It's time to saddle up and take the road less travelled. Well, the road less travelled by us anyways.
For the first time ever we will be riding to the top of Mt. Baldy. And in true Adventurists tradition, we'll be taking the long way there. Plus, there'll be donuts. What more could you want?
[ View Larger Image ]
We begin the day at the world famous Donut Man, home of the one and only fresh strawberry donut, the fresh peach donut, and a deluge of other donutty delicacies.
Once sated with caffeine and sugar we'll make our way up San Gabriel Canyon Rd, following the North fork of the San Gabriel River all the way to Crystal Lake, or as close to the lake as we can get depending on how far road resurfacing has been extended. This is a gorgeous and very twisty ride with a good deal freshly paved asphalt (yes Ridge Route riders, freshly paved!) and non-stop incredible views. You'll want to bring your camera.
After pausing at the top to enjoy the view we'll head back down the canyon to East Fork Road, make our way across Glendora Mountain Road, Glendora Ridge Rd, and on to Mt Baldy.
The ride to Mt. Baldy is really something spectacular. We get to the village via a winding narrow road cut into the edge of the mountainside (see route details below) all the way to Mt Baldy Village and the My Baldy Lodge where we'll stop for eat and drink.
If time permits, we'll keep going up (another 2500 ft in 4 miles!) to the top of the road and the Mt. Baldy ski lifts. As of this posting I have not yet had the chance to ride these last few miles, so could be we will all be exploring them together.
The ski lifts are open year round so taking a ski-lift-ride to the peak of Mt Baldy is possible. This is TBD depending on available time.
THE ROUTE : http://goo.gl/maps/JqD77
Our Donut Man rendezvous location is farther away than usual so we have options for getting there:
1) Make your own way there (via highway or other route of your choice).
2) Ride with a group via surface streets leaving (KSU) from the Trails Cafe at 9am. (http://goo.gl/maps/ifwPQ)
This is a very demanding ride. There are extensive sections of extremely twisty road, it is very remote, and all at very high altitude (Mt. Baldy is 10,000ft).
The road into Mt. Baldy Village is particularly demanding — two lanes, very narrow, with no painted center or edge lines and no guardrails. You MUST have your wits about you on these roads. The alternative is a roughly 2000' drop to a very unpleasant end.
The route features extreme altitude change. While I don't want to go so far as to ban 125cc scooters from this ride, be aware they will struggle greatly. I recommend this ride for 150cc scooters or higher. As always on higher altitude rides, performance of carbureted scooters will suffer as the altitude increases. MPG will suffer too.
Be sure your scooter is 100% happy, healthy, and running perfectly (especially check your rollers as altitude will exaggerate any issues). Make sure your tires have the correct tire pressure and lots of tread.
Once your scooter is all checked out and AOK, make sure you are up for a demanding day in the saddle. It is a tiring ride and you need to be mentally prepared.
GEAR / SUPPLIES
Suggested Gear: Armored jacket, armored pants, riding gloves, over the ankle boots, head protection as required by law. We will be at high altitudes so be prepared for temperature changes.
Suggested Supplies: You need to be able to travel at least 110 miles between fill-ups (adjusted for altitude). Do not expect to get your usual MPG. Bring extra fuel if you need it.
Also bring water. We are away from all services for most of the day. If you have a travel tool kit and tire repair kit bring them along just in case.
THE SERIOUS STUFF
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DEMANDING RIDE — ABSOLUTELY NOT A RIDE FOR BEGINNERS OR EVEN INTERMEDIATE RIDERS. IT IS A LONG DAY OF CONSISTENTLY CHALLENGING RIDING THAT REQUIRES ADVANCED RIDING SKILLS.
IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEFORE NAVIGATED DEMANDING ROUTES LIKE THIS, TODAY IS NOT THE DAY TO START. BY RIDING BEYOND YOUR SKILL LEVEL YOU NOT ONLY ENDANGER YOUR OWN LIFE, YOU PUT THE ENTIRE GROUP AT RISK.
BE SMART. BE HONEST. PEOPLE HAVE DIED ON THESE ROADS.
This is an amazing new ride, full of scenic beauty, and challenging riding conditions quite unlike any other rides we have done. And, there's donuts!
I look forward to seeing you there.
Skootz / Justin
PS As always, please remember to bring your completed ASG Information Card on all rides. You can not ride without it.
(Download ASG Welcome Pack)
Also, if you have not yet given me your signed ASG Liability Release please bring that with you too. Thx.