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You are here: Home : Mountain Biking Last Updated on 10/11/2002    
RATINGS
Diff: Rating 2/10
Scenic: Rating 3/10
Tech: Rating 2/10
California Aqueduct
         from Hespera to the LA county line
Location: High Desert, Mojave Desert, Southern California
Region: Hesperia Region
Total Distance: 35.5 Mi
Season: Year-round
Type: Out & Back
Start Elev: 3,470 Ft
Peak Elev: 3,480 Ft


Ride added by
TractorUp
on 10/11/2002
Driving Directions
From Hesperia, take Main St. to Amargosa Rd. Head north on Amargosa a few hundred yards. Just before the large Helig Meyers building is the California Aqueduct. Park on the east (north) side of the aqueduct and ride north on the east path of the aqueduct which is open to bikes. The west path is not open to bikes. There are many alternate places to start and finish this ride along the aqueduct. Make the ride as long or as short as you want and return the way you came.
Route
Ride north on the east side of the aqueduct. There are numerous road crossings where you have to get off your bike to go through the bike gate, cross the road and go through the next bike gate and continue riding. This is the only annoying thing about riding on the aqueduct.

Note: Approximately Jan. 2003, all the the bike gates along this stretch of the aqueduct have been welded shut with signs posted "No Bicycling" on both sides of the aqueduct.
Details
We did this ride on a full moon night. We got started after dark. Didn't use any lights at all and it was fine. Its a relaxing ride. The curb can be hard to see at night and caused us to fall a few times.
Trail Condition
The path is mostly paved, but roughly paved in some spots where the pavement is worn out.
Additional Elevation & Distance Information
The elevation gain is due only to numerous small man-made hills along side the aqueduct and is a guess only.
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