We start with an easy counter-clockwise trip around the watershed, then get into the Arroyo Seco canyon proper as we start up the Gabrioleno trail. It starts out paved, then turns to fireroad, then double track, then singletrack. The further up we get, the more fun and technical it becomes. Think of the rock garden leading to the MASH set in Malibu Creek for comparison. Overall more rideable, but with hike-a-bike sections for everyone. Also lots of stream crossings. We'll take a break at the dam, then double back down for a quicker run back down the trail. When we arrive back at the watershed, we'll continue counter-clockwise around the park, with JPL on our right. A brief encounter with a sandy wash, and we're back to the parking lot.
Helmets are mandatory and please bring a two-way radio if you have one, set at 5/25, it helps keep the group together. No rider gets left behind.
Endurance Rating = E2, Technical Rating = T3, 11 Miles and 700 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
Directions (http://goo.gl/maps/fCesX): [***Three options, two from the west and one from the east, are provided to the park entrance, followed by directions to the parking lot where the ride is staged. Please read all options before departing. Contact the ride leader with questions.***]
FROM CONEJO VALLEY & POINTS WEST TO PARK ENTRANCE:
OPTION 1: Take US-101 S to CA-134 E to CA-2 N to I-210 E. Take the first exit, CA-2 N, Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada/Flintridge.
OPTION 2: Take CA-23 N to CA-118 E to I-210 E. Exit at CA-2 N, Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada/Flintridge
OPTIONS 1 & 2 FROM THE OFFRAMP: Turn right/south. Make a left at the second light, Foothill Boulevard, heading east. Cross the intersection at Oak Grove Drive about 3/4 of a mile later, and head straight into the the park.
FROM PASADENA & POINTS EAST TO PARK ENTRANCE:
OPTION 3: Navigate to I-210 W. Exit at Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada/Flintridge. Turn right/east on Foothill Boulevard, heading east. Cross the intersection at Oak Grove Drive about 3/4 of a mile later, and head straight into the the park.
ALL OPTIONS FROM THE PARK ENTRANCE:
Follow the unnamed road down about 500 feet. Making a left turn at the Frisbee-Golf sign, followed by a quick right at the stop sign at the bottom of the short hill. An ample parking lot is on your right, near the soccer & baseball fields, just before the watershed. If that lot is full, use overflow parking on the dirt lot in the watershed on the other side of the open gate at the end of the road. Do not park in spots on the upper road near the entrance of the park. They're limited to two hours. Rides start & end at the paved lot.
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