Notices
Southern California Southern California

A Cold Day on Mt. Baldy

Old 11-21-10, 11:13 PM
  #1  
rallison
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rallison's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Belmont Shore (Long Beach), CA
Posts: 508

Bikes: Scattante R-560 w/ Velocity Deep V rims

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A Cold Day on Mt. Baldy

Despite the weather, I was itching to go up GMR/GRR/Mt. Baldy Road today, so I went for it. GMR was looking rather striking with all the clouds overhead mixed in with some sunlight.







Wasn't too cold along GMR, thankfully. Lots of clouds over the tall mountains:



What is cool in the above picture is that you can see exactly where the snow level is with the fire roads.

GRR was lacking in sunlight and the temps were starting to drop:



Arm warmers were put on about there.

3900 feet and the first signs of snow:



Looking a bit scary:



More snow:



Just after Cow Canyon Saddle:



It is officially winter on Mt. Baldy:



(5000 feet elevation right there)

...
rallison is offline  
Old 11-21-10, 11:14 PM
  #2  
rallison
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rallison's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Belmont Shore (Long Beach), CA
Posts: 508

Bikes: Scattante R-560 w/ Velocity Deep V rims

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Continued...

Climbing higher and I was right in the clouds:



Some light snow had started falling by that point.

A cigar-smoking snowman:



The Baldy parking lot at 6400ft:



With the flash on:



The snow had just started picking up. Quite an adventure.

FYI, Baldy is hoping to open for skiing/boarding on Thursday.

The rest of the pictures from the ride are here.
rallison is offline  
Old 11-21-10, 11:25 PM
  #3  
Accordion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Orange County - SoCal
Posts: 1,480

Bikes: 2011 Cannondale CAAD10

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Wow. You are far braver than I am! Great pics and commentary!
Accordion is offline  
Old 11-21-10, 11:35 PM
  #4  
rallison
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rallison's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Belmont Shore (Long Beach), CA
Posts: 508

Bikes: Scattante R-560 w/ Velocity Deep V rims

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Braver? Nah. Crazier? Sure. A cyclist riding up to the lifts today was apparently quite the sight - 2 people took photos as I passed, a guy in a truck slowed down and yelled out "Dude! Awesome!", a guy by the side of the road in Manker Flats could not believe his eyes and vocalized this (in a supportive way) and tons of motorists appeared quite perplexed when they encountered me. Those encounters made this a rather unique and interesting adventure.
rallison is offline  
Old 11-22-10, 12:24 AM
  #5  
semaj
Senior Member
 
semaj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Berkeley, CA
Posts: 265

Bikes: Giant TCR Advanced

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by rallison View Post
Braver? Nah. Crazier? Sure. A cyclist riding up to the lifts today was apparently quite the sight - 2 people took photos as I passed, a guy in a truck slowed down and yelled out "Dude! Awesome!", a guy by the side of the road in Manker Flats could not believe his eyes and vocalized this (in a supportive way) and tons of motorists appeared quite perplexed when they encountered me. Those encounters made this a rather unique and interesting adventure.
Hey I was out there today as well! I got rained and hailed on during my Crystal Lake & GMR loop. It was a pretty epic day for me.
semaj is offline  
Old 11-22-10, 12:40 AM
  #6  
tFUnK
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 2,903

Bikes: Too many bikes, too little time to ride

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 154 Post(s)
Liked 98 Times in 86 Posts
looks like quite an adventure.

i rode around in the oc, and the view of the saddleback in the near distance reminded me of oahu with all the clouds.
tFUnK is offline  
Old 11-22-10, 12:49 AM
  #7  
rallison
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rallison's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Belmont Shore (Long Beach), CA
Posts: 508

Bikes: Scattante R-560 w/ Velocity Deep V rims

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by semaj View Post
Hey I was out there today as well! I got rained and hailed on during my Crystal Lake & GMR loop. It was a pretty epic day for me.
If you made it to Crystal Lake (almost 6000 feet in elevation), I'm sure you experienced some of the cold, crazy weather that I experienced. I got some of that hail early on in the ride (although it was more of a wintry mix - little nuggets of wet, icy snow). Epic I think is a fair descriptor for today's adventures in the mountains. What a day!

Originally Posted by tFUnK View Post
looks like quite an adventure.

i rode around in the oc, and the view of the saddleback in the near distance reminded me of oahu with all the clouds.
An adventure it was. I need to visit Oahu sometime.
rallison is offline  
Old 11-22-10, 10:13 AM
  #8  
Genaro
Senior Member
 
Genaro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Rosena Ranch, Ca.
Posts: 1,279

Bikes: Motobecane Immortal Force

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 11 Posts
A little more adventurous that my weekend.

I bought a used trainer.... LOL

How was the descent ?
Genaro is offline  
Old 11-22-10, 01:55 PM
  #9  
rooftest
Despite all my rage, I am
 
rooftest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 2,613

Bikes: LeMond Zurich, Colnago C-50

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I did 39 to East Fork to GMR yesterday. I thought it was interesting how the holes in the clouds made the weather vary so much. Up 39 I was sweating - then I got rained on on the GMR descent.

Did you descend all the way from the lifts parking lot in the dark? Now THAT's impressive!
rooftest is offline  
Old 11-22-10, 11:48 PM
  #10  
rallison
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rallison's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Belmont Shore (Long Beach), CA
Posts: 508

Bikes: Scattante R-560 w/ Velocity Deep V rims

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I was all set to start descending when one of the guys who teaches ski school at Baldy offered a lift in his truck. Given the conditions and the increasing levels of snow falling down, I gladly accepted. One of the few times I did not mind skipping a descent!
rallison is offline  
Old 11-23-10, 08:46 AM
  #11  
Garfield Cat
Senior Member
 
Garfield Cat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Posts: 6,993

Bikes: Cervelo Prodigy

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 426 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 68 Times in 50 Posts
Originally Posted by rallison View Post
I was all set to start descending when one of the guys who teaches ski school at Baldy offered a lift in his truck. Given the conditions and the increasing levels of snow falling down, I gladly accepted. One of the few times I did not mind skipping a descent!
And you lived to tell a great story. You could be the Ansel Adams of California cycling.
Garfield Cat is offline  
Old 11-23-10, 09:07 AM
  #12  
idoru2005
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 933
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Genaro View Post
A little more adventurous that my weekend.

I bought a used trainer.... LOL

How was the descent ?

Haha, I bought a used trainer back in late October when we had our first real rainstorm. My wife has used it many times since, I still haven't brought myself to using it.
idoru2005 is offline  
Old 11-23-10, 12:40 PM
  #13  
Bud_E
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
rallison - very entertaining report as usual. Keep 'em coming.
Bud_E is offline  
Old 11-23-10, 01:54 PM
  #14  
Rick@OCRR
www.ocrebels.com
 
Rick@OCRR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Los Angeles area
Posts: 6,186

Bikes: Several bikes, Road, Mountain, Commute, etc.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 1 Post
Great report and photos, thanks for sharing!

Rick / OCRR
Rick@OCRR is offline  
Old 11-23-10, 10:52 PM
  #15  
rallison
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rallison's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Belmont Shore (Long Beach), CA
Posts: 508

Bikes: Scattante R-560 w/ Velocity Deep V rims

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
And you lived to tell a great story. You could be the Ansel Adams of California cycling.
Originally Posted by Bud_E View Post
rallison - very entertaining report as usual. Keep 'em coming.
Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
Great report and photos, thanks for sharing!
Thank you all for the kind words! Working full time now (plus an hour and a half roundtrip commute) means it is a bit tougher to get in these rides and write about them, sadly. So, I may not be as prolific as I have been in the past, but I'll try to get in a report every so often. It is fun

Originally Posted by idoru2005 View Post
Haha, I bought a used trainer back in late October when we had our first real rainstorm. My wife has used it many times since, I still haven't brought myself to using it.
Funny how that works. I bought used rollers a year ago and still haven't used it.
rallison is offline  
Old 11-24-10, 01:24 AM
  #16  
fishymamba
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: SoCal T.O.
Posts: 2,172

Bikes: CAAD9-6, 13' Dawes Haymaker 1500

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
I would have turned back if I saw snow? I hate riding in cold weather.
Me and my friend planned to go to Crystal Lake, but our parents didn't let us because of the weather.
fishymamba is offline  
Old 11-24-10, 03:19 AM
  #17  
rallison
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rallison's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Belmont Shore (Long Beach), CA
Posts: 508

Bikes: Scattante R-560 w/ Velocity Deep V rims

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I used to hate riding in cold weather. Then, I get decent cold weather clothing. Things like a wool base layer and a wind-proof jacket can make a world of difference.

As for your parents rejecting your plans to hit Crystal Lake? I can understand your parents' concerns considering the day you were thinking of riding. Given the cold weather, the storms and the fact that you would be on a completely isolated road with no car traffic whatsoever (except for the rare forest service or chp vehicle), I am not surprised.

With that said...I am also sad that you didn't get to enjoy the awesome ride up 39. I don't know your parents, but if anything works to avoid getting further shot down on adventures like this, it is preparation and knowledge. If you can show them that you are prepared (have extra clothing, food, lights, gps, etc) and are knowledgeable about the route (know how long the traffic-free section is, the elevation gain, etc), you are definitely much more likely to not get turned down. Most parents are simply worried about their kids safety. If you can show that either the activity in question is safe...or that it is safe because you know what you are doing, you will probably be good to go.
rallison is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Seattle Forrest
Road Cycling
25
05-08-13 04:03 AM
rallison
Southern California
14
03-25-12 12:32 AM
rallison
Southern California
8
04-12-11 11:05 PM
rallison
Southern California
9
03-01-11 03:52 AM
rallison
Southern California
42
02-13-10 08:14 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.