users—although that certainly
doesn’t mean riders can disregard
trail regulations or proper riding
etiquette. Shuttle Run takes riders to
a safer area than the busy multi-use
trail areas, where they can ride
gravity bikes safely and legally.
But common sense plays a big role
here. When used responsibly,
apps like Strava can be a good too
for measuring your progress and
improvements. I personally use it.
MBA: What are the risks and liabilities of operating this shuttle service?
Shuttle Dave: We all know moun-
tain biking inherently has
risks. Therefore, a liability release
agreement is required for
every participant to read, sign and
agree to. Getting to the trailhead
itself is a safety issue as well. Since
Angeles Crest is notorious for vehicle
accidents, we take driving conditions
very seriously. Although the trail may
be open, we will not run when it’s not
safe to be driving a van full of riders
and a trailer full of bikes 20 miles up a
Shuttle Run is a self-guided ride, so
we encourage everyone to come prepared. This includes tools, tubes and a
pump; H2O in a hydration pack; protective gear; and preferably a full-face
lid. It should also be mentioned, this is
not a trail for beginners. Unless you
ride the fire roads down, there are
some steep, exposed areas on the singletrack that require experienced-to-intermediate skill.
MBA: What are your thoughts
about rogue trails?
Shuttle Dave: We discourage members from riding down closed or prohibited trails for obvious reasons.
Shuttle Run does not provide transportation to areas that access illegal
MBA: What’s your favorite route
Shuttle Dave: My preferred way
down is what we call the “front side.”
You start on Mount Lowe to Sam
Merril, pedal to Upper Sunset then
Lower Sunset, through the Mallard
Campground, and finally El Prieto. It’s
just over 13 miles of sweet singletrack
with a 4642-foot elevation drop and
several historic points of interest.
Other times, I’ll skip the Lower Sunset
Trail and hit Channey instead. It’s a
short, exhilarating trail
with challenging ruts and berms.
Taking that route cuts down the ride to
just under 10 miles.
MBA: How do new riders find you?
Shuttle Dave: When Shuttle Run
first started, it was strictly word of
mouth. Now, though, it’s usually from
our website or Facebook page
( www.shuttle-run.com or www.face
Pro-level service: Shuttling bikes typically wrecks resale value by putting
more scratches and scuffs than normal riding does, but Dave does it right.
He built this trailer from the ground up to hold up to 18 bikes roped down
Evident passion: Dave is the perfect guide for these
trails, because he knows them like the back of his
hand. He’s been riding here for about 20 years and
only started the shuttle service because shuttling with
his riding buddies had become too much of a hassle.
Gravity? Cross-country? How about both? Whether you want to ride a downhill bike or a trailbike, there’s plenty of miles of singletrack for you to enjoy. This is a self-guided tour, so be sure you’re prepared before you embark.