Chilao / Mt. Mooney / Mt. Hillyer 6.8.08

Did the long drive up Angeles Crest (2 Hwy) to Charlton Flat.  From there did the typical figure eight loop around Mt. Mooney, through Chilao, up Mt. Hillyer and back.  Pretty fun route.  About 50/50 fire road to single track.  All above 5k feet.  The initial climb up Hillyer is a tough one, but soon flattens out.  Then, down between boulders, and on soft pumice.  The mid section of ST is drop after drop of water bars 10 to 20 inches, plus switch backs and boulder sections.  Erik was with us, I was jazzed that he could make it.  It was his first time up here, so it was nice to share the trail and scenic views.  Erik is a fine rider, and was leading us down this techy section.  He was really moving.  Well, his plan was to do all he could to clean it all the way down.  One section got the better of him, and he did a mild OTB, crashing on his left knee pretty hard.  He ended up ditching out to the pavement and rolling back to his truck.  Lori and I continued on and finished out the trail.  I think he’ll heal up, but it was a pretty good impact.  I’m guessing the total mileage for us was about 18.


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