Last week I rode up the Santa Clarita Truck Trail in the late afternoon. The weather wasn’t much of an issue since the temp had cooled down a bit. This isn’t a climb I can do in the middle of the day during the summer heat as it’ll just run me into the dirt. With relatively cool temps, its not a totally difficult climb. Just a long haul with great views, and a big payback for loaning the mountain your legs and lungs for the 5 mile climb and sadly, only 2,100 ft or so of climbing.
So I headed up the trail on my Trek to the communication towers. During my trek (no pun intended) to the 3,864 ft summit, I stopped a number of times to pull out my DSLR from my hydration pack to take photographs (On occasion, I’ll bring my DSLR along for a ride).
I didn’t see a soul between the trail-head and the towers. No hikers, no other riders for the 5 mile climb; only rabbits and lizards running for cover and I heard a few creatures rustling in the vegetation as I climbed past them. Very peaceful. I had to stop to take in the scenery a few times with my buddy.
Long story short, what took me almost an hour and twenty minutes to climb (Yeah, I’m a slow climber).. All 5 miles.. All 2,100 ft of total climbing.. Gone in 20 minutes. The big pay off was the downhill.
This climb will now be one of my regular rides.