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Old 10-10-2013, 03:24 PM   #4186
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Just do it

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, 07:04 PM   #4187
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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, 08:55 AM   #4188
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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, 01:39 PM   #4189
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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, 04:57 PM   #4190
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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, 08:51 AM   #4191
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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, 09:02 AM   #4192
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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, 08:30 PM   #4193
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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, 09:31 PM   #4194
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:57 AM   #4195
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:07 AM   #4196
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Just in case some folks don't know, most of Clear Creek is closed (you should see the signs when you get there anyways but it would suck to ride down without knowing). The BLM ranger ticket for trespassing is $1,000 last time I heard.

There are a couple of county roads that go through and off to one side, but the cool places being posted are not all on the county roads. FWIW.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:51 AM   #4197
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Just in case some folks don't know, most of Clear Creek is closed (you should see the signs when you get there anyways but it would suck to ride down without knowing). The BLM ranger ticket for trespassing is $1,000 last time I heard.

There are a couple of county roads that go through and off to one side, but the cool places being posted are not all on the county roads. FWIW.
Thanks for the reminder.

Also, for the reminder of how bad Kalifornistan sucks these days. Zero intelligent reason for that place to be closed. The love/hate relationship with this place is starting to really eat at me.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:22 AM   #4198
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Thanks for the reminder.

Also, for the reminder of how bad Kalifornistan sucks these days. Zero intelligent reason for that place to be closed. The love/hate relationship with this place is starting to really eat at me.
I have a a friend who did asbestos law for a few years, and said there was no way the law was going to recognize the difference between asbestos fiber types (the type from the Clear Creek region is supposedly not deadly; not amolite fibers). Can o' worms is a polite way to characterize it.

The problem with that is places like Clear Creek get closed by the EPA (doing their job because of the law) and - much, much worse that that - asbestos sites that have amolite fibers don't get prioritized for cleanup, like some active schools... absolute bullshit is the only phrase that comes to my mind.

But CA State had nothing to do with it - in fact, San Benito County took control of their roads back from the BLM when they closed it, so that we can still go through some of it:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=25
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...t=83417&page=2

I'll be down there on Friday Nov. 8th, staying at Mercey Hot Springs on the 7th and maybe the 8th too.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:29 AM   #4199
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I have a a friend who did asbestos law for a few years, and said there was no way the law was going to recognize the difference between asbestos fiber types (the type from the Clear Creek region is supposedly not deadly; not amolite fibers). Can o' worms is a polite way to characterize it.

The problem with that is places like Clear Creek get closed by the EPA (doing their job because of the law) and - much, much worse that that - asbestos sites that have amolite fibers don't get prioritized for cleanup, like some active schools... absolute bullshit is the only phrase that comes to my mind.

But CA State had nothing to do with it - in fact, San Benito County took control of their roads back from the BLM when they closed it, so that we can still go through some of it:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=25
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...t=83417&page=2

I'll be down there on Friday Nov. 8th, staying at Mercey Hot Springs on the 7th and maybe the 8th too.
Thanks for that. Since spouting off at the mouth, I've since seen some stats on where federal and BLM lands are by state. CA has a HUGE amount, which speaks to your explanation above. I've always hated the BLM as the only purpose I see them serving is to close access to land.

I might ride down there again at some point, but Baja beat the bike up a bit, and it's a long way on the 450, so it might be a while.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:19 PM   #4200
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But CA State had nothing to do with it - in fact, San Benito County took control of their roads back from the BLM when they closed it, so that we can still go through some of it
Thanks for pointing this out, and longtallsally's subsequent posting as well. I think we are lucky in California to have so much federal land available; the downside is that the Feds can also close it down. And we can complain about Carnegie this or Hollister that, but how many states even have state OHV riding areas at all?

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