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  • Blue Ridge Road - #BlueRidgeRoad

    Socal - Los Angeles County - Wrightwood NickNames: #BlueRidgeRoad

    I-15 to CA-2, or I-210 to CA-2, then CA-2 to East Blue Ridge Road, 9 mi. west of Wrightwood. Thomas Guide page 4561 D7

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    • Trail UpdateThis Ride Rocks. What A Mtb Ride-Want to see a mini movie of this trail. check this link.
      eric hunter a 34 year old Racer riding a yeti arc URL: urchannel


    • Trail UpdateMellow Ride At 8000 Ft.-URL: Blue Ridge Road - Highway 2 to Wright Mountain


    • Trail UpdateDecided to do some real "mountain" biking! Loaded up TylerBob and Bacon and took off to Wrightwood. Along the way stopped at the McDonalds on I-15 for a few pancakes with peanut butter for the dipping and a cup of syrup (for TylerBob). Didn't know where the Blue Ridge Trail was so we started at the Blue Ridge fire road. This is a paved road in such disrepair that it seemed to be dirt in some places. At Blue Ridge Campground the road turned to dirt and continued to the locked gate right below Guffy Campground. Went past the locked gate and continued down the road through several pine cone mine fields - this must be the time they drop from the trees because they literally covered the road in places. Found the Acorn trail and the fun began! This is a really fun single track that screames downhill into Wrightwood for over 2 miles. We will definitely be back!
      Ride rating: Beginner
      Ride distance: 10 miles Elevation change: alot
      Singletrack=25% Dirt Road=37.5% Paved Path=37.5%
      Hardtail Racer a 40 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Anything but a tank GT from Brea, CA


    • Trail UpdateA Teaser...<br>-

      Panorama looking west toward Mtn. High East summit (right), Mt. Baden-Powell (left) and Palmdale (center).

      Tom Kenney a 33 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Attitude from Reseda, CA


    • Trail UpdateCool Dude....-I have a friend in Wrightwood and have often heard him talk about the fire road that runs along the crest of the mountain above the town. A couple of times on our way via the scenic route to Wrightwood I have stopped with my kids at the Grassy Hollow rest stop. Here we have admired the view of the mountains into the city. This is also where the Blue Ridge Truck Trail begins (nf 3n06) and I have had the urge to ride it since first seeing it.

      Last Saturday I actually did it. I started in Wrightwood and rode on the 2 west about 6 miles to the entrance to Blue Ridge Truck Trail. The road for the first couple of miles is paved with some sand and potholes and easily negotiable. I am not a powerful rider but the ascent did not seem that difficult. I had more trouble with the thinner air. About 2.5 miles into it I noticed that I was about to pass under a ski lift, when I looked down the hill I realized that I was at Mountain High. When I reached the next ski lift I noticed that it was in operation. As it turned out it appeared to be carrying DH'ers to the top because I saw one person riding it and three people in full gear coming down the hill in a lane taped off for their use.

      I continued up the road passing a couple more lifts and a camp site or day use area. At about 3.5 miles the road opened up and most of the trees that must have once provided shade were burned out stumps. It was starting to get hot! Good thing I had plenty of water. During the ride I had to stop and take pictures once in a while (to prove to my family that I actually did it.) and enjoy the scenery even though the area was still black but recovering from an apparent recent fire.

      I finally reached a camping area called Guffy where I asked for directions to Acorn Trail which was my ultimate goal. They were very nice people and brought out their topographical maps to help me find the trail. After a short conversation they wished me luck and I was on my way. From this point the forest started to thicken and I was enjoying the smell of clean air and the sweet aroma of pine and foliage baking in the midday sun. These are the times when I feel most alive.

      Two miles after passing Guffy I took a trail I thought was Acorn Trail. While on this path a couple of hikers told me that it was actually on the Pacific Coast Trail at which point I apologized for using a trail that I knew was off limits to me and they said not to worry about it and that the Acorn was just a ľ mile further down. They also warned of the young couple that were going at it in the bushes just up the way. But of course, by the time I reached them they were already dressed. I smiled and said hi and they both were still red and sheepishly said hi and continued hiking.

      I finally reached Acorn Trail which is clearly marked (I wasnít patient enough to find it.) From this point all the way down to Wrightwood the trail is heavily wooded and very beautiful, a great reward for the sunburn I got on the way there.

      Acorn Trail is a steep single track switchback trail with some pretty hairy turns. It appears to be well maintained but the trail is narrow and there are a couple of sections where it practically sits along the edge of a cliff (really more like a very steep hill). This was pretty scary for me but Iím sure that if I had had more experience I would have enjoyed the technical part more. At the end of this trail is Acorn Road, a private road that leads back into Wrightwood where you will find good food and fun people and a great place to end a good ride.

      Iím a roady and a weekend warrior. I like this ride because of the climb and the scenery. The mountains and the forest are gorgeous and the heat is tolerable compared to the valleys around LA. Wrightwood is a great place to hang out and relax. They even have hotels if you want to spend the night.

      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 18 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=5% Dirt Road=85% Truck Trail=15%
      papyroy a 40 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Univega DS950 from Burbank, CA


    • Trail UpdateSkiers!!!-

      Oops! Forgot my bike tire chains!

      I must have been only a couple hours behind you. Dodging the skiers was easy, as they had more control than the snowboarders.

      BTW, you should probably refrain from riding that particular stretch of trail...it's the Pacific Crest Trail and is closed to bikes. The Blue Ridge Trail starts where the pavement ends in Blue Ridge CG, at the bottom of the ski lift - it's a much better trail anyway.

      Tom Kenney a 33 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Attitude from Reseda, CA URL: Tom's Page


    • Trail UpdateSnow Biking On Blue Ridge Road-Road the Blue Ridge Road on Saturday, November 6th. This late in the season the temps were quite cold. At 10am it was 45 degrees F but only a slight wind. Started at Inspiration Point where Blue Ridge Road meets CA 2 Highway and headed east up the crumbling paved road. I'm glad I wore my fire red jersey that day because there were some hunters with rifles heading out in that same direction. When the Blue Ridge Road intersects the Mountain High West Ski resort is where I encountered the snow crossing. The trail cuts directly across one of the ski runs. For about 150 feet I was BIKE-SKIING! It was not too difficult just as long as you keep up a good pace and watch for those "fool hardy" ski boarders coming fast down the hill. It was at this point I felt warm enough to strip down to short sleaves and riding shorts for the rest of the day. The trail beyond the Blue Ridge Camp Ground and almost to the Guffy Camp Ground was in good shape. Just a few icy parts and some snow on the sides of the trails. Spectacular views of the Antelope Valley and LA Basin. I do not know how long before the rest of the ski runs open but when that happens this trail will be closed until spring thaw. So get on up there for a great ride and some SNOW-BIKING! By the way you'll need an Adventure Pass to park in the forest. One can be purchased at the ARCO station in Wrightwood.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 10 miles Elevation change: 1500 Feet
      Dirt Road=75% Paved Path=25%
      Red Rider a 43 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Cannondale F400 from Redondo Beach, CA


    • Trail UpdateBlue Ridge Trail-This trail leaves the East Blue Ridge Road just east of Blue Ridge Campground, at the base of the upper chairlift of Mountain High East ski area. It ends at Angeles Crest Hwy (CA-2) and N4.

      I rode this trail on Labor Day Weekend, and had the whole trail to myself! This is a beautiful trail which is almost completely rideable except for a sharp switchback. It has been 'adopted' by a local bycicle club, so it is well maintained to multi-user standards. There are many sharp corners, so be careful for hikers. There are also many long straightaways with good visibility, so you can really blast in some sections. Also, the trail cuts through a dense mixed forest of white fir, ponderosa pine, and black oak, providing lots of shade for those hot summer days.
      Tom Kenney a 30 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA URL: Tom's Page


    • Trail UpdateWest Blue Ridge Road-The western segment of the Blue Ridge Road may be connected with the eastern segment, or taken separately. Park at Vincent Gap on CA-2 (Angeles Crest Hwy) about 5 miles west of the start of the East Blue Ridge Road. From Vincent Gap, go north and uphill on a dirt road which leaves the parking area just opposite the Big Rock Creek Road. A short climb later, go right at a junction with the Pinyon Ridge Road. The road turns south and climbs along the southwest slope of Blue Ridge. Pass a locked gate and continue, crossing the Pacific Crest Trail (CLOSED TO BIKES!) at a small meadow under large Ponderosa pines. Continue up the road, which becomes paved. The Jackson Flat group camp marks the top of the climb. Descend, then climb, then descend again to the Blue Ridge Visitors' Center (new) and Grassy Hollow picnic area. From here, return the way you came, ride down CA-2 back to Vincent Gap, or continue east to the East Blue Ridge Road. Connecting the west and east segments of the Blue Ridge Road makes for a long day, but is a very rewarding ride. The views are excellent most of the way, as the road stays atop or near the top of the ridge.
      Dirt Road=50% Paved Path=50%
      Tom Kenney a 29 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA


    • Trail UpdateEast Blue Ridge Road To Table Mtn.-Start at the parking area where the Blue Ridge Road meets CA-2 (~7000 ft.). There is a large 'vista point' in the parking lot. Ride Blue Ridge east through the Mountain High ski area and past the small Blue Ridge campground (~7800 ft.) The paved section of the road ends here. Continue southeast on the dirt section and climb to the top of East Blue Ridge (~8400 ft.). Continue along the ridge to the east, mostly at 8000 ft. Pass recently burned Guffy campground (~8200 ft.) and descend to a junction (~7600 ft.) Take the left (east) branch. Climb steadily back to 8000 ft. and contour south of Table Mountain. On the east ridge of Table, a faint road leads west up the ridge. Follow this road to the summit of Table Mountain (~8400 ft.).
      On the return ride, you may choose to take the Blue Ridge Trail, which leaves to the north from the Blue Ridge campground, right where you return to the paved section of the road. If you do this, there is a 5-mi. climb back to your car at CA-2 and the Blue Ridge Road. It's worth it, though!
      Last time I was there, I saw 2 bighorn sheep on the eroded north face of Table, and much other wildlife of all varieties. Have fun!
      Singletrack=20% Dirt Road=50% Paved Path=30%
      Tom Kenney a 29 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA


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