Yesterday, Steve (Aquaholic), Mark (HecklerMark) and I decided to get our chunk on at Iron Mountain located between Poway and Ramona. The weather was a bit brisk and the threat of getting a little wet was moderate. All of the other times I have done Iron Mountain I have been solo and the temps were high. Today was a treat by having folks to ride with and not having to stew in my own juices.
There were a metric ton of hikers out today, so trail etiquitte was certainly something we had to be very mindful of today. As in all of my previous visits here, the hikers are generally freaking amazed that anyone would ride a bike out here. There were lots of words of encouragements thrown our way both on the climb and then descent.
The weather did not offer the best of views, but I always find it cool to look down from the peak and pick our there vehicle down at the trailhead. The descent down went well as all three of us seemed to be in a good groove for riding the chunk.
Once back down the mountain, we split off onto the Ellie Lane trail. I am not fan of the ill-placed peeled-log waterbars, then again they are quite a challenge. Once we worked our way past the Ramona overlook we into some good downhill chunk.
Steve being Steve on his circus bike.
Mark in some chunk
Getting some chunk on myself. This was my first time cleaning this sequence.
More Mark Chunkage
Steve and the trail ahead.
The top of “Final Exam” (Trickier than it looks)
Can you tell Steve hates to have his picture taken?
This was by far my best ride out here yet. A damn fine day on the bike, if you like playing on technical bits and down have a problem with some hike-a-bike.