La vie de vélo

Adventures in cycling and life

New dirt – Sulphur Mountain

Realizing how many times I’ve ridden Romero in the last few months, I decided I’d take advantage of yet another day off by driving out to Ojai and hitting up Sulphur Mountain.

I found out about the place via an article in the Ventura County Star. It’s basically an old road, all dirt that is gated off on either end. It snakes up the ridgeline which seperates Ojai from the rest of Ventura counties populated areas to the south.

Though it was a dirt path on a mountain, one would hardly call this mountain biking. It would be passable on a sturdy road bike. The climbing starts right away:

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This is about as rough as it gets as you wind up through oak woodlands and cow pastures:

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There are views the whole way. Mostly to the south overlooking the channel islands:

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and camarillo, oxnard and the santa monica mountains:

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Overall, it was 20 miles out-and-back, about 2300 very gradual vertical feet. Great views, a good workout on the way up and a nice mellow ride back down.

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November 30, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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