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.
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.
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.
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.
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