Idyllwild Fun Zone

Special thanks to Siren Bicycles for showing us around what I’ll call the Idyllwild Fun Zone.

This area just outside of Idyllwild is a collection of local-built single tracks that rush through numerous boulders and tight switch backs in a pine forest. I was able to clear everything on my first try and I think with some more practice I could fly through this section and have a lot more fun on the obstacles. Being a somewhat technical downhill section, some people may have some troubles getting through the tight rocky sections and dropping off the many boulder drops.

Here are some stats from my Garmin for the ride:

And some photos:
http://photos.3fbc.com/20100530_Idyllwild_Fun_Zone/

And a couple panorama photos:

A few from within The Fun Zone

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Alvin Meadow

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It should be noted that this ride begins with the downhill sections and ends with the climb back up to the cars on a combination of fire roads and single tracks. Where you park, take note of the Forestry Service Road Sign. The 5S24 heads west, and then south to a dead end. The 5S06 heads north, and then west. This fire road, also known as the Old Control Road on Google maps, is nearby for the entire ride. If you would rather not climb back up to your car, it is possible to do this ride as a shuttle, parking a car near the turn around point at approximately 3.64 miles into the ride where the single track dumps out onto the Chimney Flats Road. Don’t count on signs beyond the parking area to guide your way. You’ll need the route programmed into your GPS or an experienced guide to help you find all these off-the-map single tracks.