Gold Lake Loop

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - West & PNW' started by R-dubb, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. R-dubb

    R-dubb Dubbious Adventurer

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    I spent a weekend at the Gold Lake OHV campground and logged a very nice 110 mile loop over varied terrain. Goes from Gold Lake to Downieville over a very rocky pass, Butcher Ranch OHV trail and then down to 49 on an easy fire road. From Downieville up to the ridge on a steep and fast jeep trail called Galloway Rd. Then over Henness Pass which is a fun dirt/rock surface. Then back down to 49 at Basset on mostly dirt fire road. On to Sierra City and up Butte Rd to the top of spectacular Sierra Buttes, very steep but good dry traction. Back to Gold Lake. For difficulty, I'd rate this one 3 of scale of 5, meaning an experienced rider on a 650 will have no trouble. Hard on a GS. I rode a 450exc but had done all the tough stuff on my GS previously, although it is more washed out now than it was then.

    One of my best day rides ever!

    -dubb

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  2. R-dubb

    R-dubb Dubbious Adventurer

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    Here is a quick map:

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  3. Calxi

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    Nice area. Love riding this region. Thanks for another loop. Took a similar path June 1st this year and ended up hitting deep snow near Yuba Pass. Recently went from LaPorte to Downieville for lunch and then back (70 miles) which is another nice little ride.
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  4. GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I use profanities

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    I just rode a decent amount of that route this past weekend. tyler Foote to Allehganney, and Downeyville. then from La Porte to Quincy, and a few other little excerstions. I figure about 75 miles total. Now..seeing as I have now about 125 miles of dirt under my belt, I must ask, how fast are you guys going on that stuff? I dont get out of 1st gear all that much, and on the more difficult stuff I dont go much over 10 or 20MPH. What do you guys average? Im only running a TKC in the front, and a Touracne in the back....but...I dont want to "tip over" and have to call a tow truck.
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  5. Calxi

    Calxi Thumper

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    I'm riding a 650R with 13/47 gearing. Speed runs the range. Slower 1st and preferrably 2nd on the steeper or technical stuff and 3rd and 4th on the smooth, straight stuff. Terrain really offers a lot of variety up there. Another great run is from Lake Spaulding to Bassets over some of the same route posted here. Someone else also posted a few months back under the name Hwy 20 I think.
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  6. fasteddie23

    fasteddie23 Been here awhile

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    Is this rideable on a 990 Adventure? Good offroad riding skills.
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  7. mortimer

    mortimer Been here awhile

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    I guess this is a little late...

    I know some of this area, not all of it. Large sections of this track are no problem, and if you get to a point where you don't wanna continue, there are plenty of areas to explore.

    Take photos of your bike by the swing at the Sierra buttes!
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  8. generikal

    generikal Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing! I live nearby and I'll have to check this out!
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  9. MBevans

    MBevans Adventurer

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    I had this map loaded 2 years ago, but never paid any attention to it for some reason. Thanks much for reminding me of this jaunt, close to home!
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