Downieville Trails, Gold Lake camping, July 17-21, 2014

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by catfish, May 20, 2014.

  1. fletch123

    fletch123 Been here awhile

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    There is access from Gold Lake campground. It is a nasty rock fill jeep road that brings you over to the st trails. The road is not bad when you are fresh in the morning, but it gets old after a long day of st.

    Also it has not been mentioned, but there are a few camp spots on the county road that the divide trails come down to. The sites are cool in that they are right along the river. They are also un cool in that there are right along the county dirt road.
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  2. focallength

    focallength Long timer

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    Count me in as a strong maybe, looks fun, never ridden downieville trails before.





















    Hobbes, bring the 950! :D
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  3. O'Hooligan

    O'Hooligan Ken Dodd's dads dogs dead

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    I may be in for this:D
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  4. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

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    The main Gold Lake Campground has easy non-4x4-required access. No reservations required or available. Only $10/campsite/night. This is where I'm currently planning to camp.



    Good question & answer! :clap After looking at the maps a bit closer, it appears as if Gold Lake (& Gold Lake 4x4) are the only CGs that stickered dirtbikes can camp & ride out of camp.

    As with most of California, you need a plate to connect the trails together now.

    I also recommend folks get the "Downieville & Lakes Basin Trail Guide" published by SierraTrails.Org. This map shows all the local trails AND whether they are multi-access or motorized.


    Lower elevation & probably warmer at night than I want for July. I usually camp at Lake Alpine (7000 ft.) for my birthday ride. :kumbaya


    The rest of you "maybe" folks should watch out for splinters on that fence! :rofl


    Catfish ...
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  5. K. L. Rocket

    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

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  6. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

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    Going up with the 4by to recon next weekend.
    Never been up there before.

    Pencil me in for July :ricky
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  7. visualizerent

    visualizerent Raconteur

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    Haa! You know the Kug?!
    Here is the farthest north I've got him
    http://dualsport-sd.com/forums/index.php?/topic/15964-kkugs-high-rock-canyon-adventure/#
    I'll forward this to him and his buddies, they wanna come up.

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  8. azimuth551

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    I would like to go and I’m probably good for July 18<SUP>th</SUP>- 20<SUP>th</SUP>, as long as its not too extreme. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  9. fletch123

    fletch123 Been here awhile

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    Extreme, in a bunch of drunken old men screaming around a raging bonfire. I'm not sure about that, it is a 60th birthday party and that only happens to guy once in a lifetime. I don't know Catfish personally so hard to say.

    Oh did you mean the trail riding. Check out Juan's vids of Downie. Some would call Downie trails extreme. Others would say it is only extreme if you put a wheel off the trail. It can be a long way down. Seriously Downie is not that extreme, but is very physically demanding if you try to ride it all in one day.
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  10. 1224R

    1224R Long timer

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    Dave got your PM...
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  11. azimuth551

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    Fletch, Yeah I was talking about the trails. I'm not able to watch the cool videos at work, big brother you know. I know how steep the terrian can be in that area, but sounds good anyway!
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  12. TroopThrowback

    TroopThrowback Been here awhile

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  13. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

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    Nice photo & trip report you found!



    Let us know how the recon goes, & I hope you can make the ride in July.


    Ken rode the Mojave Desert with us back in 2009. :ricky It would be good to ride with him again.


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  14. K. L. Rocket

    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

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    Want to pre-ride this and report back?

    http://goo.gl/maps/UPmUA
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  15. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    Hi Sharron, that route looks to have some pavement in it. Not good for my WR.
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  16. K. L. Rocket

    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

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    Hey, Eric! Yes, it does. Were you planning to ride/crawl with me? :lol3
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  17. visualizerent

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    Catfish izzat u on the Husky Desert Memorial? I see the 'Kug' in the orange KTM jersey. Good lawd what a motley crew!

    Troop, lemme know when u wanna do Henness Pass I have lotsa weekdays avail. I was just up there yesterday w/ some Sacto inmates.
    Pounded the rocks so hard with the 640 I caught a pinch flat in the front. Quick trailside tube change. (no 'Kug' sticker on the 640-go figger)

    Juan
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  18. fletch123

    fletch123 Been here awhile

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    Actually if the group is on big bikes and you are on your wr you will be the envy on the strecth going down or up into poker flat. Up being a lot tougher than down. Lets just say there are rocks everywhere with no clean line. The last time we rode it my buddy on a 640 with a load of camping gear had a pretty tough time with it and he is a decent rider. He tried the slow diliberate
    method at first and he just kept ending up with the bike on top of him, so then he just gased it and hung on. It was very entertaining following up the hill. Oh and I should mention it is one of those hills that seem to never end.
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  19. TroopThrowback

    TroopThrowback Been here awhile

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    Will do. Summers filling up quick!


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  20. K. L. Rocket

    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

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    Oof!


    Ahh!
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    http://www.thingsthatsparkleblog.com/2012_08_01_archive.html
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