1. JChen

    JChen n00b

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    I just came back from taking that ride, it was intense haha. I was riding a KLX250SF which happened to have road tires up until Summit I was fine but around 5 miles in road tires just wouldn't cut it and i ended up locking my front brake and dumping the bike... A couple scratches on the plastic, broken turn signals, and a bent handle bar, i continued the rest of my journey as carefully as possible. All in all it was an amazing trail that i would do again with knobbies and ONLY KNOBBIES
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  2. vuganeja

    vuganeja Adventurer

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    Jchen:
    Any pictures of the gradient and road quality of summit road?
    I've got street tires on my F650gs twin and live very close and want to try.
    Also I'm a newbie with dirt.

    thanks!
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  3. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    If you just want to experience riding in the dirt, go visit the Carnegie OHV park east of Livermore. It's a nice ride to get there and they have many easy dirt roads that you can experiment on. If you stay on the green beginner roads, you should be able to handle it well enough. I've taken newbies there, some even on the same bike you ride, and they did fine. Just be careful that you don't continue too far on some roads that turn into blue or black diamond trails.

    I would offer to take you there myself, except that I no longer live in the area. (We have a lot more good dirt road and trail choices here, east of Sacramento - I need to get out and ride more of them.)
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  4. SenorPeligro

    SenorPeligro Proper Naughty

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    I took La Gloria Road yesterday starting at 25 north of Pinnacles.

    I'd definitely come at it from the west if you're riding a big bike unless you like steep, descending, off-camber switchbacks.

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    Going to head north soon to check-out Rayhouse Road and Western Mine Road.

    THERE WILL BE DIRT! :thumb
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  5. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    i've done both summit and la gloria on my r1100rs sporty-touring bike with metzeler z6 touring tires which are about as close to slicks as you can get. easy hard packed wide roads.

    summit has been a private maintained road for a lot longer than 20 years. we lived off Casserly near Mt Madonna Rd (behind the county fairgrounds) in the early 80s, and it was that way then.
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  6. vuganeja

    vuganeja Adventurer

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    La Gloria is a nice road! esp when combined with old hernandez road and a little bit of clear creek :)

    how does Summit road compare to each one of those? Harder? easier?


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  7. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    shorter and just as easy as La Gloria, but if you are in the area its a nice loop through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Just don't let the locals fool ya - its a county road and not under their control so if you have a plate you can use it. If the gate is shut and locked call the county sheriff to open and deal with them.

    Clear Creek Road is open (main thru road) along with Spanish Lake, Sawmill, and KCAC (a great loop).

    Hernandez is fine, but you should get over to the South Coast Ridge Road (off of Nacimento Road south of Big Sur). If you need lots of dirt then head to the Carrizo Plain or Mendocino NF.
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  8. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Been here awhile

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    Going to head north soon to check-out Rayhouse Road and Western Mine Road.

    THERE WILL BE DIRT! :thumb[/QUOTE]


    Western Mine is a fun road. Not very long, but you are either ascending or descending the whole way. At the top it connects with Ida Clayton, which is paved, but fun to ride. If you are coming from Santa Rosa, take Franz Valley Rd to get there.

    After Western Mine, you can go over to Middletown and head north on Big Canyon Rd. Dirt for about 5-6 miles, then paved, but fun to ride. Perini Rd off Big Canyon has some dirt and nice vistas. Siegler Springs Rd, to the north, becomes dirt also. Other than Western Mine, hese are all fairly flat and populated to varying degrees.
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  9. SenorPeligro

    SenorPeligro Proper Naughty

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    You just made my month. :happay
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  10. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    there's also a stretch of open dirt road just north of Big Sur called the Old Coast Road. north end is at the north
    end of the famous Bixby Creek Bridge, and the south end is across from Andrew Molera State Park. its all easy
    graded hardpack dirt road, although after winter rains it can be impassible with mud.

    this is a panorama I shot back in 2001 on a borrowed F650GS, taken near the south end (thats andrew molera in
    the foreground, and if you pan to the right, you can see the road)

    [​IMG]
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  11. SenorPeligro

    SenorPeligro Proper Naughty

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    That road is beautiful and well worth the trip. Haven't been down there for a couple of years... wasn't part of it washed out last year?
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  12. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    I remmeber a trip up the sonoma coast a few years ago with several dirt stretches on ridge roads just east of highway 1... I don't remember the names of them, but one came out near the mouth of the Russian River, and the other near the Kruz(?) Rhododendron Reserve (we were northbound)
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  13. WoodsChick

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    Kruse :D




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  14. jimrobinette

    jimrobinette Been here awhile

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    Here is another of the Old Coast Road just north of the other pano:

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  15. SenorPeligro

    SenorPeligro Proper Naughty

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    Old Coast Road, heading north up the switchback section.

    [​IMG]
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  16. Mudcat

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    Kruse Ranch road and Willow Creek road. Willow Creek is a private road now with a gate at its northern end:cry.
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  17. Mudcat

    Mudcat Unregistered

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    Old Hernandez road is closed. Last Spring the ford across the creek (river) was dug out, the county must have done it.
    That was a fun road which I miss.
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  18. WoodsChick

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    I think the guy's KLR floating down the creek and sitting there submerged for awhile was the last nail in the coffin.




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  19. Mudcat

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    That would do it. Right in the middle of someone’s ranch, polluting the water supply.
    Nice going. :deal
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  20. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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