Course Information

Ride in the Rocks 2018 • SAVE the DATE! Saturday, November 3rd

Filthy 15K CourseTame 10 Mile RideFamily 5 Mile RideKrazy 8K Trail Run / Walk

Called the Filthy 15k for two reasons, first the being alliteration, second that you will be sharing this course with the 15 and 23 mile Challenge course bikers.

You will start after the bikes at the Lucerne Valley High School which is at 2880 foot elevation near the valley floor. Runners will follow Ladera Road to cross Highway 247/Old Woman Springs Road and will begin ascending towards the foothills on gravel roads. You will encounter your first aid station at the Lucerne Valley Community Church shortly after crossing Highway 247 and just past this aid station the course leaves Ladera Road to follow a historic wagon mining road toward Post Office and Foothill Roads where you will encounter your second aid station. The first major challenge arrives three miles in 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 an amazing view of the valley and giant rocks at the top. It is steep and rocky and many will walk this portion. This is the toughest section of the course; runners will be challenged to navigate not only the steep and rocky terrain but also bike riders who have been forced to walk the remainder of the hill.

At the top of Hurl Hill you will be at 3540 foot elevation and your third aid station From there it’s an easy jog around the shallow valley at the top of the hill allowing much needed recovery time and beautiful scenery as well. Following this loop is a 1.5-mile descent that includes a brief technical single-track section, fast flowing double-track another short but steep climb to the top of a small limestone knoll we call Flagg Hill then an exhilarating down-hill run before entering the dirt track that parallels Highway 18 headed back toward Post Office Road where you will cross Highway 18 again, (watch for high speed semi-trucks here). Then back through the Foothill aid Station and back to the finish line the way you came.

~Enjoy!

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 Roadrunners, cottontail and Jackrabbits, 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 5-Mile bike riders along gravel roads almost a mile before reaching Highway 247. After leaving the start line, please keep to the right to allow faster runners and slow bike 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 dirt 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. The 10 milers 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 and 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 Furst 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 Highway 247 and heading back to the school the way you came. The finish line awaits!