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.