I first talked about this area in my San Gabriel Mountains Teaser Pics post back in the middle of December. I finally got around to putting the rest of the pictures, maps and descriptions together into a trail review. The San Gabs are a haul for a day ride for me, but the more I venture up to there, the less the drive seems. I’m sure some physics/math geek could incorporate the variables of space, time, trail conditions and blah blah blah into a theory of relative enjoyment. Either way I have been digging my excursions into the San Gabriel Mountains, and I think you will as well.
Friday I made a rather long drive up through LA to get in some San Gabriel Mountain goodness with my long time riding bud, Bill O’neil. He is better known as “MrMountainHop” online. Bill also has a real knack for putting together some awesome routes that often includes trails off the beaten path. When arranging this ride with Bill my main theme was “I’m driving a long way, lets use all of the day.” Boy did Bill and the San Gabriel Mountains deliver on that. We did a good chunk of the Silver Moccasin trail as well as Mount Hillyer and some other goodies. Look for the the full report, pictures and maps in the weeks to come. Here a few quick pics from the day.
The weather forecasts are calling for more snow in the next week, but we found plenty.
Not too many tracks in this area.
Riding on evening minor technical bits is interesting with a bit of snow and ice added to the mix.
Some were challenging enough without the snow.
Trail Math – 15 minutes to the bottom – 5 minutes to change a tire – Maybe 17 minutes of twilight left.