Bay Area weekday dirt rides

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by lastplace, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2002
    Oddometer:
    776
    Location:
    Morgan Territory, CA
    Its pretty cool to ride my favorite Stonyford trails again,
    but the character of the trails in the burn area is quite different now...

    I don't know if all of the bulldozer work on the trails have been
    done by logging contractors or Mendo NF folks, but a fresh crop
    of jagged boulders have been turned up everywhere. Many narrow
    singletrack have sections of 10-12-ft wide clear-cut down them for
    100-ft, with deep gravel & small boulders. Kinda weird. I'm sure it
    will be fine once its packed back down & some of the greenery
    grows back.

    Anyway ... we rode a good selection of trails that went like this;
    24, 1 to the top & back down, 24, 26, 22, 20, 3, 7, all of 15 to the
    bottom, and then 17N62B, 13, and 14 over to Letts Lake for lunch.


    [​IMG]
    Ed powers out of a ravine

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    17N02 to M10 to all of Trail 6 :ricky to the west end of trail 4.

    [​IMG]
    In the creek


    The climb up the west end of 4 is getting pretty torn up with bigger
    boulders & rock ledges now. This section is labeled blue-intermediate,
    but should be black-diamond. I'm glad we got up it OK. Way too
    gnarly to stop & get trail photos.

    Stopped at Memorial Rock (only one so far) near the top of 4, and then
    continued up to the top of Goat Mountain for a break.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    The Goat Mtn ridgeline with the infamous Goat Rock in the background

    Rode back to the last part of trail 4 to ride it all the way to the east end.
    Nice fast & flowing trail! We rode up M5 to Cedar Camp so Ed could see
    the CG, then back down to Goat Mtn Road to camp. 68 miles for the day.

    I was amazed how few moto tracks we came across. We laid down virgin
    tracks on several trail sections. Had to stop & clear a downed tree near
    the bottom of trail 15.

    It was cool at Letts Lake and on top of Goat Mtn. What a gorgeous day
    for a ride! :clap

    Stopped at Granzella's in Williams for drinks & a nice dinner afterwards.
    THANKS for chasing me through the forest & dinner Ed! :freaky


    Catfish ...
    #81
  2. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2002
    Oddometer:
    776
    Location:
    Morgan Territory, CA
    3 old guys (2 Betas & a KTM) are meeting at Carnegie - Moto Mart at 10AM tomorrow,
    Tuesday June 18. A little JL skills practice & a 20-mile mostly-singletrack loop. Blue & black trails.

    Join us :ricky, or (gasp!) go to work! :huh :cry

    Catfish ...
    #82
  3. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2001
    Oddometer:
    3,598
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA


    Yeah, the west end of Trail 4 is certainly difficult going eastbound. We struggled up that with a 950SE and a R100GS a couple of weeks ago. Those of us on "dirt bikes" had an easier time. We didn't take time for pictures, either.
    #83
  4. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2002
    Oddometer:
    776
    Location:
    Morgan Territory, CA
    Wednesday, 6/26/13, 10 AM at Carnegie - Moto Mart.
    Retired guys riding singletrack. :ricky


    Catfish ...
    #84
  5. Rob578

    Rob578 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2011
    Oddometer:
    246
    Location:
    Atlanta was San Francisco
    You guys suck.
    #85
  6. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2002
    Oddometer:
    776
    Location:
    Morgan Territory, CA

    Every chance I get! :eek1 :lol3 :rofl


    Carnegie is good practice, so I can go ride trails like these a few times a year;

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Catfish ...
    #86
  7. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,596
    Location:
    Super F'd Up N. California
    Nice watercrossing. That's at Carnegie? Don't think I've run across that one. What trail was it on, if you recall?
    #87
  8. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,100
    Location:
    Walnut Crick, Cal.
    No way am I gonna tell you where that is. We'd have to kill you anyway, that's the secret trail. Not even Carnegie's rangers know 'bout it.
    #88
  9. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,545
    Location:
    Pleasanton, CA
    The only water at Carnegie is down at the bottom and you're no longer allowed to ride through it.

    Carnegie was almost shut down for good a few years ago when some environmentalists filed a lawsuit to protect some obscure species in the Central Valley that was supposedly being harmed by polluted runoff. It didn't matter that water only comes out of there for about 4 months of the year, and that nearly all of the pollution was from the north side of the road where Livermore Labs had tested all kinds of nasty chemicals.

    Once the lawsuit was dismissed as frivolous, the people at Carnegie had to at least do their best to keep the offroad vehicles from adding more pollution to any runoff from the park. So when it's wet, those areas are all roped off and you'll get a ticket if you get caught riding in them.
    #89
  10. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2002
    Oddometer:
    776
    Location:
    Morgan Territory, CA

    I do recall :augie, but its a closely-guarded, secret trail; shhh... :deal



    Thanks for keeps secret :wink: trails secret! :thumb

    If someone wants to ride that trail, they'll just have to come chase me down it! :ricky


    Catfish ...
    #90
  11. CaliforniaYoung

    CaliforniaYoung n00b

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2013
    Oddometer:
    1
    Location:
    Bay Area / Peninsula
    Im looking for fellow riders that might be interested in riding at either Metcalf or holister tomorrow (fri aug 2)
    but be warned...I'm a noob looking to get some more experience. I am just getting back into dirt riding after about 15yrs or so.

    Shoot me a pm if your interested!

    Cheers,
    :muutt
    #91
  12. fasteddie23

    fasteddie23 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2012
    Oddometer:
    51
    Couple of us weekday riders heading to Foresthill this Wednesday the 7th. We are planning an early start to avoid the heat - on the trails by 9am.

    If anyone is interested in joining let us know.

    Ed
    #92
  13. MookieBlaylock

    MookieBlaylock Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,584
    Location:
    IntheeaglewingpalaceoftheQueenChinee
    sunday morning i was riding my mountain bike down railroad grade on tam and a 950 blew by me with a nice drift, brought a huge smile to my face. I'm sure everyone else out there was horrified:D
    #93
  14. wcprominence

    wcprominence Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2013
    Oddometer:
    12
    Another SFer here. Parkside/Sunset KLR. I'll be on a cross country trip over the next 2-3 months, but I def wanna play in the dirt with you all when I get back :clap

    -WC
    #94
  15. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2002
    Oddometer:
    776
    Location:
    Morgan Territory, CA

    My buddy is still a maybe. Any interest from your friends?

    Here's a gpx file of where we will stage at Foresthill. (Right-click & save as ...) Let me know if you can not open this; one short track to the staging waypoint.

    Catfish ...
    #95
  16. fasteddie23

    fasteddie23 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2012
    Oddometer:
    51
    Good ridin' boys that was fun! It was a bit dusty but once again we had the place to ourselves.

    Lets try to plan the next one soon.

    Ed
    #96
  17. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2002
    Oddometer:
    776
    Location:
    Morgan Territory, CA

    Yes, weekdays are The BEST(tm)! :clap

    I was surprised when I met the girl & boy on trail 2. She was hauling, slammed on the brakes when she saw me, and stopped right beside me. Then fell over. :lol3 I think she was MORE surprised to meet someone on the trail than I was!

    Fun trails, and kinda powdery now. Waiting a full minute since the last rider left was the only way to deal with the dust. The DS ride over to Iowa Hill afterwards was a BLAST. What a sweet road! :ricky

    Off to Oregon, Washington, & Idaho on Ms.Caponord for the rest of August.

    Seeya in September,

    Catfish ...
    #97
  18. lastplace

    lastplace Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2003
    Oddometer:
    911
    Location:
    San Francisco
    This Thursday afternoon at Metcalf? I'll probably get there at 3 or a little later. KTM 690R. There will likely be a few of us there. All experienced riders but we like meeting noobs too.

    fun fun
    Charlie
    #98
  19. LaPorte

    LaPorte Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Oddometer:
    566
    Location:
    Northern Ca.
    I am retired so I have everyday off during the week to ride DS. What I don't have is other folks to ride with during the week. I'll have to watch this thread to see who may be going to the Sierra during the week. Nothing better than a few days of riding in the mountains. I have a place North/East of Marysville at 2,500ft elevation. Can ride from there or haul to the higher elevations. if anyone would be interested in riding in that area post up.

    LaPorte
    #99
  20. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2002
    Oddometer:
    776
    Location:
    Morgan Territory, CA
    Heading out to Carnegie SVRA this Thursday, Sept.26, with Ms.Beta for some JL practice exercises & a few training loops. Mostly blue & black singletrack.

    Arrive 9:30am & riding at 10AM. Staging between Moto Mart & restrooms. Let me know if you are coming.

    Catfish ...