Upcoming Rides:

 

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 National Monument where there are showers and a small store.

 

On Saturday morning we will do a hike in the Monument.  The High Peaks 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 City 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 Valley, 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 today's totals.

 

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  elliea@dslextreme.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.

 

 

HAVILAH AND BRECKENRIDGE

 

April 23 - 24, 2005

 

Join us for a nifty back-country weekend of rides in the Piute Mountains, 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 River County Park campground near Lake Ming or at a motel in town.

 

On Saturday we will ride along the Walker Basin Road and Caliente 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 Angeles.  Just send an email to elliea@dslextreme.com to get the specifics on time and place to meet, driving directions, and other details. 

 

 

TULE RIVER/BALCH PARK

 

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 the Balch Park loop, a total of about 45 miles and 5,000 feet of gain.  We will get to Mountain Home State Forest, 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 elliea@dslextreme.com.  We promise an outstanding cycling experience.