Sierra Nevada Foothill Rides - San Andreas to Oakhurst

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Odin69, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. sloth!

    sloth! Been here awhile

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    if you are thinking about going up 108, take the beardsly turn off and there are miles of dirt roads behind the lake that are open. Cross the dam and wind up the other side and you will be riding for the next few days.
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  2. Mr B

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    Sounds good to me, how about 8:00 ish, how about that gas station?
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  3. Odin69

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    Around 8 sounds good. I'll see you there.

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  4. Mr B

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    Saturday


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  5. itsatdm

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    You can ride from Columbia to Beardsly without touching pavement. Cross the dam and come out at Dorrington or Avery.
    Herring creek res. above Pinecrest has some good areas if the gate is open.
    As for tweakers, I am sure they are up there, but I never see them and I ride up there all the time. Juniper looks like a ghost town as a lot of the houses appear empty.
    If you guys need a guide, I would be happy to squire you around.
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  6. ADVMindset

    ADVMindset Americana Adventurer

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    Well that sounds like a one hell of a GREAT offer !
    I'd like to take You up on that, if the other guys agree, whether it's this Saturday or some other time. Do You have an idea on total mileage for the Columbia to Dorrington/Avery route ? Thanks !!!
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  7. Mr B

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    Jamestown HD shop around 9:00am....
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  8. ADVMindset

    ADVMindset Americana Adventurer

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    It's looking like We have 6-7 Inmates interested....:clap

    The more the merrier !

    It's supposed to be warming up again for the weekend, it'll be good getting up higher where it's a bit cooler !
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  9. LookOutLinn

    LookOutLinn Strom Trooper

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    But if I get my request "Cut", I'll meet you all at 9 am at the James town HD shop.
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  10. Lasherman

    Lasherman Ah Sh!t!

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    OK, we gonna meet at 9am at the HD Shop then.... It looks like Itialian Bar Rd from Columbia runs parrellel (for the most part) with 108 almost all the way to Beardsley and at some point goes from paved, to dirt, to forest rd.....mabey.
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  11. Mr B

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    Not to sound Ignorant....but what is a Tweaker? and should I be scared of them, four legs and fur.....or what...:1drink
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  12. itsatdm

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    From Columbia to Dorrington it is around 60 miles. Italian Bar comes out above Twain Harte. On a FS map you will see fs n0l that runs parallel to Italian bar east of Juniper. It runs on a ridge above the south fork of the Stanislaus. Both those are basically just gravel roads but the connectors rds between them can vary in difficulty. To get to Beardsley turn off at Spring Gap. The only pavement is a section of the road to Beardsley from 108 and coming out at Dorrington.
    I can make it easy or more difficult, depending on your abilities and what you are riding.
    Crossing the Dam is easy, going Hells half acre around the east end of the reservoir is more difficult and adds miles. Italian Bar is easy, taking the Grant Ridge cutoff is difficult, but I did it on my f800 last week.
    To come out at Avery requires taking a road the skirts big Trees park. The rd is on Sierra Pacific land and was donated to the park last month, so may be blocked off.
    You guys have picked the busiest weekend of the year for campers so expect some traffic, but this route skirts most of the campgrounds.
    Normally I am a middle of the week rider, but will be happy to share what I know. I live in Columbia, so just as soon meet up with you up here.

    Lookout Linn:waveI am the old guy on the 800 that rode Sonora Pass with you last year.
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  13. Lasherman

    Lasherman Ah Sh!t!

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    I really don't care where we ride, I have a pumped up DR350 so it likes dirt more than pavement....I figure we can discuss it at the HD shop if nothing less, but Arnold does have a really good brewery (Snowshoe!).

    And a "TWEAKER" is a methamphetamine addict. They are known by thier skinny appearence, small sores on thier body and face, missing teeth, ability to steal ANYTHING, and can strip copper faster then anything. They usually are like a cockroach, can survive anything, raun when you show up, and generally live in filth.

    :D
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  14. LookOutLinn

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    Yea, yea yea..... Are you that same "old guy" whose rear tire I was looking at all day long? :wave
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  15. Mr B

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    'sounds like two legs and stustustupid......but having been raised in the hills of North Carolina i was used to the moonshiners and they seemed to not take it kindly to anyone treaspassing....they would tweek their cars to carry "home brew"
    but they were basically good folks, I have seen your tweekers here in merced....usually no teeth too.
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  16. Memnok

    Memnok Fly high, go far.

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    Ok, so it sounds like 9am at the Hardly a motorcycle Davidson shop in Jamestown, and who knows what from there? Maybe I'll make up some routs and post them so we have some idea of what/where we want to go. The problem is that sooner or later I always seem to run into a closed gate.
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  17. Memnok

    Memnok Fly high, go far.

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    Ok, I have no idea if any of these roads are gates/locked, but how about something like this. Of course, this is only possible if there is gas in Pinecrest, but the internet says there is a Shell station on Pinecrest Lake Road. You would need about 100 miles of range, but several of us will have extra gas to help i you don't. We would have to ride fast to get all this done in a day. :D

    Edit: For those with a GPS, you can download the Garmin GDB file here. (Right click and "Save Link As")
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  18. LookOutLinn

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  19. itsatdm

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    That is mighty ambitious. Not familiar with a lot of the roads south of 108, but I see a few problems in the northern route. 4n85 is gated where it runs along the river. A portion of your route runs through Deer creek OHV and will be a chore for bigger bikes, lots of rocks. Hells half acre rd at the end of of the res. may be gated at the river. There was a fire on 4N01 last year and a portion of the road turned into 6" of silt over deep ruts, again a problem for big bikes.
    No gas in Pinecrest unless the shell station has reopened, but there is a station at Cold Springs
    Too much for me, Happy trails
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  20. obadiah

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    Guys, I was super excited to be able to tag along (and drink beer with you--okay maybe mostly to drink beer with you) but my work got delayed two days so I'm out. :( I don't know who's big idea it was to start shit on the weekend! :deal Anyway, have fun and please post pics so I can ride vicariously!



    Obadiah
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