Leaders: Jim Roller and Gary Haldeman
Gary & Jim are at it again, this time with a ride through Lower Coyote Canyon from the end of the blacktop to Third Crossing and … continuing on through Collins Valley into Sheep Canyon. This is a strenuous 18+ mile ride that includes a 6 mile climb at the start through some sand, rocks, and water crossings. We will stop for a breather at the bottom of the Bypass Rd., a steep, extremely rocky climb most of us will walk at least part of the way. Our reward is the stunning view of Collins Valley once we crest the hill. Our ride continues down into Collins Valley and then up to Sheep Canyon, where we will snack and rest in preparation for our spectacular return (most of which is downhill). The ride out and the ride back provide completely differing riding and viewing experiences, both awesome.
This ride is on the dirt road in Coyote Canyon, has rocky sections, sandy sections, and traverses through the various crossings of Coyote Creek. You will get at least your feet wet.
The group will be stopping at various highlights along the way, such as the Alcoholic Pass trailhead, Desert Gardens, Third Crossing, the Monument (?) in Collins Valley, and the palms in, and vistas from Sheep Canyon itself.
This exceptional experience is only possible because we have agreed that no riders may ride down the Bypass Road; it is an extremely technical descent requiring a level of expertise we cannot require of our weekend warriors. All of us will walk our bikes down this stretch.
Just like all of our bike rides, riders are REQUIRED to adhere to the following:
You must be wearing a helmet at all times
You must have at least one spare tube, and all the tools necessary to fix a flat
Your bike should be a mountain bike with a minimum of 26” x 2” tires (the fatter the better)
You should bring plenty of snacks and more water than you think you will need
*If you do not come prepared with the above listed items, we reserve the right to turn you away to preserve the safety and enjoyment of the rest of the group.
About our Bike Rides
Join us for a series of bicycle rides in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park this winter and spring with Jim Roller and Gary Haldeman. Participants provide their own bike, helmet and any other necessary equipment. Our partner Bike Borrego will offer free bike rentals to any new ABF members; current ABF members receive $10 off rentals. Visit www.BikeBorrego.com
Hikes & Hops and Bikes & Brews with Anza-Borrego Foundation
Good scenery, good beer, good company
Hikes & Hops and Bikes & Brews connect people with two things in common -- a love of Anza-Borrego and craft beer. Hikes & Hops is a social hike series in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, with Bikes & Brews being the same but with mountain and road bike rides, and a series of craft brewery happy hours throughout Southern California. Join us for a hike and a beer, a bike and a brew or let us come to you for a brewery event!
**This event includes the consumption of alcohol. Families with children are welcome if they can keep up with the group or be carried. ABF may request photo ID for any participant who looks 30 and under. Only those over the age of 21 will be allowed to participate in the “hops” portion of the event. Be responsible when drinking. Camping in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is encouraged and there are several hotels in Borrego Springs. At the very least, please visit one of our Borrego Partner restaurants for a good meal before heading home.