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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Parx400, Jan 16, 2012.
Luv to go, but can'tmake it this Saturday
Bummer, Eldo and I will have to ride within our abilities then.
Hey, gimme a callback. I can't buy a new bike until we get my wife those cabinets in the pipeline. ;-)
Going out for a ride today. Probably MRR and surrounding areas. Maybe a fire road if I find one. Late start today, but leaving Sac in about an hour.
Haha! Great quote in your sig! That line always cracks me up.
Left the house at 830 on Stu's KTM690, Hit the trail head right at Auburn. Took it All the way to Colfax gas stop. Did the upper trails before crossing over to Secret Town rd. Dropped down the moutain to the river, low water levels made for easy access to the new secret trail to the diggings. I found a few new tight trails, but still cant figure out where the trail goes at the end of the drop off, the one where Sean, Russ and myself decided to turn around when it went straight down.......just around 1130 I turned around and back tracked. Total miles was around 150 and time was 6 hours 50% dirt! I love that area almost more that the Chaulk Bluff side.
Ridding solo you can do alot of miles in less time, but it's lonley. I wish I could find a few more Stu's and Sean's to ride with. My days to ride are so infrequent, I can never seem to ride with my two favorite guys! Hard core single cylinder dual sport riders.
I'll be glad to share a few rides with you, in a few weeks when I'm available again. I just did some single track stuff at Georgetown Saturday, which was challenging, but I only dumped it once in a muddy rut. I will miss the next three weekends due to travel - gotta go to Hawaii for a couple of weeks, so no riding for a bit.
I just need a couple of days notice to do a Saturday ride with the XR650L. I love going long distances in the dirt.
I read here some of you prefer midweek riding, which is perfect because I work weekends. I'm off Wednesday and Thursdays every week. It looks like just about everything is closed on Wednesdays this time of year, so I've been trying to get out whenever I can on Thursdays. I live near Folsom, and ride a wr426, NOT plated, so I'm strictly in the dirt.
Riding level is intermediate, have been off bikes for a several years and finally just picked up my wr a couple months ago.
I'm thinking of trying out Georgetown this Thursday the 21st, if anyone is interested?
Also if anyone needs a midweek riding buddy in the dirt, hit me up!
Ryan shoot me an email.
jking wrote: "Did the upper trails before crossing over to Secret Town rd. Dropped down the moutain to the river, low water levels made for easy access to the new secret trail to the diggings. I found a few new tight trails, but still cant figure out where the trail goes at the end of the drop off, the one where Sean, Russ and myself decided to turn around when it went straight down......"
Hey Jerry, I have ridden that area a fair amount and am curious about the new secret trail to the diggings. A couple of months ago I found the bridge across the Bear River had a new tight gate at the bottom of the paved road off Secret town exit, and now only know of access out of Dutch Flat. We really should get together and share some trail knowledge/riding.
I am also available weekdays and have been riding quite a bit mid week, dual sport and more recently had a great full dirt ride out of georgetown bald mtn staging area after it opened last saturday. We have also had some very good weekend big bike GS-type rides the last couple of months with the Sacramento Rough Road Riders.. mostly 80 north but also 50 south last weekend. Plenty of dirt roads and back roads with enough challenge to keep most experienced riders interested.
PS and FYI Ryan - i suspect Georgetown has closed back down with all the snow yesterday.
Sac Rough Road Riders? Any more info? Been looking for weekday big bike riders around Grass Valley.
Here's a contour vid of a bit of riding around the Yankee Jims and Red Dog areas, if you're interested. Dirt roads only, I was riding a KLR.
This was Monday, the day before the snow. I wanted to go up Chalk Bluff road to 20 but hit mud halfway up and thought better. Probably won't be back until after spring melt.
Some of the mud holes on Chalk Bluff are there until July, then it turns into a dust no overnight. I rode above Washington on Monday and got stopped by snow about 2 miles from the Graniteville road. Went back down and cut across on Relief Hill to Malakoff. On Monday there was only one snowy area that I managed to waddle through, I imagine today it's quite a bit different
LUV2LEAN; It wouldn't be a secret trail if it was posted on here.
I've "heard" that dirt bikes will fit THROUGH the gate with a couple of guys to lean it and lift it through.
JKING; are the MLDS guys still riding or have they moved to other groups? I had a few fun rides with you guys but my KLR is a little to fat for those rides and my dirt bike isn't plated.
A couple days ago I rode another section of the Western States Trail between Michigan Bluff and Foresthill. Ken and I were on a WR250R and my new KTM 500 EXC. This singletrack section was a bit harder than I expected. We rode East to West and it starts easy then drops down a fairly steep section of 15 or so switchbacks to a creek crossing. The creek was about 18 inches deep and a bit slippery but the crux was the west shore which then climbed about 25 feet of steep very slippery rock steps. We had to take turns with both of us manhandling the bikes up and over. From there its staightforward singletrack to Bath Road at Foresthill. All in all a fun section for intermediate singletrack riders on smaller sized bikes. I would rate it comparable in difficulty to my memory of the Duncan Creek section.
I found out all about that dust late last summer. I was returning from a ride and on a lark rode down Lowell Hill road from 20 to Dutch Flat. Wanted to see if I could find the Zebright Mine headframe. The part through the forest in the middle was pure flour a couple inches deep.
On the same ride, I went all the way down to the washed out bridge at the bottom, and saw the "non porous" gate. I was going to try to exit by Secret Town but had to turn around and go back to Dutch Flat. There was no getting a KLR through or around that gate!
I'd be interested in getting more weekday big bike RRRides going, but most the big bike Sac RRRides have been weekends and haven't got much interest in weekday RRRides. I have been the instigator of the Sac RRRides for the last 10 years or so ... since founder Rough Ron went into hiding. Send me a pm or an email through the link here with your contact info for future Sac RRRides, and let me know if/when you want to get out for a weekday ride after the snow melts back a bit.
The road I am referring to takes off the frontage rd on the north side of 80 near Secret town exit. I think its named Haul Rd and turns into Chicago Powerhouse Rd when it crosses the Bear River. There use to be a gate on the other side of the bridge that you could easily ride around and then a second gate a mile or so up the road that you could lean under with a dirt bike or even a GS, but now you cant even get across the river because the gate is huge and on the bridge.
That's the gate I am referring to also. It is a big gate right on the bridge with no way around. It is a rectangle gate made out of 6" pipe with two diagonal pipes for stiffness. Just next to the center post and over the diagonal post a dirt bike will fit through the gate. The problem is if you come from the "backside" of the gate you are stuck on the wrong side and the river was too high under the bridge so once on the "right side" of the gate you can get back down to the river and continue upstream toward Dutch Flat.
When my kids were little I would take the family in my 4runner and cross that bridge and head up the river a little ways to let them play in the shallow water. Too bad no one can do that now.
Yes that is the gate. Seems like just the year before last there was no gate, then last summer there it was. I didnt even consider trying to squeeze through or under THAT gate. Before the gate choked it off you could also ride up the Steep Hollow creek bed to Lowell Hill Rd... dagnabit!!
Cool. I was thinking that creek crossing would be too deep right now. Had an "adventure" there a year ago when the first guy across drowned his bike just as the sun was going down.