Socal - San Bernardino County - Rancho Cucamonga NickNames: #SanSevianeCyn the bullit baby
This is a shuttle ride or ride as a loop.
Take I 15 North past I 10 approx 7 miles to Summit Ave,
Turn Right, go to Cherry Ave, Turn Right past the next stop sign look to the left there is two parks.
Park a car here or start your ride here.Go south on Cherry Ave to the stop sign turn left on Briddle Path follow this around and it will go along the freeway the road will cruve to the right, before you go over the Bridge Turn left,
This is Lytle Creek Road, follow this to the gas station,
at the stop sign Turn left for 1.3 miles there is a road 1N34 on the left Look for it,at this point the pavement ends. go 5.6 miles up the main dirt road [any 2 wheel drive truck can make it] on the left is a parking area and a big white gate This is the trail head.
From the gate it is 4.2 miles of DOWNHILL There is a few turn off but stay to the right tell you reach the while X
after this SLOW DOWN this is a techinal section then stay to the left all the way down, After the gate look out for Vehicles!!! you will come to a Y stay to the left stay on the main road till you hit the pavement, go down the pavment to the stop sign Turn left to Cherry Turn Right to the cars.
This is a fast 4.2 Miles with all the technial thing a Downhiller or X country rider wants with no climbing [ if you do the shuttle thing] Once it not Enough on this Trail. Thomas Guide page: 544
josh a 24 year old Cross-Country Rider from Fontana
San Sevaine is not that fockin trail!!!I posted this ride about a month or so ago.I had rode portions of it and found the first part to be your typical SoCal type fireroad climb with singletrack descent type of stuff.There were a total of 5 of us that showed up for this ride and two or three others bailed.The guys that stuck to it were Mario,Carlos,Greg,Cliff and myself.The ride started off a lot harder then a ride should.The first part of the ride was made difficult because of what out here in Fontana we call a breeze.The winds were blowing so hard they were taking us all off of our bikes.At one point I watched as 3 guys were pushed all the way from one side of the road to the other and then 2 of them were taken off.You had to pedel on the downhills and a couple of times I was pushed by the wind uphill.The climb to the ridgeline is not that bad.4500 feet and about 14 miles or so.Greg had an altimeter and odometer.After we had climbed for what seemed forever we took a break and everybody caught up.Carlos was cramping really bad and was talking about calling it quits but we talked him into staying.Mario gave him some salt which seemed to help a lot.I had read about this trail in a number of places and considering it's right outside my back door I was really hopeing to ride it.The book and stories were written a long time ago.We had made it to the point of about 2 miles before the Joe Elliot tree and campground.The books don't really describe this route this well though.There were no turn offs or anything to get lost on except once we slightly did, but Cliff climbed out of the campground and got a glimpse of Greg before he got out of sight so we all hiked up the mountain side and descended by falling and sliding in the soft dirt all the way back down.Up to this point the trail has been all rideable with very little in the way of obstacles, but I think we were all a little tired because of the brutal wind we had fought all the way up.The wind finally gave us some relief as we got to the part where the ruts and rocks came into play.These are not your normal ruts.You cannot ride them nor ride near them as they tended to suck you down into them.The ground here was mostly soft sand or with lose rock sometimes with both.It got to be so difficult at times I would just start laughing.And we plodded/rode along.Sometimes we would get a glimpse of the valley below and we could see civilation.After a while we stopped again to regroup and to eat a little.I had ran out of food a long time before.I was with less then 5 ounces of water and nobody else had much either.Now we start getting to the hard part of the ride.Take in mind we have been riding over 7 hours by this time.We came up on some huge landslides.In some places we had to make a human chain in order to get the bikes across.There was no road, not much more then a foothold on the side of a cliff.Made it over only to see 100 feet or so down the road there's another one.Some of these landslides are beyond description.At one point we had to climb up over the slide to just descend the other side by 30 feet or more.And we were all beat.At one rockslide as I was climbing up I put my weight on a rock about the size of a medium size car and it started to slide.Fortunately it stopped, but I got the hell away from it.I continued on through this slide as it was easily 100 feet across. I got to the other side I thought I'd wait and tell the other guys to avoid that area,but as I turned to look they were just then getting there and were coming through at a higher point then I had entered.It took me over 20 minutes of hard excertion just to get through this one slide.As I got back up to the trail I turned before I left to see how the other guys were doing and they seemed to have it under control.Carlos was doing really well now.Then we rode on to more rockslides and more sand.There was a lot of riding being done,but a lot more walking too.After a number of miles and after one long,long climb we all stopped to regroup again.We all kind of took an inventory as we sat up on the overlook.Cliff had rode the back part of this trail before so we were hoping he could tell us if anything looked familar.He said it didn't.Now as we were sitting there somebody finally spoke the words that we all thinking but not saying."It's going to get dark soon".Dam, we all knew it, but didn't want to say it.We had to pick it up a gear now and we were all dead tired.So off we go.The trail started to improve a little here and I was thinking this ain't all that bad,if it stays like this we should make it down.Although none of us knew exactly how far down really was.We came around a ridge and I noticed Mario stopped.I looked up to see what he was looking at and my heart stopped.There in front of us was the trail,but it was completely wiped out from a landslide.We looked down and could see a watershed a dry riverbed strewn with boulders,but heading down.We stopped here and discussed which way to go for awhile or which route to take.The riverbed looked promosing,but wasn't an established trail that we could make out and it had a sign there that said "road closed".Although I'll be damned if I could see a road.Carlos made a call to tell some people where we were just in case and then we tried to get around the collapsed fireroad.Again we had to make a chain in a couple of places to get the bikes across.We finally got around the worse rock/land slide yet and were walking and riding again.We would go around one bend only to see another bend in the distance all of them heading up.Now about this time we were all running on reserves,and it was getting dark.I got to the point that I could not even ride because of my poor eyesight and even poorer night vision.I could not tell if there were rocks there or not.I got to a part of the trail and looked down and seen a red light.I thought,is that a ranger or a vehicle?It turns out Cliff had brought a light!Life ain't that bad.Now when I seen him, he didn't look that far away, but because by now I was walking down I kept stumbling and falling all the way till I got to him.It seemed like it took forever,but as all good buds do he waited.I told Cliff to go ahead and I'd try and hang onto his back tire.This worked pretty well for the most aprt and I only went down a couple of times at slow speed.Cliff was now familar with the area and the others had rode on ahead.Finally after what seemed like an eternity we hit pavement.Only 14 more miles to go through the city and we will be at the cars.But first we need to find a store for some much needed food and drink.We scarfed very,very fast.Gatorade never tasted so good.We jumped back on the bikes and rode down the city streets,beat.But what a ride.I stopped at the store one more time before I went home and bought another Gatorade and then when I got out of the shower I weighed myself.I was 10 pounds lighter then I had been that morning before I left and thats after two big bottles of Gatorade and a couple of glasses of water and some cookies along with a candy bar.This was one of the hardest rides I've ever done and I look back on it as fun.I'll admit I was concerned about the route,but knew we'd find our way out.We ended up with 45 miles and 6300 feet of climbing and 11.5 hours time,but the hardest climbing was what we did on foot porting our bikes over the rocks.Tired..yes, Fun...the best, Would I do it again...hell yeah!
Side note, this is not the San Sevaine Canyon ride (which has some singletrack),but the San Sevaine fireroad/trail.
Ride distance: 45 miles Elevation change: 6300
Pain Freak from The 909
Ps I did not ride up the road this time.
The last one to post this trail is a stud!!!
Ride rating: Advanced
Ride distance: 4.4miles Elevation change:
Mr Bonk a 42 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Santa Cruz Bullit from Funtucky Ca
Going up the road it was apparent that it was more than just a little windy. I swear at one point the winds were pushing me up the trail. Made the uphill easy. Just past the microwave towers the pudles (in the shade of the tall trees) are frozen solid. Most of the beautiful pines at the top where the trail crosses over to the northern side are burnt out and the winds were screaming through their blackened remains. The sound the air made was like a huge waterfall or a roaring rapid. The Joe Elliot campground is a smoking char now. What a disappointment. Towards the end of the ride the winds were getting pretty bad. Proof came at home when I was washing my hair and I saw a disturbing amount of dirt wash out.
Also the phrase "here's mud in your eyes" in my case came from dust blowing into it and being washed out as mud.
Ride rating: Advanced
Ride distance: 24 miles Elevation change: 4000 ft.
Truck Trail=100% URL: San Sevaine
The August heat was easing up slightly but it was still very hot in spots where the wind is blocked by the mountain.
Didn't see a single other MTBer. Just 5 jeeps and a motor cross rider.
stopped just short of the joe ellis campground but found the flies swarming around my face (the only area I didn't spay with bug repellent). Probably ate one fly and nearly choked on another. Do this ride when it's cooler and the bugs have gone away. The trail (especially near the top and running along the northern side of the mountain) gets real cool even in August.
Ride rating: Advanced
Ride distance: 22 miles Elevation change: 4000 ft.
PS Tommy I know why they call it a Bullitt!!!!!
Ride rating: Advanced
Ride distance: 4.7miles Elevation change:
Singletrack=98% Truck Trail=2%
Mr Bonk a 41 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Santa Cruz Bullitt from Fontana Ca
We did see 2 other riders way down the hill and a few
tire tracks from other riders.
The trail was over grown but still rideable.
This trail will test all of your skills and them some
Ride rating: Expert
Ride distance: 18.8miles Elevation change: lots
Singletrack=4% Dirt Road=96%
Mr Bonk a 41 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Trek 9.9 from Fontana California