southern humboldt rides

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by brewmike, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. Scotty707

    Scotty707 Been here awhile

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  2. WRC51

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    I lived in Humboldt Co. for a little over three years. I was riding a KLR 650 at the time there are so many great roads and places to ride up there, really miss those days. My most favorite ride was probably over to Rio Dell across Bear Ridge then down to Cape Town. Oh boy so many memories, thanks for the jog of the memories
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  4. MeefZah

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    So you don't live in Hydesville anymore (profile)?
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    No I am now living in Santa Rosa, tried to change my profile no luck. Still have relatives in Fortuna, really hit ALOT of roads and trails when I lived there. Put almost 8000 miles on the KLR the first year I had it, mostly Humboldt Co. and a few Moto Camp outs to Oregon. This thread has got me wanting to get another bike.................
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    Scotty707 Been here awhile

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    That the sign to the summer crossing off the Avenue?
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    Yes it is 707, cool little town. I really liked the seasonal bridge they have in the summer, and the ride up and out of the little town is beautiful.
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    Lost Coast Info?
    This is a thread started in 20011, it has a lot of good Info about area rides.....well I see I didn't link it correctly. I am not sure how to find the thread, and put the link in here. Sorry
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    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    Whats the details on this summer bridge thing?
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    >"Whats the details on this summer bridge thing?"

    Eh ? Well... its a temporary crossing of the Eel river in summer.
    They put it in when the river goes low enough... and pull it out when the rains start. Takes about 30 minutes 'off' of getting to Shively.

    Runs across the river and river bar, might be an issue for bigger bikes...
    (if you happen to stray off the beaten tracks).

    Not much else to add.
  11. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    I mean, is it an actual structure, like a low water bridge... or is it just a ford across the water?

    I looked at Google maps, not really seeing where it would be... I see Shivley but not seeing a road that turns off across the river to shortcut to it.
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    >"I mean, is it an actual structure, like a low water bridge... or is it just a ford across the water?"

    Well, it is a 'sort-of' bridge.

    Ramps built out of river rock... and either some culverts and/or a railroad car across the Eel.
    A number of years ago, it was debated that Humboldt County wouldn't have the funds to build it.
    Can't find any web photos of it. Next time I'm there, I will have
    to take a photo.

    In the 'old' days... it was a log (loggers) bridge. (Photo Below)

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    There is another low-water bridge across the North Fork of the Eel you might want to see... a few miles up the North Fork at Holmes.
    Go south on the Avenue of the Giants from the Humboldt Redwoods Park exit. (Main Fork of the Eel.)
    About 1/4 mile, the Holmes road takes off to the east. Few miles up, you can see the Holmes bridge.

    Here' the low water Holmes bridge.
    A kayaker got killed there last year, swept under the bridge and hung up underwater.

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    When the water gets high... it just over-runs the bridge.
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    If you keep following the 'main road'... it ends up on the Dyerville Loop Road.
    You can end up at Ft Seward and/or at the Alderpoint Road... or take a
    side roads back to the Avenue of the Giants.
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    Hmmm. I'll look for it. The Shively one is up currently?

    We found this one just off Dyerville Loop, probably the same as the second one you reference:

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    Here is a shot of the bridge. The turn to it off of Ave. of the Giants is not well marked and actually just a dirt /gravel road down to the river. 021.JPG
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    That is the "town" side of the river I had come in from the 101 exit. Looking at the photo, after you cross the bridge and go around the standing water you would turn to the left and follow the shore line? a few hundred yards to the road up and out to Ave. of the Giants. The looks of the crossing changes every year after the water levels drop and they can install the bridge.
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    That's awesome, I'll have to check that out soon. I love shit like that.
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    Couple photos from yesterday... (Sept 29)

    Couple views from Grizzly Camp Road... and Denny.

    Brown Stuff - burnt stuff. Grey Stuff - Trinity Mountains. Green Stuff - Trees.
    It had been 30 or 40 years since I went into Grizzly Camp... from the recent forest fires...
    I couldn't recognize it, I coulda been on another planet. Grim.

    Trinities (distant) Mary Blaine Mtn, Thurston Peaks, Limestone Ridge.
    You can see an outcrop of limestone rock down in the left corner.
    Runs through that area. There is a pretty good cave down on Soldier Creek/Virgin Creek. (Paul Gibson Cave)
    USFS keeps it secret.

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    New River... up past Denny.
    Gorgeous up in that country.
    Lotsa dope 'openly growing' that far out from the highway.

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    I found the temporary bridge. Cool as shit. You can also just drive through the river, LOL...

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    The goat has nothing to do with any of this.

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    So any other cool shit you guys are holding out from me? Water crossings, strange bridges, epic roads....?

    Also, I don't think the low water bridge I posted above is the same as Twilight Zone's. Mine is on McCann Rd off of Dyerville Loop. I drove over it again today. I forgot about Holmes so I didn't try to see that one.... but just to be clear, Twilight Zone - you are saying that I can run over Holmes bridge and eventually connect with Dyerville Loop? All those roads look like dead ends... which I have no problem exploring... but it's nice to know I have a means of egress...
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    >"So any other cool shit you guys are holding out from me? Water crossings, strange bridges, epic roads....?"

    Shhh.....
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