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isomata idyllwild

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Miles of sweet single track, technical rocky areas,two track fire roads
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Latitude
33.733369636888774
Longitude
-116.73879146575928
Trail Directions
Hwy. 74 to 243 to Tollgateto the end of the pavement,park here,[adventure pass required]follow tire tracks
Trail Length
miles10 to 15
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Idyllwild
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 11, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Zachariah ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is now called Idyllwild Alvin Meadows Trail. Isomata, the former music geek camp- is now a fine arts campus. Take Tollgate Road all the way down until it ends at trail #5S06. Parking is all to the left. Many say the Forestry Service Adventure Pass is no longer enforced, due to the CA state budget cuts(thanx Arnold!).

Follow 5S06(right fork) fireroad until you reach another fork. Go left, and start the greuling 2-mile climb. At the top, another fork will be at your right. DO NOT PASS this fork, or you will wind up climbing another 2-3 more miles until you reach a deserted kid's summer camp(reminds me of Jason/Friday the 13th). Take the right fork up a small, steep hill for 20 yards, and follow the sweet singletrack though fallen log obstacles, boulder crossings, and twisty forest switcbacks. Pretty cool ride. Towards the end some IDIOT broke glass everywhere, after the easy log hop. Be careful. Go right at the singletrack merge, until you return back to where you began.

Recommended Route:
Listed above is the Optimater singletrack. Recommend a FS bike, with grippy tires.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hurkey Ceek, Thomas Mountain/Ramona Trail, Sawmill Trail, Palm Canyon epic ride, Ernie Maxwell.



Comments
Zachariah (05/08/2014)
IMBA and Idyllwild Cycling are always clearing new trails. Try: Mystic Creek/Mystic Dubbing, Silver Crag, Bear Trap, Upper/Lower Bathtub, Toptimator, Sleepwalker, Rattlesnake, Grotto Trail. The fire roads connect everything together!
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Review Date
May 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mmplisskin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There are sooo many singletrack trails in this area with some technical portions and some slightly difficult climbs.

Recommended Route:
Once in Idyllwild take tollgate road to the end where you come to a juction (Hub) there are so many trails but bassicaly go down slowly on one of the fire roads and watch for cars and singletrack and after just climb up back on the fireroad to the hub.



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Review Date
April 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: TTMAC , from Palm Desert/Idyllwild

Summary:
This a small maze of twisting singletrack crossing over and connecting to several different fire roads. The local bike club is constantly making new sections. They deserve a big thanks. There is plenty of canopied sections with shade. Some of the climbs are very steep, but most aren't too long. These trails aren't suited for downhill/freeriders because they are very twisting and don't have any high speed sections. It gets hot in the summer, so ride early or late. Be careful on these trails because you never know what is around the enless twisting corners. Please don't drag your brakes on the corners. I'm seeing more of this on these pure trails. If you want to slide out, do it on a fireroad or go to a rookie riding school.

Recommended Route:
Read other reviews. Make sure you have a stupid f***ing fascist Forest Adventure Pass if you park on the dirt. Fortunately, my house is a couple of yards before the trail at the Strawberry Creek crossing. Don't park there, I have rabid squirrels.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
24 hour loop at Hurkey Creek.



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Review Date
June 25, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: The HillBilly , from So Cal

Summary:
This network of trails is sweet! Trails are shooting off all over the place!! You do have to watch out for oncoming bikes however this secret stash is not to crowded yet. The trailheads off the fire roads are hard to find so you really have to look for and follow tracks to find your way around but once you find the loops its awesome!!! Good Luck!!

Recommended Route:
Take Toll Gate Road West of Idyllwild till it turns to dirt(Known as the Hub)and park. Take the fire road that heads directly down and West about 1/4 and look for a single track off to the right!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are lots of fire roads around that you can pretty much ride until your legs fall off if you want to do some big loops like 5 to 6 hours.



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Review Date
June 15, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Desert Dog , from So Cal Mecca

Summary:
These trails were designed for bikes, short climbs, long singletrack descents. and lotsa of shade !!
dont want to try this betwwen july and september unless you go early or niteride, it gets toasty...

Recommended Route:
Take somebody that knows the trail really well, or you will be sorry....Most of trails are designed for oneway use, with the fireroads as the climbing back out part of it....

Other recommended trails in the same area:
due to the obscured trailheads, it is difficult without a guide or an overall idea of how the network



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