Chico, Ca Dualsport Riders

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Bob Tosi, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. mrgizmow

    mrgizmow Been here awhile

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    Since temps were going to run short of the triple digits, figured it was a good time for my 2ed ride of the season. Though retired, I still have lots to do to maintain our 'homestead'. Guess as well, there is an age thing. Think one of my first major Nor-Cal off road adventures was on my silver Specialized "Sport" mountain bike (could not afford the first blue iteration). Rode Chico to Butte Meadow via Centerville rd, Center Gap to Garland then up Powellton to the old railroad grade. For many of you, these 'roads' may be unknown. Centerville still can be enjoyed. Center Gap, once steep, rough and ugly has been privatized and likely groomed for Porsche Cayenne's. Anyway, off to Garland and then Powellton. Being an older guy, I was still able to deal with a bit of history and at least see the remnants of the old railroad trestles between Inskip and Butte Meadows. Now, most of that is gone or gated. Today I fired-up the XT-225 and headed up Powellton to Inskip, then off on Brown Revine to Jones Meadows. My hope was to continue to Philbrook then back over to Inskip and back to Safeway in Paradise (close to home). For you hard-core unplated off-road folks likely this is not a real option for you. Not sure what opinions you plated riders have of my route. Let it be known, Powellton is the worst I have seen it in 40 years. Ruts an easy 20" and holes close to 3 feet. Guess with dual transfer cases and 38 inch tires it takes a lot to get stuck. It made clear, one reason logging companies want to restrict vehicular travel. For large adventure bikes, Powellton rd would be a nightmare. For general dirt machines, Powellton is no longer long enough to make trailering worthwhile. Glad I got out and rode as the experience suggested that at least I can still gut out a rough 75 miles.
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  2. Foot dragger

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    So your thinking Center Gap is closed for general purposes? Ive ridden mt bikes and motorcycles up and down it many times,I cant imagine it being groomed for normal traffic very easily. Powellton is usually not so rough,surprised it hasnt been groomed. Ive ridden all roads mentioned more then a few times, being a local.(I went by Center Gap bicycling up to centerville schoolhouse yesterday AM,its the same as it ever was,no signs plenty of rocks,there's a gated paved driveway right before it that looks similar at the bottom)
  3. mrgizmow

    mrgizmow Been here awhile

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    It has been a longtime since I've been in a position to even think about pedaling something like Center Gap. But motoring up Centerville rd, a few glances to the left have left me with the opinion that the 'Gap' has been much improved and posted "private rd." Kind of like the section of Ponderosa Way between Cohasset and Forest Ranch, gated and private. Can't recall anything being done to Powellton rd over the last couple of years. Now it will take a lot more than a quick pass with a grader. Same holds true with Jordan Hill rd. Roughest I have ever seen it. Use to ride it lots. Couple of times ended up behind the grader.
  4. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Jordan Hill is a bombed out mess in spots,the size of the mostly buried sharp rocks,and holes dug out between them....I dunno how that would be fixed with out a ton of money. The Private Road signs on Center Gap have been there a while,but they're signs the people at the bottom just bought and put up. They bought property towards the bottom and decided the road was theirs. As happens in many places. But Im sure the county is very tired of trying to fix the bouldered out sections on it and rock shelves. I havent drug a bicycle up it in a long time.
    I got a rear flat coming down it once racing Steve Obryan from Pullins Cycle,pumped it up then crashed on Centerville road at speed. Slid a ways pretty bloody.

    If they are using a grader on Jordan Hill its long overdue. The county is fixing the road above Ragdump on Concow road this week,moving a lot of dirt filling the 6' and 8' holes/ruts. SP has some logging projects going on up that way.

    Going trailriding up there today,maybe swimming. Taking a chainsaw for trails.
  5. mrgizmow

    mrgizmow Been here awhile

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    I understand that once the road is made usable, Sierra Pacific has given the required 30 days notice. The road will get gated just above Rag dump. I've done lots of riding from Jordan Hill to Almanor and I hate to loose the territory. Given the damage the large tired, low geared 4 wheelers can do, can't really blame them. Great area for Mt. Bikes.
  6. Foot dragger

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    It turns out that is a story that got started somewhere about gating the county road. Howard who lives at Ragdump talks to SP pretty regular,they have said they arent gating any county roads anytime soon.
    The road was destroyed this winter while it was under snow by excess water blasting through. But 4X4's destroying any and all roads they can make in to mud bogs is why SP has gated every road they own that can be gated. There is no stopping hooligans in jeeps.
  7. Hop-Sing

    Hop-Sing Long timer

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    Anybody got a ride planned for the next day or two. I have recovered from a long week in the high country and am nervous about the weekend heat.
  8. Hop-Sing

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    Hook, Did you get any info on finding the East end of dog creek. It is off East side rd, Not to far from 3. I think the only sign is a Clear Creek Campground sign. It might only say campground. I like to stay at that little campground even though it's only a couple hours away from home. It is less than a mile from East side rd. Dog creek is a little rough as in big pot holes but it isn't that far through there. East side road has been improved throughout the years and it makes for a good road now. last winter 3 had a washout and all the locals had to come around on the east side road.
  9. Hookalatch

    Hookalatch Born Under Bad Sign

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    Thanks. If I understand you correctly, the campground is on Dog Creek Rd. but there is no sign for Dog Creek Road itself. Let me know if I misunderstood that. I have been up and down East Side Rd./Trinity Mt. Road/Main St. in French Gulch many times but never saw a Dog Creek sign.
  10. Hop-Sing

    Hop-Sing Long timer

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    Yes, campground is just 1/4 to 1 mile off East Side Rd. And that IS dog creek road. I don't think there is a sign, that says Dog Creek Rd. When you see the campground { Clear Creek Campground} you are on Dog Creek and will come out down on I-5.
    I guess this was posted somewhere else so sorry for the interruption. They had a few errors in exactly where Dog Creek comes out but you know where it does and that its not the same exit As Fenders Ferry. Unless I am wrong and Gillman meets Fenders Ferry way out by the McCloud arm and then this is the North end of it which has been eluding me. But I am pretty sure you cant cross the river at Dog creek. I really want to find a way to make it to Dunsmuir on the East side of the freeway. I always have to go down through McCloud reservoir
    and come out by Big Bend. Any information about what people call North Fenders Ferry I would like to know about. All I have found was locked gates.
  11. Foot dragger

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    Pic of an underpass on local trail. But a friend from Auburn is arriving here this evening,then were heading coastward maybe camping on Usal,maybe camping at Shelter Cove. At least get a short break from the heat. DSCF1135.JPG
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    Finally finding some modern machinery for the Footdragger garage/shed. Been a long time coming. IMG_8057.JPG IMG_8056.JPG
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  13. Hop-Sing

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    I just got back from 8 days up in the granite, Camped under the stars, and clouds.
    Had a good time and the Trials event was awesome. We set the Class A Trial and so putting lines in that were Expert and Advanced came with consequences.
    My friend had a nasty crash that scared me really bad. Playing on the edge in places like this can get ugly. I have seen my share of nasty crashes and this one made my heart stop.
    He hit face first in steep basketball size rocks. Bike followed and skid plate was coming at him, he got his arm up and it took a huge smash as they tumbled down the hill until they got hung up against a tree. I did not expect him to be conscience, more like an air lift out. But he is a tough old desert racer and sat there for a while and could talk with me. He toughed out the weekend and will get his arm x-rayed later today. We were up at Donner so his hamburger-ed arm just needed a little salt to make some good jerky.
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  14. Foot dragger

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    Ouch. That does not sound good,hope the arm is ok.

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    2 of us rode up and here and there on backroads then through Lassen Park,saw a bolt of lightning set a hill on fire,it rained and hailed on us some.
    I got to ride unsupervized on a brand new 701 Husky. 74 HP single,wow. DSCF1155.JPG DSCF1159.JPG DSCF1158.JPG DSCF1161.JPG
  15. Hop-Sing

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    Anybody going riding Saturday ?
  16. Foot dragger

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    36 miler on this bad boy 8/15/17 Trying to keep it at 100+ miles a week. DSCF1178.JPG
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  17. ChicoProf

    ChicoProf Been here awhile

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    Good for you guys. I've been stuck in Hawaii for 2.5 weeks, hoping my bike will start, and that my bicycles still have air in the tires when I get back.
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  18. Hop-Sing

    Hop-Sing Long timer

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    Boreal ski park, Now through the weekend. So you guys better get out and twist the throttle and have some pictures to show me what I missed.
  19. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Huge piles of stuff coming together here,Camping gear for 5 days,riding gear for rain or shine,etc.
    Heading out early Tues AM to Northern Washington to ride singletrack. Its odd but they encourage people to trailride? Rangers clear trails,trails are legal to ride.
    Ive only ever seen that in Colorado.
  20. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Whoa. 28 hours in a Honda Ridgeline,at least. Up into northern Washington. 110 miles of singletrack ridden,one collarbone dislocated a little (not me), trails ridden a foot wide with 500' sheer drops DSCF1210.JPG DSCF1224.JPG DSCF1225.JPG DSCF1243.JPG to boulders below................. High Mt lakes,4 nights in my tent next to a roaring creek,no showers,just wash off in the creek every day. Pretty cool. Maybe Oregon next summer. Who says 60 year old guys have any sense?
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