1. inkdwheels

    inkdwheels Negro Please.

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    I officially have my fisrt saturday off since Camp Schiedeck. I will be doing this ride tomorrow. Probably leaving around 9am-ish. Which I can work around in case someone wants to go with me.


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  2. mota23

    mota23 n00b

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    hey guys im new on here

    this post is pretty old, and was wondering if anyone has gone recently?
    how was it?

    im in sunnyvale and im planning to take a trip there with my bike and my buddies f-150
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  3. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    I was up there today, coming in from the north (west? the Hwy 17 side of Summit, not from Mt Madonna). I obeyed the signs but rode from Highland, up Mt Bache to the gate, and then back along Loma Prieta to Summit. There were a couple of 2-stroke dirt bikes that whizzed past me as I lumbered along on my Wee Strom. The section of Loma Prieta running NW from Mt Bache back to Summit Rd was very nice with all the rain we've had lately.

    -dman
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  4. motowest

    motowest Two-wheeled Adventurer

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    Hollister Hills is probably the best bet for riders in the south bay. You get plenty of trails of varying degrees of difficulty (even one-way trails/signs). I feel the pain for those of us who dual-sport though. The previous posts have accounted for the most of the other options.
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  5. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    I know this is an old thread, but it was resurrected so should be updated: Clear Creek Management Area (BLM) is closed to everything - including hikers. You cannot get from New Idria to Los Gatos Creek Road/Coalinga anymore. Don't get caught there; its tresspassing on Fed Property.

    Mendocino NF is the biggest off-road area in the region now. For a quick fix you can try OHV parks: Carnagie south of Livermore, Hollister Hills south of Hollister, and Metcalf in South San Jose.
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  6. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    Lets not forget the Sierras, Lots of National forest stuff up there open to plated and stickered bikes.
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  7. Excite-Bike

    Excite-Bike Been here awhile

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  8. Chico

    Chico Thief and Saboteur

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    Damn I miss the bay area. Anyone hiring??
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  9. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    Were you hoping for some dirt roads to magically appear or something?

    It just gets worse, if anything.

    There are companies hiring if you have the right skills.

    I expect to soon be missing the Bay Area too, because I'm moving to Folsom at the end of the week. But I won't be missing the lack of dirt. They have lots of good dirt roads up there. Gold Country Dual Sport Riders, here I come. :nod
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  10. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    San Benito Co re-opened their roads in Clear Creek, the historic OHV area the BLM closed down due to an EPA order about asbestos risk.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=566303

    Not everything is open, and please don't get off the County roads and contribute to their closure too! Contact San Benito Co to check which, but here is a thread noting which used to be their roads:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85436

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    Still currently first place is Mendocino NF, at 3hrs north of San Jose; Clear Creek is a few hours south and a much nicer ride (Hwy 25 and the Panoche Valley).
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  11. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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  12. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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  13. BERNERBUDDY

    BERNERBUDDY Been here awhile

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    Bay Area dirt??? Isn't that an oxymoron!!! BB
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  14. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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  15. vuganeja

    vuganeja Adventurer

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    I'm a dual sport noob on a f650gs twin and this looks like a fun ride to do. I live in almaden valley and should be very close to this.

    I saw some posts on this thread around "unfriendly, hostile brandishing" locals. Anyone does this ride recently? And how safe is it to ride solo? I don't look native(and I'm not) and might stand out, hence the question!

    thanks!


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  16. Fasttrak

    Fasttrak Captain Crash

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    I would highly suggest avoiding that area between the two locked gates on Summit Rd. I live in Morgan Hill just off Watsonville and go near there quite often, never make the trek across but even being in that area on my TE610 gets me scorn and words from the four house owners near that gate. The folks are pretty fanatical in that area and could only see trouble from them, just not worth the effort, especially if some one was drunk or pissed off already.

    Kind of sad how the area has a couple thousand acres soley for equestrians, one of the smallest groups of ownership as compared to motorcyclists, and almost nothing for dirt bikes. Metcalf is completely pointless unless it is for a newbie out getting some safe time on short trail systems. Hollister Hills is ok if you had never been to Clear Creek but I find it boring as hell and hate paying money to go in and it is usually way too congested for my liking. I am about to move into something more street oriented as the distance to get to any legal dirt is just asinine, at leat two hours and that would be Clear Creek. The last couple treks out to Clear Creek were enjoyable, just always feel like the trails that are clearly marked as open may not be and a nasty federal ticket is looming. Wish they would just open that area up as the San Benito economy is in dire need of the cash.

    K.B.
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  17. vuganeja

    vuganeja Adventurer

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    Thanks Fasttrak, good to know.

    I'll try and stay away from them as well. I went to metcalf yesterday and you're right. Its good for a noob to get some practice drills going in the confines on a short and a predictable track. But even that got crowded past 11am. I've done clear creek which I thought was good with Doc Wong in a clinic. But again the trails aren't marked well, you might be unknowingly stray into a illegal road. The green trials in hollister hills are good for beginners, but you've got to get there early if you don't want passing dirt bikers on climbs on either side!!

    Anyone have directions to ride Old hernandez road near clear creek? Entry and exit points on a google map perhaps?
    I tried gloria/old gloria road off Hwy 25, but its more challenging due to the packed dirt with an inch or so of loose soft soil on it.



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  18. LaPorte

    LaPorte Been here awhile

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    I read your post and thought i had written it. I couldn't agree more. Picked up a BMW F800GS to go do Adventure type rides. At least I can ride in Northern Cal. Sometimes I still have to haul the bike to get the hell out of the bay area (TMP). California, the land where fun use to be had!!! :ricky

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  19. Fasttrak

    Fasttrak Captain Crash

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    If you have Mapsource I would highly suggest pulling that up and making some tracks in that area, as fun as it is to head out there the amount of actual dirt riding is pretty tame and limited. Clear Creek still has the most actual dirt roads and right now they are pretty fun and a decent workout at speed. From memory La Gloria is about 15 miles South of Panoche Rd on the Western side of Hwy 25, it heads out to Gonzales off the 101 and is about 17 mile run, not all dirt. Old Hernandez is about eight miles down the road from La Gloria and it heads off to the East side of Hwy 25, stay on this for about 28 miles and Clear Creek heads off East from Old Hernandez\Coalinga Rd. Be very careful crossing that fallen concrete bridge heading into Clear Creek cause it is damn snotty right now and almost did a tank slapper into a high side just crossing 25 feet. Was a good wake up prior to hitting some dirt trails in Clear Creek. I really need a bigger tank as I am kind of limited at the moment to about 150 mile range and would really love to get that up to about 250 miles to do more exploring around Clear Creek. Man do I miss that place for weekend camps and riding..




    I am seriously considering upgrading to the new Triumph 800 xc, it would allow me further range all they way out to SLO and the Sierra foothills. Slabbing on the TE is just not my cup of tea. I have spent the last year mapping pretty much all around Watsonville to Aptos and this side of the hill from San Jose to Clear Creek and there just isn't much legal dirt for us anymore. In the next few weeks I plan on hitting the coastal range around Jolon and Hunter Ligget, praying for something juicey and grin inspiring. Will post back if I find anything worthwhile.


    K.B.
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  20. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Old Hernandez Road

    I would recommend heading up to Mendocino NF. It's about 3hrs from San Jose; a haul, epic for a day-trip but not for an overnighter. Camp in the NF cheap or one of the many hot springs joints like Wilbur Hot Springs.

    If you are going to ride the County roads in Clear Creek then don't forget to enjoy the Panoche Valley and if you want to stay the night then Mercey Hot Springs is nearby and a good spot. There are some other BLM areas nearby that could be explored just be forewarned that they have "closed" them to all 2-wheeled vehicles... patrols are vanishingly rare and I wonder if the ranger would give you a ticket (as the closure to one class of plated vehicle can't be defensible in court) but you should know - and then pretend you didn't! :D
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