State of Jefferson Rally 2013

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  1. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    All of you who are coming over from the previous thread, you are in the right place.
    Dates are 9/13th - 15th.
    Campground is Bigfoot CG, a few miles past Junction City. The loop I am working on now leaves 299 in Junction City, about halfway between the 2, it is only a handful of miles of asphalt either way to get to the dirt but there will be some of the most awesome twisty riding to be done too!
    Skunk Point in Big Bar is the only group camp within reasonable driving distance and will keep that in mind if the list of us gets long. Other than that I am looking at Junction City CG, East Weaver Creek CG and Steel Bridge CG in Douglas City.
    I have done some Google Earth mapping and have a pretty nice loop made up between Junction City/299 and Hayfork. If you map search Rattlesnake Gap and Hayfork Bally you will get a good idea of the terrain and area. There are some good Jeep trails too, plus the side adventure to Hayfork Bally appears it could be challenging as well.
    I also think there should be a good asphalt tour and 299 to Hwy 3 to Hayfork to Hyampom are some truly awesome roads and scenery...
    Keep your input and ideas coming!​
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    STATE OF <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>JEFFERSON</st1:place></st1:State> DUAL SPORT RALLY<o:p></o:p>
    September 13<SUP>th</SUP>, 14<SUP>th</SUP>, & 15<SUP>th</SUP><o:p></o:p>
    <st1:place><st1:City>Junction City</st1:City>, <st1:State>CA</st1:State></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
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    Join us for the 2<SUP>nd</SUP> annual SoJ DS rally in the Trinity mountains of <st1:place>Northern California</st1:place>. Camp alongside the <st1:place>Trinity River</st1:place> in an established campground with all the amenities of home. Cabins also available.<o:p></o:p>
    Riding for all skill levels, multiple A,B,and C routes will be available for download on your compatible GPS unit or limited roll charts will be provided.<o:p></o:p>
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    Bill of Fare<o:p></o:p>
    Friday Saturday______<o:p></o:p>
    Burgers/Brats Tri Tip/Oysters<o:p></o:p>
    Potato/Mac salad Baked Potato<o:p></o:p>
    Green beans/Corn Asparagus<o:p></o:p>
    Breakfast burritos, coffee, and juice will be available in the mornings prior to ride departures. Sunday will be self paid breakfast at Junction City Café.<o:p></o:p>
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    50.00 prepaid fee CONTACT<o:p></o:p>
    Reserve by <st1:date Month="8" Day="1" Year="2013">8/1/13</st1:date> Brian Eckerman<o:p></o:p>
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  2. Hop-Sing

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    There are several campgrounds in the area.
    I love the Steel Bridge campground. However it is small and at the end of the road. People use it, as a in or out point for rafting/kayaking. I might have some reserve about leaving my gear there while out riding.
    I am bad with names, but the campground right behind Douglas City is a bit more established and I believe has an on site host. It may be a State ran campground or even a federal campground.
    Regardless, your weekend picks may work for me!
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  3. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    I was kinda liking the remote ones but that is a good point about security. I am going up in the next weekend or two and will check out the CGs...
    Look forward to seeing you, Hop Sing...
    I also plan on having routes available for those who use Basecamp. I will also have roll charts for those with holders, just like last year..
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  4. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    OK. Found a great place. Bigfoot CG in Junction City. They can handle the group, they have a General store, showers, flush toilets, etc., and it is right on the Trinity River.
    It's just a few miles from the Dutch Creek turn off where there is ALOT of different riding from FS roads to more challenging Jeep Trails and singletrack. It is also 31 miles to Trinity Lake up Hwy 3 going West and 42 miles to Hayfork going East.... Hwy 3 is an awful fun road known for its twisties and if you are not done smiling from ear to ear you can go another 20 miles up Hyampom Rd, totally awesome...
    Dates are 9/5 thru 9/8. She was very accommodating and said we should have no problem at all with availability or group size.
    I already have some routes planned, one dirty and one asphalt. I will map out several more options before Sept. When I looked at the topo for Dog Run Springs section of the dirt route I was totally impressed with how it skimmed across the ridges to Hayfork. I had to Google Earth it. It looked amazing.
    So I will be cooking Friday and Saturday night, probably more oysters like last year.... Let me know what kinds of drinkables everyone prefers, I will start taking fees the middle of July or beginning of August but the earlier I know who and how many are coming I can get a better grip on the food and drink amounts.
    I'm excited! I think the riding we will see this year is some of the best we could ever hope for...
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  5. jeffersonrider

    jeffersonrider Adventurer

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    Great country!
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  6. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Sushiman

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    This sounds great Brian! Let me know if you want any help pre-riding any routes. I'm totally down for a day trip up there.
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    If that date is firm, I'm back in for this. :clap
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  8. cme4lyt

    cme4lyt Been here awhile

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    Brian,

    Add me to the list !!! Planning on it right now.

    Rgds..
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  9. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    Hey guys, Wow! I thought I wasn't getting any interest this year, I guess I have to subscribe to my own thread:hmmmmm
    Anyway, glad to hear from everyone, here are a few screenshots of what I think will be an AWESOME loop. Look at some of the USGS shots and how a lot of this rides some high ridges. Looks like some water crossings, jeep trails and "non maintained" side trips. Between the FS and USGS maps, Google Earth and Basecamp I feel pretty confident in the access but a day trip or possible overnighter to hit some of the questionable trails in definitely in order... Let watch the weather for a tolerable temp on a weekend and I will post and/or PM you guys that would like to go.
    There is an easy way through here for the bigger bikes and a bunch of stuff that I won't do...
    I know the screenshot off Basecamp isn't very detailed but kinda match it to the other ones and you get a good idea..
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  10. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    And a big bike loop....
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    Not really a loop though, there is only one way in and out of Hyampom via asphalt...
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    I look forward to Riding with you guys again this year!
    Brian, If you are doing any stouting rides let me know. I have my MC in fort Jones and im always looking to ride.
    Regards,
    Pete
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  12. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    Hey Pete, not sure what you mean by "stouting" rides but I think there will be challenging rides available for all. If I bring the KLR mine will be limited to B class rides. I am looking at picking up a TE610 and if I bring it or something similar that I don't mind dropping I would be up for some more technical stuff. "Come on down!", I am sure there will be guys that want to push it, if you want. All will be available from big bikes to nutty ****ers that want hill climbs... Attend at own risk.:clap
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  13. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    OK. A few more teaser shots. These came off of Google Earth and a just a few screen shots of MANY that kinda give some feeling of the area. I was following some of the roads/trails off of Big Creek and shot these. I was looking for a shot of incline that no one had topped but many have tried but haven't found it again. The view from Hayfork Bally must be awesome and the road there looks epic....
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  14. TwilightZone

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    >"there is only one way in and out of Hyampom via asphalt... "

    No, two ways.

    1) The main county road from Hayfork.
    2) Foresty Highway 60. 60, 47, 16, are USFS 'Chipseal'.

    60 comes out in Burnt Ranch or take FH 47 to Big Bar... or take 16 and come out at Big Creek Road east of Hayfork. Dirt, you can take Soldier Creek to Junction City.

    Most all of the USFS roads (paved or not) are fine for anything but street bikes.
    Indian Valley (South of Hyampom) has some nice (semi legal) single track trails.
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  15. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    Yeah, I guess chip seal might pass as asphalt, more of a tar spray in my opinion though. Thanks for the tip, I will look that route up and see if I can turn it into a loop... Thanks again!
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  16. Cpt. Ron

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    The HLDMC group will be in the area the same weekend......Sounds like Trinity County is going to be 'crowded'....

    Those tracks you have between Junction City and Hayfork are a blast and you have something for all skill levels. The northern one is quite technical and steep, however. Two-track with loose terrain and not always easy to follow in the field. The trail down from Hayfork Bally to the west side of Hayfork isn't easy to find in the field, either. Obviously, it's easier going down than up....Oh and there are suicidal bears out there....

    There's another way out of Hyampom to the west. You climb the ridge then ride it south all the way to Highway 36, a few miles west of Forest Glen. Easy for any sized Adventure bike. Hyampom's Brews and Screws is a fun hangout....

    While the views from Hayfork Bally aren't bad, you should really do a loop up to the Bully Choop Lookout just west of Whiskeytown Reservoir....Wow! Weaver Bally is another one that has great views of Weaverville, and is really close to Junction City, too. Again, easy for any adventure bike, though there are some long drops/big exposures on the upper sections.

    Also be aware the Caltrans is doing work on 299 just east of Buckhorn Summit. They say they'll have one-way controlled traffic control 24-hours a day through the summer.

    Be aware there is no gas in Junction City, so fill up before arriving. Also, the Wildwood Store burned last year, so I would guess no gas there, either. Gas IS available in Hayfork, Weaverville (299 in town, and on 3 near the airport), Lewiston, Trinity Center and Coffee Creek.
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    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    Thanks Capt Ron, I think Basecamp and a GPS is gonna help with the more obscure trails. I was hoping to lunch at Brews and Screws one of the days. sorry I missed you last year at French Gulch, I waited for an hour or so, when I got home I read you had a bad experience... hope to meet you someday!
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    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    Pre run next Saturday the 22nd for the SoJ rally. Lotsa stopping, notes, checking out CG, etc. All that want to go are welcome. Leaving Redding NLT 8-9 am.... Call or PM. 5302154092
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    I meant to say scouting Rides.
    Looks Great!
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  20. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    Check out previous post!!! Could be an interesting day....
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