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Old 10-09-2013, 06:48 PM   #4186
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Three days from SF is plenty.

What kind of bike? Can you handle dirt? What about rocks and ruts?

Three choices really:

Usal Road. This is tough and variable due to weather. If it has rained anytime recently, avoid!

King's Ridge and Wilder Ridge from Shelter Cove. Hard pack dirt and easy stuff...takes you up to Mattole Road at Honey Dew.

Just take Mattole Road out to Honey Dew and Petrolia all the way. Just a couple of dirt sections where they are working on the road. Goaty in sections, but no problem for any bike.

Can run it either way (north to south or south to north) -- depends on where want to overnight. Example: roll up 1, stay in Fort Bragg, then that awesome section of 1 to Leggett the next morning, cut over to the Lost Coast, maybe go out Lighthouse Road, stop a lot for pix, then overnight in Fortuna. From there, I'd ride 36 over to 5 and then back to the Bay. 36 should not be missed either.

Have fun...and watch the weather up there.
Thanks for the info!

I've got an F650GS twin. I can handle dirt and some rocks and ruts. I want the dirt. It's sand and stream crossings that I'm not super keen on. And the combination of rocks, ruts, narrow and steep is tough for me. But practice is the only way to get better at something, right?

I'm definitely intrigued by Usal Rd. though. I feel like that's the real remote part, which is what I'm most attracted to. I'm also interested in camping at night.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:35 PM   #4187
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Thanks for the info!

I've got an F650GS twin. I can handle dirt and some rocks and ruts. I want the dirt. It's sand and stream crossings that I'm not super keen on. And the combination of rocks, ruts, narrow and steep is tough for me. But practice is the only way to get better at something, right?

I'm definitely intrigued by Usal Rd. though. I feel like that's the real remote part, which is what I'm most attracted to. I'm also interested in camping at night.

Usal Road should be no problem for your twin. There are a couple of spots where the road goes low thru a saddle of the ridge that might be muddy, but I'd be more concerned with trees down across the roads.
Usal Beach has a great campground (and yes the rangers show up once in a while to make sure you pay) and the local wildlife likes to wander into your camp at times.


I've seen one bear up there, but the Elk are all over so watch the curves.




Lots a sheltered spots at Usal Beach




But a warning on the side trails! The "farmers" don't like you exploring their turf! Stay on the main roads, if you see little signs, odd art work, hedges made out of branches, etc..... Turn Around And Leave.

I turned off at a bicycle seat on a post stuck in the ground, and it turned into a quad trail that lead to a road block of branches. Gallon milk jugs of water laying around is another sign of a "camp".




Other than that, It's a blast to ride up there.

Usal Beach,

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Old 10-09-2013, 11:15 PM   #4188
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I'm definitely intrigued by Usal Rd. though. I feel like that's the real remote part, which is what I'm most attracted to. I'm also interested in camping at night.
This camp site is about 8 miles (if my memory is correct) from highway 1.



The road to the camp looked like this (in Aug 2011).



It's easy. As to how easy... there were a couple of Harley riders at the camp site. It's when you leave the camp and keep heading north that things can get interesting.



That fall was completely preventable. I didn't hit that little wet spot straight on.
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:01 AM   #4189
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This camp site is about 8 miles (if my memory is correct) from highway 1.



The road to the camp looked like this (in Aug 2011).



It's easy. As to how easy... there were a couple of Harley riders at the camp site. It's when you leave the camp and keep heading north that things can get interesting.



That fall was completely preventable. I didn't hit that little wet spot straight on.
Oh might even consider this myself!! Thanks for all the I put kind sir!


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Old 10-10-2013, 11:05 AM   #4190
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Excellent photos! If the roads are still looking like this, then it should be totally manageable. And thanks for all the details about camp spots and avoiding the side rides. Definitely don't want to wander into someone's "garden".
Excited for this!
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:16 PM   #4191
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All the years of traveling the North coast...
September and October are really nice.

This was in June two years ago after some rain about two weeks before.








And the "Art Work"



And one of the many side roads with the marker....




OK, now for the view....




Have a great trip, wish I could go along.... flippin' work schedule!
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Old 10-10-2013, 04:24 PM   #4192
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Timasherfs, did it get that right?

I'm with Kampfire, plus he has tasty pics! If you have any dirt skills, which I think I heard you say you do, you will be fine. Take Usal Rd off of Hwy 1 to Shelter.

There is no sand unless you want to try your hand on the beach at Usal. You really didn't give much idea as to what you're thinking on doing with your time. You can make it to Usal if you're camping, same day from SF no sweat. You can even make Shelter in a day. I think the best plan is to head up 1 and if you're camping stay at Usal, if not maybe hole up in Ft Bragg first night, round trip to Shelter and back the following day, hole up in Bragg or Mendo remainder of the trip. If you're looking to get some more dirt in you can do the Bragg to Willits route via Oak/Sherwood, another easy road usually with ruts but since they graded it the ruts are gone but pockets of dust/silt which acts a lot like light sand. Just get a feel for the route and stay on the road with the mile markers, thats the thru road to Willits.

Must see- the bottom of a glass of Brother T at the brewery in Bragg
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:04 PM   #4193
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Any guys interested in joining me and my buddy for the East Side of the Sierras/ Death Valley trip- we are now thinking of leaving on October 25th and returning to SF around the 2nd.
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:55 AM   #4194
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Sorry: King's Peak from Shelter Cove to Wilder Ridge. (I get that mixed up with King's Ridge Road further south...).

Partially paved, graded dirt in places...but no gnarly stuff.

But I haven't been on it since June...so check around and make sure it hasn't been "Closed" or washed out or something lately.

Take a buddy or a SPOT if you go solo. It's a long walk out from in there....

If you haven't done much off-road stuff, I'd suggest sticking to Mattole Road through the Lost Coast first. You could ride out a few miles from Honeydew on Wilder Ridge and see how you like the graded dirt. Or go out the Lighthouse Road. Mattole is narrow, patched asphalt, potholes, and a very different kinda road...what most call a "Goat Road." Be sure to take pix and spend some time along the water; it doesn't last very long!
Is there a good area around Ft Bragg to stage from, i.e. Park the truck and trailer and ride from there?
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:39 PM   #4195
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Gang, super last minute:
going to head up to Lake Berryessa and then along rd. 40, a nice little dirt road through the mountains to Cache Creek. Aim to be back in SF by 6. If anyone wants to join I'll be leaving in about an hr. Text me at (650) 526-8703 if you're down to join.

I'm reasonably fast on dirt but pretty relaxed.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:57 PM   #4196
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What's you route and schedule. My buddy and I may hook up. We plan on leaving LA next thursday.
Got back late last night. We crossed on the way down at Tecate and then dirt to Mike's. We ended up crossing back at Mexicali based on how bad I beat up the GS (rode from Coco's with a 21" tube in the front).
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:51 AM   #4197
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Got back late last night. We crossed on the way down at Tecate and then dirt to Mike's. We ended up crossing back at Mexicali based on how bad I beat up the GS (rode from Coco's with a 21" tube in the front).
Wonderful ride report of longtallsally and YetiGS's Baja trip here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=927172

I've got some pics of my bike on its side on that Milk Run road too ... ha.

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Old 10-15-2013, 10:02 AM   #4198
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Got a couple of pics from the airplane yesterday ... Mt. Patterson and Bridgeport Reservior from 30,000 feet ... Mt. Patterson is the snowy island in the distance ... you can ride a bike to the top of Patterson because it's in NV, I guess ...



And Carnegie and Corral Hollow Road from 10,000 feet ...



There was a ton more snow on Thursday, 10/11/13 ...

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Old 10-18-2013, 09:30 PM   #4199
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Yes, you can ride/drive to the summit of Mount Patterson.
And it's quite a trail to get there.



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Old 10-19-2013, 10:31 PM   #4200
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