Sierra Nevada Foothill Rides - San Andreas to Oakhurst

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

  1. Daryl D

    Daryl D Adventurer

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    Yep..let me know
  2. Mr B

    Mr B Been here awhile

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    Hey Joe,
    Enjoyed the ride yesterday, hope you made it home before dark.....Seems the weather would have been ok for today too...
  3. coarsegoldkid

    coarsegoldkid Been here awhile

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    Today only colder. The wife and I were up in Mariposa around noon. Chilly then.
    Yeah the riding on Wednesday was very enjoyable. I got home before dark. Took a short nap watching the news. Works every time. The next time maybe we can get some of the other riders in this board to join in.
  4. Mr B

    Mr B Been here awhile

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    Ok so the snow was a day late!
    Might try to ride next week too, have to check the weather and trail conditions!
  5. coarsegoldkid

    coarsegoldkid Been here awhile

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    Bruce here is a pic from last weeks ride.[​IMG]

    For those unfamiliar with the Sierra that is El Capitan, Cloud's Rest, and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley as seen from Soapstone Ridge Road in the Stanislaus National Forest.
  6. Mr B

    Mr B Been here awhile

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    Nice one Joe!


    Today was No Charge Entry Fee for National Parks, Veterans Day!!


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    (Harden Flat Road near the HWY 120 Entrance)

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  7. coarsegoldkid

    coarsegoldkid Been here awhile

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    Really nice pics.
  8. FoothillRyder

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    Indeed! :1drink
  9. St.Stan

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    How lucky to see the valley with a fresh dusting of snow! I've only been there in the dry season.

    I was there the weekend before, they were giving away tent cabins for $40/night, special hantavirus discount. But there was no snow at all, not even on Tioga Road. Just a bit clinging to the peaks. But the fall color was better than I expected, and the light shoulder season crowd was a pleasant suprise.
  10. McKay

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  11. McKay

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    Im debating taking the big plunge and going for a weekend with Jimmy and his school.
    Anybody interested?
  12. bitwrench

    bitwrench ADV SUMO

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    I learned more in one weekend at his class than I might have learned in a year or more. Doesn't make me a more talented rider, but gives me the tools to learn to ride 'correctly'. I have way more confidence as well. Don't go hung over, its two long days. Well worth it...
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  13. coarsegoldkid

    coarsegoldkid Been here awhile

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    Jimmy Lewis looks like the right guy for giving instruction. Bit pricey for my world, however. I'm sure you'll get a lot out of it.
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    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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  15. coarsegoldkid

    coarsegoldkid Been here awhile

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    Snow can be seen in the 5-6K altitude above Oakhurst. More storms to come this weekend. The NFS will probably close the trails to all but snowmobiles pretty soon if not done already today. Time to prepare the DRZ for the next riding season. To do list not in to do order: Change jetting for higher elevations. Spoon on new front and rear tires. Modify my plastic fuel tank so the cold start enrichener an be fully engaged. Install flood lights for nighttime eventualities. Install a HID kit for the headlight. Install an electric vest outlet. Install a USB mobile device battery charging station. Inspect the charging system. Change oil and filter. Pre-pack the 400cc mule as I would for a big adventure. Inspect suspension sag. Lube the suspension links. Change fork oil. Inspect drive chain slack. Lube drive chain. Inspect brake pads. Clean the cow shit off the underbelly. Replace all necessary items found during inspection. Then it will be Spring and into the wilds I go.
  16. McKay

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    Leave the cow shit, don't want anything too clean! Keeps her from getting stolen :lol3

    Have you seen this; http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=841673 Im in at number 103.Would be more than happy to have you along.
  17. Mr B

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    Sounds like a lot of work, but time well spent. Thinking about some of the same stuff too, seems winter is here to stay after this weekend!

    Thinking about uograding my front forks, need to stiffen them up a bit and perhaps some new harder rims!
  18. St.Stan

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    Up here, the Eldorado National Forest started the seasonal dirt road closure early, on Nov. 30th I believe. I had gone riding a week earlier and there was standing water and slick mud already. It's mostly clay soil in the middle altitudes in the EDNF, that stuff gets nasty when it's wet, real sticky and pasty. I haven't checked but I assume 4, 108, and 120 are all done for the season.

    There's a leetle bit of dirt road riding here and there, mostly rural county roads at lower altitudes, but it looks like road riding for the next six months or so.
  19. Mr B

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    Well it is that time of year again, it seems the snow has fallen and the high country is closed to all but the stubbliest of riders, perhaps a snow mobile is in order!!
    I decided to dust off the mountain bike and ride something except the bike trails around merced!!! So I headed to Mariposa and gave the Briceburg switch backs a go!!
    The trails are in great shape little muddy in spots but nothing serious!!!
    Made a short video....


    Like the climb up ..took about 1 hour and 20 minutes and then I just turned around and headed back down 20 minutes to the truck!!!

    :1drink
  20. coarsegoldkid

    coarsegoldkid Been here awhile

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    Bruce it must have very dark up there.