***FYI*** Redbox to JPL is a fairly advanced and dangerous ride for someone that has little or no experience riding terrain of this sort. Please be careful, and you might want to take caution to the fact that there is a good amount of exposure on this ride, a fair amount of steep climbing and some areas where you will definitely want to get off the bike and walk...based on your mention of little experience in your post.
There are online maps available for this ride, be sure to follow the map all the way to JPL. You'll cross some campgrounds where the signage and trails get a little confusing. The last thing you want to do is get mixed up and go the wrong way. I'd suggest bringing someone with a little experience on this ride so you aren't trying to follow a map the whole time...that'll make it more fun!
Good luck and stay safe. Posted by Crzyridr33 a 34 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a SantaBansheeCruzBlurr on 03/30/07
Thanks for the advice, I really don't know how to classify my skills on a bike, I used to race my dirtbike out in the desert all the time a few years ago and I used to moutain bike a lot for training, 3 times a week but when I was riding it all the time I still wasn't that good, but I have been on a few rides through the crest and crap like the, mainly stayed over by La Tuna or the rim of the canyon. But by far I the most riding experiance out of my group.
Ok then I will keep looking for a trail, thanks
P.S. Any suggestions? JPL is getting kinda old Posted by Mtnbikejones a 29 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Schwinn Mesa from South Pasadena on 03/30/07
Have you tried El Prieto? If you climb Brown Mountain (around the Arroyo Seco...just above JPL) to the saddle, you can find the trailhead of El Prieto just down the fireroad passed the Brown Mtn/Ken Burton trail saddle. It's a good trail to test your (and your friends) skills. If you guys manage El Prieto pretty well, then Redbox to JPL could be the next step.
Also, look at the trails section on this site. There are tons of great trails in and around that particular area.
Good luck and have a great time out there!! Posted by Crzyridr33 a 34 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a SantaBansheeCruzBlurr on 03/30/07
I have never been to El Preito but I will look for it on the trail section to get all the info, thanks for your help.. Posted by Mtnbikejones a 29 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Schwinn Mesa from South Pasadena on 03/30/07
Re: Red Box info
don't ride red box to jpl if youre not an experienced rider. you will get hurt or killed Posted by MonkeyDigsMTB a 29 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Stumpjumper from Los Angeles on 05/31/07