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Old 10-30-17, 04:09 PM
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Places in So Cal you haven't ridden but want to

i know a lot of us get around riding southern california but there are invariably spots/areas we all miss
or have barely scratched the surface of riding. where are the places in southern california that you most want to
ride but haven't (or have ridden once/twice) for whatever reason? for the purposes of the discussion, i'm defining
so cal with the pacific ocean as the western border, colorado river to the east, mexican border to the south and
(the problematic one) the northern border stretching from where hwy 101 turns inland past santa barbara/goleta,
cutting east across to palmdale/lancaster, victorville and on to lake havasu city area in az.

for me, it's wanting to ride 1. refugio rd & painted cave near santa barbara and 2. hitting the north (desert) side of
angeles national forest as well as 3. the north (desert) side of san bernardino national forest. hiked some of it.
driven much of it. ridden little to none. some big climbs. some desolation. much wind.

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Old 10-30-17, 04:22 PM
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I've always wanted to ride around the Salton Sea. More than likely, its something I'd regret about 25 miles in.
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Old 10-30-17, 07:55 PM
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To get all the way to Islip Saddle from the house.

All of Rincon Redbox

More of "The Monument" (Joshua Tree NP) at spring peak time.

White Mountain

Too many places. More than I'll ever get done.
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Originally Posted by furiousferret View Post
I've always wanted to ride around the Salton Sea. More than likely, its something I'd regret about 25 miles in.
I've motorcycled around the Salton Sea once. Was almost as miserable as motorcycling across Saharizona.

I've also motorcycled the full length of Angeles Crest Hwy, like to pedal it some day.
That and I'd like to pedal every Sierra Pass too, and ride the Death Ride. Also Lassen Volcanic Park. And Highway 36 from Red Bluff to Humbolt--that is a magical road--best motorcycle road I've ever been on.

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I'd like to try the Salton Sea loop, too. Yes, its desolate, but I like that environment::

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/..._id=17434&v=AW

Others on my list:

* SLO - to - LA, and LA - to - San Diego/Mexican border (two separate trips)
* Big Bear /Holcomb Valley Loop in the San Bernardino Mtns. (only about 22 miles)
* All they way to the Mt. Baldy ski lifts from Glendora (I've made it up to the Icehouse Canyon parking lot a few times)
* Palomar Observatory

* Although not in So Cal, I'd also include the hi-profile climbs around the San Francisco Bay area - Mt. Diablo, Mt. Hamilton, Mt. Tamalpais, and a few other lesser-known hills that will remain unmentioned.
* The SFO - to - LA coastal ride; do it as a solo ride.
* Big Pine to White Mountain (asphalt's end at the Patriarch Grove).
* Onion Valley and Whitney Portal, too.
* Death Valley - ride it from the Ubehebe Craters (north end) to the Amaragosa Springs (south end)
* This on Catalina Island:

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/..._id=19285&v=2h

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I think the only places I haven't ridden on socal are Montezuma Grade, Mt Laguna and the south grade of Palomar?
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Gibraltar climb in Santa Barbara, Palomar Mtn...
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I think the only places I haven't ridden on socal are Montezuma Grade, Mt Laguna and the south grade of Palomar?



that's a half day for you. all together...only 120 miles and 12K in climbing.
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Originally Posted by furiousferret View Post
I've always wanted to ride around the Salton Sea. More than likely, its something I'd regret about 25 miles in.
it's about 107 miles around. i wanted to circumnavigate it but rode 17-20 miles of it and (as you posited) that was enough.
i would really only consider it during the depths of the bitterly frigid so cal winter when the salton sea is positively absolutely the only spot in so cal in the (low)70's.
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I can vouch for Catalina. It's a PITA to join their Conservancy Club (mandatory to get a 1-year MTB license), and you can't ride anywhere you like--only on the fire roads, not the hiking trails.
But it's pretty spectacular. I rode from Avalon to Parson's Landing and back in one day: over 80 miles, and about 12K feet plus in climbing. It's not great for "real" mountainbikers, but it's perfect for roadies on a MTB, like me.

You'll see maybe 2-3 tour jeeps, and the same ranger once or twice all day. A perfect post-Ebola playground.
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There are a few climbs in the Santa Monicas that I'd really like to do. But I already know they won't be as good as Gibraltar, Painted Cave or Kitchen Creek, which are my go to rides a few times per year.
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17mile ride and Monterey Bay are nice rides. You can alway add in Big Sur if you need more challenge. Lots a great rides in this area !
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There's 58 counties in California and it would be nice if I could ride all those counties, at least in the major city, the county seat.
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There are a few climbs in the Santa Monicas that I'd really like to do. But I already know they won't be as good as Gibraltar, Painted Cave or Kitchen Creek, which are my go to rides a few times per year.
dunno...stunt, piuma, fernwood all end up at a gorgeous viewpoint. decker, encinal and latigo canyon are all challenging and fun.
there's ridiculous if you want it (potrero, westlake/23 southbound, las flores, corral cyn for ascents, tuna canyon for a descent).
riding the length of mulholland is a workout in itself and there's flattish and rolling coastal cruising (pch).
the santa monicas are a cycling playground and pretty tough to beat. the ability to compactly mix and match at will in the santa monicas
is really what separates it from other areas.

haven't done painted cave but gibraltar is a classic. kitchen creek is good with the low traffic but i find it kinda boring.
actually prefer doing the sunrise hwy climb from pine valley to the mt. laguna store (only on weekdays) or the
pine creek ascent (if i am filled with self-loathing) with that ridiculous wall but similar low traffic to kitchen creek.

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I've visited Death Valley many times and have often thought that under the right circumstances, cycling there could be excellent. Timing and preparation would be key, obviously.
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I've visited Death Valley many times and have often thought that under the right circumstances, cycling there could be excellent. Timing and preparation would be key, obviously.
I have a friend who comes from back East to do an organized ride in Death Valley. In the winter, I think. He loves it and keeps asking me to do it.
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death valley np is a little far for southern california but the cycling is excellent. the climb from furnace creek up to dante's view will kick your *ss. artist's road loop (currently closed, i think) is challenging and gorgeous. the climb up to towne pass from either side is brutal. the flats seem to go on forever. road quality is generally good and traffic isn't too bad on the weekdays. biggest issue is support-grub and grog. other that the furnace creek and stovepipe wells areas, you're outta luck. what a lotta people don't realize is dvnp is the largest national park in the lower 48. massive. map and visual distances are deceiving. to compensate for a lack of services, you can always stock up the car with a cooler/groceries and ride to/from the car in the areas farther away from furnace creek/stovepipe wells. may-mid october is difficult/not advised because of the obvious heat unless you do night rides or finish riding before 8am.
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