"Be Prepared," the Boy Scout Motto has been used by millions of Scouts around the world since 1907. It is a great mantra and an essential one to follow when you venture into our forest. The San Gabriel Mountains are rugged, unstable, and unforgiving. In Los Angeles, man has a checkered history of trying to control nature and the mountains always win. Before you head out on the … [Read more...] about Be Prepared – Surviving your MTB Adventure
Over the last several years of drought in Southern California, you may have forgotten the riding etiquette after a rain. Or you may be new to mountain biking and didn't even realize there was an etiquette to riding during or after a rain storm. The answer can get a bit complicated because if you want a precise answer for the particular trail you like to ride, there are many … [Read more...] about Rain and Trail Riding in the San Gabriel Mountains
Wherever you see Oak trees you will likely also find Poison Oak. The three leaved plant is found along parts of Sunset Ridge Trail and the entirety of El Prieto Trail. Poison Oak is found near oaks and areas with moisture. The bottom of Ken Burton has a well known Poison Oak "forest" and the plant is found in many areas throughout the Angeles National Forest. What is Poison … [Read more...] about Poison Oak
On May 24th, most of the Station Fire Closure area in ANF was opened and so has one of the classic mountain bike trails, Strawberry Peak. My recent ride at Strawberry was fantastic; however, it was also a stark reminder that Poodle Dog Bush is still here and strongly present in the burn areas. The back side of Strawberry and a good portion of the Gabrielino between Red Box … [Read more...] about Poodle Dog Bush is still out there.
Everyone knows about Poison Oak and Poodle Dog but not too many people are familiar with Queen Anne's Lace (daucus carota). For those of you who are familiar with Queen Anne's Lace, you may be wondering what the big deal is. And honestly, for most of you, coming in contact with Queen Anne's Lace will not affect you in the least. However, for others, this beautiful, lacy weed … [Read more...] about Queen Anne’s Lace