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Old 05-05-14, 09:22 PM   #1
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Southern California Epic Tour

Hello everyone!

This is my first time posting on here so please excuse any noob mistakes on my part.

I'd like to go on a week long-ish tour next week, starting from home here in Claremont and ending up in Palm Springs. But I want to go the loooong way around. Tell me what you think of this route! I'm familiar with most of these roads and have camped in the Anza Borrego and Joshua Tree several times so I know what I'm getting myself into in those areas. I'm not sure how far I can gowhen it's 100F but I want to find out! I'd also love suggestions for good tacos, stealth camping spots, coffee, and if anyone will let me jump in their pool as I pedal by

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Good route! Good time of year to do this, too - it should stay this side of 100F even in Anza Borrego.

My one suggestion would be to avoid the route through SE San Diego that Google proposes, and instead do something along these lines Old Town-Julian-Mt Laguna Permanent at

There are two campgrounds right on the coast, off 101 (in Carlsbad and Cardiff, I think?) - but camping spots may need to be booked way in advance, I haven't looked into those. There is a campground on Sunrise Hwy about 2 miles past your point F, I stayed there a couple of times, it's a good place to stay overnight during that leg of the tour. The other option is Tamarisk Grove Campground right at the beginning of Yaqui Pass Road.

The first half of the route looks like it could use more climbing.
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That looks like a fun week! Welcome to Bike Forums by the way.

I'd let you jump in my pool but it's early on day 1 for you, so not much point.

South Beach Bar and Grill (in Ocean Beach, I think it's on Newport street) has some pretty outstanding tacos if you find yourself over that way. It's been a while since I've been there but my taste buds still twitch when I think about it.
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cool ride

I have a couple of suggestions some add miles some are refinements see map below

The route through La Jolla I have has less traffic and is the preferred bike route

cruising down the boardwalk in PB why not

I would think OB and The Cabrillio Monument add epicness.

going for the east county I would prefer the less traveled route Honey Springs is an epic climb a little tight in spots but ridden often

take it or leave it but there you go

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Bull Taco at the San Elijo Campground ( yea there is awesome tacos at a shack by the beach) has duck asdada and other really good stuff.

stealth camping is what it is seek and ye shall find. I think along the coast its tough as it is patrolled but once you are in the back country all bets are ON. Plenty of space. The state campgrounds often have cancellations and a re cheap particularly tent sites for one night. Just roll up ask for space and suggestions.
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If you are not an Auto Club member - consider joining. Go to the local office and have them trip map a route with hotels and/or campgrounds available. They may even be able to book your reservations... not certain if I would consider doing any biek caming through the desert in the summer - if you do, be prepared. Joshua Tree/Palm Springs can be 115...

Private docent led mountain bike rides through Limestone Canyon. Go to and register today! Also available: hikes, equestrian rides and family events as well as trail maintenance and science study.
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