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Old 02-06-2012, 08:27 PM   #46
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La gloria

La Gloria is a nice road! esp when combined with old hernandez road and a little bit of clear creek :)

how does Summit road compare to each one of those? Harder? easier?


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i've done both summit and la gloria on my r1100rs sporty-touring bike with metzeler z6 touring tires which are about as close to slicks as you can get. easy hard packed wide roads.

summit has been a private maintained road for a lot longer than 20 years. we lived off Casserly near Mt Madonna Rd (behind the county fairgrounds) in the early 80s, and it was that way then.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:58 AM   #47
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La Gloria is a nice road! esp when combined with old hernandez road and a little bit of clear creek :)

how does Summit road compare to each one of those? Harder? easier?
shorter and just as easy as La Gloria, but if you are in the area its a nice loop through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Just don't let the locals fool ya - its a county road and not under their control so if you have a plate you can use it. If the gate is shut and locked call the county sheriff to open and deal with them.

Clear Creek Road is open (main thru road) along with Spanish Lake, Sawmill, and KCAC (a great loop).

Hernandez is fine, but you should get over to the South Coast Ridge Road (off of Nacimento Road south of Big Sur). If you need lots of dirt then head to the Carrizo Plain or Mendocino NF.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:01 AM   #48
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Going to head north soon to check-out Rayhouse Road and Western Mine Road.

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Western Mine is a fun road. Not very long, but you are either ascending or descending the whole way. At the top it connects with Ida Clayton, which is paved, but fun to ride. If you are coming from Santa Rosa, take Franz Valley Rd to get there.

After Western Mine, you can go over to Middletown and head north on Big Canyon Rd. Dirt for about 5-6 miles, then paved, but fun to ride. Perini Rd off Big Canyon has some dirt and nice vistas. Siegler Springs Rd, to the north, becomes dirt also. Other than Western Mine, hese are all fairly flat and populated to varying degrees.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:25 AM   #49
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Western Mine is a fun road. Not very long, but you are either ascending or descending the whole way. At the top it connects with Ida Clayton, which is paved, but fun to ride. If you are coming from Santa Rosa, take Franz Valley Rd to get there.

After Western Mine, you can go over to Middletown and head north on Big Canyon Rd. Dirt for about 5-6 miles, then paved, but fun to ride. Perini Rd off Big Canyon has some dirt and nice vistas. Siegler Springs Rd, to the north, becomes dirt also. Other than Western Mine, hese are all fairly flat and populated to varying degrees.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:31 AM   #50
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there's also a stretch of open dirt road just north of Big Sur called the Old Coast Road. north end is at the north
end of the famous Bixby Creek Bridge, and the south end is across from Andrew Molera State Park. its all easy
graded hardpack dirt road, although after winter rains it can be impassible with mud.

this is a panorama I shot back in 2001 on a borrowed F650GS, taken near the south end (thats andrew molera in
the foreground, and if you pan to the right, you can see the road)

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Old 02-07-2012, 11:32 AM   #51
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That road is beautiful and well worth the trip. Haven't been down there for a couple of years... wasn't part of it washed out last year?
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:46 AM   #52
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I remmeber a trip up the sonoma coast a few years ago with several dirt stretches on ridge roads just east of highway 1... I don't remember the names of them, but one came out near the mouth of the Russian River, and the other near the Kruz(?) Rhododendron Reserve (we were northbound)
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I remmeber a trip up the sonoma coast a few years ago with several dirt stretches on ridge roads just east of highway 1... I don't remember the names of them, but one came out near the mouth of the Russian River, and the other near the Kruz(?) Rhododendron Reserve (we were northbound)
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Here is another of the Old Coast Road just north of the other pano:

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Old Coast Road, heading north up the switchback section.

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I remmeber a trip up the sonoma coast a few years ago with several dirt stretches on ridge roads just east of highway 1... I don't remember the names of them, but one came out near the mouth of the Russian River, and the other near the Kruz(?) Rhododendron Reserve (we were northbound)
Kruse Ranch road and Willow Creek road. Willow Creek is a private road now with a gate at its northern end.
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #57
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La Gloria is a nice road! esp when combined with old hernandez road and a little bit of clear creek :)
Old Hernandez road is closed. Last Spring the ford across the creek (river) was dug out, the county must have done it.
That was a fun road which I miss.
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Old Hernandez road is closed. Last Spring the ford across the creek (river) was dug out, the county must have done it.
That was a fun road which I miss.
I think the guy's KLR floating down the creek and sitting there submerged for awhile was the last nail in the coffin.




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I think the guy's KLR floating down the creek and sitting there submerged for awhile was the last nail in the coffin.
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That would do it. Right in the middle of someone’s ranch, polluting the water supply.
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I think the guy's KLR floating down the creek and sitting there submerged for awhile was the last nail in the coffin.




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