Frazier Park - Deer Lodge - Nuptune's Net
- Distance: 243 miles / 391.1 km
- Ride Time: 1 day
- Approximate Fuel Costs: $18.47
- State: California
I ride with a group most Sundays, departing and returning to the Thirsty Club, a neighborhood tavern in Redondo Beach. The real ride begins when exiting the I 5 at Frazier Mountain Park Rd. There are several gas stations there and you need to top off since this is the last gas for probably 100 miles. We travel west to Lockwood Valley Rd. and make a left turn. This road winds through tight to very tight twisties. Just about the time you need a break, there is a turn off to the left for Camp Shiedeck, where about a mile up a winding road there is a little, rustic tavern. Returning to Lockwood Valley you go a few more miles to the intersection with route 33 and make a left. This is another really fun ride. The route follows a river gorge dropping 3-4000 feet over 30 or so miles, eventually coming into the town of Ojai. As you enter the town, there is a place called Deer Lodge on the right (there could be a couple of hundred bikes there on a weekend)with great food - the BBQ pit works weekends. After taking care of potential dehydration and starvation, we continue down 33 to 101 south and exit on Los Posses Rd to meet PCH south. Twenty miles or so down PCH (where Venture County becomes Los Angeles County and a famous surfing beach) you'll see Neptune's Net, another biker destination that you can't miss because of the number of bikes parked out front on any weekend. That typically is our last stop before traveling the last about 50 miles back to the Thirsty Club. The whole ride is about 250 miles and we spend most of the day with the stops.
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The Frazier Park to Ojai run via Lockwood Valley and the 33 is probably my favorite local ride. Everything from great twisties to long straights to open her up. Deer Lodge is not to be missed for lunch (or dinner for that matter). WARNING: Lockwood Valley Rd. has some good dips with flood warning signs - when it has rained, these can be DEEP. A GREAT ride!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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