Summit Valley

 

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Since many of my favorite mountain roads are still closed due to storm damage, I've been looking for some climbing routes in the intermediate elevations near the high desert.  The Victor Valley Bicycle Club uses the newly paved Summit Valley Road (from Hesperia Airport to 138) in their rides.  I decided to incorporate it into a loop from Wrightwood.

Summit Valley via Cajon Pass, 55 miles

The 5 mile, 1100 feet climb up the Cajon Pass isn't too bad, other than the debris and the bumps on the freeway shoulder.  After reaching the summit, bicyclists must exit the freeway at Oak Hills road.

After heading east on Ranchero, a detour to the north is necessary to cross the railroad tracks at the Main Street bridge in Hesperia.  Then one can head south on Santa Fe to Summit Valley to 138.  Usually the headwind is worse than the grade for this section.

The last 10 miles of the ride - going up Lone Pine Canyon - are the hardest.  After the curves at the bottom, the grade starts off at 4% and gradually increases to 10% at the top.

Directions to/from Wrightwood:

bulletEast on Lone Pine Canyon
bulletRight (east) on 138
bulletNorth on I-15, exit Oak Hills
bulletLeft (north) on Mariposa
bulletRight (east) on Ranchero
bulletLeft (north) on 7th Ave
bulletRight (east, then quickly curves north) on 3rd Ave
bulletRight (east) on Main Street over railroad tracks
bulletQuick right (south) on C Street
bulletQuick right (west) on Walnut
bulletQuick left (south) on Santa Fe
bulletAt airport, continue straight on Summit Valley
bulletRight (west) on 138 (country store has refreshments)
bulletLeft on Lone Pine Canyon

Elevations marked in profile above:

bulletMile 12: Highway 138 at I-15, 3100 feet
bulletMile 17: Cajon Pass, 4200 feet
bulletMile 28: Hesperia, 3200 feet
bulletMile 39: Summit Valley at 138, 3500 feet
bulletMile 55, Wrightwood, 6000 feet

Alternate: Summit Valley via Phelan, 51 miles

This alternate avoids the climb up the Cajon Pass.  There is a narrow section with cracks (parallel to the direction of travel and wide enough to get a road bike tire stuck) on 138, but it is short and on a downhill.  There is still the climb up Lone Pine Canyon at the end of the ride.

Directions to/from Wrightwood:

bulletEast on Highway 2
bulletLeft (west) on 138
bulletRight (north) on Sheep Creek
bulletRight (east) on Phelan Road
bulletAfter crossing US395, Phelan Road becomes Main Street
bulletAfter crossing railroad tracks, quick right (south) on C Street
bulletQuick right (west) on Walnut
bulletQuick left (south) on Santa Fe
bulletAt airport, continue straight on Summit Valley
bulletRight (west) on 138 (country store has refreshments)
bulletLeft on Lone Pine Canyon

Elevations marked in profile above:

bulletMile 8: Phelan, 4100 feet
bulletMile 24: Hesperia, 3200 feet
bulletMile 34: Summit Valley at 138, 3500 feet
bulletMile 40: Highway 138 at I-15, 3100 feet
bulletMile 51, Wrightwood, 6000 feet
 
 
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Page Last Edited (though probably not for content): 14 September 2010