La Porte and Poker Flat on the F800 GS!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by outBackscout, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. outBackscout

    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    Here are some pics of my first Adventure on the F800! Started out in Quincy and rode to Pilot Peak, Howland Flat, Poker Flat, Saddleback Lookout and finally into Downieville. [​IMG]
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  2. outBackscout

    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    First is the view from Pilot Peak (excuse the finger in the lower portion of the picture)
    Second is the road around to Howland Flat
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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    One of many grave sites at Howland Flat
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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    Now here is where things get interesting, this is the most direct way into Howland Flat from Pilot Peak. I would'nt reccomend this route for the bigger bikes..
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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    Riding on improvised roads was the whole idea of the GS right?
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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    This is the way OUT!
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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    Letting the clutch cool after the climb out
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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    The trail down into Poker Flat was the worst part. I came in from the La Porte side which was home to the bowling ball sized loose rocks in the trail. The Downieville side was much easier and doable for the bigger bikes. Be prepared to do some carrying on the La Porte side and dont make the same mistake I did and try it alone. I got the workout of a lifetime packing the GS over the rocks by hand!
    Honestly the trail is steeper than the photos make it look.
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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    Rode out frome Poker Flat Ghost Town and off to Saddleback Lookout
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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    Picturesque views from Salldeback all the way in to Downieville[​IMG]
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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    The Buttes just above Downieville. From here it was all highway back to Quincy and done in half of a day.
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  13. The_Scottsman

    The_Scottsman There's Beer here??

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    Yeah! I bet that WAS a handful on that GS! But nice RR, and very nice pics! Sounds like a place I'll have to put on my list. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. Davethestick

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    I love riding up in that area. Quincy. The 70 is one of my Favorite roads. Nice RR.
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    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    Thanks for the positive input! Ive got a couple similar rides lined out for this summer that should be epic! Lucky S mine is next on my agenda, I'll keep the post up to date the best that I can. Im trying to bring some riding interest to the Quincy area as it has a lot to offer and sometimes just takes a local guy to show the ropes. Any body that is willing and capable is welcome to join any time.:thumb
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  16. matt33

    matt33 Been here awhile

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    That is some gorgeous scenery! I'm also pretty impressed that you tackled that on a GS. One of these days, I hope to get out west and ride on some real mountains with my 690. Until then, I'll settle for these little "mountains" here.
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  17. outBackscout

    outBackscout EPIC ADVENTURER

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    Maybe that 690 of yours would eat up these mountains a little so I could get around a little easier on my GS. I'd love to get on one and try it out, kinda thinking I shoulda got one from the get go. But I love those expressions I get when I claw my way up a nasty hill climb on the GS and kids on dirt bikes are like " check out that dude on the street bike!"
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  18. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    Lived in Quincy 7 years, nice country for off roading and riding. I need to spend more time up that way doing some more exploring.
    Thanks for sharing. :clap
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  19. matt33

    matt33 Been here awhile

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    When I decided to upgrade my WR250R this spring, I had it narrowed down to an 800 GS and the KTM 690. I really wanted to buy the GS, but I ride off pavement more than on with no highway at all, so I knew that the 690 would probably be a better fit for me.

    That said there is really no perfect do everything bike. The 690 is as close as I could find for where I ride, but I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm going to need to buy another bike for longer distance multi-day trips. The GS seems perfect for that while still having some good off road capability (as you clearly demonstrated).
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  20. klinquist

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    Oroville-Quincy Hwy is arguably better than 70 :).
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