Henness Pass, Verdi, NV to Nevada City, CA

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  1. Mendodave

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    Hi

    I am curious about this road. I tried to do the part west of Hwy 89 after the '49er rally but there was too much snow.

    It runs from Verdi on I-80 to near Nevada City, CA depending on which branch you take.

    I've got an R80G/S, and I am going to try to do this again either the 9th-10th of September, or the next weekend, after the Beemer BASH in Quincy.

    Here is the Mapsource track...

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    anyone tried this?

    David
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  2. larryboy

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    me and a buddy tried it last summer. we bit off too much for one day using written directions. too many wrong turns and exploring to finish in one day,gave up at webber lake near dark. we're trying again tomorrow with the gps. camping one night and fishing this time.
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  3. R-dubb

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    I've ridden it three or four times. Perfect for big bikes. There are a number of spurs running towards Downieville and Bassetts that are also very nice. The only part I don't like is the the section from 89 to Jackson Meadow is mostly all paved and pretty conjested on weekends. The rest is mostly dirt with some gravel, there are a couple of sections that get rocky, but still pretty easy. The road down to Downieville is a kick, steep with great traction. Go up and down the same way (Galloway Rd.), much better than looping around to Goodbar which is just a gravel road.

    See Gold Lake Loop for some of the tracks I made in the area.

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  4. Mendodave

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    hee hee!

    I want to try the whole damn thing, i have a gps with a big honking tank on the G/S, so can camp up there somewhere.

    let me know how tomorrow goes, larry

    yes, some of those sections are pretty steep!

    since the top end was closed in June, I rode back down to Malakoff Diggins and went in that way. Pretty nice in there.

    thanks again,

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    David,

    I've done Henness Pass Rd twice in the last 3 weekends. Its a kick. I got waypoints from a 4WD book and created a GPS route that saved me a lot of time trying to figure out where we were and which turn to take. It also bypasses most of the pavement between Jackson Meadow Resevoir and 89.

    I also included two bonus routes near the eastern end of Henness which are more challenging than Henness Pass. Beacon Peak is a little harder. Smaller road, steeper, tighter turns, more rocks, but great views. Even more challenging is Verdi Peak, with even more rocks. Both are doable by a good GS rider. I did it on a VStrom 650.

    Another pretty challenging road in the area I discovered last weekend is Meadow Lake Rd between Meadow Lake and Bowman Lake. According to my 4WD books it was suppose to be a fairly easy road (ala Henness) but apparently the FS or County didn't have the funds to maintain it this year so its only passable to jeepers, quads and bikes. There's lots of rocks and ruts from runoff, some ruts were 3' feet deep. We'd stop at a few sections wondering if they were going to be passable, walk them to scout and indeed they were all doable. It was quite an adventure. Got pics but haven't uploaded them yet.
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  6. letank

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    this meadow lake rd... has been totally hacked this spring w the excess runoff of fast melting snow. It used to be a nice road, a nice logging rd.

    I need to figure out the gps conversion and will add some of the bypasses

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  7. Mendodave

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    Anyone know if this is open? I am going to go attempt it Memorial Day (Monday) after the '49er rally in Auburn.

    thanks,

    Dave
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    well, drat. I will keep looking at those sites too, thanks a bunch for them. Is packer lake the section west of 89? Not sure if the names up there. I tried coming that way last year, but snow stopped me near some lake.

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    No, the big lake west of 89 is Jackson Meadows Reservoir. The smaller lake between Jackson and 89 is Webber.
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  11. Mendodave

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    Hi Joe

    Even if it says the pass road is closed, I think I am going to zip over there on Monday for a looksee, Auburn is only 90 miles from Verdi...ride up and see how it looks.

    Good luck in June!

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    Either PM me or update this thread with the results of your scouting report.

    P.S. I've been enjoying everybody's reports on the SheetIron. Sounds like everybody had fun. I think I'm going to do it next year.
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  13. Mendodave

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    I will update you, never fear.

    I know that Zues and I will try to get in the 2008 Sheetiron, she has to bum a bike, and then you need to actually get in the game, only 500 riders get to run it, and then the time off. She has a triple hurdle to jump there.

    While at dinner in FB Creech said he wants to run it with his Ural rig, and asked who wanted to be his sidecar monkey...everyone pointed at me! :eek1

    of course I said yes, so that might be a real treat. Otherwise, the G/S again.

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  14. Mendodave

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    Hi Joe

    I didn't make it up there, the GS ride out of the '49er Rally went right by the hwy 89 part, some people went up as far as they could go but it was blocked by snow. I had an unplanned dismount in a railroad tunnel, didn't see the three inch thick ice sheet...wham! that was fine, only busted a turnsignal stalk and a plastic handguard, but 20 minutes later I got a rear flat. Naturally I was running light and left the tools, pump, spare tube, patches, etc back at the rally. Super Dave, of Mags Bags, had a 21" tube I stuffed in there, but I didn't feel like taking a chance all solo up Henness....

    Let me know what the Verdi side looks like, I am going to do that this summer.

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    Dave,

    I got a scouting report from a friend who went up there last weekend and said the snow was passable and he made it through.

    I just called the ranger station and they said it was open, so I am going for it this weekend.
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  16. Mendodave

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    GREAT!

    So you'll be going in from the CA side, and out in Verdi?

    if that side is open, then the western stretch through to Nevada City should be open too. Sounds like a long weekend with the fly rod for me.

    have fun, joe

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    Dave,

    I was more worried about the western side. It has higher elevations, gets more moisture (snow) and has more trees (shade); so it was the section I would have expected to have late snow drifts.

    My only concern now is the section from Jackson Meadows Res to 89. I know FS 07 is paved and open, but I'm more interested in the old Henness Rd dirt sections that parallel it. Maximum dirt for me. I have a 75 mile route that is 95% dirt from Camptonville CA to Verdi NV and I am hoping its ALL clear.

    Report on Monday. :deal
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  18. Mendodave

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    you'll be getting gpx tracks?
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    I believe I posted my GPX file from last year in an earlier post in this thread.
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    Would like to check this outt but I cant get the gpx to download. Is it because the post is old? Please repost if anyone has it and I can try a newer one. Thanks!
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