PINNACLES BIKE AND HIKE
APRIL 1 - 3, 2005
Come join us on this
wonderful three-day tour on the back roads of central California,
Friday through Sunday. We start in the
town of Coalinga,
then ride northward paralleling Los Gatos Creek, a lovely rural area with the
promise of many wildflowers along the road and in the fields and meadows. About 74 miles and 4,000 feet of gain later,
we arrive at a campground near Pinnacles
where there are showers and a small store.
On Saturday morning we will
do a hike in the Monument. The High
trail takes us up into the pinnacles and is complete with a handrail that helps
us on our scramble in this most scenic part of the park. The views are spectacular. After lunch we cycle down to King
where there is a market to buy dinner food and restaurants for those who prefer
not to cook and eat in camp. Lorenzo
County Park is our home for the night, a campground with showers and a grassy
field to pitch our tents. This is an
easy, thirty-eight mile riding day with about one thousand feet of climbing.
We complete the loop on
Sunday, passing ranches, open fields, and rolling hills studded with live
oaks. After climbing over the coastal
range and through lovely Priests
we enjoy a long scenic descent and then some fun whoop-de-doos
just before entering the town of Coalinga. Sixty miles and 3,500 feet of climbing are
Riders will need to carry
camping gear on their bikes, food for most meals, snacks, water, and spare
tubes and tools. A lock and cable will
secure your bike while we hike in the park.
It can be hot or cold, rainy or windy, so to fully enjoy this trip,
riders are advised to be prepared. As a
reminder, a helmet is required on all Sierra Club rides.
Participants ride at their
own pace, however, there are re-grouping points along the way so that no one is left behind. You need not be a member of the Sierra Club
to come on our rides. For more
information or if you have questions, contact the leaders, Mike Wolfe, at (310)
458-2123 or Ellie Antonio at (818) 222-7817 or at email@example.com.
Come join us on this
terrific tour! Be sure to bring your
climbing muscles and a bicycle with low gears for the long uphill grades.
April 23 - 24, 2005
Join us for a nifty back-country
weekend of rides in the Piute
which are east of the town of Bakersfield
and north of the Tehachapis. We start in the "town" of Caliente. We will do
two day rides with an overnight either at Kern
campground near Lake
or at a motel in town.
On Saturday we will ride
along the Walker Basin Road
Road (which follows Caliente Creek). Our
turn-around is at Havilah, where there is a quaint
old museum to visit. This back road is
lightly traveled and this year there should be an abundance of wildflowers
along the way. It is a climb of about
6,000 feet, however, so low gears and layered clothing are advised.
On Sunday we will start near
the foot of Breckenridge Mountain Road
for the climb to the crest, about 30 miles and 5,500 feet away. This too is a quiet road that promises to be
most enjoyable in the springtime.
Plan to enjoy this little
jewel of an area that is not a very long drive from Los
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get the specifics on time and place to meet, driving directions, and other
May 7 - 8, 2005
Join us for this wonderful back-road ride
in the southern Sierra in springtime. We
will do two day rides with either a car camp or a motel between.
On Saturday we climb up State
Route 190 from the town of Springville
(just east of Porterville
and Lake Success)
along the middle fork of the Tule
River. The scenery along this section of the Sierra
foothills is stunning. We climb over
7,000 feet and ride over thirty miles before zooming down the same route to our
starting point. We will camp or stay at
a motel on Saturday night.
On Sunday, we start near Springville to do
loop, a total of about 45 miles and 5,000 feet of gain. We will get to Mountain
one of the few state forests in California. There we will be surrounded by a huge stand
of giant sequoias, a delicious and awesome treat.
Come with us! For more information please email Ellie at email@example.com. We promise an outstanding cycling experience.