Panoche/Tumey Hills - before April 15th

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by meat popsicle, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Looking forward to the scouting report SFMCjohn :beer

    For those of you showing up Saturday morning for the ride, what time sounds decent:

    0600

    0800

    1000

    meaning how does 0800 sound for a target? Folks that are at Mercey will be prep'in for the ride, with a departure slightly after 8am.

    I hope there is several hours of exploring in Panoche, then lunch at an as-yet undecided location, before another few hours in Tumey, followed by some road-sodas at the Panoche Inn and a blast back to Mercey for those staying another night.

    Now that I think of it, I am not sure two nights at Mercey are necessary... who's thinking what? :ear
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  2. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    I've got Friday off so was hoping to ride down mid-day, set up camp
    and maybe do a little exploring. Then kick back in a hot tub and
    relax.
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  3. meat popsicle

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    Excellent plan. I am working on my departure time too.

    EDIT: I am trying to confirm a post-lunch departure from San Jose. I estimate 2-3 hours to Mercey, depending on routing and dawdling.
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  4. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    I have transferred the BLM's current open roads map (from the PDF link in post #1) to my topo map and I will see if I can get these into MapSource - Bob, are you going to be bringing your GPS? Anyone else? It would be nice to have the capability, so we can stay legal...
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  5. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    I'll have mine along on the ride.
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  6. Odin69

    Odin69 Been here awhile

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    I have a GPS but I just bought it and still learning how to use it. It's just got the basic map in it right now, until I get the money for a topographic disc. Is Saturday still the planned day?

    Jason.
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  7. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Saturday April 3rd, 0800 prep at Mercey Hot Springs.
    - Crossing Co Rd J1 and entering Panoche Hills, exploring green lines.
    - Lunch at Panoche Inn (unless someone raises another nearby option).
    - Heading up Panoche Rd (Jackass Grade) and entering Tumey Hills, exploring...
    - If time allows, a quick trip to New Idria & moment of silence for Clear Creek.
    - Back to the Panoche Inn for a cold one and ?
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  8. Mudcat

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    If you like real Mexican soft taco’s and burritos, just on the other side of highway 5 off of Panoche rd there is a roach truck that caters to the big rigs.
    She is there during the week, I suspect she is there everyday. For 3.50 she has a very simple but tasty Asada Burrito.
    It is a fun loop for me going down there but part of it is getting one of her Burritos. And then having lunch at Tumey Hills.:lol3
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  9. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    :beer

    Maybe THIS is it?
    Una Mas?
    I'll have to dig thru THIS one...


    I'll offer this idea as an option - there is a taco truck near my work that makes me miss my trips to Mexico.

    EDIT: while I was looking, I came across this:
    http://mototrip.wordpress.com/
    containing the best place to eat in the Hollsiter area:
    http://www.flapjackscountrycafe.com/
    a bit far from the Panoche Hills, but worth a stop if you are in that area.
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  10. Mudcat

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    Yep, I think so. I was there is February too and she wasn’t there. The field she parks in had been flooded and the big rigs could not get in. Anyway, she was there last week.
    The dirt part of Panoche rd is in great shape for my GS and the Tumey Hills were as Green as Green can be
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    I have seen the Taco truck on Russell and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place>Ness</st1:place> but have never stopped. He has not been there on the last 3 or 4 times I have made that loop
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  11. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    Get the hell outta here? Local dual sporting that's legal? And not one of the 5 roads (Old Coast, Summit, Browns Valley, Hernandez, La Gloria)?

    I may or may not make the date, but one way or another, I'm heading out there soon. :evil
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  12. scottmac

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    The weather is looking decent for Friday and Saturday now with
    showers expected on Sunday. Might be able to beat any rain
    on the ride home Sunday if you get an early enough start.
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  13. Bob

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    South Coast, Chews Ridge, Lockwood/San Ardo.

    OK 8 roads:D Hey Curt, whats new, not sure even I can make the 0800 start:huh
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  14. Mudcat

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    Easy dirt roads but it’s fun. There are some dirt roads around Los Palos and there is Santa FE Grade witch is about 25 miles of the straitist dirt road I have ever seen, lot of bugs though. It begins or ends by Gustine and Los Palos
    There are other dirt roads in the valley; you have to explore to find them. They are not much but still fun.
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  15. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Big Friday nite planned? :evil
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  16. osakibill

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    Hi All, Was looking to take this trip and got all excited. I was checking out the BLM site for Tumey Hills and was Gobsmacked to see it closed to "street legal" motorcylcle due to "erosion concerns" Argh! Another road taken from us by the... I won't go there.

    http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/regulations.html

    Vehicle Restrictions: Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use is allowed only in the Clear Creek Management Area. The Panoche, Tumey, and Ciervo hills are closed to motorcycles (street legal included) and ATV's because of erosion concerns. There is an emergency vehicle closure in effect for the Joaquin Ridge area - visitors traveling there must leave their vehicles at the gate at Wright Mountain, located at the eastern edge of the Clear Creek Management Area, and then hike the four to five to the Joaquin Rocks.

    ..... Edit.. I'll give them a call in the morning and see what is up... they may be just talking about off road use only.
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  17. Gester

    Gester Master of my domain

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    A Friday afternoon start with a stay over at the Springs sounds good to me. I'll be loaded up and ready to roll with osakibill and meat popsicle. Let's make it a rolling caravan. :ricky I've got rather limited treads on the scoot but I'm up for some exploring and seeing what it, and I, can do.
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  18. WoodsChick

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    That was last updated over 11 years ago. Clear Creek has been closed to OHV for almost 2 years now. According to the BLM, only street-legal vehicles can enter the Tumey/Panoche Hills areas, and our motorcycles are street legal, so...



    WoodsChick
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  19. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Last year I spoke with the resource manager for these sites and he confirmed that the hills are closed to anything without a plate. I told him that some of the signage and instructions are conflicting and he agreed. I know its right there on the website but... the manager says otherwise.
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    I am cleared for takeoff shortly after lunch... :ricky
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