Stagecoach loop

Bikepacking is exploding in popularity. Are you looking to find out what it’s all about? The popular and well-established Stagecoach 400-mile loop is mostly on singletrack and jeep roads; it starts high in the mountains in Idyllwild CA, descends through beautiful arid ranchlands and backcountry to the beaches and urban jungle of San Diego, and then heads back over the mountains and through the stunning Anza-Borrego Desert on the return to Idyllwild. This is real bikepacking (off road with tent camping!) and will be a very challenging and physical (but infinitely rewarding!) 6-day challenge. We will stay a couple of nights in hotels to take the edge off the hardcore camping experience and to allow for some showers and laundry which will be very welcome! Some of our meals we will carry with us and some we will eat in restaurants along the route. If you already enjoy bikepacking, you will love this trip. If you are looking to try it out for the first time and want to jump into the deep end of the pool, this is your chance!

You will need a hardtail mountain bike with at least 2.5” (preferably 3.0”) tubeless tires that can handle desert sand, and you will need a full set of bikepacking gear. A detailed packing list, routing information, cue sheets and other details will be provided to participants).

DATES: January 12-19, 2020

ITINERARY:

January 12 – Arrive at PSP Airport by 1pm, travel to Idyllwild by transport van. Dinner in Idyllwild, set up bikes and gear, sleep at [hotel / airbnb to be determined]
January 13 – First Day Ride
January 14 – Second Day Ride – hotel stay TBD
January 15 – Third Day Ride
January 16 – Fourth Day Ride – hotel stay TBD
January 17 – Fifth Day Ride
January 18 – Sixth Day Ride, finish in Idyllwild and stay at [hotel / airbnb TBD]
January 19 – Breakfast, pack up bikes and gear, transport van back to PSP in the morning, fly home.

LODGING
Tents and basic hotels.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Six days of truly epic mountain bikepacking
Shuttle transfer to and from Palm Springs Airport to Idyllwild
Hotel on the nights prior to and after completing the ride
Two nights hotel stays during the ride
Restaurant meals (when not eating bikepacking meals)
Backcountry meals and snack food

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Travel Insurance
Any additional food or supplies that you buy en route
Incidental Expenses
Your bikepacking bags and supplies (tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear etc)

RIDE RATING: 💥💥💥💥💥
NUMBER OF RIDERS: 2 to 8
ESTIMATED COST: $800 CAD
TRIP LEADER: Magnus Verbrugge

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