September 2009


We have the course broken down into two loops

… which total about 70 miles, 11,000 ft of climbing.

The first loop leaves from the Lake Hemet Campground at O-Dark Thirty on race day… probably with a neutral rollout to first dirt, about a mile away. From there, you’ll climb a good portion of Thomas Mountain and start your sufferfest. The loop features jaw-dropping views & fast descending on Rouse Ridge, and a long, satisfying climb up to Idyllwild.

Loop one works out to about 48 miles.

Loop 1 ends with some of our best singletrack, in May Valley. Most of the area’s mtb visitors miss this good stuff when they ride the 24 hour course… Ride the local good stuff.

(the stash trails you see on locals’ blogs)

TOPO! San Diego and Surrounding Recreational Areas - LOOP2.TPO

Loop 2

Upon return from loop 1, you will have the option to proceed on the full route, which tours ranch land and climbs through chaparral up to the pines of Thomas Mountain. At the high point of your climb you’ll turn on to Ramona Trail for a perma-grin descent on technical singletrack.

TOPO! San Diego and Surrounding Recreational Areas - LOOP2.TPO

More to come:

We are finalizing a highly detailed set of cue sheets, which will be available soon. Also, we’ll be hosting a large digital file of both map segments to print at home.

RSVP: we’re going to ask all participants/attendees to RSVP for the ride. Details to follow.

Some shots from the route

Thomas Mountain/ Ramona Trail

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view of Cahuilla Mountain, across Anza Valley

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Rouse Ridge/ 5S06/ Idyllwild

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lakehemetview

rouseridge

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May Valley

romanhighway

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Garner Valley

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