Main article: https://gravelbikecalifornia.com/send-it-june-2022/
GBC is about to close out year three and it’s time to return to not only the ride that started it all, but my favorite throughout Los Angeles.
Pacifico Mountain is no easy task with almost 4k feet of climbing in the first thirteen miles, but the rewards far surpass the efforts with views of the Sierra and an incredible escape from the urban.
While this is a special ride, please read the notes as there are additional challenges with this location being more remote:
- The climbing is HARD with 5K feet of climbing over 38 miles. These are not rides for beginners or those working their way back.
- You will need to buy a $5 Adventure Pass to park in the Angeles National Forest. They are available at the Shell station at the bottom of Hwy 2, the 7-11 at Little Tujunga or check here for other locations.
- The first rule is that this is an unsupported ride and everyone rolls at their own risk.
- Parking is available off the side of Angeles Forest Highway on the turnouts just north of the Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road. The ride will start promptly at 8:30am at the intersection. 23681 Angeles Forest Hwy, Palmdale, CA 93550 is the nearest address just south of the intersection.
- Cellphone reception is limited / non-existent over most of the region.
- There will be a number of regroups, but once everyone’s back, we roll!
- Make sure to bring your own tubes and a couple of water bottles. We’ll be stopping at two spots (mile 6 & 20) along the way for refills.
- Riding tires 40mm and above will do the trick for most, as the climbs are steep and there’s some soft patches on the dirt descents, as well as loose pavement on the road.
- This will not be race pace. At the same time, you have to be in the good to great shape range to do this ride even in the Party Pace group. If you’re just getting back into riding, I suggest you read Rule #1 again.