Course Information

Ride in the Rocks 2017 • SAVE the DATE! Saturday, November 4th

Tuff 15 Mile ChallengeTame 10 Mile RideFamily 5 Mile RideTrail Run / Walk
The Ride in The Rocks Tuff 15 Mile Challenge course takes riders through some of Lucerne Valley’s finest features. Beginning at Lucerne Valley High School near the valley floor, riders will begin ascending towards the foothills by means of dirt roads. The first challenge arrives three miles up at the crossing of Highway 18. It is here that the course begins a half-mile ascent towards the entrance of our infamous “Hurl Hill.”

Hurl Hill is a short but grueling incline up to the best view of the valley at the top of what is actually a false summit of Prayer Mountain. This part of the trail is steep and rocky often making for an interesting scenario. Surely the toughest section of the course, riders will be challenged to navigate not only the steep and rocky terrain but also other participants who have resolved to walk the remainder of the hill.

At the top of Hurl Hill is a series of new lightly technical twists and turns that will lead you around the event’s namesake as you traverse giant boulders where you will then encounter the level loop around the little valley at the middle of the hill that allows some much needed recovery time and beautiful scenery to ride through as well. Following this loop is a 1.5-mile descent that includes a technical single-track section with another newly laid section of trail, then onto fast flowing double-track leading you down through “The Bowl,” a roller coaster of a dip then up and around the base of the sand plant down some rolling loops and up a short but steep hill and ultimately an exhilarating downhill before exiting the dirt onto the pavement at Meridian Road, watch for truck traffic!

After a little over a mile of riding on the pavement, riders will pass by a deep sand pit and just south of it turn left into the traditional entrance of “The Wash,” one of Lucerne valley’s more popular meet up locations for riders throughout the year. The shortened Wash section offers a half mile of opportunity for freestyle and creativity as riders are challenged to pick the best lines through rocks, sand, hard pack and sometimes mud. This will lead you just over a mile to a side wash that takes off to the right and leads to a jeep trail that we have named “Recovery Road.” This trail leads you less than a mile back out to the pavement, again watch for trucks, at Meridian Road where you turn left and head up ¼ mile to turn left on “Prayer Mountain Road.”

Prayer Mountain Road is a Jeep trail that will take you less than a mile where you will turn left into the top of “The Wash” that will send you on a fast descent down a limestone wash that is at times hard packed and sandy at the same time and littered with river rock. You then catch a trail at the base of the mountain that overshadows the wash. Watch carefully for arrows pointing to the right here as you will be traveling fast and they are easily missed. Then you will enjoy two fast single-track sections behind the sand pit quarry, and you will find yourself back at the bottom of Hurl Hill and on the three miles of dirt roads back to the Start/Finish line where lunch awaits!

This event will take you on graded dirt roads and winding trails through some very pretty desert landscape. Joshua trees, creosote bushes and some cactus. You may see Jackrabbit and cottontail rabbits, Roadrunners and if you’re lucky you may encounter a tortoise. Look but don’t touch is the best way to enjoy desert animals.

The trail starts at the Lucerne Valley high school sharing the same course as the Run / Walkers along dirt roads almost a mile before reaching Highway 247. After leaving the start line, please be careful of those on foot, calling out before you pass them on the left. You will follow multi-colored flags tied to the bushes. Your color is blue which will be the only flag you follow after all the other courses have peeled off. Crossing over the highway onto Ladera Road you will pass the Fire Station and Pioneer Park on the right and then Lucerne Valley Community Church on the left where you will encounter your first Aid station filled with goodies, water and electrolytes and the church is gracious enough to let us use their bathrooms.

Then the course veers left off of the dirt road and onto a dirt trail which is believed to be one of the first old wagon roads headed up to Big Bear during the gold rush. This trail is sandy and does provide a gentle climb. Follow this trail about a mile and a half before reaching Foothill Road where you will find your second aid station. From there you will go about 30 yards east before reaching Post Office Road where you will turn left onto a broad graded road. You will now be following only green and blue flags. At this point you will still share the road with the Family 5 riders and the Runner / Walkers. You need to keep a sharp eye at this point as you are going downhill and will peel off to the right at Clark Road. Your flags are blue. If you see only green flags you have passed your turn.

Then you will only be following blue flags. You will stay on Clark Road for just under two miles, then turn right on Lincoln Road for less than a mile when you will turn right on Foothill Road once again for less than 2 miles before you cross over Post Office Road again and pass the aid station going back the way you came to the wagon road where you will follow the multi-colored flags back to Ladera Road where you will join up with the other bike and Run / Walk participants. You will pass by the Church aid station for one more water refill and energy bar before crossing the Highway and heading back to the school the way you came. The finish line awaits!

This event starts at the Lucerne Valley high school following the same course as the other bike riders as well as the Run / Walkers along dirt roads almost a mile before reaching Highway 247. You will follow multi-colored flags tied to the bushes. Your color is green which will be the only flag you follow after all the other courses have peeled off. Crossing over the highway onto Ladera Road you will pass the Fire Station and Pioneer Park on the right and then Lucerne Valley Community Church on the left where you will encounter your first Aid station filled with goodies, water and electrolytes. Then the course veers left off of the dirt road and onto a dirt trail which is believed to be one of the first old wagon roads headed up to Big Bear during the gold rush. Follow this trail about a mile and a half before reaching Foothill Road where you will find your second aid station. From there you will go about 30 yards east before reaching Post Office Road where you will turn left onto a broad graded road. You will now be following only green and blue flags. At this point you will still share the road with the Runner / Walkers and Tame 10 riders. The Tame 10 riders will peel off at Clark Road. You will share the rest of the course with Runner / Walkers, and you will only be following green flags. You will then go for a short jaunt before turning left onto Mojave Road where in about a 100 yards in you will find your third aid station. After the aid station in less than half a mile the road will make a jog to the right and put you on First Street. This will lead you back to the wagon road where you will follow the multi-colored flags as you join the other course riders back to Ladera Road. You will pass by the Church aid station for one more water refill and energy bar before crossing the Highway and heading back to the school the way you came. The finish line awaits!

This event will take you on graded dirt roads and winding trails through some very pretty desert landscape. Joshua trees, creosote bushes and some cactus. You may see Jackrabbits and cottontail rabbits, Roadrunners and if you’re lucky you may encounter a tortoise. Look but don’t touch is the best way to enjoy desert animals.

The trail starts at the Lucerne Valley high school sharing the same course as the bike riders along dirt roads almost a mile before reaching Highway 247. After leaving the start line, please keep to the right to allow riders to pass you. You will follow multi-colored flags tied to the bushes. Your color is green which will be the only flag you follow after all the other courses have peeled off. Crossing over the highway onto Ladera Road you will pass the Fire Station and Pioneer Park on the right and then Lucerne Valley Community Church on the left where you will encounter your first Aid station filled with goodies, water and electrolytes.

Then the course veers left off of the dirt road and onto a dirt trail which is believed to be one of the first old wagon roads headed up to Big Bear during the gold rush. This trail is sandy and does provide a gentle climb. Follow this trail about a mile and a half before reaching Foothill Road where you will find your second aid station. From there you will go about 30 yards east before reaching Post Office Road where you will turn left onto a broad graded road. You will now be following only green and blue flags. At this point you will still share the road with the Family 5 and Tame 10 riders. They will peel off at Clark Road.

Then you will only be following green flags. You will then share the course with the Family 5 riders and go for a short jaunt before turning left onto Mojave Road where in about a 100 yards in you will find your third aid station. After the aid station in less than half a mile the road will make a jog to the right and put you on First Street. This portion has a couple of very small hills. This will lead you back to the wagon road where you will follow the multi-colored flags back to Ladera Road where you will join up with the other bike course participants. You will pass by the Church aid station for one more water refill and energy bar before crossing the Highway and heading back to the school the way you came. The finish line awaits!