I decided Last minute to try and go after work, camp then try to summit by bike.
I got off work at 11:30pm and drove to the local store to grab some items.
then I made the drive to the Grandview Campground about 2am I made it.
Bloody Hell the campground was full turned out popular night for stargazing. So I drove around and found a pullout setup camp. I was passed out by guessing 2:30am. I wanted to be up by 7ish. That did not happen woke up around 8:40. broke camp.
I started my drive I thought I was close to the start. I still had about 6 miles to go of Pavement.
Then I had a 16 mile dirt road to the locked gate.
Here is also the oldest trees on earth the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Driving along the Ridge you have views of the Palisades Glacier.
The Drive ahead
Driving along you drive thru another Bristlecone Forest The Patriarch Grove
There was some kinda of feature here.
Once driving 45 minutes on this dirt road I reached the locked gate.
Nature was calling lucky for me there was some TP but suggesting you bring your own TP just in case Nature calls.
It was time to try and make this ride. but first let me take a selfie.
After riding Two Miles of nice steep gravel road I reached the Barcroft Facility. Had a chat with some people that maintained the place. I was behind more time. I was silly thinking I could make the top then be back to work by 3pm. but I wanted to try.
After the Barcroft Facility the trail turned to a rocky double track.
Riding along there where many Marmots.
There where a few other people out on the trail. passing hikers I slowed down and greeted them and kept riding. I could not get over the fact I was mountain biking at this elevation. I had to stop and enjoy the view.
I was getting closer but running out of time to make it.
I got to the start of the Switchbacks but I knew I was not going to make it. I knew I had to turn around. I was bummed I couldn’t make it but it was a great scout mission.