Routes/destinations to be seen in NorCal?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by some call me...tim, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Ive done Ferndale/ave of giants/unknown coast and back up to Ferndale............on a bicycle,about 5 times.

    Amazingly scenic and really steep at times,we stayed at the Mattole Grange hall,organized ride so camping gear and food/beer were trucked in.
    I plan on doing it again this sep.

    You can wheelie every tight switchback going up to Ferndale on a motorbike,barely make it up on the pedal bike.:D
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  2. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    Man, this is starting to feel very small world-esque here. The aforementioned weekend spent in Petrolia, the house I was staying in was all of a couple hundred yards from the Grange Hall. We wandered in for a pancake breakfast one morning, trying to counteract the numerous drinks from the night before. We stuck out like a sore thumb as out-of-towners amongst all the cowboy hats, but we were welcomed all the same. :lol3

    There sure are plenty of good roads to pick from. We'll have to be choosy though, we only have so much time to work with. I'm sure we'll be hitting Hwy 1 at some point along the trip, but doubt we'll put TOO many miles on it. Being as famous as it is, my memories of driving on it involved lots of slow moving RVs and the like.
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  3. scottmac

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    HWY 1 south of Camel through Big Sur to San Simeon.

    Take a side trip up Nacamiento Fergesun Rd. for some amazing
    views and some great twisty fun.
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  4. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    Just a few days away from departure now, looking forward to checking out some of these roads you guys have recommended!

    Does anyone know if campfire bans are in effect? I know they are up here--a quick search shows bans in San Bernadino, but the rest of CA looks OK?
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  5. scottmac

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    Level IV restrictions currently in place for the Los Padres Ntl forest (Big
    Sur). No campfires allowed even in designated campfire use campsites. No
    portable stoves allowed outside of designated campfire use campsites.

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5401877
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  6. Cpt. Ron

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    And watch out if you're going to be riding in the Forks of Salmon area. There are a couple of fires in the area that now have closed roads. So you can't get go between Highway 96 and Etna/Callahan.

    Check out here for all of the federally handled fires:
    http://inciweb.org/state/5/

    And another handy fire map:
    http://www.fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps.php

    You'll have to check with each national forest to find out about their fire restrictions.
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  7. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    Hey guys, I don't know if anyone will see this in time, but we should be crossing over into CA today. Quick question, on the FS1 part, what road do you take from 299 if you want to go N->S? Is it still south fork mtn road from that side ? We were trying to follow asphalt on Google maps last night and saw Friday ridge road, dunno if that's something we want though?
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  8. Foot dragger

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    FS1 is inland 10 miles or so from Willow Creek on 299,theres a big (brown?) cal trans maintenence building and the road snakes in there,its a little hard to see if your going by at a good clip.
    Im not sure what the signs say on that end of the road,the greenery is thick as I remember.
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  9. Hookalatch

    Hookalatch Born Under Bad Sign

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    Probably too late for them to see but it is Titlow Road. Easier for me to remember now that my wife is a bit older.

    Chuck
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  10. TwilightZone

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    East on 299. Two summits.
    1st summit is Lord Ellis... 2nd summit is Berry Summit.
    Paved road to the right at Berry summit.
    Stay on the pavement !
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  11. dirty_t

    dirty_t Been here awhile

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    Anyone know where FS 1 *is*?? I don't have GPS - not seeing anything on Gmaps for this particular road. Would love to check it out - heading up there this Thursday - two-up, so looking for nice paved routes. Thanks!
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  12. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Been here awhile

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    On Google Maps look for Forest Service Road 1 just east of Mad River. It starts up the ridge next to the salmon colored church (you can see that on Google Satellite view). Alternately you can go up South Fork Mt which is about 7 miles east of Mad River at the top of a rise. It is paved, but it is a bit pot-holed and rough in places.

    All-in-all, a nice, remote ridge run if that's what you're looking for.
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  13. dirty_t

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    Thanks. Talked to USFS ranger there and they said it's easy to follow - just stay on the paved road and don't turn - all the way up to 299 near Willow Creek. I'm booked into the Ruth Lake resort tomorrow night - should be a fun ride!:clap

    Thanks for all the help.
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  14. lvscrvs

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    Happy to help.

    If it's the same Ruth Lake Resort we stayed at a couple of years ago (small motel behind the restaurant/bar and store) don't expect to be impressed. I think we paid $80+tax for the room that should have cost $40. Hopefully they have improved things since then. Let us know.

    Unfortunately, the only other motels that I know of near that area are in either Fortuna or Weaverville (both of which have excellent, relatively inexpensive choices btw).
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