OK, time for the first mountain bike ride event in the new year. If you join the free skills clinic on Saturday Feb. 1st. this will be a great ride to try out your new skills. This is a very scenic ride with great views for the whole ride in all directions. We'll be following a ridge to Eagle Rock, a little "hidden jewel" in the Santa Monica mountains.
The trail is not technical and just fire road for the most part so beginner riders should be able to ride it. There are a couple of sections which are a little steep and more rutty/rocky so you may opt to hike-a-bike parts of those if you are a beginner and uncomfortable with it. There are also a couple of longer fire road climbs but with moderate steepness. We'll take the time we need and nobody will be left behind.
We'll meet at 9:45 AM and start riding at 10:00 AM. Please get there early as it usually takes 15-20 minutes just to get ready. We'll start at the south end of Reseda Blvd, cross Mulholland and proceed down Temescal Fire Road to Hub Junction and then up to Eagle Rock, a neat rock formation with great views. We'll take a break here and have some snacks etc. From there we'll do a loop with a little more challenging section and then head back the way we came. If you prefer to avoid the more challenging section you may turn back and meet up with us at Hub Junction instead of doing the loop.
8.5 miles - 90% standard fire road and a 10% more technical section (we'll take this slow).
I expect about 2-3 hours or so riding time.
From the 101, get off at Reseda Blvd south. Drive up all the way to the end. Click here for Google Directions.
At the south end of Reseda Blvd. you will get to a little park. You may either park outside and ride up or drive up all the way to the end and pay a park fee ($5 or so).
Be aware there is a stop sign/camera trap set in the upper part of the parking lot. You won't expect it to be there as there is no intersection and it appears to have no traffic related purpose. Chances are you may see it too late to stop completely in time. The park service is apparently desperate for money so they are using "below-the-belt" tactics to shake money out of people. The fine is a hefty $175. You can read more about it here.
As it is a good idea to get some food right after a ride, to fuel your muscles, let's get together for some lunch at Sharkey's Mexican Grill on Reseda near the 101 freeway. Click here for Google directions.
It is inconsiderate to the leader and anyone on the waiting list to RSVP and not show up, therefore I am registering no-shows. For this event you need to change your RSVP to "No" minimum one hour before the start of the event. If you have multiple no-shows on your record you may not be admitted to events where there are people on the waiting list. If something happens on your way, so you can't make it, please text or call me.
Mountain biking is an inherently risky sport, especially for those who tend to take chances. You can get hurt. As an event organizer I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your equipment. I am simply a mountain biking "buddy", nothing more. If you choose to participate you assume all risk involved. Also, please adhere to the following:
Always wear a helmet when mountain biking. This is mandatory, no exceptions.
Make sure your bike is in good working condition, with the tires properly inflated and the chain lubricated prior to the ride.
Protective pads, gloves etc are recommended on more technical rides.
Know your limitations, and do not attempt what you are not comfortable with. Hike-a-bike is no shame.
Bring at least one spare tube, sunscreen, energy bars/food and enough water. Hydration packs are encouraged.
If you have two-way radios, toolkit, pump/co2, or first aid kit, bring them.
Be familiar with and follow trail rules and etiquettes.
Be courteous and considerate to other trail users including hikers and equestrians.