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San Joaquin Ridge Trail

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 3.3 (3)

A lung busting climb that rewards you with some of the best views in the region.


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2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Doubletrack

10,220' 3,115 m

High

9,234' 2,814 m

Low

986' 301 m

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Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

Known by locals as Hardcore Trail, this is a strenuous route... If you like to punish yourself and feel your lungs squeeze through your ribs, this is the ride for you. Its a brutal climb over 1,000 gained over a mere 2.5 miles. Youll be worked, especially if youve already pedaled up other rides (like Mountain View Trail) to access it.

If you really wanna punish yourself, consider combining this ride with the Double High Five Y. On the bright side, you are rewarded with spectacular views for most of the ride and the vantage point at the top of the ridge makes you forget the pain. 360 views Mammoth Mountain, The Minarets, Mount Ritter, Mount Banner, San Joaquin River Canyon, June Mountain, White Wing Mountain, Mono Craters, Mono Lake, Glass Mountain Ridge, etc. There used to be a fire lookout up here, and youll know why.

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Alan Jacoby

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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Climbing the last final push on Hard Core Trail up to the top of San Joaquin Ridge
May 9, 2015 near Mammoth…, CA
Mammoth mountain on the left, Devil's Postpile straight ahead. This is why you climb.
Jun 30, 2016 near Mammoth…, CA
Looking down from Deadman Pass.
May 11, 2015 near Mammoth…, CA
The view from Deadman Pass.
May 11, 2015 near Mammoth…, CA

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Jul 22, 2020
Joel Maus
Mostly a Jeep Trail. Super steep hike a bikes but views are amazing. Not sure why it's a highlighted ride. 2.2mi