Sierra Nevada Foothill Rides - San Andreas to Oakhurst

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

  1. dtp

    dtp Been here awhile

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    Dang, I saw this thread too late for the ride. :cry

    A couple of ideas for cool rides...

    - Last week the family loaded-up the Subaru and took Old Coulterville Rd all the way into Yosemite via Little Nellie Falls and Foresta. Highly recommended although I may not want to tackle on my Strom. Maybe after a little more practice. Some pics of the road and views here... http://www.flickr.com/photos/1darren1/sets/72157624365533854/

    - Saturday the 3rd we loaded the Subaru and took the Sierra Grandstand Tour road. That I would most definately take my Strom on. A couple of really rocky and sandy sections, but doable if I put my knobby on the front.

    Who is it that has the DR350 in Turlock? I am kinda in the market for one of those and was wondering how you like it. I'd like to see it sometime maybe.
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  2. lionsroaar

    lionsroaar I meant to do that!!

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    Hi guys...It looks like you had a great ride in a beautiful area. I live in Linden and my riding buddy lives in Stockton. We've been exploring that area quite a bit and actually just got back from a ride up Hwy 4 past Arnold then onto some forest service roads. Let me know when you're planning the next ride and I'd love to join you.
    Have a good one,
    Jason
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  3. Lasherman

    Lasherman Ah Sh!t!

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    Who is it that has the DR350 in Turlock? I am kinda in the market for one of those and was wondering how you like it. I'd like to see it sometime maybe.[/quote]

    I have the DR, but it is sleeved to a 441. I like it, have had it for 3 months now. Very tough, havs taken two good crashes so far. Parts are easy to come by and a lot of upgrades around. I have never riden a stock DR350 so I can't compare power, but mine will power up in 3rd going down the trails.
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  4. NSFW

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    clint, nice rr and cool pics plus the video...:clap

    nice place. i would love to join you guys on future rides...:evil
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  5. itsatdm

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    Do you have a route for that ride? Not familiar with Nellie Falls and I was not aware of any legal way into the park except the paved routes. I have been up the Coultureville rd to where the Parks service has barricaded the road. Is there a secret way?:komet
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  6. Memnok

    Memnok Fly high, go far.

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    Good to hear from you Joel! For those who don't know him, Joel is the inmate who put together the Death Valley n00b's ride this year. It would be a long ride from SoCal for you to take a day trip with us, but you are more than welcome any time!

    And next year, I have another DV nOOb to bring with me. I finally talked my brother, Lasher, into a dual sport. :freaky
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  7. NSFW

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    you know me...i'm a sucker for fire roads and smooth dirt roads....:lol3

    i'll make a weekend out of it. just want to experience different places and get a taste of your dirt (just an expression!)....:ricky
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  8. dtp

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    Heh... no secrets needed here. There are a couple of "seasonal" gates though. All were open with no problems for us. However, if you follow Old Coulterville Rd in reverse from Foresta on a map, there is a permanent closure point there at a very unstable bridge. There is a legal way around it however by snaking through Foresta.

    I have my gps track for the trip. You can find it at my very much under construction website... http://www.1darren1.com

    There are two more ways to get into the park... one is Chowchilla Mountain Road which enters at the golf course at Wawona. The other is Foresta Rd which essentially takes you to the same place as the Old Coulterville Rd route. The Foresta Rd route may lead you to a closed gate though, which is what you might be thinking of.
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  9. Odin69

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    The last time I took Chowchilla Mt. road to Wawona I had to go around a couple of gates. That was a few years ago though and I had a National Parks card so if I got caught I could tell them I was just turning around and heading back to the park.
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    I will take a look. The one I tried is called Coulterville/Yosemite road and travels through some old growth area. Ends with a deep a wide trench, complete with an adjacient berm and signs threatening terrible things.
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    If any of you guys are interested, Fresno BMW, I think in conjunction with Cycle Specialist in Modesto, are putting on a two day ride (overnight camp) up in Shaver Lake area. I spoke with Fresno BMW today and he indicated that they are putting on a BBQ sat night and Breakfast Sunday AM. they got a ride planned for Sunday AM (loop in the area I imagine)
    If any of you guys are interested I think I am going to hit this one be nice to get out of the heat for the weekend. Plus I got a two day pass from the mrs's. they are even providing the beer....:1drink
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  12. dtp

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    OK I think I know what you may be talking about... The original Old Coulterville Road heads north before you even get to Little Nellie Falls, which would explain why you have never heard of them. That road is the original stage-coach route that took you up into one of the groves of sequoias. That road is most definately closed at the border of the park. The way into the park actually splits from there. You want to take N1S12 where it meets Old C Rd all the way to a site labled "Buena Vista" on the maps (just a place you can view El Cap and the backside of Half Dome hence the name "good view"). From there, you take N2S84 north and west to Little Nellie Falls and then the entrance gate to Yosemite is less than a mile from the falls. Here is a photo of the car at the gate. I am standing inside the park taking a photo of the car while it is outside of the park. The picture of the sign lying on the ground is the only "Welcome to Yosemite" sign you get.

    Look it over and let me know if you have any questions. If you have Mapsource, the road names are actually pretty well displayed along the track and together with a Stanislaus NF map you should be able to figure it out.

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  13. Odin69

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    Bruce, that really sounds like it will be fun. It's too bad I have to work all weekend. Post up some pictures when you get back.
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    Looks like the camp site is Courthouse reservoir at about 8300 feet it should be nice an cool at night...maybe cold!'
    Sorry no one else can make it, I just spent the week doing a "annual" 6000 mile inspection on the bike and it all looks good and ready to go..
    Hope to ride again next month sometime, enjoy your double session this weekend!!! :1drink
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  15. Odin69

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    As much as I can with the temperature in the high 90's. I just got back from camping at Pinecrest with the family, it was pretty nice there.
    Make sure you drink my share of the beer.:beer
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  16. Mr B

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    no worries....
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  17. SmileAndFollow

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    How was the water temp up there? I am thinking of taking out the kayaks tomorrow, but I don't know if I want to freeze.
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  18. Odin69

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    I think it said the water temperature was around 57 at the store? We didn't get in, we just hiked around the lake. There were plenty of people swimming in it so, I guess it wasn't too cold?
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    Well we had a pretty good time with the boys from Fresno last weekend. Mighty Hot along the Kings River but we managed to survive and tell the tale, so to speak..I am trying to upload the GPX file but keep getting an error message. Anyone know what I am doing wrong. i export the file in gpx format and then try and attach, but i get an error message??????


    The net result of the weekend,
    1. Fresno BMW is awesome to support this Outing, thanks again to Tanner and Jack and everyone that made it possible.
    2.Mesquito's suck!
    3. Camp food is always good
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    4. Dont ever dare a guy with a Chain Saw...


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    the general area that we where headed

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    Most everyone.....

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    First causalty .....dead battery

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    One night .....Really....

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    The Ranger saved the day for the dead bike....thanks Ranger .....Dude....

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    Tanner, the guy that made it all possible, thanks again..Sorry I missed Sundays ride However the bike made it back to merced with out any more stalling...
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    Grouping back up and getting ready to cross the Kings River....Fricking HOT>>
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    Who needs Swamp Loggers/AX MEN we just needed an extra chair!!!!

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    Ask and yee shall receive.....





    Once again thanks to Tanner and Fresno BMW for taking the time to do this, Dinner was great, Breakfast and some fun riding....

    Bruce:1drink
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  20. Odin69

    Odin69 Been here awhile

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    Nice pics, it looked like fun. Yeah, the heat really sucked on Saturday.
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