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CHARLEAU GAP

For the uninitiated...it's a right of passage. This is a tough ride, with 1500- 2000 ft of climbing on gnarly jeep/ATV road. As I haven't ridden this in over 10 years, it will be an exploratory ride. I'd like to see how far we can reasonably ride on the Canada del Oro trail on the other side of the Gap.

This ride is 1500ft uphill for the first 6 miles to the Gap. This is rough road, but not very technical and open to anyone who wants to improve their climbing skills. It's easy to turn around at any point as it's an out-and-back.

Here's a video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LOotXruewlU Notice the cyclists fall down, even though they are gasoline powered!

Challenging and scenic ride! Not for the timid or faint of legs or lungs!

If anyone's interested, I can meet at Himmel Park at 0800 - please post in RSVP.

Trader Joe's at 0830.

Trailhead at 0900. Directions to trail head: From Oracle Rd. and Golder Ranch Rd., take Golder Ranch Rd (east) to N. Lago del Oro Parkway, turn left and drive about 3 miles. Trail head is past Edwin Rd. on the right and is well marked.

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  • Tom M.

    more interesting road conditions (ruts and loose stuff) than i expected, and very nice views. a good stress test!

    February 2, 2013

  • Jim D.

    Great hillclimb with beautiful views and a rockin downhill ride!

    February 2, 2013

  • Wendi

    What a deliciously hellish uphill! Loved it!

    February 2, 2013

  • Tom M.

    I will be at the trailhead. If anyone has a better idea of recent conditions that would be good to hear; apparently the road was re-graded a few years ago? Probably will bring the hardtail since it's lighter....

    January 31, 2013

    • Jim D.

      The road was graded for fire crews, eliminating some of the most technical areas from what I've heard. Still should be a fun ride.

      January 31, 2013

  • Alejandro G.

    See you at TJ's parking lot

    January 31, 2013

  • Wendi

    Six miles of climbing!!! i will venture out into the cold for this! See all y'all at the trailhead.

    1 · January 31, 2013

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