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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Parx400, Jan 16, 2012.
No, I'm planning my own ride. Seems like a lot of us want to ride in a similar area.
So this is what I came up with for a 2 day ride. Trying to have a mix of road and dirt, nothing crazy, as I'm riding my 1190 and friend is riding his KLR.
Day 1 Reno-> Utica / Union Reserviors --- Camp overnight
Day 2 Back to Reno
Both days are roughly 280 miles / 9 hours
GPX is attached Click here to download a KML. Advice and comments are always welcome. If any of you have experience with the section from Bear River (Route 88) to Big Meadow (Route 4) I'm all ears.
That looks like an awesome route @Smackit , moreso since we just bought a house in pollock right where your line crosses,hah.
Post some pictures!
** The naming and start/stop of Foresthill and Soda Springs can vary a bit map to map and in a practical sense, so when I say end of Soda Springs in the next couple comments I am talking about this spot (N39.15628° W120.50307°) near the Robinson Flat Campground. **
After you come off Soda Springs you are going down Robinson Flat and you will be going right past the turn-off for the Duncan Peak ranger lookout tower (N39.15115° W120.50721°). It's worth the short ride up to the top of the ridge to check out the spectacular view. The rangers are cool and you can go right up to the deck on the tower.
Another little thing that we find amazing. When you come off the end of Soda Springs there is a gravel road to the left that is the entrance to the campground. There is a historic ranger station site there with old cabins. Behind the cabin closest to where you would park is an old hand pump well that dispenses the coldest most delicious water ever. The ranger at the lookout tower told us about it.
If you would like a little more dirt in your route there's NF-44 that you can take off Robinson Flat over to Mosquito Ridge Road. Lots of roads and "roads" out there, so I made a google map of a good route for you: https://goo.gl/maps/goRPTCVRmLG2
I was mistaken about your direction of travel, The sign for Uncle Tom's Cabin will be on your right a little bit after Eleven Pines.
When you get to the end of Ice House you are are kind of going backwards on Hwy 50 to get to the western end of Mormon Emigrant Trail. You could go east up Hwy 50 to Kyburz and take Silver Fork Rd over to Mormon Emigrant.
Ellis, Panther Creek and Tiger Creek raids are still impassable. It's going to be years before they are all open again.
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Thank you motokeith, I really appreciate your input. Unfortunately, I didn't see this before I left, but the trip turned out fine. It's funny that you mentioned Duncan Peak, I thought of going up there as I drove by, but the visibility was poor so I skipped it. I've done some exploring in the area on previous trips and look forward to going back again soon.
Uncle Tom's was fine, I enjoyed a cold beverage and a very brief stop. The locals hanging out on the porch seem to think it will be at least a year or two before they fix 11 Pines Road. There are a lot of washouts and landslides. As far as detours, nobody knows of any other way to get up to Soda Springs.
The reason I went west on 50 was a planned gas stop in Pollock Pines, otherwise I would have gone Silver Fork. 50 was like a parking lot Sunday afternoon, glad I was only on it for a few moments.
I'll post the revised track with the route corrections. Our dear friends at Sierra Pacific Industries have closed some of the NFS roads between Bear River Res. to Route 4.
No, Smackit and I were just discussing the GPX file I had posted. I am looking for a back route from mosquito rd in placerville, up to Robinson flat that dissent involve hwy 49. I was hoping to ride east of Georgetown but it looks like the only rd that connects the 2 areas is eleven pi as which has major slide damage.
If you guys are trying to get from 4 to 88 I know lots of routes, I grew up in Calaveras and ride in the wilseyville/west point area often. In March we took swiss ranch from mountain ranch to hwy 4 and back, but summit level rd was blocked by snow, similarly, in April we took Winton to 7n28, but there were lots of down trees and we couldn't continue. I have GPX files of 2 ways to get across I'll post them up when I get to my computer. Unfortunately my friend in the area says the area between bear river reservoir and salt springs is under lock down do to some slides and a recent rescue. He has a trailer at BRR and lives in willseyville. He said it's closed from both directions.
A quick recap of the ride. This was more of a "big adventure bike" trip with a lot of pavement and a few NFS roads to keep things interesting.
You can download a KML file here.
GPX file is attached to this post.
This was a nice 2 day trip, you will need a solid 8-9 hours for each day. Distance was 564 total and each day was about 280 miles. Elevation varies from 734 to 9374 feet. It was damn hot bellow 4000'. Plenty of ups and downs with 55,000 feet of elevation changes. We camped at Lake Alpine as it's very close to Lake Alpine Lodge. Food was decent and beer was cold.
Thanks again to the people that posted advice.
You guys are more than welcome to come join me up here! Big bike friendly the whole way!
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What u guys think about having Uninsured Motorist coverage on motorcycles? It's an extra cost optional thing and it more than doubles what I pay on my 4 bikes. I'm not worried about getting paid if someone damages my bike cuz my bikes are cheap and I'm a mechanic. I'm only thinking about what would happen if a non-insured bum hits me and I have lots of medical bills. I know the court would go after him to pay them, but if he's broke... then what?
I think "uninsured motorist" is actually composed of three different coverages: Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury (UMBI), Underinsured Motorist (UIM), and Uninsured Motorist Property Damage (UMPD)
UMBI covers bodily injury and the limits are the same as your own coverage.
UIM covers injury and is meant to cover the difference when the other guy is underinsured
UMPD is property damage, is capped at $3500, and may be sort of pointless if you have collision and reasonable deductibles
I'm not an insurance guy, didn't even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but maybe you can only get the bodily injury pieces of this. Dunno.
Good question. I sent it to the agent.
The answer is NO. It's all a package deal. In fact he won't even let me pic and choose which bikes to have the uninsured coverage. It has to be all 4 bikes or none.
Eric, if I didn't have a wife and kids.... I'd probably be packing for the journey right now.
Btw, I need you to confirm a route for me back at cols creek behind donner? Wondering if you've been back there. I don't have the fox on my phone so I'll have to upload it from my comp tomorrow.
Where's cols creek? Are you talking about the snow shed route?
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