I've been promising to lead a beginner friendly Campout and intro to bike camping for SWAT for awhile now. Over the past few years I've fallen in love with bike packing and try to explore new places as much as I can. There are so many options just outside of LA.
I wanted to make it "mild" and not a total suffer fest so those new to bike camping wouldn't get scared away, but also take people somewhere they probably hadn't been before that you can only access by foot or by bike. Crystal Cove primitive sites were the perfect “mild” back country spot. The trailhead is only 25 miles south of Long Beach. We stayed at Lower Moro, a three mile (not so mild) climb from the coast on a well maintained gravel road offering 360 views.
Riders borrowed gear and made it work keeping it minimal. Lynn carried all her stuff in her giant roadrunner backpack which Taylor nicknamed "the mini fridge". Jenn strapped a water melon to her rack. Rita aka Mary Poppins (another Taylor nickname) kept pulling everything and anything anyone asked for out of her magical panniers. Diana sewed her own frame bag following a DIY tutorial.
Mad love for all of these riders. It was such an AMAZING group. A mix of first time bike campers, bikepackers and tourers. Old friends and new ones. This was the largest group of womxn I’ve ever camped with and the energy was contagious.
Stay tuned for a lot more of this in the future.
Plan your own trip and take our route! Make sure to pack in water and pack out your trash.
Ride with GPS route ridewithgps.com/routes/28103312
Ride Zine with Cue sheets
Crystal Cove Back country site info http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org/camping-in-the-backcountry/
Photos: Kyla, Ana, and Susie