Chico, Ca Dualsport Riders

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

  1. DowDuer

    DowDuer !rn00b-aK

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    I figured it was like that. Not knowing the rancher I will not assert my right to travel on that road for now. I also knew the Tuscan Springs property was private, but figured it would be uninhabited and pretty much abandoned. It looks like a neat bit of land on Google Earth. I am sure being in a small valley like that could make for a good growing season and mild conditions for plants or trees. I am picturing a vineyard/B&B watered by the springs and powered by the natural gas.

    Someone put up a bunch of fence around the area where the swimming hole trail head used to be. Not sure if this is the bomb shelter people or the "Quit shooting my cattle" people. You can drive a hundred yards up and take a right to another point and probably walk down there.

    There is a spot even further up where it is possible to drive down much closer to the creek, but it looks like only one person has done it.
  2. KyoXR

    KyoXR Clouds, Snow, Rain

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    So, are you saying that you can ride up to the last green gate with the spikes on it but the property from there on, where the resort used to be is private and you would need permission? or are you saying that you can hop the fence and stay on the road as long as you don't step foot off of it?

    My GF has never seen it and always wanted to but I wanted to do it stress free (legal or with permission),

    I've been asking around for years but I can't get a solid answer or find out who I can ask for permission.
  3. Hop-Sing

    Hop-Sing Been here awhile

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    Permission is a funny thing.
    If I give you permission it opens a liability door.
    My son went out there in the past month. General practice has always been park at the green gate and walk.
    until you get to the green gate don't take any side ventures. once over the gate you follow the road but once you get out to the palm trees you can walk around a bit. you are trespassing. But I have never heard of anyone getting in trouble legally. if asked to leave be polite and go on your way.
    Back to permission... I have asked for permission to use peoples land. once in Oregon this guy owned about 1/5 of eastern Oregon. I went to him and asked. He laughed at me and told me he doesn't give anyone permission to use his land. he then explained to me that with or without permission he was going to run me off , IF , I was doing something stupid. but if someone was out there respecting my land I wouldn't bother them. So being a respectable thoughtful lad I then felt I had his blessing and I used that land. You don't take a star fish from the ocean, you don't tear up the ranchers field. and please don't shit in my back yard.
  4. Hop-Sing

    Hop-Sing Been here awhile

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    So Hogs back road, just rode by the dowdoer. then the next day it looked like this.. that would be yesterday the 4th of April.

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    As soon as any good lightning strikes, I head up here for the view. I watch as the lightning strikes the tower. what a rush. I have many stories from this activity.

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    we had a good view of the tornado, and got some good video of the water pouring of the side of the hills.
  5. KyoXR

    KyoXR Clouds, Snow, Rain

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    Cool pictures,

    Thanks for your input on the Tuscan Springs.:deal

    I went for a ride out Colyear/Raglin today,

    Raglin at the creek crossing was up a bit and didn't really want to chance it.

    Colyear got muddy from all the rain, I have made a rule about waiting a couple days after heavy rain but really wanted to go for a ride...looks like I'm going to have to keep my rule,
    I went up a few miles and was slip sliding around and didn't feel like fighting that today so I turned around and explored some lower elevation roads I hadn't been on in a while,
    ran across a couple guys running R/C cars in the middle of the road who were charging their R/C cars from there Porsche and some other sports car, (I'll check the video in a bit-it might have been another Porsche?) I was thinking that their cars were awfully clean looking for being out that far, they must have been driving 2MPH the whole way...
  6. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Sushiman

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    Had a full day off from work yesterday so I hooked up with my buddy from work who just bought a KTM 500 and headed to Covelo for a little lunch and A LOT of adventure... 300 miles, 14 hours doorstep to doorstep, lots of impromptu rerouting, a pretty crappy hamburger, Big tress on small roads, snow, and then we found a guy and his 2wd rental stuck in the mud 45 miles from Covelo asking if he would be able to make it the whole way. Couldn't have gotten any better...
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    [​IMG] The snow on this road was just powder and we plowed right through it before we rerouted to the highway
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    Thinking of heading back that way this Sunday if anyone wants to meet up...We came back on 162 the whole way after hearing it had been plowed. No snow planned between now and then so should be no issues. M4 is completely blocked with snow a few miles after the M9 ended and N2302 has a rather large tree to get over for those on larger bikes...Send me a PM if interested I'd like to leave pretty early..

    Here's the whole Gallery link to our trip: http://ktmrider.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Covelo-with-Burt-4-9-13/28838453_dBQqmm
  7. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    F7 and Alder Springs Rd. to Covelo is on my route. This could be an interesting weekend. Fun stuff. :clap
  8. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Sushiman

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    Amazing way to start your trip! The snow on the pass near Black Butte mtn had just fallen the night before so will most likely have melted at least some..Lots of sun up there...Word of advise, stop in and check out the restaurant where the dirt turns to pavement again 12 miles from Covelo...(Near the RV park?) Not much to eat IN Covelo. Dan's restaurant hamburger wasn't spectacular. Have a Blast!
  9. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    Thanks for the tip. You know me, early riser, probably hit that area for breakfast. :lol3 I'm going to try really hard to slow down and take a lot of pics, make this last for 3 days. :dunno
  10. oobus

    oobus Been here awhile

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    Is Dan's the place on the North Side of the road past the gas station? If it is, I'd completely agree, not so good. When we road thru there last fall the place at the RV spot on the Eel was closed. Also suprised at how expensive the fuel was.
    It would have been interesting to see your SPOT track but looks like you took it down - did you try to go out of Paskenta or did you go thru Willows?
  11. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Sushiman

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    It is just past the gas station next to the fire department. We left out of Chico and rode through Orland then south on co rd 306. Then went in at 313 (M9). When we came out we were closer to Willows so we came back that route.

    I sent you the link to my Inreach mapshare. You may have to change the date to Monday 4/8.
  12. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Ive been through Covelo a few times,the market has a deli that makes a decent sandwich. There's a dirt road that heads out the north side of town
    and goes to either Garberville or veer right to hiway 36 coming out on Van Duzen road,good lunch in Mad River on 36.

    From Mad River, Mountain road 1 heads to hiway 299 with dirt roads off of it,Mt Rd 1 itself is 55 miles of uphill/downhill sweepers and hairpins on rough pavemento.

    Also there's a dirt road taking off to the right when leaving Covelo towards the coast,it comes out in Laytonville,2 miles to the south of Laytonville there's a sketchy dirt road that comes out by Fort Bragg.
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    I drug the DR650 out of the shed yesterday,put the knobby tired stock wheels back on it,then rode to Red Bluff and Hogsback road,then to Ponderosa way and Cohassett,nice 85 miles of sliding and bouncing through rocks and gravel. Ishi road looks interesting,lots of offshoot gravel roads heading off Hogsback.

    DR is heavy but steady,just chugs it's way along and is a great sightseeing bike,lots of water at Mill Creek,hardly any people out that way in cars.
  13. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Sushiman

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    I checked my phone...I didn't see any missed calls...:y0! Glad you got out and saw some dirt. I have tomorrow off if you want to ride.
  14. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I gotta work some,also getting ready for a desert trip this weekend with the 200. I WOULD like to get out and check out some of the other dirt roads off Ponderosa and Hogsback pretty soon.
  15. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Sushiman

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    Nice!! Enjoy your trip. Taking the first week of May off, definataly going to be exploring all week. Keep in touch.
  16. 6xp

    6xp Adventurer

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    I've been wanting to ride the M4 area west of Salt Creek Camp some time this week. If any one would like to ride let me know.

    6XP
  17. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Excellent! Great time of year to be out and about.
    We'll have to get a ride together.
  18. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Sushiman

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    Was just up there yesterday. It is quite beautiful. We actually rode the M9 up to just past Log Springs station where it turns into the M4. There is 2 large trees on the M4. One has a go-around and 1 is a go-over, to make it to the pass. We opted to turn around at the first tree as we were short on time to begin with and do a little exploring. We headed back past the Log Springs turn and towards Paskenta. Sign said 30 Miles. Found a turnoff on the way down that connected back to the M9. Came back through Paskenta and Corning...Hell of a day..I'm game to head that way anytime, just shoot me a PM.


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  19. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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  20. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Just by chance,I know some trails out that way,mostly off of road 313 and Ive heard there are others. We used to drag dirtbikes out to Hull Rd/road 313 and unload at about 3500' and ride singletrack all over the place.

    When you want to try some Ragdump singletrack I know every trail up that way,including some brand new ones. Put the stock tank on the 350,take any extras off and you have a great singletrack bike!
    My 200XCW is the ultimate cheater bike up that way.