Course Information

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 Market & Hardware, riders will begin ascending towards the foothills by means of dirt roads. The first challenge arrives 2 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 and finally descend into the “Wash” via new singletrack. Our course offers a variety of terrain that will challenge riders’ mental grit and stamina and bike handling ability. Riders will ride up the Wash, which evolves every year. Sometimes sandy, sometimes hard-pack, but always a fun challenge! Riders will ‘stay right’ on the wash for approximately a mile and a half.

Riders then enter newly cut in singletrack that winds through the beautiful desert landscape which spits you out on and a doubletrack that we call Recovery Road leading to Meridian Rd. This is where the 15 Mile Course riders will take a left on the pavement and the 20+ milers will cross Meridian and begin singletrack leading to a series we call Chutes and Ladders!

Both 15 and 20+ Mile courses will head back on Prayer Mtn Road that leads back to the Wash. 15 Milers will navigate the Wash back down, hit some singletrack, take a break on a haul road which parallels Hi-Grade Sand Plant, take a dip through the Gravity Cavity and descend a fun, flowy section we named Blood, Sweat and Beers.

Riders will find themselves on Post Office Road and head to the finish the same way they came out.

* The 20+ Mile course changes pending BLM trail approval.

These courses cater to the intermediate and advanced level rider due to distance and terrain. 15 Mile course is approximately 1180′ elevation gain. 20+ Mile course can be up to 2000′ elevation gain.

This course was designed for the beginner mountain biker that wants to experience some singletrack, but doesn’t want to do the longer distances. Not-So-Tame starts out on paved dirt roads that lead up to Hurl Hill 2.0. This climb can be considered a bit of a challenge because of its steep and slightly rocky terrain, but it has a great pay off at the top!

Beginner riders will be able to experience some of the fun, flowy singletrack that the intermediate and advanced riders enjoy. Don’t worry, once you climb Hurl Hill 2.0, it’s all downhill from there!

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!

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