Closed toed shoes, polypropylene or light-weight, moisture wicking wool shirts, biking specific gloves, and bike shorts or regular shorts are recommended. Only seldom you will need to be prepared for the occasional SoCal weather change by bringing a light rain jacket or warmer top layer usually in winter. Jeans and non-athletic shoes are not recommended. Helmets are required and are provided with all rental bikes. Pads are recommended as well.
In Southern California, winter, spring and fall are typically pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from the low sixties to high eighties and nighttime temperatures dropping only slightly. Summers are hot, but fortunately our altitude helps us to stay in the high eighties and low nineties. However in winter, we do experience unpredictable mountain weather at times that can bring colder temperatures and moisture.
Every day, shuttle and tour is different. Depending on your riding level, we’ll design a specific tour that includes some of our favorite trails. The selection can include family friendly routes on several double tracks to more technical options in the Silver Moccasin Trail network, or expert level trails in with lots of exposure and high consequence thrill rides . Some of our favorite trails are Winter creek Trail, Rim Trail, Mt Lowe & Sam Merrell Trails, the Silver Moccasin trail network , Mt Wilson Trail, Sturtevant trail, Redbox, Strawberry Peak, Valley Forge, Canyon Devore, El Pietro, Ken Burton and Sunset… Yeah, just a few…
Any kind of rider! Our tours are designed for all levels, from beginner to expert level mountain bikers. When taking your reservation, we will ask about your riding ability and use this information to place you on the right tour for you. Please use this guide to help choose which category you fit into:
Kid: children from age 7 to 12. Kids should be comfortable on a bike for up to 1½ hours.
Beginner: Beginners include anyone who doesn’t ride a mountain bike often, prefers to ride gravel roads or very gentle paths and trails, and is able to be on the bike for an average of two hours. Age 13 to adult.
Advanced Beginner: An Advanced Beginner rider has mountain biked a few times on flat or very gentle hills and non-technical terrain.
Intermediate: Intermediate riders include anyone who rides fairly often and is relatively fit, comfortable on single track or steeper roads, and is able to be on the bike for up to four hours. Age 13 to adult.
Advanced Intermediate: Advanced Intermediate riders can be on the bike for up to 6 hours. They are very comfortable on most singletrack trails with climbing and descending and some technical features.
Advanced: Advanced riders are those who ride mountain bikes often, are able to ride 50 to 100 miles per week, can handle technical single track and are able to be on the bike for up to eight hours. Age 16 and older only.
Expert: Expert riders are those riders that want to chase and keep up with the guide! They ride several times a week with a lot of mileage and have excellent technical skills.