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Home / Mojave Preserve and Desert bikepacking trips / 2008: Bikepacking in Henry Coe State Park / Day 5: Mountain-bike ride up Red Creek Road to Upper San Antonio Valley and back from Paradise Lake 46

Red Creek Road is far away, but offers a bit of everything for the mountain-biker who can make it this far, except single-track: grasslands across Paradise Flat; dry (in summer), rocky creek riding where the trail disappears; a bit of shade around Hatch Spring; and a fire-road climb toward San Antonio Valley with awesome views.

Red Creek Road is a "cherry-stem road" into the Orestimba Wilderness. This means that the road is not in the Wilderness, but that the land on both sides of the road *is* in the Wilderness, where mechanized travel such as bicycles are not allowed.

Despite being on the brink of heat-exhaustion much of the day, today turns out to be a highlight of my trip, despite the heat. 21.3 bicycle miles.