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Mt Pacifico from Mill Creek: Hike or bike?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:28 pm    Post subject: Mt Pacifico from Mill Creek: Hike or bike?  Reply with quote

Subject says it all.  Never been there.  Any recommendations for hiking vs. biking?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) a boring fire road bike up then down, or

2) an easy but long and scenic walk along the PCT up

2a) return on pct, or

2b) a boring fire road walk down (unless you cut the road's switchbacks).
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on how many miles you want.  Usually, if I bike that route, I continue on to 3 Points, then back via a combination of trails and roads.  My typical route is to follow Silver Moc back thru Horse Flats and down to the Chilao Road, then out to the fire camp and north back to Alder Saddle, and back over Pacifico on the road.

Never bored on the bike, the easy miles just means I can do more in a day.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could make it a little less boring by adding the Roundtop Road to the plan. Go grab the views at Roundtop on the bike and on the way back scramble off-trail to Granite while you're there. Then check out Pacifico.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We could have differing ideas of "boring..."  Very Happy

We enjoy riding Blue Ridge Rd from Inspriation Pt to Guffy and back.  Would you call the Pacifico ride significantly more boring than that?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

from mill creek up to the turn off for round top...yes! lol
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with Hikeup. Mill Creek to Roundtop Rd is not that interesting, apart from some sweeping views west and north. That area got hit hard in the Station Fire and is still recovering. So the initial stretch of the Pacifico Rd is kind of an uphill grind. It gets better after that though.

Blue Ridge Rd to Guffy is much nicer. It has high country views, more trees and waypoint destinations.
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