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Looking to ride the State motorized trail system...(SOCAL)

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I want to ride some of the SMTS trail....First I want to just explore parts of it(Cahuilla indian res. To Idylwild) and then start exploring more of the trail from Idylwild to Big Bear. If anyone is interested in joining me for some exploring PM me.

Here is some info on the trail for your enjoyment... 😢

click here for the State Motorized Trail System

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Traildude, thats all rideable and open? Wow. I'd like to do that. I know one or two others might want to also. I'm doing Malcolm Swiths in a couple weeks, then LA-B-Vegas over Thanksgiving. Sometime after that, I'm good to go! Where can I get a map of the whole trail?

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Don't confuse any motorized trails with the Pacific Crest Trail. The Pacific Crest Trail is a hiking trail extending from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. It is entirely closed to motorized vehicles and even to mountain bikes. It is well marked with small signs identifying it as the Pacific Crest Trail; we all need to be sure to keep off of it.

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Dale, does this mean you are charging $1500 to ride the trail by your house? 😢

There was a website that had an entire printable DS route mapped out from about Big Bear to Yosemite. Mostly offroad. My link to it no longer works. Maybe someone who reads this knows what happened to it.

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O.K....maybe I made a mistake by calling it the Pacific Crest Trail.....It is titled the "State Motorized Trail System" and it goes from Mexico to Canada. I want to explore the parts of the trail in SOCAL and maybe later do the annual Mexico to Canada dual sport ride...I missed the ride this year, it was in May. Click on the links below and check it out.

click here for the SMTS web page

Click here for the Mexico to Canada dual sport ride web page

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I haven't looked at that SMTS site in a while, but I always thought that the "Old Mojave Rd" ride looked like it would be a kick (Barstow to Colorado River). Maybe one of these days I'll head down south and do something like that. 😢

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Here's the link. Its working today.....

http://r-dubb.smugmug.com/gallery/19308

My site at SMTS.info has printable maps and downloadable GPS tracks of hundreds of miles of point to point routes in southern California. I also have tracks for the PCQ and the CDR (Continental Divide Ride). also see my Mexico 2 Canada ride at Merx2Can.com reservations for 05 are open.

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ETP,

It is free to ride the PCT near my house until you get caught. A local Pro motorcross rider that I will not mention his name, was fined $1500 for a first time ticket.

Dale

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I would hesitate to use the word "pro" with an idiot like that Dale. A pro wouldnt risk giving us all a black eye. I've hiked a small portion of the trail. I'd hate to see a bike on it.

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Traildude-

The Mojave Road is a great ride. Not too technical, but fun and interesting. We've done it both as a 1 day haul ass ride, and as a three day supported ride looking into all the historical stuff. Either way it's a blast. There's a book called "The Mojave Road" written by Dennis Casebier that's a good read before you go. It documents, in great detail, all of the historical significance of the trip. The last time I checked, it was out of print, but was published by the "friends of the Mojave Road". The LA County Public Library in Azusa has a california history room that has a copy. If you do the several day supported ride, side trips to mitchel cavers, hole in the wall camp, and the kelso dunes are worth the ride as well.

Birdie

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Traildude-

The Mojave Road is a great ride. Not too technical, but fun and interesting. We've done it both as a 1 day haul ass ride, and as a three day supported ride looking into all the historical stuff. Either way it's a blast. There's a book called "The Mojave Road" written by Dennis Casebier that's a good read before you go. It documents, in great detail, all of the historical significance of the trip. The last time I checked, it was out of print, but was published by the "friends of the Mojave Road". The LA County Public Library in Azusa has a california history room that has a copy. If you do the several day supported ride, side trips to mitchel cavers, hole in the wall camp, and the kelso dunes are worth the ride as well.

Birdie

I hope to give this ride a try sometime next year. Our plan would be to use the SMTS GPS track log for the route, and take detours off the main route whenever something catches our interest. How long is the ride each way and what is a comfortable pace for intermediate riders? I'm a history buff and really looking forward to this one.

R

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Traildude-

The Mojave Road is a great ride. Not too technical, but fun and interesting. We've done it both as a 1 day haul ass ride, and as a three day supported ride looking into all the historical stuff. Either way it's a blast. There's a book called "The Mojave Road" written by Dennis Casebier that's a good read before you go. It documents, in great detail, all of the historical significance of the trip. The last time I checked, it was out of print, but was published by the "friends of the Mojave Road". The LA County Public Library in Azusa has a california history room that has a copy. If you do the several day supported ride, side trips to mitchel cavers, hole in the wall camp, and the kelso dunes are worth the ride as well.

Birdie

I hope to give this ride a try sometime next year. Our plan would be to use the SMTS GPS track log for the route, and take detours off the main route whenever something catches our interest. How long is the ride each way and what is a comfortable pace for intermediate riders? I'm a history buff and really looking forward to this one.

R

You are looking at about 180 miles each way

alot of the ride can be made at a good pace

figure on 6 to 9 hours depending on pace and stops for sightseeing

Leave the ramada in barstow

stop at rasor road for gas

finish at avi hotel casino on the river below laughlin

between rasor road and avi you have 108 miles without gas

If it has rained anytime in the previous few weeks soda dry lake will be too muddy to cross and you will need to bypass from rasor road to baker

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Birdie, thanks for the tip on the Mojave ride....I will be looking for the book.... 😢

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