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Old 08-29-2014, 10:22 AM   #4876
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Laugh Mt Patterson and East Walker River hot spring ...

Hey BAARCers,

Finally made it up Mount Patterson and found the hot spring on the
East Walker River on Tuesday on my new-to-me, loaded-for-camping '05 KLR 650 ...



The road past Walker Peak ... 11,600 feet high ...
Way above tree line ...



Cary got us a SPOT, this is the map it generated for me ...
Hwy 108, Sonora Pass, Mt Patterson, East Walker River,
Monitor Pass, Hwy 4, Hell's Half Acre back to 108 ...
could do this over a weekend from San Francisco ...
I camped out three nights ...



Got lucky with the weather on top ... was able to sit in
shirtsleeves and make myself a cup of coffee while
watching the falcons strafe pikas ...



Finally found the hot spring on the East Walker River after
searching for it for years ... Route 765K on the forest service map
is your friend if you want to find it ...



They've had some gully washers out there this season, and the
final plunge down to the river is in rough shape ... tough KLR riding
for this n00b, but the reward is the hot spring
site isn't being used much ...

The ride over Patterson was also tough for me, particularly the bit
just below Belfort, the cool old ghost town on the slopes of Walker Peak ...

Came back via Risue Road and Monitor Pass ...



Rode up to visit the watch tower on Leviathan Peak ...



Camped a third night at an old fire tower sight in between Hwys 4 and 108
with a nice view to the west ...



Bumped down Hell's Half-Acre Road and got back to Lower Haight
around 3pm ... super beautiful trip, really glad I finally
got a chance to ride that part of the world ... all just an easy ride away from
Lower Haight ...

see you around the campfire,
-- SFMCjohn
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:26 AM   #4877
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Wow as always, John. Once I heal up, we gotta get together for one of these little rides- I like your style and you get a lot done in a short period of time.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:30 AM   #4878
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Got lucky with the weather on top ... was able to sit in
shirtsleeves and make myself a cup of coffee while
watching the falcons strafe pikas ...


oh man...you just made me hate the fact that I'm sitting at my desk staring at a computer and not heading for Mt. Patterson...
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:40 AM   #4879
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Popsicle - thanks for the heads up on riding further past the observatory - I'll definitely check that out!

SFMC John - that is awesome...very inspirational and as LTS said, I like your style and how you so consistently share your info and experience. And amazing pics, too!

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Old 08-29-2014, 09:03 PM   #4880
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Wow as always, John. Once I heal up, we gotta get together for one of these little rides- I like your style and you get a lot done in a short period of time.
okay, that's it. Dual-sport time. The Connie just isn't going to get there.

And LTS, what have I missed that you are on the mend again?
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:12 PM   #4881
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okay, that's it. Dual-sport time. The Connie just isn't going to get there.

And LTS, what have I missed that you are on the mend again?
Well, get to it!

I binned it in the Sierra last weekend and ended up with a mild concussion and shoulder separation. I should be fine in a couple weeks.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:13 AM   #4882
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Wow as always, John. Once I heal up, we gotta get together for one of these little rides- I like your style and you get a lot done in a short period of time.
Hey LTS,
Thanks for the kind words! I was sorry to miss Hesaid/Shesaid's ride,
and to hear about your shoulder ... it was cool to hang out around the
campfire in DV and Mendo this year ... Patterson would be a good
n00b ride because it's doable (unlike Dusy Ershim or Rubicon) ...


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oh man...you just made me hate the fact that I'm sitting at my desk staring at a computer and not heading for Mt. Patterson...
Hey HWD,
You and your son would love it up there!

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SFMC John - that is awesome...very inspirational and as LTS said, I like your style and how you so consistently share your info and experience. And amazing pics, too!
Hi VBM,

Enjoyed your pics of the wildlife on Mt Hamilton ... I'd love to see that
wild boar ... I grew up back east, so when I got into dual-sport riding
a few years ago I really appreciated threads that gave me an idea
about where to ride, or gave me a heads-up about a group ride ...

see you around the campfire,
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:05 PM   #4883
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[QUOTE=SFMCjohn;24965586]Hey LTS,
Thanks for the kind words! I was sorry to miss Hesaid/Shesaid's ride,
and to hear about your shoulder ... it was cool to hang out around the
campfire in DV and Mendo this year ... Patterson would be a good
n00b ride because it's doable (unlike Dusy Ershim or Rubicon) ...



I missed the n00b ride doe to some bike related issues that I'm close to fixing. If you do head up to Patterson and don't mind having a n00b tagging along let me know. The photos make it look like it isn't to be missed
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:07 PM   #4884
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Hey all - new to AR, thought I'd introduce myself. I'm fairly new to adventure riding, with my first multi day trip just last weekend (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1006839). That got my fairly hooked though, so I expect more in the future. I ride a DRZ-SM currently in SM kit, but I'll be tailoring it via crash protection and new tires for a more off-road type set up. I'm based out of Oakland, and have been riding 4+ years now.

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Old 09-02-2014, 05:28 PM   #4885
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:07 PM   #4886
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Hey all - new to AR, thought I'd introduce myself. I'm fairly new to adventure riding, with my first multi day trip just last weekend (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1006839). That got my fairly hooked though, so I expect more in the future. I ride a DRZ-SM currently in SM kit, but I'll be tailoring it via crash protection and new tires for a more off-road type set up. I'm based out of Oakland, and have been riding 4+ years now.
Wow, that's a nice little ride. And on a DRZ no less? Well done!

Here is some motivation for you from a few years ago and a trip with some buddies to Death Valley:

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Old 09-03-2014, 03:22 PM   #4887
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Wow, that's a nice little ride. And on a DRZ no less? Well done!

Here is some motivation for you from a few years ago and a trip with some buddies to Death Valley:
Awesome. Looks like some 17" Continentals on that bike? I'm thinking of doing a DV trip over Christmas/New Years. Now you've just got me ready to go right now.
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:09 PM   #4888
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Hey BAARCers,

Finally made it up Mount Patterson and found the hot spring on the
East Walker River on Tuesday on my new-to-me, loaded-for-camping '05 KLR 650 ...



The road past Walker Peak ... 11,600 feet high ...
Way above tree line ...



Cary got us a SPOT, this is the map it generated for me ...
Hwy 108, Sonora Pass, Mt Patterson, East Walker River,
Monitor Pass, Hwy 4, Hell's Half Acre back to 108 ...
could do this over a weekend from San Francisco ...
I camped out three nights ...



Got lucky with the weather on top ... was able to sit in
shirtsleeves and make myself a cup of coffee while
watching the falcons strafe pikas ...



Finally found the hot spring on the East Walker River after
searching for it for years ... Route 765K on the forest service map
is your friend if you want to find it ...








see you around the campfire,
-- SFMCjohn
john, that's a nice ride report. i've been wanting to explore the area north of bridgeport. thanks for the inspiration.


lots of miles, hardcore!

that last picture looks familiar from the assault on tahoe ride.
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Old 09-03-2014, 11:11 PM   #4889
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Hey fellow Bay Area ADVers!
Kinda a random request, my girlfriend just got her license and we are bike shopping for her right now.
Currently we are thinking a wr250r. However, it has the same seat height as my 690 and is too tall but we are thinking that with a lowering link it might work.
Does anyone around Santa Cruz or San Jose have a WR250R with a lowering link installed that we could come look at and she could sit on?
Thanks!
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:00 AM   #4890
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Hey BAARCers,

Finally made it up Mount Patterson and found the hot spring on the
East Walker River on Tuesday on my new-to-me, loaded-for-camping '05 KLR 650 ...

The road past Walker Peak ... 11,600 feet high ...
Way above tree line ...

Cary got us a SPOT, this is the map it generated for me ...
Hwy 108, Sonora Pass, Mt Patterson, East Walker River,
Monitor Pass, Hwy 4, Hell's Half Acre back to 108 ...
could do this over a weekend from San Francisco ...
I camped out three nights ...

Got lucky with the weather on top ... was able to sit in
shirtsleeves and make myself a cup of coffee while
watching the falcons strafe pikas ...

Finally found the hot spring on the East Walker River after
searching for it for years ... Route 765K on the forest service map
is your friend if you want to find it ...

They've had some gully washers out there this season, and the
final plunge down to the river is in rough shape ... tough KLR riding
for this n00b, but the reward is the hot spring
site isn't being used much ...

The ride over Patterson was also tough for me, particularly the bit
just below Belfort, the cool old ghost town on the slopes of Walker Peak ...

Came back via Risue Road and Monitor Pass ...

Rode up to visit the watch tower on Leviathan Peak ...

Camped a third night at an old fire tower sight in between Hwys 4 and 108
with a nice view to the west ...

Bumped down Hell's Half-Acre Road and got back to Lower Haight
around 3pm ... super beautiful trip, really glad I finally
got a chance to ride that part of the world ... all just an easy ride away from
Lower Haight ...

see you around the campfire,
-- SFMCjohn
John -- do you have an actual map/gps points for this ride? I was looking to do something similar and could use your plan as a jumping off point.
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