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Old 06-17-2014, 08:15 AM   #91
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Now it's been years since I've been on the Herkimer trail. How is it?

I've been all over that spot, Rattlesnake, Ant Trail, Fir Gap, Downie River, Empire Creek, Lavezzola, Grizzly Creek, Poker Flat, Sunshine, etc. But I've never completed Herkimer. Years ago I pooped out about 1/2 up before I turned around............................. so what's it like?

I've had folks tell me they've been DOWN Herkimer, but never UP it.

Help!
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:23 AM   #92
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Thought I'd stop by for a day or so on the way to a rally in Oregon.
Think I might too!
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:35 AM   #93
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:08 AM   #94
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I plan to be there. Those trails are impossible to resist and I need to help with a proper B-day celebration.

Hey Tarripan, get your bike up to my place and we can trailer from there. We need to make up for the missed meals and drinks on our last ride.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:34 PM   #95
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Oh that Chimney rock trail looks sooo nice! I'm going to try to make this fit my schedule if someone can promise to ride that trail with me!!!???

I'll bring my plated KTM 2 stroke. And maybe a buddy or two.
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Now it's been years since I've been on the Herkimer trail. How is it?

I've been all over that spot, Rattlesnake, Ant Trail, Fir Gap, Downie River, Empire Creek, Lavezzola, Grizzly Creek, Poker Flat, Sunshine, etc. But I've never completed Herkimer. Years ago I pooped out about 1/2 up before I turned around............................. so what's it like?

I've had folks tell me they've been DOWN Herkimer, but never UP it.

Help!

I see from the trail guide that Herkimer is a "Historic Route - Undesignated". Hmmm ... Anyone here been up or down it? You wanna come lead us down it? OOPS, I do not see it on the MVUM, but this web page sez its OPEN (http://yubaexpeditions.com/where-to-ride).

Hey, are you that superslyko character on Thumpertalk who has been quoting my adv posts in his Downieville thread?!? Which weekend are y'all riding?


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I plan to be there. Those trails are impossible to resist and I need to help with a proper B-day celebration.

Hey Tarripan, get your bike up to my place and we can trailer from there. We need to make up for the missed meals and drinks on our last ride.

YeeeHAAAAAAh! Most excellent! Yes, we need to get Ken & Anders up here too!

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Old 06-20-2014, 11:11 PM   #96
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A friend of mine who has ridden there a lot says right now the trails are as dusty, loose, and low traction as they ever get... Not saying u shouldn't go, just throwing it out there. I may still go anyway, we shall see.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:41 AM   #97
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Following this thread as a definite maybe possible probably will



Is this replacing the Lake Alpine ride we did last year?
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:18 PM   #98
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A friend of mine who has ridden there a lot says right now the trails are as dusty, loose, and low traction as they ever get... Not saying u shouldn't go, just throwing it out there. I may still go anyway, we shall see.

That pretty much describes most of California this year. Wait 1 minute for previous rider dust to settle
& then go. Dropping the MT43 pressure down to 7-8 psi usually gives me enough traction.


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Is this replacing the Lake Alpine ride we did last year?

Yes, I go to Lake Alpine every other year for my birthday. 2 years ago, it was Kennedy Meadows.

I hope you can make it too Cory. Work on Gerry to come & cook for both of us!


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Old 06-21-2014, 09:56 PM   #99
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Virginia? REALLY?!? WOW! What are you riding?


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I'll be on a DRZ400. I'm doing the TAT, but taking a couple detours. I just heard that a lot of the western TAT, from Nevada to Oregon, is impassable due to roads closed due to Forest Fires and washed out bridges, so I think I'm going to take a more Southern route. Current plan is to head to Vegas and then go West across Death Valley, then north through all the forests and parks to Downieville.

I like watching sunrises and sunsets, so my plan is to enter Death Valley around sunset, watch the sunset, camp, and get up before dawn, watch the sunrise, and get the hell out of there before the temperatures rise.

I posted here and on another forum (My2wheels) to see if anyone was interested in joining me across DV (it would put my family more at ease if I wasn't doing that stretch alone), but it seems like most people are more sensible than I.

If anyone is going from Vegas or South California to Downieville and wouldn't mind me joining in, let me know. Or if anyone has any good recommendations for trails to take North, let me know that too.
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Old 06-22-2014, 04:46 PM   #100
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A friend of mine who has ridden there a lot says right now the trails are as dusty, loose, and low traction as they ever get... Not saying u shouldn't go, just throwing it out there. I may still go anyway, we shall see.
Ummmm that sounds great... The tougher the better!!! ;)
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:57 PM   #101
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catfish said "That pretty much describes most of California this year."

yes that's a good point. I spent all day in the dust at Rock Creek this weekend and still had fun.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:21 PM   #102
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I rode trails there at Don Ivan's rides http://www.actdualsport.com/. And it's awesome. I did Chimney, and some other "special" secret trails.
Looks like I'll be riding in on my tiger and then Mountain biking( dont have a dirt bike at the moment).
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:34 AM   #103
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catfish said "That pretty much describes most of California this year."

yes that's a good point. I spent all day in the dust at Rock Creek this weekend and still had fun.
Yes, there will be dust.Its summer in the sierras.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:14 PM   #104
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If anyone is going from Vegas or South California to Downieville and wouldn't mind me joining in, let me know. Or if anyone has any good recommendations for trails to take North, let me know that too.
You can ride Saline Valley Road from one end to the other. It's the longest dirt road in California, I think it's about 90 miles pavement to pavement.

I rode it from North-South one August 8th with my equally intelligent riding partner, there wasn't exactly a lot of traffic...

If you do it, make sure to have mega-gallons of water, inner tubes, and a space blanket (for shade if you do have a problem).

Edit: If you have the gas range, you can make a right onto 168 at the northern end of SV road, make the left onto White Mountain Road, take that up the hill and then drop down on Silver Canyon, which will put you in Bishop...

Edit 2: North of there, Casa Diablo Road will take you through the Volcanic Tablelands...
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:36 PM   #105
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OK, I got the dates off for this weekend of debauchery and Ibuprofen!..
Here's another neat historic as of yet undesignated trail not far from Gold Lake we could check out on the small bikes.


HISTORIC-UNDESIGNATED TRAIL NEAR GOLD LAKE


DRAMATIC BUTCHER RANCH ROAD-SUITABLE FOR BIG BIKES

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