Blackstar Canyon is one of the more northern mountain biking venues in the Santa Ana mountain range. The fire road ascent to Beek's Place is very pleasant with constant views & variations of grade.
GeoLadders again supports 'Uploading' directly from a Garmin device to Post activities, but using the IE browser only (Microsoft Interent Explorer). Plug in your Garmin to your computer and give it a try, just click 'Upload from GPS' button above this text. Or, if uploading a new route, click the red 'Upload Activity' button top upper right.
Also, 'Downloading' routes directly to a Garmin device to follow a route on the GPS, or to race a Virtual Partner (yourself or others) on the GPS, is again supported (IE browser only). Notice the 'Virtual Partner' tab after hitting 'Download' button above this text.
* How to 'Upload' (or POST) a GPX file to an existing GeoLadders route from your Garmin gps. For example, upload your activity to Strava then export ACTIVITY as GPX from Strava to your computer. Open the activity in Strava, click the 'Action' icon on left (wrench), select 'Export GPX' (saves to 'Downloads' on your computer). Go to www.geoladders.com, open the existing route you want to post to, select 'Post GPX to this route' (on left), then click the 'Browse' button (middle of page), find the GPX in your 'Downloads' directory. Double click, save. That's it. Your route appears on geoladders.com/posts and in your dashboard.
** How to 'Export' a GeoLadders route to put on your Garmin gps. Download the GeoLadders route to your computer as a GPX using the 'Export GPX' link, to the left. Login to Garmin Connect at connect.garmin.com 1. Select ACTIVITIES (far left menu, 5th option) 2. Upper right, click IMPORT, then click BROWSE, middle of page. 3. Double click the activity, then click IMPORT DATA button. 4. The activity opens (in Garmin Connect), then upper right, of the 5 icons, click the GEAR icon 5. then SEND TO DEVICE (Note: you can rename the acivity before sending to your device). The activity will show in 'Courses' on your Garmin device with the default name or the name you gave it. 6. You'll need to unplug your device to view courses on your device. That's it.
12/12/17 Well, post number 666 for this route did not make for an evil ride at all. In fact, it was really quite peaceful and beautiful the whole route. Funny, I saw Suzanne just as I was leaving, she had to bail out to tend to a work issue. I saw J on his descent just above Art's place. Did not see Hugh until we were back at the trucks. The Thursday crew goes solo on Tuesdays apparently. Terrific twilight ascent, with sensational colors and panoramas of the basin. Could see the plume of smoke from one of the fires, not sure which one really. Enjoyed a beer at the top and then dropped on down in to the dark abyss that is Blackstar. The Fiend felt fantastically stable, not sure why, maybe the tire pressure was just so, maybe I was extra relaxed. Made for a great descent on a ... Great Ride!
11/30/17 Nice solo adventure. Very few folks out and conditions were quite favorable for ascending without lights. Downright cold in the lower canyon and HR, but nice once you climb out of the inversion. Great Ride!
11/30/17 Nice one with J. Old&InTheWay rode with us for most of the first climb. Calvin caught us at Hidden Ranch. Perfect night for no lights on the ascent, cuz' there was virtually nobody out there. Perfectly comfortable above the inversion layers, but down in HR and the lower canyon, well, that's downright cold! Great Ride!
11/29/17 Leisurely pace with Josh. While not bright, there was plenty of ambient light to climb without lights. Very few folks out tonight. Getting chilly enough to bust out the winter gear for real. Great Ride!