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Pinyon Mountain to Split Mountain

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Loose high desert doubletrack to low desert doubletrack. Point to Point ride. Shuttle is a must. Have shuttle wait at the split mountain trailhead. Ascend 1,200 ft. and descend 3,000 ft.
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Latitude
32.13840869677249
Longitude
-116.2353515625
Trail Directions
On CA Highway 78 continue east past Julian approximately 15 miles. Turn right on County Route S-2. Continue south 2-4 miles and look for the marked trailhead sign marked "Pinyon Mountain" on your left.
Trail Length
34 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Shelter Valley
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 27, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Triple-R ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is an awesome ride that we try to do once a year. It MUST be done as close to a good rain as possible. 1st 5 miles is a gradual climb up a jeep road. Usually done I. The winter so this part is cold but you warm up quickly. Once the initial climb is done there is a fun downhill followed by a small climb. Then it's down to the squeeze and a small but steep climb to heart attack hill. Short and sweet slick rock and then it's a pedal fest down to fish creek. The miles fly by. We always stop at split rock for lunch. From here if it hasn't rained lately its a real slog. But with recent rain it's a fun flat ride.



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Review Date
April 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: OldDogDan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail goes through a very remote area and is a beautiful desert ride. But no singletrack. The first section is dirt 4WD trail, up, down & around. In the center section thru Hapaha flat you are unlikely to see many people at all (4WD necessary to get there). Take some breaks and enjoy the views. Look for Indian pottery shards (and leave them). The sand conditions are highly variable -- best done after some rain. Thru there you can fly in top gear although it barely seems downhill, but down in Fish Creek you can get wheel-sucking sand. Do yourself a favor -- have your 4WD shuttle come up Fish Creek to meet you and bring cold drinks. Then you can choose to ride all the way out or not.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Coyote Canyon, Grapevine Canyon.



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Review Date
January 25, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Tony , from San Dog

Summary:
This trail sounds great but be aware: 5-6 mile 1200 ft climb from the start. The rest is downhill (HAHA) The first 6 miles of the down are awesome but the other 20 miles are mostly 1-6 inches of sand. A topography map of the area is almost a must for the first ride because you're out in B.F.E. I was pissed after the firstride due to all the sand but now that I know what to expect I'll do it again.

Recommended Route:
Forget what its called. Parked off S2 near mile marker 21.5 MUST do a carpool.



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