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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Gangplank, Jul 19, 2010.
Sounds good. Sunday morning. (. The diner across from Walker Burger.
Hubby and I want to do a Labor Day N. Nevada desert camping thing. Any advice, good campspots, warnings? BMW 1200GS and 950 KTM Adv
Cool. See you there.
There'll be lots of traffic on Nv. 447. Burningman wraps up Labor Day weekend. Lots of later arrivals from Friday on, the exodus starts Sunday and continues through Monday. If memory serves, Double Hot Springs is off limits through the event. If you are looking for solitude, the Black Rock area aint it Labor Day week.
As Steve said Labor Day weekend is not a good weekend for going up into the Black Rock, unless you are going for the Burning Man Festival. That event attracts so many looky lous that the BLM closes several of the roads to anyone that does not have a ticket to enter Burning Man.
Look at Nevada SR 34 and SR 8A between Vya and Denio Junction. There are 5 campgrounds up in that area and it will keep you well north of the Burning Man.
Artic front moving any. Should we be concerned. New to the area, so you vets chime in here.
I am watching the Bridgeport forecast, cold and wet tomorrow morning.
You guys make the call.
It's going to be a cold day tomorrow, especially as we go up in elevation. I see the forecast talking about , I look at loops for the visible, infrared and water vapor, I step outside and look around and it just doesn't feel, or look like there is any rain a coming. They run like 4 or 5 computer models and half the time the models don't agree and the weathermen toss darts to decide which one to believe.
No guarantee it won't rain tomorrow, but unless the weather starts radically changing the last half of today, I really don't think we have anything to worry about tomorrow but for high winds and low temps. And even if it does, they look to be talking about less than 0.05 inches of rain, so I plan to wear my Kilimanjaro and go for it.
Good timing. Truck is packed and I am just about out of here.
See you tomorrow.
We had a great ride. Up Bircham Flat Road from Walker to Lobdell Lake. Then around the west side of the Lake until we picked up the road to Mt. Patterson. I got to cautious on a couple of the switch backs and stalled my KLR. Other than that we made it to the top. Found the flag to be in tatters and someone has made off with the ammo box containing the summit log. We went on down the other side, stopping in at Belfort. Took the highway to the Elbow. Saw a group of Marines on a training exercise before turning off to Masonic. From Masonic went up to Masonic Peak, but not quite as we turned off to follow the road through McMillian Spring (true two track separated by Sage brush and overgrown with willows on both sides) on down to the Bridgeport Reservoir. Had a very late lunch at Rhinos before calling it a day as Skag still had a four hour ride home and I think Pointman still had to head south for another week of work. All in all a very intense 60 mile ride over some gnarly roads. Climbing up from Walker was a climb of over 6000' in about 25 miles of dirt road and 3600' of that was from where we turned off Bircham Flat and climbed the last 10 miles. And then it was back down that 6000' to reach the Elbow. Not bad, 12,000' of elevation change in about 40 miles. And Pointman did it all on his big KTM.
I did miss the forecast. Problem is the eastern Sierra front is this mix of microclimates, every few miles you get a new climate. While north of Walker and south of the Sonora Junction staid nice all day, in between those two points got some significant rain. Fortunately it didn't rain on us on the ride up to Mt. Patterson.
Steve, my Olympus photo software doesn't want to open. I need to call Olympus support tomorrow. As soon as I get the problem solved I'll be able to upload the pictures from my camera.
Small photo album of the trip -
Starting with breakfast in Walker, 5,400'
We headed up to Lobdell Lake, 9,600'
Skag and I made the summit, 11,600' and change
TroyinTahoe makes the summit
Followed by Pointman, who was very glad he mounted the knobbies on his big v-twin.
View looking north, catching the hoar's frost on the flag pole and what is left of a wind blown flag
And looking east
Next stop was Belfort, 10,800'. If you look at the picture of Pointman reaching the summit you'll see the road out the south towards Wheeler Peak and Belfort.
There are several buildings still standing, several more foundations still showing
What is left of deluxe accommodations for some miner
After reaching the highway we headed out the Masonic Stage Road. saluting a company of Marines out for training along the east fork of the Walker. We've reached Lower Town of Masonic looking back up at Mt. Patterson.
With hunger setting in we went up to Masonic Peak and to the McMillian Spring Road back down to Bridgeport
For a round of Rhino Burgers and Fries before parting ways.
im giving it another shot next weekend...
hopefully will b posting up some summit shots.
Sure, sure you will...
Pointman, making the 950 look like a 250...
Thanks again for the great ride last weekend.
Where to next?
Pat, I also wanted to say thanks. Especially for opening and closing all of those barbed wire gates leading into bridgeport! Troy
Do the folks up in Reno want to sponsor a ride? If not I'm sure we can come up with something for the Gardnerville area. Can do a loop over Monitor Pass coming back down by Leviathian Mine Road, but taking the loop down to the Carson River and back out at China Springs. Not a lot of roads up on top, but a few interesting dead ends.
Could also pull a loop through the Pine Nuts: south to north, out Sunrise Pass to pick up Pine Nut Valley Road up to Slater Mine, down Lone Pine Canyon, back up and over Rickey Canyon, looping back around 208 to Jack Wright Pass and then catching a dirt road back up toe the top and out Blossom Canyon to pick up the Carson River loop.
There is enough out there to more or less make it up as we go without taxing Pointman's big KTM.
Looking to have the 450 project started shortly.
Then we'll really have some fun!
Pat... Thanks for the PM and thanks again for a great ride. Hope you guys didnt get hammered too bad on the ride back. The rain was turning to snow when I left Bootjack.
West side or east side, any riding you've got in mind, lemme know. I don't mind traveling.
Headed out to Reno Fernley Raceway this weekend. Maybe later in sept.... Reno ride up & over Heness Pass....
Oh, and I need to get a new GPS. Mine crapped out. Pointman are you selling one? ??
I've got the whole weekend available. Anywhere you guys want to ride is fine with me. I don't know the area well enough to make any suggestions.