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Old 02-24-12, 05:52 PM
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Better than going to work.

I was lucky enough to have the day off so I did a local loop. I've posted pics from these roads before but I never get tired of it.
First, you can see the hill I'm headed for in the background. Around 3800 feet in 9 or so miles.


Lots of this ahead.


Someone did not enjoy the climb.


Looking back toward the bottom.
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Old 02-24-12, 05:57 PM
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This firecamp is on the top of the ridge. The only place to get water up there.


Some steep stuff.


A 20 minute descent takes me to the bottom of that valley, then I'll climb out the other end.


Some fun stuff.
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What a beautiful place to ride!
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I've heard there are only 2 of these wooden bridges left in the county and both ae on this road.


I don't often take pics of myself, but this time I did.


Here is another shot of that valley from lower. Great place to ride.
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OMG! You don't see that kind of stuff here in River City. Some day I need to go out there and give it a go.
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Thanks for looking, BD. It was a pretty nice day, got into the 70s.
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Here is one near the base of the first climb. I took this pic last time up there.
I am quite happy to have all these hills right out my door.
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Breathtaking!

Of course riding anywhere is better than a day at work.
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You call that a 'hill'?
Hills are what we have in Indiana. Very jealous.
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Big John, my legs hurt just looking at those hills. Nice vistas.
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So where's a good place to start from, in case I head out your way in a few days? :-)
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Originally Posted by icyclist
So where's a good place to start from, in case I head out your way in a few days? :-)
You could ride up to Fire camp 9 by going up Little Tujunga, (Osborne turns into Little T), to the second summit, then turn left for 3.5 more miles. I actually came down that way, having gone up May Canyon, a closed road behind Veteran's Park in Sylmar.
If you want to climb Little T, a good place to start is the Rec Center on Foothill just east of Osborne, right off the 210. Bathrooms and water at the rec center.
If you go the other way, east from the rec center about 5 miles, you can go to Big Tujunga from Oro Vista.
Let me know if you have any questions about the area.
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Originally Posted by icyclist
So where's a good place to start from, in case I head out your way in a few days? :-)
The top with the sag wagon meeting you at the bottom.


We have a few pimples round here- None over 850ft and a 10 to 15% slope to the top. I have to travel about 600 miles to get your kind of slope so don't do it very often.
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Nice country, really inspiring! Looks like some good climbing and roads to ride on.

Do you still rides those hills during the summer? Must get pretty hot down there.

Oh yeah, what Giro is that? The ventilation looks better then what I'm using.

Thanks for sharing!!
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What are the percent climbs going up there? That looks like a great ride.
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Originally Posted by GFish

Do you still rides those hills during the summer? Must get pretty hot down there.

Oh yeah, what Giro is that? The ventilation looks better then what I'm using. :
In the summer we go up higher, usually drive to 5 or 6000 feet and ride from there. You can spend the day between 5 and 8000 and it's much cooler.
I don't remember the model of the Giro, it's more than 4 years old. Pneumo-something, I think.

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What are the percent climbs going up there? That looks like a great ride.
There is a lot of around 10% on the route I took, but I don't think any long stretches much steeper than that. There are a few short, steep things that are probably 15%, but I'm not really sure. The hard thing is the relentless nature of the first long climb.
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Here are a couple more. Near the top of the first long climb there are switchbacks. A little hard to see.


More switchbacks at the end of the last climb, (a different road, this one is open to all traffic).
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