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Old 09-29-17, 04:18 PM
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Moreno Valley to Beaumont alts.

Can anyone tell me if there's an alternative route to Rt. 60 from Moreno Valley to Beaumont (Riverside County)? Doesn't look good on street view, so maybe the bus is the only way? Thanks!
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Old 09-29-17, 05:02 PM
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E on Alessandro all the way to Gilman Springs Rd.
R on Gilman Spring
L on Jack Rabbit Trail
R on 60
Exit 60 at first exit, 6th street. You will be on the 60 for only 2.5 miles or so.

Pavement on last section of Alessandro E of Theodore St is a bit rough.

Jack Rabbit Trail is actually closed to traffic and no longer maintained. Pavement is breaking up to missing in some areas, but it is totally doable. Up until this year it was part of the Breathless Agony century and I had no trouble riding it on 25mm tires. Just have to pick your line. The 60 shoulder from JRT to 6th street is fine, plenty wide, but like any other freeway shoulder there can be debris and I think there is one really dangerous drainage grate near the end. Easy enough to avoid, just be watching for it.

You could also go up Redlands Blvd from Alessandro, cross the 60 and turn R on San Timoteo into Beaumont. No riding on the 60. San Timoteo is a bit narrow, but not a problem to ride, not that much traffic.

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Old 09-30-17, 02:14 AM
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Originally Posted by jimincalif View Post
E on Alessandro all the way to Gilman Springs Rd.
R on Gilman Spring
L on Jack Rabbit Trail
R on 60
Exit 60 at first exit, 6th street. You will be on the 60 for only 2.5 miles or so.

Pavement on last section of Alessandro E of Theodore St is a bit rough.

Jack Rabbit Trail is actually closed to traffic and no longer maintained. Pavement is breaking up to missing in some areas, but it is totally doable. Up until this year it was part of the Breathless Agony century and I had no trouble riding it on 25mm tires. Just have to pick your line. The 60 shoulder from JRT to 6th street is fine, plenty wide, but like any other freeway shoulder there can be debris and I think there is one really dangerous drainage grate near the end. Easy enough to avoid, just be watching for it.

You could also go up Redlands Blvd from Alessandro, cross the 60 and turn R on San Timoteo into Beaumont. No riding on the 60. San Timoteo is a bit narrow, but not a problem to ride, not that much traffic.



this is the way i would choose. relatively straightforward and paved the entire way. redlands is a decent
hill but never steep and san timoteo is false flattish/slightly uphill till beaumont.
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Old 10-02-17, 08:58 AM
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I would go Ironwood, up Redlands Blvd. and down San Timeteo. Jack Rabbit trail puts you on the 60 for a mile or two, and the road is every unkept.
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+1 Redlands blvd........ Rode that way yesterday from Allessandro over Redlands blvd.... San Timoteo is a nice ride.... not too much traffic... decent scenery.... and you don't have to enter the freeway to get to Beaumont.
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Old 10-03-17, 09:52 PM
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My only addition to the San Tim route is to avoid Redlands Blvd after about 3pm on weekdays. Lots of commuter traffic (avoiding the freeways). I've seen 2 bad collisions and waaayyy too many close calls. The road is good on the North side of the summit, but people tend to drift over the line and off the edge.
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Old 10-03-17, 10:31 PM
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Depending on the time of day and whether or not the gate is open, there's a house on the south side of San Tim, just east of the junction with Redlands Blvd, with one hella fast and determined dog. He can do +20mph for at least a quarter mile before he gives up. I'm two-for-two in outrunning him.

I genuinely prefer Alessandro to Gilman Springs to Jackrabbit Trail. After the 10th time up San Tim it's kinda boring, and nine times out of ten, the wind is from the east. On the other hand, Jackrabbit Trail is peaceful and quiet, and it's really a shortcut. The two miles on the shoulder of the 60 is actually pretty laid back-- sure, traffic is hauling ass, but the shoulder is about 12 feet wide, and recently resurfaced. It's less than 10 minutes, and dumps you right into downtown Blowmont. Super plus, you go right by the barber shop with the Sweeney Todd mural on the back wall, and it's one of the only sights to see in that whole town.

Just don't try Jackrabbit within 5 days of a rain, unless you like mud. Lots and lots of mud.
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Very true about the mud on JRT. Rode this in the 2016 Breathless Agony, it had rained off and on all week. They gave us trash bags and rubber bands to cover our shoes and legs to walk thru the mud at the top. There is a short section there that traps water and doesn't drain. Good times.
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This thread served as a great motivator-- I got up and hit the Trail just this morning, and it could not have been a better day for it. As anticipated, the wind was blowing straight down San Timoteo canyon-- about 10-12mph, right square in the face. Traffic was moderately heavy. As soon as I turned up onto Redlands Blvd, everything got nice. Quiet from there until I hit the 60. Wind was howling right before Blowmont, the higher I climbed, the harder the wind was blowing. Actually got the benefit of about 5 minutes of full blast tailwind going through Cherry Valley, which was nice.

55 miles with 3,000ft of vertical, and I took it peacefully slow. Too nice of a day to go fast. In the first pic, you can just see in the distance that Mt. San Jacinto is on fire. Because something is always on fire. And a JRT trip wouldn't be complete without the mural. I take a pic every time I pass it.





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Why would you WANT to go to Beaumont?
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When they were truncating the route for last year's Breathless Agony due to weather, one of the possible routes they had took an extra loop through Beaumont. I remarked that that sort of announcement is more threat than statement, and someone on this forum (I can't even remember who) took some nearly-great umbrage to that. I stand by it. I mean, I was just there this morning. I did see some cows.
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I rode that Breathless Agony, we did return to Beaumont. So a little less breathless since we did not go up to Onyx, but extra agony hitting Beaumont twice in one day. Plus the rain, the mud and the freezing temps. Good times!
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So.... If I use Jack Rabbit Trail, exit 6th street.... what's the best way to return to San Timoteo Canyon Rd.?
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So.... If I use Jack Rabbit Trail, exit 6th street.... what's the best way to return to San Timoteo Canyon Rd.?
Left onto Beaumont Ave, then left on Oak Valley Parkway. That changes it's name to San Timoteo Canyon Road somewhere around Palmer Road. You can also take Beaumont Ave. up to Cherry Valley Blvd, and follow that over the 10Fwy and down Palmer Road. I think that way is more fun, you actually get some descending in after the short climb up Beaumont Avenue.
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Left onto Beaumont Ave, then left on Oak Valley Parkway. That changes it's name to San Timoteo Canyon Road somewhere around Palmer Road. You can also take Beaumont Ave. up to Cherry Valley Blvd, and follow that over the 10Fwy and down Palmer Road. I think that way is more fun, you actually get some descending in after the short climb up Beaumont Avenue.
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Originally Posted by sam21fire View Post
My only addition to the San Tim route is to avoid Redlands Blvd after about 3pm on weekdays. Lots of commuter traffic (avoiding the freeways). I've seen 2 bad collisions and waaayyy too many close calls. The road is good on the North side of the summit, but people tend to drift over the line and off the edge.


As a runner who runs Redlands Blvd, I agree people drift over the line all the time. I have almost been hit twice and I'm not on a bike then so just imagine.
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