The High Road : Crystal Lake / Mt Baldy

  • May 25, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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GREETINGS ADVENTURISTS!

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?

 

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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.

 

RIDE PREPARATION

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.

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    • Syl

      no sorry I'm not going to amerivespa, I have to work. maybe on the next ride we will coordinate then?

      June 2, 2013

    • JT

      sounds good

      June 2, 2013

  • Dan

    Very good meet-up = Nice to ride w/great people in this group = the weather 7 the roads were top notch! Thanks again Justin ...<*>...

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Brandon C.

    Great route, good weather and great people.

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • David A.

    So glad I was able to make this ride after all.
    It was a beautiful day and gorgeous views at every turn. I only wish i would have made it on time to try the donuts. As always it was great to ride with all my friends.

    3 · May 26, 2013

  • Dehlin

    This looks like a great group, i look forward to future rides with this group

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Jim

    Sweet ride & great people, as always

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Skootz (.

    Such a fun day!!! Such spectacular scenery and so many twists and turns that at times it was almost hypnotic. Definitely a ride unlike any others we've done. Thank you to all who came (and a big welcome to our new members!). Who could ask for a nicer group of friends to ride with!! I'll be posting photos (and video if I can figure it out) tomorrow.

    May 25, 2013

  • Syl

    man that was a ride! great people food and scenery! loved it! so far this is the second ride I've been on while filming with my go-pro hero and the second time i almost run over a snake! although the snake on the last ride did get run over and was dead (not by me). here the link to the picture:

    http://www.meetup.com/LAScooterGroup/photos/14677562/237220452/

    And this time the snake was very alive! Heres the link to the picture:

    http://www.meetup.com/AdventuristsScooterGroup/photos/15102752/239767172/

    3 · May 25, 2013

  • Linda Q.

    Great time today! Even getting left behind made for a fun day. I think these roads are my favorite so far. Great roads, fabulous company, and wonderful scenery. Can't beat it.

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Syl

    awesome ride!!!!

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Jeff K.

    Twisty fun, with lunch as a bonus!

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Brandon C.

    Argh, sorry not this time after all. Have a donut for me!

    1 · May 24, 2013

    • Skootz (.

      Sorry we won't get to see you Brandon. Have a good weekend!

      May 24, 2013

    • Brandon C.

      Plans changed! See you at donut man.

      1 · May 24, 2013

  • Brandon C.

    Woohoo! Donuts and cliffdriving! See you at donut man!

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Dehlin

    I picked up a bug last week. I had hoped to be over it, but no luck.

    May 24, 2013

    • Skootz (.

      See you on the next one Dehlin. Feel better.

      May 24, 2013

  • Debbie

    See you in Glendora sounds like fun!

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Skootz (.

    Hi everyone,

    If you would like to be part of the group riding out to the Donut Man from Trails Café please add a comment to this message so I can get an idea of how many people to expect. Remember, we will be leaving Trails Cafe, KSU at 9am sharp. If you'd like to join us along the way the route we're taking is posted above. Thanks!

    May 10, 2013

    • Jim

      Hey Justin, are you going by streets and freeway to get there from Trails? If no freeway, I think you need to note It takes 50 minutes to get to Monrovia (where Avia lives) by streets and you are going another 20-30 minutes past that. You should count on 90 minutes.

      May 24, 2013

    • Skootz (.

      Thanks Jim. Depending on who is coming to Trails tomorrow AM we may just freeway it there. TBD. I have made it to Donut Man via surface streets in just over an hour before which is what I am expecting tomorrow. Being a small group I think (hope) we should make good time.

      May 24, 2013

  • Skootz (.

    It's confirmed — The Donut Man's Fresh Strawberry Donuts are in season. And man are they good!

    http://www.thedonutmanca.com/photo-menu/donut/

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • Brandon C.

      Last time i was there was peach season... Would love to try strawberry. Be sure to try a tiger tail! Dont look like much, but man are they good. Hoping to make this, but may have an impromptu daytrip with family so I won't know till last minute tomorrow.

      1 · May 23, 2013

  • Skootz (.

    The latest word is the chair lift to the top of Mt. Baldy will be open this Saturday. Depending on available time (and if anyone is interested in doing it) we will set aside 60 - 90 minute for people to visit the top of the mountain.

    May 23, 2013

  • Skootz (.

    Just a reminder, this ride will test your scooter's fuel capacity and mpg. If you have a spare fuel canister bring it with you. You may be OK without, but a fuel canister is inexpensive and worth its weight in peace of mind! We will stop to fill up before we head into the canyons. Plan on needing approximately 110 - 120 miles worth of gas.

    May 23, 2013

  • Syl

    I'll be meeting at Trails Cafe!

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got a class but have fun!

    April 1, 2013

    • Skootz (.

      Bummer! I think you'd like this one Marc! Hope to see you on the next one.

      May 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      donuts? you betcha!

      1 · May 10, 2013

  • Lauren K.

    Maybe

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • Dan

    I'm there - this is in MY neighborhood!!

    1 · February 1, 2013

    • Skootz (.

      With all the extra riding you 909ers do to come out for our rides I figure the least we can do is to have one out your way! :)

      May 10, 2013

  • Jeff K.

    Donuts, YUM!

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Glen

    Have a blast!

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Brandon C.

    Hopefully i can fit this in...

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Grandsons Graduation, scooter ride to Arkansas

    2 · December 10, 2012

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