Trinity Alps Weaverville summer planning

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  1. cbig

    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    Talked to swmbo and we are going to this area in summer. Any suggestions, tips would be great. We will be traveling with a large 40 ft diesel motorhome dual sport xr600ad other bikes, jeep, kayak, kids, fishing gear and friends who may come and go. Specific questions. I have:
    -what trails, forest routes are must see?
    -best places to stay given above?
    -are there decent camp sites in Acatia/Eureka? Like to see Redwoods.
    -weather?,90's?
    -easy access hikes with kids? Boating?

    I'm hoping to ride the 3,36,299 which I hear are some if the best roads around. Hope to bring a street bike for this and not just an xr. Also hope to do some dual sport sight seeing sometimes alone sometimes with friends.

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  2. TwilightZone

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    >"what trails, forest routes are must see?"

    Ohboy. There are not a lot of MC trails close by Weaverville, but miles and miles (and miles) of dualsport stuff to ride. Forest Service roads, logging roads etc. About 50 miles (south of Hayfork) there are some proper single track trails. There is too much detail to go into here, but I can PM you. Dualsport - weeks worth of riding. (Bike must be legal for roads.)

    >"-best places to stay given above?"

    IMHO: Trinity Lake is about 20 miles north of Weaverville, has a lot of campgrounds. Up near Trinity Center is a big KOA, there are other campsites on the way up the lake, both USFS camps and private camps. Whiskytown also has campgrounds, it is only 13 miles from Redding. Those are the best places for a 40' bus and kids.

    >"easy access hikes with kids? Boating?"

    Yup. Trinity Lake has boating/swimming (etc...) and there are thousands of miles of hiking trails in the Trinity Alps. I guess, how big are the kids, and what sort of endurance do they have?

    >"weather?, 90's ?"

    You're at a bit of elevation on Trinity Lake, you will see daytime temps in the 80's to 90's. Rarely it gets up to 100 F or so, and there may be lower temps (but that is rare too). The daytime temps usually drop to the 60's or 70's at night, so most sleep is comfortable.

    >"are there decent camp sites in Arcata/Eureka? Like to see Redwoods."

    Yes, there are sites on the coast. Premium camping sites (like Patricks Point, Ave of the Giants) likely will require reservations. Other 'less-premium' campsites are available on the coast too... from good ones to some 'pull in on the gravel between the motorhomes' stuff.

    >"ride the 3,36,299"

    All of those are close by. Lots of others roads too. 96, Salmon River road(s), Scott Bar Road, Greyback mtn to Obrien, Forest Hwy 1, Lost Coast.
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  3. cbig

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    I'm a pretty competent rider but long distance single track solo is probably out. What dual sport or jeep trails accessible from that koa are must see scenery wise? Sounds like that koa is central, if pricey. We will have a 4 and 18 yr old, and guests that come and go will have kids younger than 12. Don't know how many riders I know will make the trip, this far north is not many.

    Sounds like a beautiful area.
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  4. Mike Ryder

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    This is an awesome street or dualsport ride


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  5. TwilightZone

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    >"What dual sport or jeep trails accessible from that koa are must see scenery wise?"

    Bonanza King Lookout (paved/dirt) ****
    Weaver Bally Lookout (paved/dirt) ****
    Ramshorn Road (to Castle Crags mostly dirt) ***
    1P (misnamed on GPS) Forest Service Road (Mt Eddy mostly paved now) ***
    Gazelle-Calahan Road (paved) **
    Carrville-French Gulch Road (dirt) **
    Bully Choop Lookout (Indian creek/A16/Buckhorn Summit lotsa dirt) ****
    Deer Lick Springs (back roads dirt) **
    Hayfork Bally Lookout (Hayfork to Junction City paved/dirt) ****
    Helena - Hobo Gulch (mostly dirt) ***
    Junction City to Ripstien (paved) Ripstien = Neat place ***
    Salmon River Road - Eddy Gulch Lookout (Sawyers bar to Cecilville dirt) ****
    Forks of Salmon to Eddy Gulch Lookout (dirt) ****
    Scarface road 1-5 to Scott Valley (dirt) ***
    Scott River Road Ft Jones to Hwy 96 (paved) ***
    Indian Valley road Happy Camp to 199 at O'Brien. (paved lots fs roads dirt) ***
    Coffee Creek road to camp on Salmon River ** (mostly dirt)
    Salmon River Road **** (paved) Both forks are good.
    Wildwood - Horse Mtn Lookout - Forest Hwy 1 - Pelletreau - Hyampom *** paved/dirt

    That's probably a start. **** - Great Views... ** - Good views etc.

    Good places to eat = Etna Brew Pub, Daves in Ft Jones.
    Got a GPS ?
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  6. cbig

    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    I need to look into. Fwiw I will bring a street bike Harley fxdx or a Buell xb12ss and a xr600. Are the average speeds on these roads so tight we are at 55 mph and less? I have a light xr250r if the trails out there warrant it.
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  7. TwilightZone

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    >"Are the average speeds on these roads so tight we are at 55 mph and less?"

    Two-lane highways posted 55 or less. Most of the traffic usually moves at 55-60 mph (unlike LA). I have ridden most all of this stuff on an F650. Best weather/water on Trinity lake mid July. (IMHO)
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    Seems prime xr600 country then and Harley . The xr is capable of 60 mph and I have great luck with it just abour everywhere off road. Same situation out near Redwood?
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  9. TwilightZone

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    >"Same situation out near Redwood? "

    4 lane sections of 101 are 65. Frankly if you go 55 on north coast roads you'll be just fine. Life is a bit er... laid back here on the coast.
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  10. cbig

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    Saves me a hassle changing sprockets on the 600! The narrow trans is good to about 55-60 then gets uncomfy. The bike's just about as capable off road as an xr400 so should be good on tough stuff if geared reasonable. Hoping to use it to dart in and explore some of these trails you suggested then move on to the next. We'll base out of Trinity Center I think using the koa or other campground. Haven't locked down the redwood side of this yet as the park has limitations on rv size.
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    All awsome!!Bonanza King ++++++
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    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    Out here riding it now. Going to work the East side of Trinity Lake tomorrow, already see the Salmon, Coffee Creek, and Etna areas. Ramshill rd was interesting as well. Doesn't seem to be a lot of connecting 4x4 routes but the scenery is nice. Large area.


    Thanks again, hitting the redwoods on Friday.


    Chuck
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  13. Foot dragger

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    I was just out that way,Callahan,Cecilville,Forks of the Salmon,then along 96 to 299 to Willow Creek for lunch,some great swimming spots along the Salmon,way too tight of a road for a motorhome but great for bikes.

    Seems not many people use that area for camping but there's a lot of camping spots anyways.
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  14. Cpt. Ron

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    I'm so sorry I missed this thread earlier. You're in God's country for dualsporting without the 'man'.....Trinity Center is fine, but I would prefer camping on the western shore of Lewiston Lake, no "bathtub ring" and it's not busy....ever. Regardless, enjoy the rest of your stay and enjoy the coast. The terrain and weather is completely different.
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    Nice list of roads.
    Now burn it, and never speak of them again.
    Somebody is having fun.
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    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    Thanks for the tips! Did Coffee, Scott Bar,the 3, 96 and lots of logging roads. Stayed at Trinity Center.

    Now looking for Redwoods rides..
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  17. TwilightZone

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    Have you ridden the 'lost coast" ???

    At any rate, most of the 'rides in the redwoods' are on pavement.

    Newton B. Drury road, north of Orick to Klamath river. (old 101 road).
    Gold Bluffs road. Not a lot of redwoods, but pretty neat on the beach.
    Avenue of the Giants of course.

    Hwy 36 (west end). Ride to Bridgeville, then turn right on Alderpoint, at Alderpoint turn west to Garberville, Avenue of the Giants back.

    Road from Redway to Shelter Cove, take road to Whitethorn, visit Sinkyone Park, then take Chemise mtn road north to Shelter Cove
    Road.

    Was by Trinity Lake... the campgrounds were empty. (Lake too low).
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    cbig Rift- Raft, SCooter Trash

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    I rode the 36 and on to Alderpoint as suggested. Pretty spectacular. Am back at Trinidad for a little while. Probably ride a bit north, fish a bit and turn for home. Trinity was full over the 4th weekend. Never seen such a crowded campground.

    Thanks, good tip.
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