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The Palm Canyon Epic is a point to point ride that starts in the mountains south of Palm Springs, California, and descends to the city via some of the most rugged terrain I've ever ridden. It's not really my kind of riding, but it is exactly half way between home and Phoenix, where I was heading for two rides. Steamer19 and his buddy, both from Calgary, Alberta, met me at 6:30 am and we shuttled to the top. It was a bit cool at the start, but we weren't complaining since it had been quite warm recently. As always, both guys were much faster and more skilled than me, but they didn't seem to mind waiting once in a while. The weather was unusually pleasant for this time of year, the massive sandy wash about two miles long, which is often unrideable, was quite rideable, and we had a great ride.

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That is my back yard. To see exactly what the endangered Bighorn Sheep sees is truly amazing(I just WISHED I could climb like them). This epic puts ALL your survival preparedness skills to the ultimate TEST...

Nice photo stoke!!!!
 

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Thanks for posting up the ride summary and pictures. It really was a great ride and we appreciate having you along to help show us "foreigners" the way.

We are now back home in well below freezing temperatures and counting the days/weeks to when we might be able to get out on the local trails. Oh well, it probably gives me some time to put together some of the GoPro footage from that day. I'll post a link in this thread when I'm done...
 

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Looks like a mix between BCT and South MT... both of which I have ridden extensively being a AZ native. My Uncle just moved to Palm Springs. Will check this out in the fall as I am recovering from a ankle break.. this summer will be Prescott and Flag as rehab.


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What trails did you ride after the sandy wash?
After the sand wash, we made our way up to the old Caterpillar where Art Smith and Hahn link together. From there, we took Hahn back towards Palm Springs and finished on Wildhorse (I think?? and the Goat Trails back to the Vons parking lot.
 

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Looks sick!

I'm going to be in palm springs in September, and I should have a bike, but limited time to ride. Is there a way to shuttle the first 12-13 miles of the trail?

The elevation profile on that makes it look, you know, awesome.

thanks!

H.
 

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I don't think there is anyway to get shuttled up but you could ride up Dunn Road and ride 10-12 miles of the stuff they rode. I'll try to get you a route soon.
 

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For anyone looking to experience some of this ride without a shuttle you can do this ride. It gives you the last 10 miles or so of the PC Epic.

I went a rode it today. I left from my apartment and rode about 2 miles to the start of Dunn Road. Obviously you probably don't want to leave from my apartment but I'm sure you can figure out the route from the link below. Ride up Dunn Road until you reach the picnic tables/Art Smith Trail/old construction equipment thing (technical term), its actually the second piece of equipment you'll see. Then you'll head out to the west from there on the Hahn Buena Vista trail. Then follow signs to Wild Horse Trail and don't go down the trail to the trading post. Study the satellite map of the route and you should have no problem finding your way. It was awesome by the way.

 

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For anyone looking to experience some of this ride without a shuttle you can do this ride. It gives you the last 10 miles or so of the PC Epic.

I went a rode it today. I left from my apartment and rode about 2 miles to the start of Dunn Road. Obviously you probably don't want to leave from my apartment but I'm sure you can figure out the route from the link below. Ride up Dunn Road until you reach the picnic tables/Art Smith Trail/old construction equipment thing (technical term), its actually the second piece of equipment you'll see. Then you'll head out to the west from there on the Hahn Buena Vista trail. Then follow signs to Wild Horse Trail and don't go down the trail to the trading post. Study the satellite map of the route and you should have no problem finding your way. It was awesome by the way.

We regularly used this route for local group rides on Sundays in the 1990's.
 
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