Moutain Bike Trails


before the drop

Central Park is a multi-use park here in (Saugus) Santa Clarita, off of Bouquet Canyon Road. It has been for quite a few years and hardly used for mountain bikes. It has mostly been used for such activities as:  running, walking dogs, hiking, field sports,  and the free summer concerts along with many other events. There is even an 18 hole disc golf course, and two dog only areas.

Mountain biking came to life this summer with the Pedalfest Race Series. This was an eight week race series for all classes of racers from beginner to pro. From young to old(er). There was fun to be had by all! The racing itself was great and the fun around the Start/Finish line with bicycle vendors, food trucks and some cycling clubs/teams setting up their tents and having social time!

 

Pedalfest race series:

16938559_968629149934260_4338261582828866354_n

 

 

little guys and gals pedalfest

 

 

There is mountain biking in  Central Park all year long. Follow the fire-road course around  the park and have a great ride!

Please be respectful for the walkers, runners, dogs, etc. or this privilege might be taken away.

Here is a map of Central Park created by the city of Santa Clarita.

 

Advertisements

It was raining today when I got to the parking lot of Whitney Canyon Park for “The Beast” and it was looking real cloudy and wet up in the mountains. I waited about 20 minutes in the car deciding what to do and then the rain went away! I decided to do the ride after all. I proceeded up The Beast, the dirt was compacted and the clouds were low and the air was misty. I was socked in and loving it! It was perfect for mountain bike riding!

The Beast is a great hill to climb in the Santa Clarita area. It is straight up and then your reward of course is straight down. You can go either half way which is to “the bathrooms” which is basically at the entrance to what was a great technical single track, Los Pinetos until the fires last year and then the rain storms came through and changed the whole topography of the trail to be more of a hike a bike trail in many spots. From the parking lot of Whitney Canyon Park where I started it’s only about 4.2 miles or so up to the bathrooms. For some more fun, and quite frankly in my opinion the better half, you can climb to the top of that mountain to where Camp 9 is for great views of the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Fernando Valley. Up and back is aprox. 16 miles.

You can take many single track detours of of the fire road but the majority of the ride is the main fire road up and down, which is no easy task. The side trails from the fire road are fun to ride as well. It all depends how much time you have and how much you want to ride.

…Only for a moment!

Three years ago I was told to start my cycling blog again. So I did. It was one post and then I stopped, again…until now. Why did I stop? I had increased my cycling so much that I didn’t find time to pay any attention to my blog. Writing, adding pictures and making it better. I kept telling myself to get back at it, you actually like to write stories and well yes you like to ride a bicycle so why not bring them together to share with others.

Soooooo here I am… again. Starting the rebirth of my blog, BikeSantaClarita! Yippie! There I said it! WhooHoo! I will have as much fun with this blog as I do riding my bicycle(s).

Here is a synopsis of what has happened in these past three years:

  • I have taken many photos and saved them from my rides, weather they were road or mountain bike adventures.
  • I began racing mountain bikes again after a 15 year hiatus. I started back up on the very same dirt where I stopped 15 years ago at Castaic Lake.
  • I gave time trialing a try at Uncle Tren’s TT in Piru.
  • I became more involved in the community pertaining to cycling as a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Bicycle Coalition.
  • Met some really cool bicycle people!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t been able to blog for good reasons I guess. I have been so busy with my real estate career that I just couldn’t spend the time to sit down and write a post. I have been so busy showing homes. Some weeks I would show 6-7 different appointments! That’s busy!

This is all coming from the market in my area finally flattening out and making a turn for the better. I really do see the stats all around improving. Multiple offers on everything out there, the stock market is improving, the unemployment numbers are going down. Things are just getting better. Yes slooooowly but better is good. At least it’s not worse!

All this time being spent on taking clients out and showing homes has prevented me from blogging and also doing what the blog is about, cycling! I haven’t been able to ride my bicycle(s) in weeks!

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”

I will make a concentrated effort to post more about what I like to do and that is ride my bicycle!

When riding at night you want to be seen and not run over! I have no problem riding my bicycle at night, in fact sometimes I enjoy it as much as the day. You can see autos better because of their lights. You can cut across traffic an not worry if they can see you, they can’t of course unless you have lights.

Sunsets or sunrises are really enjoyable while riding a bicycle.

Now for safety sake I suggest investing in some lights. The link below brings you to a site by the wonderful people at bikecommuters.com They do reviews on bike stuff relating to commuting, hence the name. This particular review is about lights and lighting devices to be seen.

Enjoy the info courtesy of Bikecommuters.com

http://www.bikecommuters.com/2010/11/06/review-light-motion-vis-360/

Well my 9 yr old daughter has been bugging me to take her cycling. So we did but it was mountain biking. She loved it! We went on the new trails in Central Park, the cross country trails. It’s not much in distance for me but for a 9 yr old it’s like Big Bear! We went up and down hills. Walked when it got to be difficult for her.

She didn’t have a worry in the world, the way it’s supposed to be when you are on a bicycle!

She then asked me to find a jump as she wanted to try a jump. Well we found a steep little hill. I told her let’s work our way up to a jump and start doing hills first. She approved.

Of course she wore her helmet!

Next will be Mt. Tam!

Here’s the vid. you will have to turn your computer or head sideways as I changed the camera half way thru the filming.

I wish I could say I broke the two little toes on my right foot from a crazy down hill at Towsley or over at Placerita Canyon. That is not the case, I shut off the light in the living room and walked into the coffee table full steam and broke 2 toes! I have not been able to ride let alone walk normal!

Today I thought I was going to give it a go and just suck it up and ride but when my little 18 pound Jack Russell dog stepped on my toe I winced in pain!

I am not saying that I am a wimp or anything but I do see professional road racers ride extremely mountainous hills in the tour de france with broken collar bones and they don’t wince.

Guess I will wait a few more days to get back on the bike and ride, commute by bike and all that fun stuff I am missing.

Next Page »