My day job was been rather pesky by infringing on my Saturday so I only had to time to squeak in a short ride. I had not been out to Black Mountain in Rancho Bernardino. In had been at three years and change since I last rode here.
I knew some development was in the works in the area but I was a little surprised at how much at been developed since I was last our there. I will definitely need to update my page on this area as there home where some trails used to be. The good news is the open space park is under good stewardship and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) have a good relationship with the management of this area. Some new trails are in the works and in progress.
I did a counter-clockwise loop from the baseball fields along the service roads to the summit, night hawk, miners ridge and the lilac trail. All of it was in pretty good shape. I am going to make a more concerted effort to update things with the latest on this area. More to follow on that.
I am in the middle of recovering from a webhosting transfer, backup/restore failure. While the static webpages are back online (with the exception of interactive maps), the blog has issues. The appearance has to be rewickered and entries from 2013 up to the middle of 2017 have to basically be rebuilt.
UPDATE – 11SEP18: All of my data and photos have been recovered!! Some of the external links are not going to work due to database index changes but the content is all there. I still need to redo the appearance theme of the blog.
UPDATE – 18SEP18: I now have a new blog theme, tweaked to mesh up with my regular site better. You will find that it works much better with mobile devices than my previous setup.
Wow, I have been away from the BLOG for way too long. Between work being….well…WORK and a ton of other life things I have been away from the keyboard. The 401 trail is thoroughly covered in snow right now but I finally finishing off my pictures and notes from the fall Colorado trip.
I spent a few days in Crested Butte and got in a couple of great rides. One of those was the 401 Trail.
I have spent the last month working out of the country and pretty much had no-time and less mental energy to finish up my pictures and thoughts from my Colorado trip. The Monarch Crest trail was my day six excursion and it did not disappoint. Much of the route is part of the both Continental Divide and Colorado Trails. This is certainly a bucket list quality trail that I’m super stoked to have ridden.
View from along the trail
Nudging up close to 12,000 feet of elevation.
Looking down into the Silver Creek drainage that I would soon be riding through.
Near the bottom of the Silver Creek Trail.
Check out the rest of the pictures and ride description here.
Day Five of my fall vacation through Colorado was riding around Twin Lakes between Leadville and Buena Vista. There was plenty of nice trail and killer views. Find all the pictures, maps and blabbage here.
Day 3 of my Chasing Aspens Tour through Colorado was in Winter Park where I could to make some new friends as well as spend some quality trail time with old friends. It was an outstanding introduction to riding at elevation and pretty fall colors. I can find a few more words and a few dozen photos of that outing here.
I also updated the Little Creek Mesa page with an updated map, GPS files and pictures from both this most recent trip and a 2013 trip. I also have enough Utah trails on the site now, that I split them out from the “Other US Trails” section to try and make things a little more organized. (It is still a little wonky) I also split out Colorado Trail into its own section, but that section looks a little light. Time to plan another ROADTRIP!
Here is some news you can use concerning the Boden Canyon portion of the Orosco – Boden Loop. It turns out the California Department of Fish an Wildlife (CDFW) owns a couple of parcels of land in the canyon and have it designated as an ecological preserve. The agency’s default policy is that mountain biking is not allowed on ecological reserves. I was made aware of this by CDFW after publishing the route. I made them aware of the lack of signage concerning trail use restrictions. It is my understanding that the signage has probably already been corrected. I have updated my page, map and GPS files to reflect the CDFW parcels. Unfortunately, the CDFW trail use restrictions makes it impossible to legally loop together the Lower Santa Ysabel Truck Trail and Orosco Ridge.
As you can tell from the pictures, the canyon is beautiful and is well worth a hike through. The only other way you can go legally enjoy this canyon is during hunting season. During the upland bird hunting seasons you are more than welcome to trounce around wherever you like in the ecological reserve and blast the heads off those birds with a shotgun. I’m having a tough time trying to make sense of how the CDFW can view killing birds as a more acceptable use for this land than allowing mountain bikers and equestrians to pass through the canyon on the old road. I’m going to leave my commentary at that for now. If I get some reasonable justifications for the policy in the future, I’ll provide an update. Until then beware that you can’t legally do the Orosco-Boden Loop on a mountainbike or horse.
During one of my previous BLOG software updates I misconfigured the email settings which prevented users from receiving the systems emails when they either tried to register or when they requested password resets for retrievals. I fixed this last night so that function now works. I apologize for the inconvenience. Also please note that I in the coming weeks I will be sending out a system wide email for actual human and current user validation. I have had a glut of spammer attempts over the last couple of years and I suspect there is a fair amount of scrubbing to do with the registered user database.
UPDATE: The user database has been scrubbed and some new anti-spam goodies are in place with some fairly aggressive parameters. I’m fairly certain a few legit users were caught in the “nets”. I apologize if you were affected, but you will have to re-register.