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Tapia Canyon - Castaic Area
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Likely a last chance at both GREEN and COOL this year with high temps in the 60s! Can I get a woo hoo from somebody?!
Dirt Mulholland and the eastern side of the Santa Monica range, near Topanga State Park, are always a good time with glorious panoramas of the LA Basin. Multiple options for riders ranging from all day adventures to out and back to the Hub with choices made depending on who turns out. A few are detailed below.
We park at the top of Greenbriar instead of the Braemar Country Club near Caballero trailhead on Reseda due to ease of meeting the group and security, as there are break-ins commonly on Reseda.
Shepherd Mountain Bike Club basics:
All new riders are requested to bring or email a signed waiver for Shepherd Church. You may get yours from the Church's website: Shepherd Sports Mountain Bike Club (http://www.shepherdsports.org/page/679)
We typically divide into three groups on any given ride:
Genesis: our beginner group. Everyone was new to mountain biking once, so don't fret, we'll have you Gospel-ready in no time. Genesis is a NO DROP group.
Gospels: Intermediates to more casual advanced riders in this group. If you're on a Most- Wanted list , avoid this group as they will take and post online an average of 50 pictures a ride. The Gospels are a NO DROP group and usually go the same route as Revelations but at a more leisurely pace.
Revelations: Our A group. Fire , Fury and Mayhem. Most of these guys and gals are either on competitive teams , or were, and riding with them will be a sweat-pouring, cardio-pushing , speed & tech fest that will leave advanced riders grinning ear to ear. Revelations is a DROP group , meaning you have to keep up AND not let lost if you cant.
By riding with the Shepherd Church Mountain Bike Club I understand and accept the following:
I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death.
I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on.
I understand that ride schedulers accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride, and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride.
20117 Greenbriar Drive, Tarzana, CA (Map (https://www.google.com/maps/place/20117+Greenbriar+Dr,+Tarzana,+CAfirstname.lastname@example.org,-118.565599,17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m2%213m1%211s0x80c298c507296eeb:0xd348f120f570f41a?hl=en))
Take Vanalden Ave. south of Ventura Blvd, to last street, Glen Eagles Dr., one block to Greenbriar, make left. One block to end. Watch street signs. No parking last 100ft after 6:00pm.
Bathrooms at Trail: Yes - there is a Porta-Potty Restroom located just shy of 1/4 into the ride located at the Hub Junction. Or if going to Nike site, then there are Porta-Potties at the Reseda Trail head (Marvin Braude Gateway Park entrance).
This ride begins at Greenbriar Dr. east of the Temescal Fireroad. We start with long section of climbing along a moderate incline which can be challenging for new riders. Most of the ride is along a wide fireroad. The route to the Nike site continues on the Dirt Mulholland road up to the Nike tower. The other routes lead to the Hub Junction. The most difficult section of this route is the climb to The Hub Junction where we can choose to take a short bathroom break. The trails continue with many options; to the Foundation along the Temescal fireroad, or Down through Topanga State Park and up to a beautiful ocean view at Parker Mesa Overlook (Intermediate and advanced conditioned riders only 19-20 mile route).
NIKE site route: This Strava (https://www.strava.com/activities/190051201)link shows the route to Nike starting from Greenbriar. Click the link to show the area, the mileage, and the elevation gain. It's about 4.4 miles one way (9 miles total) to Nike from Greenbriar and take about 2 to 2.5 hours Including breaks.
Foundation route: This Strava Foundation (https://www.strava.com/activities/362282977) link shows the route starting from Reseda Blvd. Click the link to show the area, the mileage, and the elevation gain. It's about 2 hours for folks going to the Foundation at a moderate pace.
Parker Mesa Overlook route: This Strava Parker Mesa (https://www.strava.com/activities/559699462) link shows the route to Parker Mesa overlook route starting from Greenbriar. Click the link to show the area, the mileage, and the elevation gain. It's about 3 to 3.5 hours Including breaks at a moderate pace. Click here for the (computer animation of the ride) for this route.
Backbone to J Drop and up Sullivan: this Link shows the advanced Backbone-JDrop- Squirrel Cage- Sullivan route that advanced riders can do. Strava Backbone-Sullivan (https://www.strava.com/routes/8510049). This is at 19 mile route that is 2+ hours of moving time with 3200 feet of climb at an advanced pace. J Drop and Squirrel Cage are dropper-post requiring, pads recommended singletracks sure to pump the adrenaline of the most advanced. Even if you walk them. Click here for the Relive Backbone- J Drop- Squirrel Cage-Sullivan (computer animation of the ride) for this route.
IMPORTANT: Although some posted rides are considered intermediate to advanced level a strong beginner-level rider should be able to make it. As always, all riders should be aware that mountain biking can be extremely physically demanding. Each rider should be conscious of their own limitations. It is encouraged to walk any sections of the trail you are not comfortable riding. Dont be surprised if you are not able to keep up with the group your first time out. Dont get discouraged. It will take some newcomers a few rides before they can build up their leg strength, cardio and overall technique before feeling at home on a mountain bike trail. be encouraged We will have volunteers that will help you along the way and stay with you at your pace.
See more Newcomer Recommendations at the bottom of this post.
What to Bring:
Water (in bike cage and/or in your back pack)
Snacks for energy
Extra bike tube and patch kit
Apparel appropriate for trail riding
Multi-tools, etc. for mechanical issues
2-way radio if you have one (will select channel before ride)
Please post comments or contact the ride hosts if you have any other questions or concerns about this ride.
Newcomer Recommendations (cont.):
Continue training throughout the week in order to build up strength and riding skills.
Attend the CORBA (The Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association) Free Mountain Bike Skills Clinics, held the 1st Saturday of each month;
"Although the Shepherd Church MTB Club in not affiliated with CORBA some or our riders have benefited immensely from the free training they provide. You can visit the CORBA website here: http:// http://corbamtb.com/ and join their MeetUp Group Here: http:// http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/
"Happy Trails"How to find us:https://www.strava.com/clubs/ShepherdMntBik
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