Ch Ch Ch Ch Cherry Canyon

On my last day in Los Angeles, Sean from Team Dream and I sat in his living room, listening to the rain dump outside. Normally, a little rain doesn’t bother me, but this was torrential. You’ve heard the expression “raining cats and dogs”, right? Well this was all cats. Their claws hitting the tin awning outside Sean’s guestroom as visibility dropped to inches and the trees swayed in the wind. Dogs wouldn’t cause this much damage. It fell and fell and fell.

Los Angeles needs it.

So we sat, waited, talked about how all the trees in South Pasadena aren’t native, so their root balls are too weak to grab hold of the saturated ground. “They’ll eventually topple over if it keeps up like this.” Discussions about wether or not to move his car happened and were quickly skipped over.

It had been an awesome trip. Good food, good booze, great riding and I had taken some of my favorite ride photos of the year the night before in the Verdugos. My bike was sated, but I wanted one more ride, especially if it was going to be muddy.

Sean recommended Cherry Canyon. It drains fast and has a lot of trails packed into its relatively small footprint – for an urban park, anyway. There were views for days and plenty of bonus features. The ride out was sure to be wet, as most of the foot trails double as drainage ditches, but we didn’t care.

We had just enough time for a few runs and made it back in time to go visit Yanco… Check out some of Sean’s photos at Team Dream.

Tools of the trade:
Yashica T4
Portra 160

  • Morgan Taylor

    I love how in #4 Sean’s tip-toeing across the drainage preserving presumably dry socks, but by #10 he’s like “fuck it!”

    • Sean Talkington

      Exactly!

  • Jonathan Neve

    #15 and #17…incredible!

  • Brian Sims

    I was just out there Wednesday night. First night ride of the season. Super tacky dirt and plenty of grip with new Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 on the Rawland Drakkar. Fun little place to ride and even better when I can ride there from my doorstep.

  • Mike

    So you guys were the ones that rutted up the trails ;)

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Cherry was bone dry when we rode it.

      • Mike

        Your post above says otherwise.
        http://theradavist.com/2014/12/ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry-bombin-cherry-canyon/#4
        http://theradavist.com/2014/12/ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry-bombin-cherry-canyon/#15
        “…but I wanted one more ride, especially if it was going to be muddy.”
        “The ride out was sure to be wet, as most of the foot trails double as drainage ditches, but we didn’t care.”
        “I took John out to test my new local loop during his last LA visit. It had poured the night before and as soon as we left the house the rain started again. Water sure does make dirt a lot more fun now doesn’t it…”

        • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

          That was all en route to Cherry Canyon along the horse trails. The trails at Cherry themselves drain fast and were all dry. Apologies for the confusion.

          • Guest

            Thank you John.

          • hans

            i get yelled by equestrians every time i poach those horse trails, you dudes lucked out! jealous!

    • Sean Talkington

      Ha! Busted!!!