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Old 09-24-2008, 06:30 PM   #31
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My bikes in a bit of a tear down right now, but as soon as it's up I'd be very interested in getting involved in a patrol ride, as well as volunteering in any way i can.

Sent a PM to you in that regard pointman, look forward to hearing back.

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Old 09-24-2008, 10:36 PM   #32
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Hells Kitchen!

We rode up Indian truck trail over to ortega.
Tried to find a trail to wildomar and found a driveway with an armed resident ........ I informed him we are not trying to ride on his land just took a wrong turn.......
Saw hang gliders jumping off a cliff over Lake Elsinore and had a beer at Hells kitchen.
It was fun to look at all the Harley guys dressed up in their biker costumes while they looked at us in our dirt bike gear.
Hot chicks though I may have to get a hog....
70 mile ride.
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Old 09-25-2008, 02:52 AM   #33
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Google maps now shows all of the roads out there again...

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Old 09-25-2008, 10:46 AM   #34
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Does anyone here know if the roads closed due to the fires are still re-opening this November?
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:15 AM   #35
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Yep !

yep.. here the 411 on the planned reopening in Nov.

(fyi ....the two announcements below are from a local mountain biking group that works very closely with the cleveland national forest to maintain the hiking trails)


Here announcement #1 sent a few weeks ago:

The Main Divide Road and Maple Springs Road are currently scheduled to be reopened on Nov. 9.

The District Ranger said that if we get the road repairs finished sooner they will reopen sooner.

The trails in the burn area will not be reopened until there is better recovery. Silverado (Motorway) trail will probably be reopened since it wasn't burned, but there was dozer damage and we'll need to be certain it is ready.

As you know, many forest visitors do not have the ethics to stay on roads and trails and the damage in these sensitive areas will be permanent if they get full access.


Here a follow up announcement sent sept 21st

After negotiating with the Forest Service we are confident that all of the forest, with the exception of the Harding Truck Trail, will be opened on November 9th. Originally they had planned to open only Maple Springs, the Silverado Trail and the Main Divide from Black Star to Maple Springs. The only issue which will prevent this forest opening is if the fire danger rating is critical due to the expected fall dry Santa Ana winds. As I previously mentioned in past weekly news we cannot afford another fire in the areas that have burned or this will severely jeopardize the chaparral environment from recovering allowing the further invasion of non-native plants and grasses.

One warning: the closure may be reinitiated if off-trail use cannot be controlled. The Forest Service is mandated to protect and assist the recovery of the burn areas by both the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and AQMD regulations related to air quality (dust from the burn areas). If off trail use results in the increasing erosion of the burned areas the Forest Service can be sued by environmental groups forcing a long lasting closure. What these environmental groups could not accomplish through Wilderness Bills and Forest plans could be accomplished by lawsuits due to a small group of irresponsible hikers, mountain bikers and OHV users.

Please be responsible and stay on the trails/road when the forest reopens. Stay off the Harding Truck Trail, which will be patrolled by off-duty CHP motorcycle officers on dual sport motorcycles.

Their will be a no-tolerance policy by the Forest Service and anyone caught off-trail will have their bike confiscated and subject to $5,000 dollar fine and jail time.
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:46 AM   #36
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Will be riding skyline sunday at noon, just puttin around if anyone else happens to go.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:29 PM   #37
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Any updates?

Any news about early opening?
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:32 PM   #38
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Old 11-01-2008, 11:32 AM   #39
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Thumbs down Maple Springs gate opening update...

No big suprise here... It will be delayed... Note the opening date is Monday, November the 10th. October is obviously a typo...

Pointman

Forest reopening

The scheduled reopening of the Trabuco Ranger District will happen on
Monday, October 10. The existing forest closure goes through Nov 9.

The roads and trails will reopen but any cross country travel through the
burn area could be cause to close until the burn area recovers. We are
asking all trail and trail patrol volunteers to please be especially
watchful and help us educate the public of the need to stay on the trails.

THE BURN AREA ITSELF AND THE HARDING TRUCK TRAIL WILL REMAIN CLOSED.

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Old 11-01-2008, 07:40 PM   #40
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Indian Truck Trail gate closed

I rode up main divide truck trail today to do my weekly Tom's Farms for lunch-and-back trek only to find the gate at Indian Truck Trail to be closed/locked, WTF??? Had to turn around and hang out at Hell's Kitchen instead. Anyone know why this trail is now closed?
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:02 AM   #41
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you can check here http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland/conditions/ ..it is known to be off...but i know for a fact maple springs is closed. its my closes entrance
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:50 AM   #42
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I rode up main divide truck trail today to do my weekly Tom's Farms for lunch-and-back trek only to find the gate at Indian Truck Trail to be closed/locked, WTF??? Had to turn around and hang out at Hell's Kitchen instead. Anyone know why this trail is now closed?
Read the bulletin... Its been closed since the fire danger was announced and after the big OC burn.

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Old 11-02-2008, 08:19 AM   #43
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Read the bulletin... Its been closed since the fire danger was announced and after the big OC burn.

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I've ridden it since then quite a few times and the gate was open every time.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:10 AM   #44
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Read the bulletin... Its been closed since the fire danger was announced and after the big OC burn.

Pointman
Indian Truck Trail has been open all the way up to Main Divide during the closures. Main Divide South of Indian Truck Trail has been open to Ortega. No idea on why the gate would be closed now. Do they close the gates on days with high winds/extreme fire danger?
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:17 PM   #45
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Indian TT was open today

Rode again today with the wife, this time it was open. It didn't look like they did any trail work, so I can't imagine why they had it closed yesterday.
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