This is a good place to practice your climbing stamina on a somewhat smooth and wide fire road under a redwood forest. I will be taking it easy as climbing is not my best friend. You will be fully immersed in nature on this ride and at the top blessed with an amazing view of forested ridges descending into Monterey Bay (if it's not foggy). After a nice break and snack we will fly down the mountain- the fire road is wide with lots of turns and is (to me) a blast.
There is a pump track at the meeting place to goof off at before and/or after the ride.
Map leads to Epicenter Cycling in Aptos. The pump track and free dirt lot parking is right there. Let's meet at the pump track parking area.
PACE: Slow Climbing C Pace with a stop in the middle of the climb.
Fast Downhill B pace
TECH: 3 maybe less
PHYS: 5-8 strenuous climbing on the last 4.7 miles up
MILEAGE: Out and Back: 17 miles roundtrip
ELEVATION GAIN: APPROX 1600
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.
SJMTB is having a great time riding this year so come on out and join us.