearblossom to Mtn High - Los Angeles, CA

How does that route look assuming an 8am start? I know the ATOC came through there and it looked fine on TV, but I won't have the benefit of traffic control. Should I start earlier? Feedback appreciated.

Thanks,
Sonny

vertical bob 06-15-14 07:48 PM

The earlier you start the better. Gets really hot out there but cooler as you go up. You might have to beg for water at a campground

RISKDR1 06-16-14 05:36 AM

My friend lived in Wrightwood. He called he Pearblossom highway "blood alley". I have driven it and don't think I would ride a bike on it. That's just me though.

vertical bob 06-16-14 08:40 AM

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Originally Posted by RISKDR1 (Post 16854700)
My friend lived in Wrightwood. He called he Pearblossom highway "blood alley". I have driven it and don't think I would ride a bike on it. That's just me though.

Absolutely, would never ride Pearblossom Hwy, but I believe he is talking of starting in Pearblossom the town. The road up to Mtn. High is Big Pines Hwy and is very lightly used. It's a really nice climb from the High Desert to the cool mountains. A good place to park and start is Valyermo. There is a ANF fire station and a post office there. Safe I think.

bobonker 06-17-14 02:35 PM

Thanks, guys. I started on the corner of 165 St E and Hwy 138. Would never ride the highway itself. Big shoulder, but crazy wind and even crazier drivers!

The wife dropped me off at 7am. It was already warm and the lower part of Big Pine Rd was toasty because of no shade. I think I got passed by maybe 3 cars and a few motorcycles on the ascent. I carried 3 water bottles and turned around at Table Mountain campground. All in all, it was a fantastic ride. The elevation (ie, less oxygen) wasn't too hard to deal with though I did notice that I had to sit sooner than planned when I was standing up.

I got a rear flat at mile 5 and after that, I stayed in the middle of the road to avoid all of the dried up thorns/stickers on the shoulder.

Here's the route I took:
Bike Ride Profile | Base 2-7: Valyermo to Mtn High/Wrightwood -- 211 .85 near Llano | Times and Records | Strava

Sonny

vertical bob 06-18-14 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobonker (Post 16859276)
Thanks, guys. I started on the corner of 165 St E and Hwy 138. Would never ride the highway itself. Big shoulder, but crazy wind and even crazier drivers!

The wife dropped me off at 7am. It was already warm and the lower part of Big Pine Rd was toasty because of no shade. I think I got passed by maybe 3 cars and a few motorcycles on the ascent. I carried 3 water bottles and turned around at Table Mountain campground. All in all, it was a fantastic ride. The elevation (ie, less oxygen) wasn't too hard to deal with though I did notice that I had to sit sooner than planned when I was standing up.

I got a rear flat at mile 5 and after that, I stayed in the middle of the road to avoid all of the dried up thorns/stickers on the shoulder.

Here's the route I took:
Bike Ride Profile | Base 2-7: Valyermo to Mtn High/Wrightwood -- 211 .85 near Llano | Times and Records | Strava

Sonny

Was the snack bar open at Mt High North? I know that on the weekends they have a frizbee golf course set up there.


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