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Old 09-13-2014, 04:52 AM   #1
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Hells Half Acre

I'm planning to connect Rt. 4 to 108 with the Northern leg, nf-5n14, to Hells Half Acre. Big bikes fully loaded on 80/20 tires. Looking for feedback on what to expect. Thanks for any info in advance.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:30 AM   #2
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I have been on Hells Half acre many times, but not lately. Sierra Paciific owns a lot of the property between the Stanislaus river and Beardsley reservoir. They will be logging up there, so be aware. They have also rerouted Hells Half Acre (5N02) many times to accommodate their operation, so finding the current path can get confusing coming from 4. It doesn't jive with my 2008 garmin map or FS maps.

Its big bike friendly. The original road routed around the back end of the reservoir, I would avoid that on a big bike.

Edit: You are taking 5n14?. AKA rt 52 on some maps. Its been paved from the Stanislaus to the top of the Canyon on the South side. When it ends, turn right. Hard to get lost. You will hit pavement again where 5N02 ties in.
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:37 AM   #3
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I'm planning to connect Rt. 4 to 108 with the Northern leg, nf-5n14, to Hells Half Acre. Big bikes fully loaded on 80/20 tires. Looking for feedback on what to expect. Thanks for any info in advance.
Hi bemiiten,

Another Mercer County native here!
Moved out here 25 years ago ... miss the old stomping grounds ...
used to ride all over and roadrace up at Loudon, Pocono and
Summit Point on the late '80s ... good times ...

Anyway, I rode Hell's Half Acre Road, NF-5n14 and FR52 solo a
couple of weeks ago on a loaded KLR ... it was dry, so you would
not have had any trouble with 80/20 tires ... the road is well-used
so it's pretty east to follow if you don't have a GPS ...
two-wheel drive fire road stuff ...

Posted some Hells Half Acre pics and maps from that
ride on another Moto BB here:
http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums...d.php?t=463071

And here's a pic of Hell's Half Acre Road from a couple weeks ago:


I camped out a night up there, but it's probably a
three or or so hour ride from hwy 4 to 108 ...

itsatdm's advice is spot on, though the logging activity on the
northern route is minimal now ...
I think of Hell's Half-Acre Road as the road that leads up to 52
from the top of Beardsley Lake (to the north east) ... it is dirt
and steep, but fun on the KLR ... The paved road up from
Beardsley goes across the dam on the downstream side to the west ...
It's all good, just depends on of you want dirt or not ...

Have a great ride!
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Old 09-13-2014, 05:21 PM   #4
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itsatdm, SFMCjohn Thanks very much for the info.
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