Ride Recap: HCC MTB Ride – 10/04/2015 – Joaquin Miller Park

 

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HCC MTB Ride Recap 10-05-15

Juaquin Miller Park, Oakland H Ca

by Durty Dood POV and Pics

Today, our Sunday HCC Durt session is in the beautiful Oakland Hills in Joaquin Miller Park, known for its Redwood canopy, tight single tracks, tacky-tacky sticky dirt, and its famous Cinderella Trail, Big and Small Trees and the awesome Bay views, and last but not the least, the local hikers and joggers that are just a pleasure to talk to…

The parking location was an easy access right off Joaquin Miller Road. It is my first to park here as I usually park up in Skyline Blvd by Chabot Observatory parking area. I like this new parking area as it is an easy access, especially if you are running a little behind. Today’s ride consisted of the 5 regular Durties (Diego, Jesus, Julius, Ken, and Myself) with special guest appearance from Rozel with his CX bike.

The ride started somewhat on time at around 8:20 am. As usual, it started with a climb to warm up the legs quick through the Sinawik Trail.

Just a tidbit of information about Joaquin Miller Park aka JMP for the unfamiliar. This park is a small park conveniently located in Oakland Hills North East of Downtown Oakland with lots and lots of trail network sprawled all over the park that is mostly tight and beautiful single-track, even the trails rated as fire road are narrow enough to fall into the single-track category… The park has no given loop to follow, so one can get lost in the trail network and still re-trace your way to meet or catch-up with your riding group or find your way back to your car without getting really lost as some parks can, does that make sense? Majority of the trails are under the canopy cover of redwood trees and local vegetation so its never too hot to ride. Some trails opens up to a spectacular view of the bay and the City. Do note that the majority of the trails are shared with Hikers/Joggers alike.

Back to the ride… From what I remembered, the ride menu called for 2 loops, hoping to hit the famous Cindy trail twice. So… back to the Sinwak Trail ascent with its gradual 1.5 mile climb takes us through Sunset Trail and Little Trees and some more climbing through the redwood canopy to stage for the famous Downhill Cinderella Trail. The climb as usual, does not disappoint… The group ascended on a casual pace for chit-chat and catchups. We were hoping for a damp trail from last nights unexpected downpour, but I guess it did not rain in the area since the trails was dry and dusty. As we set-up to summit of the Sequoia Arena, we stage at the Picnic tables to prepare for the descent.

And away we go, to bomb the descent.  I like bombing downhill’s but not so much on tight single-tracks, so I am a little on the edge on this run.  As usual, Durty animals Diego and Jesus bombed the descent like it’s a race…  Followed by Rozel on his Cyclo-Cross bike (yikes!) and Ken…  Yours truly and Julius brought up the rear…  As always, this section does not disappoint…  Trail condition is dusty with loose rocks, with occasional rock garden, ruts and roots to challenge…  Cindy’s .5 mile descent never disappoint…  Did I mention Rozel with his Cyclocross bike was able to keep up with Diego and Jesus on this DH Run.  Impressive Run Sir!  I just don’t know how he does it…  I think my balls were up my neck on some section of this run…  I guess I need to start visiting this site more to get my huevos back where n its place…

As we get back on the flats section of the Sunset Trail, we met up with 2 other Durt riders from Julius’s acquaintance that ended up joining our group…  Our six is now eight.  At this point, we are setting up to do more climbing to get back up the summit back to Sequoia Arena to descend Big Trees Trail.  From what I remembered, the 2 groups were formed, one took the harder route and the other went to the not-so hard route.  For some reason, I ended following the wrong group and ended taking the hard”er” route.  It felt like I was climbing single-tracks forever…  I remembered last seeing Jesus, this 200+ lbs animal that is eating the climb like its flat.  I think he’s trying to catch up with Diego and Rozel, as you know are both bred like Mtn Goats…  In the process, I got dropped, and lost in the confusion of who to chase…  I am now ascending solo to the Sequoia Arena summit, to get back to the staging for the downhill.  Riding solo has its benefits though.  You get to view the trails and trees without any obstruction…  Suffering by my own and no one to complain to, I made it to the top.  Surprisingly, I made it to the top first.  I must have taken a short cut…

Then one by one, the riders re-group.  Rozel shows-up, then Jesus, Julius, Larry, Raffy, and I can hear Diego hollering my name, making sure I am not lost.  Dude’s got it for HCC Ride Lead motto “No one gets dropped behind…”  At this point, Jesus pointed out the he’s got a mechanical.  His sprocket is on full freewheel, no gear lock or pedal lock.  I guess the climbing efforts blew his cassette!  But Jesus insisted on keeping the ride and he will try to keep up…  Huh?!!!  What did he say???  And so he did begin to push the Full size Strider bike with all his might…

And down we go through the Big Trees…  This one is fun!  Not so Skareee!!!  Full on narrow single-tracks with bermed twist and turns through the redwoods trees as close to clipping your bars with the combination of Ruts roots and Rocks to make it extra challenging…  Love it!  The group stayed pretty close together forming a train as this one is more flowy and easier to navigate…  Surprisingly, Jesus kept up and was even up front of this descent even with mechanical.  And Rozel too, keeping up with the Mountain bikes on his Cyclocross bike.  Impressive animals!

As we get back to the flats at Sunset Trail, we worked our way to the Small Tree area where we were challenged with what the Durty Deuce (Diego and Jesus) called the 2-dollar hill.  A hill climb challenge is now is session…  1 by 1, each rider tried climbing this rock garden that is about 100 yards long, unfortunately, only Diego can claim for the longest climb, followed by Rozel, everyone else tried their best…  Rozel was so intrigued that I think he climbed it 4 times…  He even did a run up with his bike…

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$2 hill climb challenge, Rozel portaging his CX Bike, while the others look on.

By the time you know it, we are off to go back for the second Cinderella descent… and Bombing we went…  No change on the line-up.  Same as previous run…  Diego, Jesus, and Rozeul up front…  and yours truly at the tail end with my Huevos on my neck, skeered as heck!   Amazingly, Jesus with his broken bike is still able to bomb the descend.  What a Beast!  Jesus Christ!  No more praises for this guy…  Geez!

By the time you know it, the downhill run is over and we are now setting to head back…  Everyone is in one piece and no crashes.  Easy peasy enjoying the return trip to the parking area.  While we are setting up to stop for a vista point to enjoy the bay and SF view, 2 of the riders missed a turn and kept going the wrong way.  Diego, once again with his paternal instinct chased them down to get back-in line.  I’d have to say, he’s got this ride lead down.  Kudus to you my friend.  You are now a full-fledged ride leader (if there is such a thing, I’d give it to you for keeping the group intact)  We continued on to take photos at a vista point to enjoy the bay and SF view…   While, Jesus with his animal instincts found a hill drop off and still managed to mustering some more crazy dh drop-off runs with his Junk Bike or from what Rozel call it, a Full-size Strider bike.  Somebody get this guy a working bike, for crying out loud…

Ride complete, around 2.5 hours of fun, 11 miles with 1,900 ft of elevation gain…  Short sweet ride through the redwoods of Oakland Hills…

As we wrap up the ride and congratulated ourselves with Barley Pop treats for no crashes and meeting new riders to join the Durty Group…  Welcome to the club Larry and Raffy, hope to more Durty rides with you guys soon…

Next Ride!!! TBD…  It could be Crockett Hills, Rockville, Wildcat, or Diablo…  Stand by for updates.

 

HCC Durt Dood!

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