This past weekend Golden Saddle Cyclery hosted one of the #swiftcampout rides. I was lucky enough to be involved in it in a small part. We met at the shop and then made our way up to Mt. Lowe Trail Camp, about 5,000 feet above Los Angeles. We had two route options, one more dirt and one less dirt, and Kyle led one and I led the other. My route was up the Angeles Crest and it was long and hard. Yeah, I just said that. Long. And. Hard.
I guess I didn’t get to taking pictures until our group split up. An oversight on my part. So here are mostly pictures of our climb up the Angeles Crest.
It took longer to climb Angeles Crest than I expected due to the heat and the loaded bikes. This added up to the final paved climb and the dirt descent in the dark. We finally made it to camp at around 10:30pm and were able to join the group that had been there for 4 hours or so. It didn’t go quite as planned but it was a great day to be on the bike.
Huge thanks to Kyle, David, Ray and everyone else that helped to get supplies to camp. Also to Martina and Swift Industries for creating such an event. We had a great time and I don’t know that it would’ve happened without their motivation.
While up in the Sierras one of my boots came apart. I picked up some replacements and needed to break them in. I hadn’t been up to Echo Mtn in a very long time so I thought that would be a great destination. The history of Echo Mtn. has always fascinated me. As a kid we’d hike up there and I’d try to imagine what it was like up there. Now, there are photos and historical markers to help you visualize what was up there.
The hike is short, but it’s pretty steep in spots with many switchbacks. I still managed to make it in about an hour. I passed quite a few people that were having a tough time. Here’s the GPS info.
Now for the pics. When I got there it was very hazy. I was climbing in the clouds until about 2400 feet. After that the sun was out and it was a beautiful day.
Sun starting to appear.
Some of the machinery left at the top.
Looking out on the clouds.
All the way down I chatted with a hiker that was heading to Mineral King in Sequoia for a few days. We made it down in no time. However, I did notice that the trail was very busy when we were descending, about 9am. Trail etiquette was not very good with the latecomers so be warned. Not many people yielding and the occasional mountain biker on the trail as well. There is not much shade on this trail, so it’s better early in the morning. It still remains a favorite and the boots seem to be working ok. Next time I’ll head up to Inspiration Point.