California Modoc and Lassen Discovery Trail, Call for riders

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Xfool, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. Xfool

    Xfool Been here awhile

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    Geeze, I was all packed for snow. Looks I need to re-think this, beech umbrella, shorts, flip-flops, cooler….. Anything else?
  2. KLRay

    KLRay My Life on Two Wheels

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    WTF did I think that it was next wknd??

    Guess I might as well start getting ready!! :rofl
  3. KLRay

    KLRay My Life on Two Wheels

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    Were you coming up 70 to 89 Xfool? That would prolly be your best bet, that way you could take on fuel in Greenville. What kind of milage do you get out of a tank? I think those guys I rode with a few wks ago on KTMs said they were getting between 2-250 on a tank? ...if that's your case you will want to take on all the fuel you can carry.
    The reason that I'm sayin' is because I've gone up to 300 miles on a tank with my KLR...and I've gotten as little as 198...and the 198 was on the ride you'll be going on!! :D

    ...btw...on a totally unrelated note...have you wondered why we say "going down into" the Ishi?...it's because you can literally coast without your engine for almost eight miles...kinda tough on the 'ol brake pads!! :rofl

    The forcast for Red Bluff is 114* for Saturday...it's likely to be every bit of that down in the Ishi.
    It starts getting light about 5am, I'd suggest maybe thinking about bumping that departure time back to about 8:00am...8:30 latest.
    I've taken several groups of drunkards out that I've had no problem getting on the road by then... :freaky :lol3
  4. Xfool

    Xfool Been here awhile

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    I was planning on taking the 89 into Chester, fueling up and stocking up for camp, then over to Yellow Creek to spend Friday night.

    I am all for an early start and since no one has been banging this thread I may as well start earlier.
  5. KLRay

    KLRay My Life on Two Wheels

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    You're coming up 5 then? If so then you would be much better off taking the Colusa turn off at Williams and taking 45 along the river and then take 162 at Butte City over to hwy 70 instead of taking 5 all the way up to 32 and then back across the valley.
    It'll save you at least twenty miles and once you get past Princeton, you aren't very likely to see any cops and very little traffic...this is the kind of road a guy could go 100mph and make some damn good time as well as cutting twenty miles off his trip...not that I'd recommend going 100mph...:evil

    Even if you still plan on gassing and getting provisions in Chester, it would still be a much better way to go....more scenic too if you're into that kinda thing...:D
  6. nooner818

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    +1 on the routing Ray!

    Sometimes the CHP puts up a speedtrap in the trees just past Reservation Road after the casino. Also, just before Princeton the deer like to congregate in the orchard on the right. Almost had one as a hood ornament a couple of times.

    Just a little note...

    As you approach Yellow Creek Campground there is about a 2 foot deep rut in the road. If it's dark or shadowy when you get there you might not see it. I'd hate to see ya' dump right as you come into camp!

    I can't wait to see the spectacular ride reports here when you get back!!!! :clap

    Good Luck
    Nooner
  7. Xfool

    Xfool Been here awhile

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    Thanks KLRay. I am checking out the route through Williams to hwy 45 etc. If I can get the route loaded in the gps I will give it a shot.

    Biggest problem right now is figuring out how to tie all the camping junk on the bike.
  8. nooner818

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    If you come up Hwy 5 past Dunnigan, you can take a right on Hahn Road. Cross the 4 way intersection and then take a left onto Lode Star. This goes for about 5 miles and then Tees. Take a right and that will take you into Colusa. Go through Colusa and then take a left onto Hwy 45. Take that up to Hwy 162 and take a right onto it. It cuts a few miles off the journey and there are fewer cops along the way. :evil
  9. dakariste

    dakariste Over and over the hill...

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    That's Lone Star road. Hwy 32 option is still a consideration, at least from chico to Lake Almanor. 6,000 folks are headed to Quincy, though it probably won't impact the highway that much...

    http://www.chicoer.com/buzz/ci_3963743


    The fairgrounds in Quincy will once again come alive, June 29 through July 2 for the 16th annual High Sierra Music Festival, a world-class extravaganza that boasts enough music per minute to satisfy even the most culturally starved among us. Each year, some 8,000 festival-goers from all over the country converge in Quincy -- less than a two-hour drive from Chico -- in their rented RVs, 4-runners, Volvos, converted school buses and yes, VW vans.
  10. KLRay

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    OOps!! :eek1 Doesn't look like I'm going to be able to make it after all.:cry

    Wife reminded me that I have to go to a BBQ at her Dad's house...
    ...now how could I go and forget THAT??!! :rofl

    I'm still going to try to shoot up there in the morning and shake hands with you Calvin, but if you don't see me, don't wait. :thumb

    I've been to the HSMF a couple of times. Pretty cool. Best thing that's happened to Quincy's economy in twenty years.
    I don't think traffic on 70 will be much of a problem though, since it's next wknd...:D
  11. Xfool

    Xfool Been here awhile

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    3 months, 250 posts, 6800 views. Time to get off the net and ride.

    See ya in Yellow Creek!!!!!!!!!
  12. trasko

    trasko Been here awhile

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    Who's got a report for us? I watched this trip unfold for awhile and I'm wondering how it went! Is everyone still up north?
  13. dakariste

    dakariste Over and over the hill...

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    I've been too busy at work to break away- and the heat didn't help! I hope the trip was spectacular for all. Sad to say I missed camping at Yellow Creek or Lassen...
  14. Xfool

    Xfool Been here awhile

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    I'm in Idaho right now on route to Wisconsin. Typing on an iPAQ, I'll give a more details later.

    Day 1: Yellow Creek to Cabin Springs. The Ishi was stupid hot.

    Day 2: Cabin Springs to Medicen Lake on the Modoc. Some cool little double track trail on the upper Lassen CBDT, you need a gps to find them.

    Day 3: Snow banks on the trail to Medicen Lake on the Modoc CBDT. Helped push out a 4x4 stuck going down hill. Bike started running crapy, bailed to Dorris. Spent two days in Hotel figuring out carb vent line was kinked.

    Day 3+: Attacked Medicen Lake from the back side out of Tulle Lake. Got within 2 miles of Medicen Lake. Unrideable due to snow. Turned around and went north on the Modoc route. Modoc route is great! Mostly easy double track trails, alot of fun.

    Day 4: Camped at big sage reservoir. CBDT route up to Goose Lake boaring high speed gravel. The secound part from Alturas to Oregon boared is fun double track. Last 1.5 mile of trail to Oregon boarder unrideable due to snow.

    I'll post some pics latter when I have a real computer to work with.

    In the meantime check out the Modoc route, it's a great ride.
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    Rumor has it that XFool has been sighted riding like a maniac in the direction of Dixon, North Dakota. This sighting has yet to be confirmed, but comes from a very reliable source.

    You 'gotta hand it to the man, he's got to have some Kevlar buns on him! :clap

    Nooner
  16. dhall8

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    I'm planning on doing the Modoc end this May...things I should know?
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    I am planning a ride on the Modoc BDT this coming mid-late May...how was it?
  18. dnunley

    dnunley veni,vidi,vici

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    If you've read most of this 7 year old thread, they had concerns about snow in late June, and indeed, hit some. Elevations from 6K - 8K if you do both Lassen and Modoc CBT. I'm thinking of trying this myself.
  19. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

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    I just discovered this thread.

    The original name of the trail was the Statewide Motorized Trail System (SMTS) a history can be found on http://www.smts.info/

    I have the SMTS tracks on GPSXchange.com with detail tracks for Modoc and Lassen but could use updates. What I really need is the old Rt 1 that was marked years ago up the Lost Coast.
  20. dnunley

    dnunley veni,vidi,vici

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    I've got the GPS tracks for Lassen/Modoc. They probably do need updating as you say. I know at least one of the gas stops no longer has service, and suspect USFS anti-OHV zeal may well have closed some roads. Can't help with any Lost Coast routes.