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Old 06-11-2013, 10:54 PM   #76
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I didn't make it out last week. I am still healing the ankle and I needed to give it a rest that day after a setback in physical therapy.

I have kept this Thursday open so I am ready to go. We were originally thinking Stonyford? But as you point out it will definitely be cooler in Hollister.

I am in either way. Let me know.

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How's your ankle for some singletrack on Thursday?

I just looked and the forecasted high for Stonyford Thursday has dropped from 88 to 83. The high at Letts Lake expected to be 73. Yes, let's go to Stonyford! I've not been up there since the fire. Use to be our favorite riding area.

Here is where the Little Stony CG is on Goat Mtn Road. They charge money to camp there now. :-( The free day-use staging area is 2 more curves west. The blue-intermediate climbs out of there are all black diamond now. Steep, & loose this time of year. Need plate for Goat Mtn Rd. & Letts Lake.

What time can you get there? Takes me about 3 hours, with a quick McDonalds stop.

Anyone else interested?

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Old 06-11-2013, 11:07 PM   #77
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How's your ankle for some singletrack on Thursday?

I just looked and the forecasted high for Stonyford Thursday has dropped from 88 to 83. The high at Letts Lake expected to be 73. Yes, let's go to Stonyford! I've not been up there since the fire. Use to be our favorite riding area.

Here is where the Little Stony CG is on Goat Mtn Road. They charge money to camp there now. :-( The free day-use staging area is 2 more curves west. The blue-intermediate climbs out of there are all black diamond now. Steep, & loose this time of year. Need plate for Goat Mtn Rd. & Letts Lake.

What time can you get there? Takes me about 3 hours, with a quick McDonalds stop.

Anyone else interested?

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I am only 15 minutes further south than you so I am about 3 hours as well. The ankle should be fine and like they say "there is only one way to find out!"

What time do you want to target getting there? 9am? 10am?

I got the new gearing on the bike so it should take the single track a little better.

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Old 06-12-2013, 08:17 AM   #78
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Stonyford tomorrow!!!

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Here is where the Little Stony CG is on Goat Mtn Road. They charge money to camp there now. :-( The free day-use staging area is 2 more curves west. The blue-intermediate climbs out of there are all black diamond now. Steep, & loose this time of year. Need plate for Goat Mtn Rd. & Letts Lake.

What time can you get there? Takes me about 3 hours, with a quick McDonalds stop.
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I am only 15 minutes further south than you so I am about 3 hours as well. The ankle should be fine and like they say "there is only one way to find out!"

What time do you want to target getting there? 9am? 10am?
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How about arrive Thursday (tomorrow) 9:30am at the day-use staging area and ready to ride at 10AM?


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Old 06-12-2013, 08:56 PM   #79
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How about arrive Thursday (tomorrow) 9:30am at the day-use staging area and ready to ride at 10AM?

Hitting the trails from the Little Stony day-use staging area at 10AM. Bring snacks, lunch, & water for all day. Lunch at Letts Lake.

Plated dirtbikes & experienced riders on blue & black-diamond trails.

Seeya in the morning,

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Old 06-12-2013, 10:00 PM   #80
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Hitting the trails from the Little Stony day-use staging area at 10AM. Bring snacks, lunch, & water for all day. Lunch at Letts Lake.

Plated dirtbikes & experienced riders on blue & black-diamond trails.

Seeya in the morning,

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Old 06-14-2013, 11:06 AM   #81
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Stonyford...

Its pretty cool to ride my favorite Stonyford trails again,
but the character of the trails in the burn area is quite different now...

I don't know if all of the bulldozer work on the trails have been
done by logging contractors or Mendo NF folks, but a fresh crop
of jagged boulders have been turned up everywhere. Many narrow
singletrack have sections of 10-12-ft wide clear-cut down them for
100-ft, with deep gravel & small boulders. Kinda weird. I'm sure it
will be fine once its packed back down & some of the greenery
grows back.

Anyway ... we rode a good selection of trails that went like this;
24, 1 to the top & back down, 24, 26, 22, 20, 3, 7, all of 15 to the
bottom, and then 17N62B, 13, and 14 over to Letts Lake for lunch.



Ed powers out of a ravine






17N02 to M10 to all of Trail 6 to the west end of trail 4.


In the creek


The climb up the west end of 4 is getting pretty torn up with bigger
boulders & rock ledges now. This section is labeled blue-intermediate,
but should be black-diamond. I'm glad we got up it OK. Way too
gnarly to stop & get trail photos.

Stopped at Memorial Rock (only one so far) near the top of 4, and then
continued up to the top of Goat Mountain for a break.






The Goat Mtn ridgeline with the infamous Goat Rock in the background

Rode back to the last part of trail 4 to ride it all the way to the east end.
Nice fast & flowing trail! We rode up M5 to Cedar Camp so Ed could see
the CG, then back down to Goat Mtn Road to camp. 68 miles for the day.

I was amazed how few moto tracks we came across. We laid down virgin
tracks on several trail sections. Had to stop & clear a downed tree near
the bottom of trail 15.

It was cool at Letts Lake and on top of Goat Mtn. What a gorgeous day
for a ride!

Stopped at Granzella's in Williams for drinks & a nice dinner afterwards.
THANKS for chasing me through the forest & dinner Ed!


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Old 06-17-2013, 07:12 PM   #82
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Carnegie, 10AM, Moto Mart ...

3 old guys (2 Betas & a KTM) are meeting at Carnegie - Moto Mart at 10AM tomorrow,
Tuesday June 18. A little JL skills practice & a 20-mile mostly-singletrack loop. Blue & black trails.

Join us , or (gasp!) go to work!

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Old 06-18-2013, 03:02 PM   #83
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The climb up the west end of 4 is getting pretty torn up with bigger
boulders & rock ledges now. This section is labeled blue-intermediate,
but should be black-diamond. I'm glad we got up it OK. Way too
gnarly to stop & get trail photos.

Stopped at Memorial Rock (only one so far) near the top of 4, and then
continued up to the top of Goat Mountain for a break.






The Goat Mtn ridgeline with the infamous Goat Rock in the background


I was amazed how few moto tracks we came across. We laid down virgin
tracks on several trail sections. Had to stop & clear a downed tree near
the bottom of trail 15.

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Yeah, the west end of Trail 4 is certainly difficult going eastbound. We struggled up that with a 950SE and a R100GS a couple of weeks ago. Those of us on "dirt bikes" had an easier time. We didn't take time for pictures, either.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #84
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Wednesday, 6/26/13, 10 AM at Carnegie - Moto Mart ...

Wednesday, 6/26/13, 10 AM at Carnegie - Moto Mart.
Retired guys riding singletrack.


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Old 06-24-2013, 09:27 PM   #85
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:23 PM   #86
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You guys suck.

Every chance I get!


Carnegie is good practice, so I can go ride trails like these a few times a year;






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Old 06-25-2013, 03:22 PM   #87
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Nice watercrossing. That's at Carnegie? Don't think I've run across that one. What trail was it on, if you recall?
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Nice watercrossing. That's at Carnegie? Don't think I've run across that one. What trail was it on, if you recall?
No way am I gonna tell you where that is. We'd have to kill you anyway, that's the secret trail. Not even Carnegie's rangers know 'bout it.
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Nice watercrossing. That's at Carnegie? Don't think I've run across that one. What trail was it on, if you recall?
The only water at Carnegie is down at the bottom and you're no longer allowed to ride through it.

Carnegie was almost shut down for good a few years ago when some environmentalists filed a lawsuit to protect some obscure species in the Central Valley that was supposedly being harmed by polluted runoff. It didn't matter that water only comes out of there for about 4 months of the year, and that nearly all of the pollution was from the north side of the road where Livermore Labs had tested all kinds of nasty chemicals.

Once the lawsuit was dismissed as frivolous, the people at Carnegie had to at least do their best to keep the offroad vehicles from adding more pollution to any runoff from the park. So when it's wet, those areas are all roped off and you'll get a ticket if you get caught riding in them.
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Nice watercrossing. That's at Carnegie? Don't think I've run across that one. What trail was it on, if you recall?

I do recall , but its a closely-guarded, secret trail; shhh...


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No way am I gonna tell you where that is. We'd have to kill you anyway, that's the secret trail. Not even Carnegie's rangers know 'bout it.

Thanks for keeps secret trails secret!

If someone wants to ride that trail, they'll just have to come chase me down it!


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