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Old 02-02-10, 05:56 PM
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Route Recommendations: Amtrak to GMR/Baldy...

I'd like to train my bike up to the closest station to the base of Glendora Mountain, then riding to, and up Baldy.

Is Anaheim Stadium the closest station, or is there a better option?

Also routes; what would be the least unpleasant riding route from an Amtrak Station to Glendora?

I'm not averse to a few extra miles on the San Gabriel River Trail if it will get me out of stop-n-go on smogbelts like State College Blvd, however I'll be doing this on an early Saturday morning, so perhaps the traffic won't be too bad...? Any insight on that?

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Anaheim would add lots of miles.
If you want to train closer, maybe Amtrak to LA Union Station and Metrolink Berdo line to Covina or Pomona?
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If you choose the option above, there is a Metrolink stop in Claremont, about 4 miles from the base of Baldy.
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Thanks, Rump (& Cal).
'Miles' is just 'smile' spelled backward, or something.
I'd rather pedal an extra 20 (or 40) miles, than spend that time on the train.
Is there another Amtrak station close to the SGRT? I wouldn't mind riding that sucker up to Azusa Canyon and approaching GRR from the rear--that's an idyllic (& auto-forsaken) road, as I remember.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Thanks, Rump (& Cal).
'Miles' is just 'smile' spelled backward, or something.
I'd rather pedal an extra 20 (or 40) miles, than spend that time on the train.
Is there another Amtrak station close to the SGRT? I wouldn't mind riding that sucker up to Azusa Canyon and approaching GRR from the rear--that's an idyllic (& auto-forsaken) road, as I remember.
this saturday? don't forget to pack your rain gear... otherwise i would've liked to join.
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Fullerton Amtrak would be closer, still about 20+ miles to the mountains.
You'd have to go west a ways to get to SGRT, not sure of the best route to do that.
Maybe Chapman, Malvern, La Mirada, Rosecrans, Firestone?

If you want to switch to Metrolink before LA, Norwalk would be really close to SGRT via Imperial.
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The Anaheim station is a mile from my house. I have ridden to GMR/Baldy from home many times, one of my favorite rides. If you want we could go together maybe Sunday? I have a couple routes, one is 93 miles and the other is 100, totally up to you.
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Here's my fav route, it's slightly over 100 miles: (I also live about a mile from Anaheim Station)

SART North
L Glassel/Kramer
L Lambert Rd
R State College
R N Brea Blvd/Brea Canyon Rd
L Pathfinder Rd
R Brea Canyon Rd
R Valley Blvd
L Grand Ave
R Foothill Blvd
L GMR
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Hmm, that sounds like fun. I can't keep up with a mountain goat like you though!

Let us know how it goes if you do it.
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This weekend is sadly out, (puppysitting). But I'm definitely interested in doing this ride with you one weekend this summer, WhiteCarbon (and anyone else interested.)
Would it be terribly out of our way to take a lap around Bonelli Reservoir? That was my teenaged stomping grounds back when I was a scabby-legged USCF junior.
Our team used to do sprints on the road up by the airport and the Pomona dragstrip.
I'm also interested in seeing if I can crack the 60mph barrier on the way down Baldy Road. (None of the hills down here are straight or steep enough.)

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I live in Glendora, so GMR and Bonelli are my regular rides. The base of GMR is about 6 miles from Bonelli, so very doable to hit both in one day. Coming down Baldy you can get some pretty serious speed. I've been in the mid 50's and that's fast enough for me, I'm sure if you're geared right and really wanted to you could get very close to 60. Be careful! If you remember let me know when you put this ride together, I could meet you along the way.
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Just talked to my son(17 year old train fanatic) and he says you should take Metro Link from Oceanside to Norwalk and that will put you the closest to the SGRT. Take that up and over Santa Fe Dam and up to the mouth of Azusa Canyon. From there, continue up 39 to the East Fork and hang a right at the bridge. Take that up to the North end of actual GMR and take it up the the intersection with GRR. Hang a left and head up to Baldy Village. Option #2 is at the mouth of Azusa Canyon, get off the SGRT at Sierra Madre and take it over to GMR. Probably a little shorter and involve a little less climbing , but not by much.
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We did a ride that started at 5701 East La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807-2229. I'm not sure how far it is from an Amtrak station but the routeslip is in the first post of this thread - https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...aldy+challenge
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Jackpot! Thanks Gents!
I'm going to have to try both those routes this Spring/Summer. Either that, or take Hillbasher's option up, then GP's route back down.
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