Big Bear Test Run and Ride Report

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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:34 am

Well here
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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:42 am

From the Caf
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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:43 am

Finally, some dirt. :ride:

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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:22 pm

Photos going up the Santa Clara Divide road.
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Shahin getting it.
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Mark.
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Me.
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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:24 pm

Met up with some ATV riders. That dust up ahead is Shahin and Eric dealing with them. The dust was thick behind the ATV
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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:26 pm

Highway 2 is closed and there is no dirt route around it with wilderness areas on both sides of the 2. From the Mill Creek station we routed down Angeles Forest Highway to Mt. Emma road and over to Big Rock creek to get back up to the 2. The ride up Big Rock creek was actually pretty cool. Never ridden that before.

Staging at the bottom of Big Rock Creek.
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Here we go.
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The ride.
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Standing up and riding on the wrong side of the road. :eek: We were a lawless motorcycle gang with a plan to keep doing this for two days straight. 8)
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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:29 pm

Popping out on Highway 2 just south of the closure.
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Big Rock Creek, Pinyon Ridge, Highway 2 and the Pacific Crest Trail. The confluence. The big thrill on this ride, for me, was getting out of the Drinkwater, Rowher, Lake Hughes and riding on some brand new trails. Here, at Pinyon ridge, was the start of the adventure in a whole new area with trails I had never ridden before. BTW on this ride we were following countdowns SMTS route #1 parts 5 through 8. This route goes all the way down to Mexico and one of these days were going to ride the whole thing!!!!


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Are my bars to high?
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Postby Calvin » Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:50 am

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Postby Calvin » Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:51 am

From Wrightwood we hopped down to hwy 138 to go south a couple miles for the start of the next dirt section. Turns out highway 138 is closed
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Postby mark_hochman » Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:50 pm

Here are my pictures, I resized them for the web to make them load faster so the picture quality is a little lower :excuseme: sorry it took so long to get them uploaded :banghead:
http://www.castaicdualsportriders.com/r ... 17-07.html
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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:08 pm

From here I led the group on a couple of wrong routes and finally stumbled onto the trail we were looking for. GPS is great! We never would have found this stuff navigating by map.
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Sand! I was a little stressed with the camping gear on the bike but the bike handled really well. These dirt bags work amazingly well, maybe its carrying the weight low?
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I-15 the alternate route.
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Crossed the rail road tracks near Baldy Mesa.
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Right around here I started having trouble with the gps. Turns out the ground wire had worked loose but we wouldn
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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:10 pm

We road the twisty little section of hwy 138 from I15 over to lake Silverwood. Amazingly, slower traffic pulled over to let us by. At lake Sliverwood we took the broken pavement road off of hwy 138 around the north side of lake Sliverwood and got some nice views of the lake.
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Eric putting some English on the shot.
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I think this was the shot Eric was putting the English on.
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Mark traveling along the route around Lake Silverwood. There was a lot of traffic on the dirt route around the lake. Once we cleared the lake there was no traffic on the rest of the ride to Lake Arrowhead.
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A couple of shots of the ride from Lake Silverwood up to Lake Arrowhead.
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Stream crossing just before Lake Arrowhead. Getting washed up for town.
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On the way into Lake Arrowhead we stopped at the Malt Shoppe. Burgers were good, a definite stop next time we make the trip.
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After dinner we gassed up and started looking for a camp site. As far as we know there is only one gas station in the entire town of Lake Arrowhead. Once out of Arrowhead we passed several gas stations on the highway on the way over to Green Valley.
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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:13 pm

Camped at Crab Flats up above Green Valley. Campground was nice enough but our neighbors were running there generator until 9:00 at night.
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Before we left camp we took a look at the gps. The power supply had been dropping out the day before and caused the feeble brain of the iPAQ to lock up a couple of times. Turned out the connection on the ground wire had worked loose.
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The route from Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear was on major, commuter like, dirt roads. Here are a couple of shots of the route over to Big Bear.
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Big line of jeeps.
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Lined up to take there shot at this.
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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:14 pm

More shots of the route over to Big Bear.
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Top of the ridge before the decent into Big Bear.
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Stopped in Big Bear for Breakfast and gas. From here we started the second part of the ride over to Pioneer Town.
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Postby Calvin » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:15 pm

Leaving Big Bear on the way to Pioneer town.
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Trails were much rockier over here.
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and more desolate.
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We got stuck behind this jeep caravan for awhile. Gave us a chance to catch up on the pics.
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These guys were truly inching down the trail
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Cactus and pines.
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and rocks.
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The trails south of Big Bear where much rockier, slower, and more fun. We heard a report from riders coming up the trail that is was washed out down below.
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