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08-10-2013, 10:41 PM
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: foot of Olympus
As in not where I want to ride the DR650. Below a few views of the first mile of 157 from the intersection with forest road 180 toward the intersection with the southern end of trail 38 and then the top of trail 39. I would say there's a 1,000' elevation gain in this mile but the first bit is flat.
Above it appears to be endless, looking back a fair bit.
Steep, loose and a bit technical.
Then it keeps going on, and on.
These guys were not having any trouble with it.
I guarantee it's steeper than it looks.
Once you hit the 38 and 39 trail intersection level it's mostly traversing and at walking speeds the views are incredible. Moto speed best keep your eyes on the trail. I can't speak to the 38 traverse around the east side or the 157 around the west as I went straight up the ridge to Mill Canyon Peak. Youtube videos showed some gnarly, narrow, precipitous rock sections that again disqualify heavy dual-sport bikes. Below are a few views that would tempt you anyway.
View from on top.
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