SoCal USFS system trail: Los Padres Forest / Gold Hill Mine trail

Rated (1) black diamond, probably for hillside exposure

 

You can hear the 'whoops' via my throttle

 

At 5+ min you can see the 'hard' parts.

 

I thought it would be nice for others to see what a 'approved' USFS trail looks like in So Cal 

 

There are much harder and much eaiser trails than this

 

This is me at 'all day no problem' pace.

 

...but you can see how amazingly well my suspension is working......it appears smooth and boring.....

 

 

 

 

Nice suspension looks like it's doing it's job.

 

But aren't all the black diamond trails pretty easy. It seems when there is something too tough or a real nice area they close it or reroute it.

Nice suspension looks like it's doing it's job.

 

But aren't all the black diamond trails pretty easy. It seems when there is something too tough or a real nice area they close it or reroute it.

 

It depends

Piru has some really tough sections, but they are short

Tejon has some unreal exposure points, but again, they are short

Snowy is gnarly.....and closed!...but you can still ride it.

Yellowjacket is just endless whoops and logs....is closed....but you can still ride it.

 

 

It's the Big Bear stuff like Redona Ridge that kicks my ass: 9 miles of no traction and boulder ledges. 

It's something everyone should try at least once. 

I don't enjoy it!  Too much feet-on-the-ground stuff for me.

 

I shudder thinking about that trail...

 

The best stuff is SuperSecretSingletrack (sss) trails, which are all over the place, but not usually inside an OHV park.......with some exeptions.

It depends

Piru has some really tough sections, but they are short

Tejon has some unreal exposure points, but again, they are short

Snowy is gnarly.....and closed!...but you can still ride it.

Yellowjacket is just endless whoops and logs....is closed....but you can still ride it.

 

 

It's the Big Bear stuff like Redona Ridge that kicks my ass: 9 miles of no traction and boulder ledges. 

It's something everyone should try at least once. 

I don't enjoy it!  Too much feet-on-the-ground stuff for me.

 

I shudder thinking about that trail...

 

The best stuff is SuperSecretSingletrack (sss) trails, which are all over the place, but not usually inside an OHV park.......with some exeptions.

Bill, have you been to Kennedy Meadows yet?

Bill, have you been to Kennedy Meadows yet?

Yes.

In 1984, on a XL600R.

 

...does that count?

It depends

Piru has some really tough sections, but they are short

Tejon has some unreal exposure points, but again, they are short

Snowy is gnarly.....and closed!...but you can still ride it.

Yellowjacket is just endless whoops and logs....is closed....but you can still ride it.

 

 

It's the Big Bear stuff like Redona Ridge that kicks my ass: 9 miles of no traction and boulder ledges. 

It's something everyone should try at least once. 

I don't enjoy it!  Too much feet-on-the-ground stuff for me.

 

I shudder thinking about that trail...

 

The best stuff is SuperSecretSingletrack (sss) trails, which are all over the place, but not usually inside an OHV park.......with some exeptions.

 

Yes I remember when you could ride anywhere in Gorman no fences. Yellow jacket has been rerouted over the years. Did snowy on our little BBR's a while ago. I once rode my XR80'd bike with the XR200 motor up snowy. It's rough but can be fun. Lots of rocks.

 

Haven't been to all of the places. Last time I did Big Bear it was a girl-scout ride oops I meant dual sport ride. Never have done the Malcolm Smith or Redona ridge ride they sound pretty rough.

 

Kennedy Meadows used to be good when all the trails used to be open. That was back in the XL 600 days. They have rerouted much of it out of the wet good areas to dry whooped rocky areas instead. Nothing too tough or real challenging just loads of whoops.

 

The piutes has a few really tough trails.

 

But your absolutely right the best stuff on earth is the SSS stuff. (Unpublished) California has some boss stuff.

30 years ago (yikes!) the XL600R was my bike of choice for all things

We used to do Kennedy Meadows, LPNF, Texas Canyon, Snowy, etc etc

Funny how it never seemed slow, heavy, or under suspended back then....

If I had to ride one at all those places I would never stop whining. 

30 years ago (yikes!) the XL600R was my bike of choice for all things

We used to do Kennedy Meadows, LPNF, Texas Canyon, Snowy, etc etc

Funny how it never seemed slow, heavy, or under suspended back then....

If I had to ride one at all those places I would never stop whining.

Don't sell yourself short Bill, you don't stop whining now :lol:

J/K :thumbsup:

Rated (1) black diamond, probably for hillside exposure

 

You can hear the 'whoops' via my throttle

 

At 5+ min you can see the 'hard' parts.

 

I thought it would be nice for others to see what a 'approved' USFS trail looks like in So Cal 

 

There are much harder and much eaiser trails than this

 

This is me at 'all day no problem' pace.

 

...but you can see how amazingly well my suspension is working......it appears smooth and boring.....

 

 

Your "all day pace" is fine for that type of trail. I've seen many people try to ride those types of trails too fast only to wind up in the ravine needing the old slow guy to help them out.

Kah Ran Née,

Nice video. The terrain looks like the single track country between Saw Mill and Rcho El Compadre.

Here's a partial video of 'Whatta' trail, to intersection of Long Dave and Gold Hill trails

 

Edited by Kah Ran Nee

Here is an earlier section of Whatta.

I had a little 'crotchal adjustment' needed here....

 

...and a much faster trial, closer to home

 

Here's a short clip of the Malcom Smith Trail, on our way to Redona Ridge, in Lake Arrowhead

 

Great video Kah ran nee.

Looks like fabulous trails and nature.

Great your using your bike and finishing the carb set up.

Enjoy

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