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What’s your favorite trail ride?

Stephanie Abronson

Stephanie Abronson, Monte Nido When I had the opportunity to ride in the Mammoth Lakes area with a close friend, I jumped at the chance. Debbie DiMascio and her Quarter Horse, Jake, joined me and Polina, my Welsh Cob mare, to find the Red Cones trail. A super experienced parklands Mounted Volunteer Patrol mem- ber, Debbie and Jake were the ideal riding partners. Two dif- ferent rides were planned, both in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in the Inyo National Forest. First was to find the Red Cones. Debbie hadn’t yet been there. Ever one to chat up any person

I met along the trail, I always would ask directions or tips, expecting that generally they were more experienced than I. As Debbie and I began a descent to find the mid-slope trail to the Cones we had a spectacular view that opened up stretching a long way across the San Joaquin River to Yosemite. The view was due to a previous forest fire that the previous winters had strewn the burnt pines and firs about

like giant pick-up sticks. As we turned onto the correct mid- slope, the Red Cones soon came into view. Our next excursion was a love- ly loop ride for lunch at McCloud Lake. I think that the photo tells the whole story.

Kimberly Dwight, Palmdale Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce,

northern Los Angeles County is my favorite riding place. There are lots of trails: single track, hills, side of hill, wooden steps, slip-n-slide, kamikaze, caves, the sphinx and a few flat open trails. Because this is in the desert there are juniper bushes, yucca and scrub oaks and water only occasionally on the Pacific Crest Trail towards the 522-foot-long tunnel. You can take a different trail every time. I ride there every week and it’s different with each group I take out.

Vivian Lindemulder, Kagel Canyon

Hansen Dam trail to the ponds.

I like it because it’s fun and you get to swim with your horse.

M. Kaputnik, Palmdale One of my favorite places to ride is on BLM land north of Mojave to the historic Bickle Camp mining camp. The mining camp is lovingly maintained in its original state with cabins and equipment, and the mine, by the granddaughter of the original claim owner. After visiting the mining camp and looking at all the interesting things there, my friends and I ride up Bonanza Gulch where three more miner’s cabins are maintained by volun- teers and open to visit. The scen- ery along the way is stunning with joshua trees and interesting rock formations, and a big talc mine to explore. From this area, we can ride into Last Chance Canyon in Red Rock Canyon State Park for a second day of riding and exploring with more mining artifacts to see as well as Native American pictographs. I

love riding in the Mojave desert and enjoying the natural beauty of the area, especially in the spring when the flowers are in bloom.

Janete Beas, Acton Inspiration Point, Wrightwood.

It’s a beautiful ride with spectac- ular views, higher elevation 7,378’ so it’s cooler. It’s a 7.3 mile loop, great place to stop for lunch at the Grass Hollow Visitor Center, parts of the trail are on the Pacific Crest Trail. Trail is zig zag single track trail in parts, shady pine trees, beautiful scen- ery, some hills, some rocks, a couple of short sections are sin- gle track technical with a drop off. Not for beginners. Pictures are from an ETI Corral 138 ride!

Steve Citron, Palmdale Mine would have to be the Last Chance Cyn, and Bonanza Gulch trail. It goes from the red slick rock to old cabins and mines with lots of history. It is

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