Cleveland National Forest Report

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Mike Mike Motorbike, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. luv2race

    luv2race Confused

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    I was up at 5:15 a.m. and ready to ride by 6 a.m. I was looking forward to a beautiful day, heard the Santa Ana's were coming so the sky was going to be clear. My goal was the top of Saddleback Mountain..
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    On a beautiful day, you can see from the San Bernardino Mountains to the ocean from the top of Saddleback, but I was worried when I started my ride in the misty fog.:huh



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    I came out of the fog on the east side of Orange and it was clear and 10 degrees warmer by the time I reached the 241. This is looking west just past the 241 on Santiago Canyon Road and the sun is not up yet.
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    Orange County's version of Vasquez Rocks, taken from Blackstar Canyon Road. It turned out to be a nice morning.
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    The wanna-be beast........
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    Blackstar ends, so I head back and hang a left on Silverado Canyon. Within a mile or 2, I see the sign hoping they forgot to take it down.
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    It was a great ride up the canyon to the gate, no traffic and a clear road until I got here............Ranger Dave said it should be open by Wednesday.:clap
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    I was going to head home, but I'm only an hour into a ride, so I head south on Santiago Canyon Rd and cruise through Modjeska Canyon. This road is steeper then it looks.
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    After Modjeska, I head south again on Santiago and hang a left at Cooks Corner, Live Oak Canyon Rd. The road is covered with trees, nice and twisty and nobody on it!
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    I get to old reliable Holy Jim Canyon. I have never seen this road closed, so I have to check it out.
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    First puddle I saw was huge, didn't feel like swimming so I went around.
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    I saw 1 guy on an XR, a few trucks and that was it. Here are some canyon pics. It was wet back there and the traction was great. Got to the end by the cabins, turned around and came back the same way.
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    Although my goal was not accomplished, it sure felt good to get out and ride! A little over 80 miles in 3 1/2 hours, making breakfast by 10.:dg

    Hopefully next weekend I will get here!
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  2. luv2race

    luv2race Confused

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    I'm not sure what else might be open, but from what Dave the ranger said, it sounds like the gate is closed at the end of the pavement on North Main Divide as well. I don't know about the Corona side either, but he said if I want to get to the top, I'd have to hike.

  3. fmfpunk

    fmfpunk Hooligan in training

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    All gates were closed. What a load of crap. I won't go down there anymore unless i'm sure the gates are open.

    Luckily they never close Lytle creek.
  4. 2old2race

    2old2race I wana ride

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    All the gates were closed. Was up there with Starchaser and Espi and could not get by any of the gates. We did end up on some nice forest roads and ended up in Fallbrook but don't ask me how we got there :confused I was just following
  5. luv2race

    luv2race Confused

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    When did you guys go?

  6. 2old2race

    2old2race I wana ride

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    We met at 74 / 5 at around 10:00. Went to I think was the south gate off of 74 and it was closed so we went towards some OHV park, went through Wildamar and ended up at a gate on the north side od Camp Pendelton. From there we took a secret :evil route and ended up in Fallbrook. It was an outstanding ride
  7. boyfester

    boyfester Urban Explorer

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    Woke up this morning at 7am and took my XR and mtn bike to Skyline Rd from home in Costa Mesa. To my dismay, the gate was closed contrary to what the website said (couldn't reach anybody by phone over weekend). Dreadfully, I unlatched the mtn bike instead and tredged up the mountain. Ughhh! I got as far as Beek's Place before wearing out. Ate some lunch then pushed on to the golf ball tower and turned around. Was overcast in morning but burned off to be a beautiful day.

    I saw a fire crew working up there and then ended up passing two motorcyle riders talking with their engines off. Both had XR650Ls but only one had the volunteer CNF helmet skin. Don't know if the other guy was in training.

    Can't wait to ride here and cover the same area in about 30 minutes what took me a good part of the day.


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    Catalina Island

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    San Gorgonio Peak with snow

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    San Jacinto Peak

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    Irvine Lake

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    Snapped shot of volunteer Cleveland NF ranger on XR650L descending hill. Other guy was behind him but not in shot.
  8. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    me and the lady went to Oneil park around 10am for a pic nic/ hike and they had the damn trails there closed no walking or bikes..i turned around and went home
  9. shleppy

    shleppy Shlepdawg on da smoov tip

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    Wha ? Mountain bike mounted to your XR? I would live to know how you mounted your MTB. I'm a mountain biker as well and have thought about putting my MTB on the back of my motorcycle but have not come up with a way to do it that doesn't involve 417 bungees :lol3
  10. boyfester

    boyfester Urban Explorer

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    Let me rephrase. Mounted motorcycle and mtn bike to Honda Pilot and unloaded mtn bike only. But, it is possible to mount bikes to your motorcycle. See one of my favorite other forums on the net.

    http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=101906
  11. boyfester

    boyfester Urban Explorer

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    Definitely interested in becoming a volunteer. I looked on the San Bernardino website and found the following:

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]One Orientation / Host class (2nd Wednesday of each month)
    A trail ride in the Mountain Top District and the Front Country District
    One Scenario class
    One Rules and Regulations class
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    Are these the classes for the Trabuco district? Is there any location in Orange County instead?
  12. watchthatcactus

    watchthatcactus Adventurer

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    The orientation classes are usually held on Saturdays (usually 1 a month and these should be starting in January) at different locations in the San Bernadino Forest. The first two classes are usually about 1/2 to 3/4 of a day and then there is an optional ride along. The ride along is neccessary only if you want to patrol San Bernadino. Clevelend will have their own ride days. The last class, scenarios, is all day. You will also need to have a MSF Dirtbike card. I know Pointman and I will try to get the information out as soon as we get. Hope this helps you.
  13. luv2race

    luv2race Confused

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    Whats this?

  14. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    John, Don't worry about it. You have to be able to pass a breathylizer test:lol3
  15. corybaby

    corybaby weekend adventurer

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    anybody been up to the Maple Springs gate this week, i still cant believe they couldnt give us ONE day over the long weekend to ride....:huh
    Dude!
    please let me know!!!!
  16. watchthatcactus

    watchthatcactus Adventurer

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    MSF - Motorcycle Safety Foundation. There is a dirt bike course that is required to ride as a volunteer. I took mine at Honda of Colton Training Center although there are other places to take it. It doesn't matter how long you have been riding, they want you to have it.
  17. Pointman0853

    Pointman0853 Unregistered Gun Owner

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    From Ms clark...

    Dear Volunteers,

    This is a reminder to mark your calendar and plan to spend the day with the Trabuco Ranger District staff on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at Santiago College near Jamboree and Chapman in Orange.

    For Inland Empire residents the shortest route is to take the 91 west to the 241 toll road then take the first exit (after the toll booth) turning right on Santiago Canyon Road and about another mile to the college.

    The Volunteer Training is a mandatory requirement for volunteers. If you miss the training two years in a row you will have to reapply to volunteer.
    Sponsored volunteers are all encouraged to attend this informative training. Sponsored volunteer leads are required to attend.

    Thank you all for your efforts on behalf of the forest!

    Debra
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    Debra Clarke - Wilderness / Trails Manager
    District Volunteer Coordinator
    Cleveland NF, Trabuco Ranger District
    1147 East Sixth Street
    Corona, CA 92879
    (951) 736-1811 x 3227
    (951) 736-3002 fax
    email: drclarke@fs.fed.us
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    Pointman:D
  18. luv2race

    luv2race Confused

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    Looks like I'm forked :huh

  19. luv2race

    luv2race Confused

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    I realize that all skill levels may want to volunteer and there is a need for the NFS to ensure they qualify experienced volunteers, but I would think that many years holding an M1 license qualifies without needing to attend an MSF course. I guess I'm going to have to find out where to get one?
  20. watchthatcactus

    watchthatcactus Adventurer

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    Sorry for the information.

    When I see, "What is this?" I was trying to help with some info.