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    Cool SoCal Adventure/Extreme Enduro Ride Report (Independence Day Ride, 2016)!

    The plan was to depart from my home in Cherry Valley, CA, at about 9:30 A.M., ride the highways up to a fire road leading up into the mountains, do some gnarly rock crawling/single track, etc. and return home in the evening.

    Here is a copy-and-paste of the route that I mapped out:
    "EXIT 50 (from 215 N), R on Palm Avenue (L onto Little League drive for gas at Arco, thenback to Palm Ave) - turns into Bailey Canyon Rd. - turns into 2N49 -
    turns into Cleghorn Rd, turn N onto highway 138, turn E onto highway 173, turn R onto
    2N33/Pilot Rock Truck Trail, turn R onto highway 173, turn L onto Hook Creek Rd (Cedar
    Glen Gas Stop) - turns into Crab flats (Dishpan Spring) - 2W03, turn L onto Malcolm Smith
    Trail (Redonda Ridge Trail/1W17; just before Crab Flats Campground/3N16)."

    Aside from my twisted ankle (it's not too bad - I think it will probably heal within a week or two), the day actually did go as planned, for the most part. The only divergences were that we took 2N17 instead of just 2N33 (it's a shortcut that goes straight through from the beginning of 2N33 to a point on the other end of 2N33 [2N33 loops around/goes the long way, but 2N17 is more fun/technical]) and that the timing was way off. I estimated that I would be done with the last planned trail (Malcolm Smith Trail) MUCH earlier (around 2:30 or 3). Part of that was stopping fairly frequently to take lots of photos, but we also weren't pushing ourselves speed-wise (aside from a few adrenaline-junkie hooligan blasts here and there), and my brother had to do a few inhaler-stops (asthma). We ended up getting out of the last/hardest trail on my plan at about 7 p.m. From there it was easy fire roads back to highway 38, a quick gas stop, and back down the mountain to a hot shower and 4th of July leftovers ( hot dogs-in-buns and cherry Sprite - I had two in a row). I was on my mighty 2015 Yamaha XT 250 (lol) and my brother was on his 1987 Honda XR 600 (plated). Have a look at the pictures. Dishpan Spring (Crab Flats rd) and Malcolm Smith Trail are the real deal - some serious technical workouts


    My XT 250 sitting in the driveway, ready for adventure:

    IDR 50.jpg

    The Arco Station off of Palm Ave. :

    IDR 49.jpg
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    2N49/In the Mountains above Silverwood Lake:

    IDR 45.jpgIDR 46.jpgIDR 47.jpgIDR 48.jpg
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    A hill climb on 2N17:

    IDR 43.jpgIDR 44.jpg

    Free covered parking in Lake Arrowhead was a bit crowded... :

    IDR 42.jpg
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    Some legit rock crawling through Dishpan Spring (Crab Flats Rd.):

    IDR 37.jpgIDR 38.jpgIDR 39.jpgIDR 40.jpgIDR 41.jpg
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    Another from Dishpan:

    IDR 8.jpg
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    Classic Honda thumper! You two did some serious rock gardening .
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    Malcolm Smith Trail (some of the hardest [most fun!] stuff within this trail system!):

    IDR 4.jpgIDR 5.jpgIDR 6.jpgIDR 7.jpgIndependence Day Ride 1.jpg
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    Past rides: 2015 Yamaha XT 250, 1997 Suzuki DR 200, 2007 Honda Ruckus, 2007 Yamaha TW 200, 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 500, 2009 Kawasaki KLX331S; 1994 GMC Sierra 1500, 1987 Nissan Pathfinder, 1992 Acura Integra, 1986 Honda CRX, 1989 Jeep Cherokee, 1994 Chevrolet Astro Van, 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit, 1984 Jeep Cherokee

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