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Old 01-25-2007, 06:46 AM   #16
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Lame, I've never had a problem up on Summit at all. I thought I read somewhere that the road wasn't private, but just not maintained by the county. I'll try to do some research into that.
IMO not much to research. The signage and locked gates that have been there for at least 15 years say it all. If it was an illegal denial of entry then I think it would have been resolved by now.
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Old 01-25-2007, 07:52 AM   #17
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Fair enough. I've never seen the gates locked, so I never thought too much about it.

Ah well, at least there's Metcalf for when we need that quick fix!
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Old 01-25-2007, 04:43 PM   #18
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I miss Mendocino.....
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Old 01-27-2007, 09:49 AM   #19
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Does anyone remember the LEGAL off-road riding area on Redwood Rd in Oakland? Access was by the pullout where all the cafe racers hung out. IIRC there were even sanctioned trials events there. Also Pt Richmond, and I used to play at a nice little moto-x circuit down at the Berkeley Marina in the early 80's. All gone now ... Redwood Retreat plus the few bits of Highland/Summit are all I know that are still legal, unless you get out to clear creek etc.

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Old 01-27-2007, 12:24 PM   #20
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Does anyone remember the LEGAL off-road riding area on Redwood Rd in Oakland?
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I remember it! Used to blast around on my CZ up there..
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Old 02-02-2007, 06:04 PM   #21
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I officially have my fisrt saturday off since Camp Schiedeck. I will be doing this ride tomorrow. Probably leaving around 9am-ish. Which I can work around in case someone wants to go with me.


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It's tough to find dirt roads in the wild in the Bay Area. Too many gated hippie hiking trails.

The loop I like is in the southern Santa Cruz Mountains. From Pacifica:

* Head south on Hwy 101 or 280. Basically, just get to the Almaden Expressway exit on Hwy 85 in San Jose

* Make the first left at the exit and then an immediate right (onto Almaden). Keep going straight (~4 miles) until it ends on Harry Road.

* Turn right on Harry and make an immediate left onto McKean

* McKean becomes Uvas

* Enjoy the views and sweepers along Uvas

* When Uvas ends, turn right onto Watsonville Road

* On the right shortly is Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park. This is a great little park to visit, btw. Restrooms and a nice little interpretive trail.

* Just past the park, turn right onto Redwood Retreat

* The road forks; turn left onto Mt Madonna

* FINALLY, the pavement ends! Enjoy 2 miles of dirt/tree roots/mud/fun through the redwoods.

* At the top of the hill, turn right onto Summit Road

* Keep going straight even past the signs saying the road ends.

* The road turns unpaved again for 10 glorious miles.

* You'll eventually hit an intersection at the top of the hill. Turn left (Loma Prieta Ave)

* Turn right onto Loma Prieta where you see a cluster of mailboxes on the right (I almost always miss this turn; GPS is your friend). More unpaved goodness.

* Loma Prieta eventually intersects with Summit Road near Hwy 17.

* If you miss the Loma Prieta turn, you'll stay straight on Mt Bache, which intersects with Highland Way, which becomes Summit Road. So no worries unless you really want that 1 more mile of dirt. ;)

Anyway, it's about 90 miles round trip (15 miles of dirt).
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:52 PM   #22
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hey guys im new on here

this post is pretty old, and was wondering if anyone has gone recently?
how was it?

im in sunnyvale and im planning to take a trip there with my bike and my buddies f-150
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:47 PM   #23
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I was up there today, coming in from the north (west? the Hwy 17 side of Summit, not from Mt Madonna). I obeyed the signs but rode from Highland, up Mt Bache to the gate, and then back along Loma Prieta to Summit. There were a couple of 2-stroke dirt bikes that whizzed past me as I lumbered along on my Wee Strom. The section of Loma Prieta running NW from Mt Bache back to Summit Rd was very nice with all the rain we've had lately.

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Old 03-08-2009, 01:05 PM   #24
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Hollister Hills is probably the best bet for riders in the south bay. You get plenty of trails of varying degrees of difficulty (even one-way trails/signs). I feel the pain for those of us who dual-sport though. The previous posts have accounted for the most of the other options.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:17 AM   #25
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This ride has been posted before, so I'll skimp on the details - get to New Idria and go over Clear Creek - nice dirt road climb and decent, then right on Los Gatos/Coalinga rd, then right on Old Hernandez Rd - part paved/part dirt, including a nice creek crossing, then right onto hwy 25 for a few miles, then left on La Gloria rd (easy to miss this one) - about 10 miles of dirt, eventually turning paved and comes out at hwy 101 in Gonzales.

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I know this is an old thread, but it was resurrected so should be updated: Clear Creek Management Area (BLM) is closed to everything - including hikers. You cannot get from New Idria to Los Gatos Creek Road/Coalinga anymore. Don't get caught there; its tresspassing on Fed Property.

Mendocino NF is the biggest off-road area in the region now. For a quick fix you can try OHV parks: Carnagie south of Livermore, Hollister Hills south of Hollister, and Metcalf in South San Jose.
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:16 AM   #26
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Lets not forget the Sierras, Lots of National forest stuff up there open to plated and stickered bikes.
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Old 06-11-2011, 02:44 PM   #27
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Any more info on this?





Excite-Bike screwed with this post 06-11-2011 at 02:50 PM
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:53 PM   #28
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Damn I miss the bay area. Anyone hiring??
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:45 PM   #29
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Any more info on this?
Were you hoping for some dirt roads to magically appear or something?

It just gets worse, if anything.

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Damn I miss the bay area. Anyone hiring??
There are companies hiring if you have the right skills.

I expect to soon be missing the Bay Area too, because I'm moving to Folsom at the end of the week. But I won't be missing the lack of dirt. They have lots of good dirt roads up there. Gold Country Dual Sport Riders, here I come.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:59 AM   #30
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San Benito Co re-opened their roads in Clear Creek, the historic OHV area the BLM closed down due to an EPA order about asbestos risk.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=566303

Not everything is open, and please don't get off the County roads and contribute to their closure too! Contact San Benito Co to check which, but here is a thread noting which used to be their roads:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85436

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Still currently first place is Mendocino NF, at 3hrs north of San Jose; Clear Creek is a few hours south and a much nicer ride (Hwy 25 and the Panoche Valley).
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