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Old 03-22-2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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Panoche/Tumey Hills - before April 15th

Heya,

I am serious about getting ino Panoche and Tumey Hills this year before the fire season cuttoff (usually April 15th). I am thinkin' there might be enough to warrant a stay at Mercey Hot Springs (tents, RVs, or cabins), because the entrance to Panoche is right across the road.

I am working on maps, but here is a new one available from the BLM:

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medial...wold_Hills.pdf

Note, nothing on Ciervo Hills, so maybe no roads like the Griswold unit.

I have been in them a bit last year, and it was interesting. Nothing too technical like Clear Creek but it is exploring nonetheless.

Anyone interested?
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:48 PM   #2
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That area interests me. I was there awhile back on business and saw the entrance to the BLM area. I'm in when you go. It'll give me a chance to check in on Merl Whiton. He's an OLD cattle rancher with 12,000 acres just south of there. It's a long story how I spent an afternoon/evening stuck at his house visiting (waiting for a tractor to be delivered to get my work truck out of a mud-pit).

If it's not too technical, should I bring a DR650, or would the agile/lightning-fast Husaberg be the bike .

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Old 03-22-2010, 05:46 PM   #3
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If it's not too technical, should I bring a DR650, or would the agile/lightning-fast Husaberg be the bike .

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Hey Tom,

I don't think its technical enough for a dirt bike, and you can only take plated bikes in these BLM areas anyways. I'd think tank range over agility more than agility; less trips to I-5 for fuel.

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Old 03-22-2010, 09:22 PM   #4
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I wouldn't mind checking that area out. I bet it's beautiful this time of year! The wildflowers are going crazy down there right now

I've been to Mercey Hot Springs before, it's a cool yet funky place.



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Old 03-22-2010, 10:26 PM   #5
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:59 AM   #6
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Alrightee then,

There are only three weekends: next (Mar 27/28), following (Apr 3/4), and last (Apr 10/11) before the usual Apr 15 fire season closing date. The last may be difficult for me unfortunately (mrs popsicle may have plans so I'd be on duty), next weekend is just... er soon (but not impossible), which makes the following weekend looking pretty good (Apr 3/4).

A Saturday ride seems to work well, so folks can stay at Mercey Friday night or show up early on Saturday for the ride, and then sleep at Mercey Saturday night if they want, leaving Sunday for more riding and/or the slog home. That would be Saturday April 3rd, if that date works for most.

For navigation purposes the area is around the Panoche Valley, with the Panoche Inn at it's lonely (pastoral) center, great shade tree for sippin sodas, near the mark here:


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To enter the valley, Panoche Road (Co Hwy J1) leaves Hwy 25 at "Paicines" just South of Hollister, which continues (eventually) to I-5. It splits in the valley to make "Little Panoche Road (C0 Hwy J1), which goes by Mercey Hot Springs (noted on I-5 exits) and the Panoche Hills Access Road, and "Panoche Road", which goes to the entrances to Tumey Hills before hitting I-5 at the Apricot Tree Restaurant exit south of Little Panoche Rd. This one is dirt, with an improved water crossing near the top:



The only other exit out of Panoche Valley is the currently closed Clear Creek Management Area via New Idria.
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