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Old 03-30-2015, 06:47 AM   #1
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Roads for Janesville to Portola/Bechwourth

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...Y.k1Cr8a_dJgjE

Looking at doing an semi organized two day ride from Auburn with camping at Pyramid lake latter this summer. I have not pre run this route, etc.
I'm curious if the roads from Janesville to the Portola area are;
1. Big bike passable.
2. Not gated off.

The roads I'm concerned about are Fruit Growers Blvd and Diamond Mountain road near Antelope lake and Beckwourth/Talorsville Rd near Walker mine tailings reservoir and on to lake Davis.

If anyone is familiar with the area I'd love to hear your feedback.
Thank you.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:10 AM   #2
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Sam I recently (last week) rode from Taylorsville out to Pyramid lake taking part of the route you have laid out.

Diamond Mountain road is definitely big bike friendly and was open.

Highway 70 to Lake Davis is paved and the dirt after that is also big bike friendly.

Here's a couple pics from Diamond Mt. Rd.






The roads out in Nevada are all very easy and fast. Just watch out for the wild horses. I was stopped and they crossed the road at a full run much closer than I would have expected.

I have some tracks of that trip if you think it will help you.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:28 AM   #3
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Cool, looks rad. I've only been up to the Portola area once so I thought I'd ask.
I think I've got a ok route for a leisurely ride. Not sure when I want to do it but probably sooner than later.
I'll post a ride flier in Sacramento adventure/DS.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:20 AM   #4
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As was already mentioned The dirt road from Genesee to Lake Davis is graded and surprisingly not washboarded when I was there. There are open range cattle everywhere though. I thought a Momma cow was going to run me and my KLR down.

If you are looking for some food and camping I will mention that there is a small restaurant in Genesee that you can reserve for a group but I don't think is always open and camping with showers at the fair grounds in Tailorsville but no gas anywhere near that area.
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Old 04-05-2015, 03:37 PM   #5
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https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...Y.k1Cr8a_dJgjE

Looking at doing an semi organized two day ride from Auburn with camping at Pyramid lake latter this summer. I have not pre run this route, etc.
I'm curious if the roads from Janesville to the Portola area are;
1. Big bike passable.
2. Not gated off.

The roads I'm concerned about are Fruit Growers Blvd and Diamond Mountain road near Antelope lake and Beckwourth/Talorsville Rd near Walker mine tailings reservoir and on to lake Davis.

If anyone is familiar with the area I'd love to hear your feedback.
Thank you.
Nice track. Thanks for posting it. As a short day ride I was looking at doing the Grizzly Rd to Taylorsville route myself, but coming back up over Mt Hough into Quincy for gas, and back on Hwy70.
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:48 PM   #6
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Your welcome to join us. I think we'll do it the same weekend as the Sheetiron if we don't get a spot.
We're adventurizing a TDM for my neighbor and it seems like a good shake down ride. I'll make a post in the Sacto thread when we figure the dates out.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:04 PM   #7
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Sam,
I Haven't done the route on your map, but I did do the one below a few times on big bikes and it was fun. Starts paved leaving Beckwourth, then turns to easy dirt for a few miles, then you come to a Y and if you go right on the paved section... it stays bumpy fun pave all the way to Antelope Lake and on to Janesville. Easy route to find/follow. We went to a great Thai restaurant in Janesville... he's since moved up the road to Susanville. Recommended...

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-white-house-susanville

https://www.google.com/maps?saddr=Be...ra=ls&t=m&z=10
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:26 PM   #8
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Nice track. Thanks for posting it. As a short day ride I was looking at doing the Grizzly Rd to Taylorsville route myself, but coming back up over Mt Hough into Quincy for gas, and back on Hwy70.

Here's a nice RR that includes the run over Mt. Hogue, I'm going to be up there some time this year to check out the fire lookout and Crystal Lake.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:35 PM   #9
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Hey Stan, did you plan to link a RR in your post? Looks like you forgot it.

Samtech, I missed this when it first came up, but I guess it`s still in the planning phase, so not too late. I`ve ridden all of it, and would say that navigation is going to be a bigger challenge than road conditions. The part between Lake Davis and Genessee is a little confusing and not marked well, but great riding- just make sure you keep your tank topped off in case you end up doing some bonus miles in there.

From Soda Springs to Forest Hill, I`ve ridden exactly one time, and had a few head scratching moments, but got through. Have you checked on snow conditions for that stretch? Even with this pitiful winter, I would expect it to still be blocked by a few snow drifts.

The last mile or so into Verdi (or out of Verdi) is very bumpy, but still doable, just slow. If you`re heading W on that stretch, don`t give up hope in th first five minutes- it`ll quickly improve. Related to that, if you want to skip Reno, it`s also pretty easy to tie between Henness Pass Rd at the top of the hill over Verdi and Bordertown Casino at the state line on 395. No direction signs, but all turns are pretty obvious if following a good map.
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