Winter Ride Series Ft. Ord repeat

Winter riding is continuing with another ride at a favorite wet season spot of mine.  Most people who have ridden with me will tell you that Fort Ord is at the top of my list for places to ride.  It's great all year long... so long as you're not a wuss that's afraid of a little sand .  During the winter months, when the rains move through, Ft. Ord's sand becomes tacky and packed.  The trails change from loose sand that blows out when you corner too hard to ego boosting serpents of riding bliss.

Come out and join us for a loop around my favorite parts of this awesome year round spot.  San Jose MTB rides Ft. Ord more than any other Bay Area group and we always have a great time.  My typical ride takes us along some of the best trails with some of the fastest downhills and most grueling climbs, including both Goat and the Three Sisters.  I'll fill you all in on more details in the days to follow, but I wanted to get this ride up on the books so everyone has time to make room in their schedules for it.

RIDE ROUTE:

We'll start climbing up from Creekside on some great single track and fire trails.  As we wind our way up the ridge and then back down to Skyline Rd.  Then we'll climb back up for a mostly single track trip back to the cars.  The route will definitely feature Three Sisters climb and Goat, however we'll probably cut out the long climb up Pilarcitos Ridge to the race track.  I'm not sure about the distance on this one quite yet but it's probably about 10-12 miles, seeing as my normal "shorter" route goes to the track and is 15 miles.

RIDE RATING:

C PACE.  SOCIAL RIDE WITH PLENTY OF STOPS TO REGROUP AND RECOUP.

TECH 4/10: THIS RIDE SHOULD BE EASY ENOUGH FOR BEGINNERS THAT HAVE RIDDEN AT LEAST SOME OF THE PLACES IN THE BAY THAT WE RECOMMEND TO NEW RIDERS.  NOTHING TOO TECHNICAL HERE AND IF YOU MIND YOUR SPEED YOU'LL BE FINE.

PHYS 4/10: THIS IS GOING TO BE SHORT FOR A SJMTB FT. ORD RIDE.  WE USUALLY DO A MINIMUM OF 15 MILES AND I WILL PROBABLY GO BACK IN FOR A SECOND LOOP IF THERE'S STILL TIME IN THE DAY.

10-12 MILES:  I'LL UPDATE OUR DISTANCE ONCE I'VE COMPLETELY MAPPED THE ROUTE I'M PLANNING ON.

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How to get there...

From San Jose using 101S

Take 101S into Salinas and exit on Main St.

Continue on Salinas St. and turn left on John St.

Take the first right onto S Main/68W

Continue about 4miles on 68W to Reservation/River Rd.

Turn right onto River, followed by the first Left onto Portola

Continue straight to Creekside Terrace and the gates

From San Jose using 17S/Hwy 1S

Take 17S to Santa Cruz and merge onto Hwy 1 South

Turn left onto Merrit St. and continue onto CA-183S

Take CA-183S to the S Davis Rd exit

Turn left onto Co Rd G17/Reservation Rd.

Turn right onto Portola Rd. and continue to Creekside Terrace

As always a helmet is required for all SJMTB rides and extra protective gear is recommended if you are tentative about riding down rocky trails.  If the ride is relatively short so you shouldn't need too much in the way of supplies.  Water, a small snack, and your basic trail side tools (multi-tool, tube, pump) should be sufficient for these rides. Longer rides will require a bit more in the way of water and supplies. If you've got questions please contact the ride organizer or refer to the links below.

SJ MTB is having a great time riding this year so come out and join us.

-David Butler

For more information on how we rate our rides check our ratings page here...

and for a basic idea of what to bring on a ride, we also have a beginner gear guide here...

Any other questions feel free to email me @ [masked] or give me a call @[masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Spectacular and fun! After party venue was a great choice!

    1 · February 19, 2013

    • David

      I'll have to plan on stopping there for our next Ft. Ord ride.

      February 20, 2013

  • David

    Awesome as usual. The new version of trail 49 is amazing. I'm glad SJMtb rides here so much.

    February 17, 2013

  • naomi

    I LOVE riding out here!! Great climbs, great downhills, great route. You really pushed me to my limit on this one. Thanks!

    February 18, 2013

    • naomi

      Planning on it!

      February 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Naomi, it was great meeting you too. Come back soon. It was a pleasure hanging in the back with you, well occasionally and only on the downhill for a limited amount of time, giggling and chuckling. :o) Well I sang too but luckily the sound of my brakes drowned that out. Lol!

      February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another awesome ride! Thanks David, thanks Joe, thanks everyone. I had a blast! And by the way it is spelled Defibrillator. Yes, there is an R. Personally, I think it's a snail conspiracy, just to make me sound rediculous. But then again I'm prejudiced. :o)

    February 18, 2013

    • Joe S.

      Actually we were holding out on you - it actually has 5 R's: Drefribrilatror. Yes you can pronounce it - try it.

      1 · February 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Laughs out loud falls off chair! Kaboom! I was not going to write LOLFOC, cause that would be asking for it! :o) Drefribrilatror = Evel (that's evil written in a theatrical English accent) You pronounce Drefribrilatror. Better yet let the snail pronounce it. It'll keep him buys so he'll stop making faces at me for a while! :o)

      February 18, 2013

  • Rick

    Awesome place, my first time there and first SJMB ride. Thanks everyone for being welcoming. It was a great day. Thanks to our hosts for herding.

    February 18, 2013

  • David

    Great pictures Victor

    February 18, 2013

  • Louis M.

    GREAT FUN , COOL ROUTE

    February 17, 2013

    • David

      Glad you had fun Louis. Keep at it man you're improving super fast. Just remember pedals flat heels down and out of the saddle.

      1 · February 18, 2013

  • David

    getting ready to leave the house... am I meeting anyone at coleman and taylor? or just rick on bernal?

    February 17, 2013

    • victor

      See you there

      February 17, 2013

  • Chris

    Have to bail, going to have to be back a bit earlier

    February 14, 2013

    • Joe S.

      OK Chris, hope to see you next time.

      February 15, 2013

    • David

      That's too bad Chris. Hope your doing well and we ride together again soon.

      February 17, 2013

  • Rick

    I'm RSVP'd but I need to carpool with someone if they have room for a body and bike. I can meet in the deep south bay for the ride down. If no one has room I'll catch the next one. Thanks

    February 8, 2013

    • Rick

      See you there, sent you a message too.

      February 16, 2013

    • David

      We're still on Rick

      February 16, 2013

  • Jeff C.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    David, are you doing your carpool from Coleman/Taylor for this ride?

    February 13, 2013

    • David

      Yeah Dean, planning on it but I think I've only got one spot available. It's yours if you want it.

      February 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No, I'll follow in my truck. What time are you leaving the parking lot, 9a?

      February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What! What! I thought I escaped it the last time. There are more serpents? And what do you mean by "the first one". How many are there? Are you trying to get us killed? I'm not going. Nooooo!

    And that concludes today's melodramatic moment! :o)

    Ya know, you guys will be so far ahead of me that I will probably not see the Slayerman, with the Leatherman, doin' his thang! Lol!
    I'll be in the back trying to beat that snail up the hill. That snail has been looking at me funny. I think he's mocking me. One of these days he will become escargot! Blaakh! I just managed to make myself nauseous! Yuk!

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Joe S.

      February 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awh! Getting swallowed by a giant snail is gonna be great for my rep. "Snail bait" looks great on a resume :o) No offense to the families of the departed and consumed, but the pictures were hilarious. :o) Are you sure the guy in red made it out, it looks awfully close. :o) Ok I'll brace myself. What would be some snail slaying weaponry? Fork? May the fork be with you? Lol!

      February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Be that as it may, I am intrigued by another ability Joe has proclaimed. I believe it was about "turning water into wine". (It came out of "your" mouth Joe, well fingertips at least) :o)
    Now I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I'm bringing a 100oz camelback and I fully expect to see pink elephants do wheelies. Maybe I'll slay a pink elephant. But I gotta see 'em to slay'em. Errrr! In case there are any animal rights activists here, that was a joke, no pink elephants will be harmed on this ride. :o)

    Do I need to get a new bike for this ride? Something with bumpers? Lol!

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • David

      Armean I think you're going to drive yourself (or perhaps others) crazy with all your talk.

      February 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey that's not very nice. Anyhow it's too late pal! You're talking about a bunch of people who get on a bike and go into forests/hills/mountains,­ over roots/rocks, in mud/muck/sand/poison oak/bushes/ditches, trying to avoid sqwooshing small animals/getting kicked by deer/ rolling into mountain lion poop, thinking bobcats are cute, feeling accomplished at the end. By the standards of the general public, we're all already crazy!

      February 12, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Hey Armean don't you think it's time to start the serpent banter?
    There will be serpents on this ride too. You can see the first one on the mapmyrun map link just under where it says "Elevation (ft)":
    http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/164696702

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • David

      I agree where are our serpent slayers and promoters of said slaying?

      February 11, 2013

  • Howard

    won't be able to make it. my bike will be in the shop

    February 10, 2013

    • David

      I hope they get it fixed up right for you Howard. Great ride yesterday!

      February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can't make a sunday ride : (

    February 7, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Well David we could always do the "planned" route from the last ride here;-)
    http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/164696702

    January 28, 2013

    • David

      LOL, yeah Joe that's the plan. Looking forward to it.

      January 28, 2013

  • Krista

    Next time, when I don't have a 20 miler the day before :(((

    January 27, 2013

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