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Old 12-20-2013, 03:19 PM   #4276
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Hey guys, just got my WRR here and looking for some dirt roads! Took the bike to Metcalf Moto park this past weekend but it was kinda small. Looking for something more cross-country and scenic. Any suggestions between SF and San Jose perhaps up in the Santa Cruz hills?
If you're looking for dirt, go to Hollister Hills.

If you're looking for pavement, here are some fun roads (by no means a complete list):

Broken up by General Area…

Alpine Rd/Pescadero Creek Rd.
Mountain Charlie Rd.
Zayante Rd
Skyline Blvd from Black Rd. to Mountain Charley
Bear Creek Rd.

Kings Canyon Rd.
Tunitas Creek Rd
Stage Rd.
Gazos Creek Rd./Cloverdale

Bonnydoon/Pine Flat/Empire Grade
Smith Grade
Ice Cream Grade/Felton-Empire
Jameson Creek Rd.
Hwy 236 through Big Basin


You should be able to build some good loops out of those.

Enjoy the ride!

BTW, be watchful this time of year. In the hills, the shady spots can have ice well into the afternoon, plus since they stay wet all day, algae starts to grow and it's not green, it's clear, slippery ooze. Plus there's more crap in the corners now, waiting to cause a lowside.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:27 PM   #4277
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Hey guys, just got my WRR here and looking for some dirt roads! Took the bike to Metcalf Moto park this past weekend but it was kinda small. Looking for something more cross-country and scenic. Any suggestions between SF and San Jose perhaps up in the Santa Cruz hills?
Best bet is up in the Sierra or Mendocino as the closest. Carrizo and Los Padres and Death Valley are the other options this time of year.
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:42 AM   #4278
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Hey guys, just got my WRR here and looking for some dirt roads! Took the bike to Metcalf Moto park this past weekend but it was kinda small. Looking for something more cross-country and scenic. Any suggestions between SF and San Jose perhaps up in the Santa Cruz hills?
Try Mines Road out of Livermore. Goes up over the top of Mt. Hamilton and drops you in San Jose.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:47 AM   #4279
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Also check out Summit Rd. heading SE off the 17. There are plenty a cool roads over here. There is some dirt you may be able to ride. Check google maps to see what connects. This area was recommend to me by a CHP cop working in Aptos. Just start wandering and see where you end up.

I'll vouch for vegetation and debris on the road as well. Some of the roads aren't in a great state as well.
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:12 AM   #4280
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Hey guys, just got my WRR here and looking for some dirt roads! Took the bike to Metcalf Moto park this past weekend but it was kinda small. Looking for something more cross-country and scenic. Any suggestions between SF and San Jose perhaps up in the Santa Cruz hills?
Not really anything left as dirt roads in that area. South of San Jose there are a few, like La Gloria Road (Kings City to Hwy 25 south of Hollister).

Clear Creek Road is probably the best (Hwy 25 to Los Gatos Creek-Coalinga Road on one end, and New Idria-Panoche Road on the other) down near Pinnacles NP south of Hollister. BUT part of Clear Creek Road is now intermediate (the climb up from New Idria, which is a spooky ghost mining town).

Your best option for true scenic dirt roads, and days of riding is Mendocino NF north of Clear Lake up above Napa-Sonoma. Otherwise you have to go south to the Carrizo Plain NM (sw of Bakersfield in the coast range) or east to the Sierras and beyond for true scenic dirt roads.

Wait, there is a nice stretch down near Ft. Hunter-Liggett, the Coast Ridge Road off Nacimiento-Ferguson Road, just above Hwy 1 near Kirk Creek Campground (south of Big Sur). There are a few great dirt roads there!
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #4281
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Also check out Summit Rd. heading SE off the 17. There are plenty a cool roads over here. There is some dirt you may be able to ride. Check google maps to see what connects. This area was recommend to me by a CHP cop working in Aptos. Just start wandering and see where you end up.


Lots of nice stuff in that area. If you're on a dual sport, Buzzard Lagoon Rd is fun. Might be closed during the winter, though.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:41 PM   #4282
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Bartlett Springs / 303

- That was flippen fun!

Our first trip out exploring the Mendocino NF area.. I can't believe it's taken us this long to find this route.. TONS of side trails to beat yourself up on.. (note video)

CA-20 to Nice, CA

Right on Bartlett Springs Rd (dirt pretty much starts here)

Run Bartlett Spings toward Co Rd 303/Bartlett Springs Rd (more dirt)

Turn right on Brim Rd (Some gravel)

Right onto Bear Valley Rd - toward CA-20 E (sketchy loose gravel)

48 Miles on dirt - 2.5 hrs


Ouch.... (small vid)

(On a side note - Christmas on crutches SUCKS!)






Still a bit cold in the shadows.








lame water crossings




At but dusty in the valley
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:14 AM   #4283
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Ouch for sure. Hope you heal up soon.

Was the ice at the higher elevation on Bartlett or can you tell me approximately where? I have some friends heading up there Sunday.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:46 AM   #4284
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Thanks for all the directions on the Mendocino NF ride, have to do that one soon with the weather the way it is. It's so close, but always a excuse not to head north.
No more excuses.............. next week? (with the new springs & shock)
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:05 AM   #4285
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Ouch for sure. Hope you heal up soon.

Was the ice at the higher elevation on Bartlett or can you tell me approximately where? I have some friends heading up there Sunday.
Hi Cabrito,

My motorcycle buddies were at the Penny Pines OHV above Clear Lake yesterday and sent this photo of the ice and snow:



I'd guess Penny is about the same elevation as much of the high parts of Bartlett ...?

@ cuonawv: nice map, pics and vid, thanks for posting!

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Old 12-29-2013, 07:22 AM   #4286
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New Years Eve in San Francisco ...



Hey BAARCers,

The San Francisco Motorcycle Club will be hosting a New Year's Eve Party
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BAARCers and ADVers always welcome!

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Old 12-29-2013, 10:44 AM   #4287
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Thanks John,
Much appreciate the picture and info.



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Hi Cabrito,

My motorcycle buddies were at the Penny Pines OHV above Clear Lake yesterday and sent this photo of the ice and snow:

I'd guess Penny is about the same elevation as much of the high parts of Bartlett ...?

@ cuonawv: nice map, pics and vid, thanks for posting!

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Old 12-30-2013, 11:20 AM   #4288
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Hey guys -

Just wanted to encourage y'all to come riding in SE Arizona in March (20-23) for our 5th year of Dual Sport Desert Daze.

Official ADV thread is here for more info:
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:16 PM   #4289
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Awesome. Ill be in Sierra Vista during this time. I should be there
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:53 PM   #4290
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Hi, I need some help with road closure info?
I' m trying to find out if FH7 Mendocino Pass is still open?
I called FS and they couldn't help, said call the county it's their road.
I called the number they (FS) gave me, and the nice lady said she doesn't know, but it could be scary!

So any first hand knowledge, or who I can contact?
I'm hoping to go before this summer weather ends.
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