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Offline nobachi2000

Sierra Cascades Section 5
« on: October 06, 2011, 01:27:15 am »
I recently took the train to San Diego, took a bus to Lake Morena, and started Section 5  of Sierra Cascades from Lake Morena.  Instead of going to Mount Laguna, I took 79 to Julian and instead of going to Idyllwild, I took Sage Road to Hemet and ended my trip in Beaumont. Is there any reason why the southern section of Sierra Cascades took the "mountain" route instead of "hills and valleys"?
« Last Edit: October 06, 2011, 06:23:47 am by Fred Hiltz »
One pedal at a time

Offline staehpj1

Re: Sierra Cascades Section 5
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2011, 08:02:09 am »
Just my observation, but if anything it seemed to me that most of the time efforts were made to make this a tough trip, but a scenic one.  By definition it is supposed to follow the Pacific Crest Trail as closely as practical or at least that was the case according to the route in Bil Paul's book this AC route is based on.

Not sure what your route was like, but the Idyllwild section was lovely.  The ride was challenging, but scenic and Idllwild was a nice town to stop in.

We did take what we figured was an easier option for part of a day from Springfield to Lemon Cove by riding into the Central Valley.

I found the portion of the SC that we did (we stopped after detouring to Reno to fly home) to be a very difficult trip, but think that is what it is supposed to be.

Offline indyfabz

Re: Sierra Cascades Section 5
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2011, 01:43:58 pm »
Is there any reason why the southern section of Sierra Cascades took the "mountain" route instead of "hills and valleys"?

Because it's called the Sierra Cascades route?

Offline PeteJack

Re: Sierra Cascades Section 5
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2011, 12:34:51 am »
You missed out. The climb out of Banning up to Idylwild concentrates the mind something wonderful especially when the temperature is in the 80s. I found it in the same league as Monitor Pass. The views looking back are splendid.