North Coast dirt

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by wizz, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    Hi all,

    Now that my health (lymes) is under control, I've been getting out more and more. So far it's been on mostly private dirt or a few loops like fickle hill/butler valley and such, but I'm itching to get on as much dirt as I can.

    I've downloaded all the topos for the area and checked out the FS maps but looking for locals to either ride some dual sport with or who is willing to share some knowledge. I'm in Mckinleyville for reference. Not really interested in trespassing, but am interested in single track, double track, dirt road, whatever.

    Thanks everybody,
    Wizz :freaky
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  2. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    Not a lot of single track on the North Coast... mostly dirt roads.

    Couple good ones to get started.

    Kneeland road to the Airport.
    Continue on... this is Mtn View Road.
    Later on it hooks into Showers Pass Road.
    Showers Pass comes out on Bridgeville Road.
    Bridgeville road is pretty good too.
    Redwood House road goes down from Bridgeville to Hwy 36.
    (Watch for logging trucks.)

    Take FS1 (south of 299 at Berry Summit) (paved)
    50 miles or so later... Pelletreau Ridge Road to Hyampom (dirt)
    Gas up in Hyampom. *(Hayampom is 100 miles from Eureka)
    Take South Fork Road past the 2 USFS campgrounds.
    Sims Mtn Road (dirt, 30 Miles) back to Ammon Ridge Road.
    Ammon ridge road hooks into 299 and also back up into FS1.
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  3. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    Damm Twilight you amaze me with you knowledge of the roads up North.:eek1
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  4. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    For an extended trip make your way to Covelo off 101,road turns to dirt heading inland past Covelo,then there's also Zenia road out of Covelo,dirt, and you can veer off left to Garberville,or veer right and come out on Van Duzen road(paved) Van Duzen hits 36 close to Mad River for lunch at Mad River Burger.Other back roads to choose from as well.

    If you stay on dirt out of Covelo heading inland it turns back to pavemento after 30 miles of dirt(162) but goes through an OHV area,trails and dirt roads are visible from the road,they tend towards the steep side of things but there are many trails singletrack included,be hot out there this time of year.
    Lots and lots of dirt roads that meander all over.

    Over here in Chico we can be on singletrack for days with only a 45 minute haul in the truck,the trails are skinny,steep and take some getting used to for some. My 200KTM is the best bike for me up there,cheater bike.


    Bob at www.ironmandualsport.com has some rides coming up if you would like to meet other like minded folk,most of his rides have A/B/C loops so you can pick what you want to do.

    Hes a great guy and works hard at pleasing riders.

    Usal road is of course always a grin,off Shelter cover road,Usal is dirt through the redwoods,can be silty dusty or slick mud if wet,but great scenery.

    Sherwood rd out of Ft Brag is another gravel/dirt road worth trying.
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  5. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    FS1 is just as you come into Mad River from the east? I think the sign says Mountain Road 1?
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  6. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    Thanks fellas, good advice. I'll check out the ironman, always looking to meet like minded folks. I ride a lot solo since most of my buddies here are golfers, but would be more enjoyable and safer with others, same thing I find when I get out on the ocean kayak fishing. I think I'll wait on the Covello as its hot in more ways than one this time of year down there, maybe check out north towards the Rattlesnake Ridge area. FS1 is Friday ridge or Titlow Hill Rd, they converge. Not sure if it makes it all the way to 36. I've done a few of these roads, kneeland to Jack Shaw, some of FS1, in my truck, niw its time to get out on it on the bike.
    Appreciate the input.
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  7. melville

    melville Long timer

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    FS1 goes all the way from 299 to 36 and vice versa. Friday Ridge is an alternate for the last bit to 299. All these are paved.
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