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Socal - Los Angeles County - Wrightwood NickNames: #BlueRidgeRoad
I-15 to CA-2, or I-210 to CA-2, then CA-2 to East Blue Ridge Road, 9 mi. west of Wrightwood. Thomas Guide page 4561 D7
Last Saturday I actually did it. I started in Wrightwood and rode on the 2 west about 6 miles to the entrance to Blue Ridge Truck Trail. The road for the first couple of miles is paved with some sand and potholes and easily negotiable. I am not a powerful rider but the ascent did not seem that difficult. I had more trouble with the thinner air. About 2.5 miles into it I noticed that I was about to pass under a ski lift, when I looked down the hill I realized that I was at Mountain High. When I reached the next ski lift I noticed that it was in operation. As it turned out it appeared to be carrying DH'ers to the top because I saw one person riding it and three people in full gear coming down the hill in a lane taped off for their use.
I continued up the road passing a couple more lifts and a camp site or day use area. At about 3.5 miles the road opened up and most of the trees that must have once provided shade were burned out stumps. It was starting to get hot! Good thing I had plenty of water. During the ride I had to stop and take pictures once in a while (to prove to my family that I actually did it.) and enjoy the scenery even though the area was still black but recovering from an apparent recent fire.
I finally reached a camping area called Guffy where I asked for directions to Acorn Trail which was my ultimate goal. They were very nice people and brought out their topographical maps to help me find the trail. After a short conversation they wished me luck and I was on my way. From this point the forest started to thicken and I was enjoying the smell of clean air and the sweet aroma of pine and foliage baking in the midday sun. These are the times when I feel most alive.
Two miles after passing Guffy I took a trail I thought was Acorn Trail. While on this path a couple of hikers told me that it was actually on the Pacific Coast Trail at which point I apologized for using a trail that I knew was off limits to me and they said not to worry about it and that the Acorn was just a ľ mile further down. They also warned of the young couple that were going at it in the bushes just up the way. But of course, by the time I reached them they were already dressed. I smiled and said hi and they both were still red and sheepishly said hi and continued hiking.
I finally reached Acorn Trail which is clearly marked (I wasnít patient enough to find it.) From this point all the way down to Wrightwood the trail is heavily wooded and very beautiful, a great reward for the sunburn I got on the way there.
Acorn Trail is a steep single track switchback trail with some pretty hairy turns. It appears to be well maintained but the trail is narrow and there are a couple of sections where it practically sits along the edge of a cliff (really more like a very steep hill). This was pretty scary for me but Iím sure that if I had had more experience I would have enjoyed the technical part more. At the end of this trail is Acorn Road, a private road that leads back into Wrightwood where you will find good food and fun people and a great place to end a good ride.
Iím a roady and a weekend warrior. I like this ride because of the climb and the scenery. The mountains and the forest are gorgeous and the heat is tolerable compared to the valleys around LA. Wrightwood is a great place to hang out and relax. They even have hotels if you want to spend the night.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 18 miles Elevation change:
Singletrack=5% Dirt Road=85% Truck Trail=15%
papyroy a 40 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Univega DS950 from Burbank, CA
I must have been only a couple hours behind you. Dodging the skiers was easy, as they had more control than the snowboarders.
BTW, you should probably refrain from riding that particular stretch of trail...it's the Pacific Crest Trail and is closed to bikes. The Blue Ridge Trail starts where the pavement ends in Blue Ridge CG, at the bottom of the ski lift - it's a much better trail anyway.
Tom Kenney a 33 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Attitude from Reseda, CA URL: Tom's Page
I rode this trail on Labor Day Weekend, and had the whole trail to myself! This is a beautiful trail which is almost completely rideable except for a sharp switchback. It has been 'adopted' by a local bycicle club, so it is well maintained to multi-user standards. There are many sharp corners, so be careful for hikers. There are also many long straightaways with good visibility, so you can really blast in some sections. Also, the trail cuts through a dense mixed forest of white fir, ponderosa pine, and black oak, providing lots of shade for those hot summer days.
Tom Kenney a 30 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Klein Pinnacle from Reseda, CA URL: Tom's Page