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    Angwin

    Good things are happening here.
    For decades, the college - PUC wanted to sell all the land for houses/vineyards.

    The land sale is off!

    They are keeping the land for mt. biking.
    And the trees.
    Angwin is home to many redwood trees - the farthest east these trees grow in California.

    A Forest Manager has been hired.
    Regular patrols for rogue trail builders.

    Myself and one other trail builder (we've been here for 20-30 years)
    have come forward and we are working with the Forest Manager to patrol and maintain the current trail system.
    We are working on mapping out the entire area.
    Signage and a new parking lot will be built/installed.

    Rumor has it that REMBA and/or the FTA (Moore Creek Park/DWR)
    will be involved.

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    I saw all the vehicles here with bikes during the fires.
    I know many of you have been here.
    Welcome to my backyard.

    Please act like adults when you are here.

    There are a lot of dogs off leash/kids/older folks walking/horses, etc.
    Do not build any trails.

    Please ride responsibly and respect others.

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    With that being said - here is more info.

    REMBA was here and did some trail work.
    Contact them for trail work days.
    https://www.facebook.com/mountainbikealliance/

    There will be much more management of the forest from now on.
    It's been the wild west for the past 20 years...
    Much clearing for wildfire protection.
    The Ridge Road will be stripped/trimmed of all vegetion 300' wide.
    ..larger trees will be left...

    This is a good thing.


    The Napa Land Trust (of which I'm a member/Trail Monitor) with the help of local wineries, etc. has been preserving a lot of the natural areas around here. They helped out to get this forest saved.
    https://www.napalandtrust.org/get-in...he-puc-forest/

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    The town of Angwin is located on Howell Mt.
    above the town of St. Helena in the Napa Valley.
    Howell Mt. is a much sought after wine appellation.
    Ironically the town of Angwin is a dry town.
    PUC (Pacific Union College) is located here.
    They own everything.
    While nothing is open on Saturdays, they have put in a new deli at the Market.
    Now serving meat...! ...
    Not much available at the Deli on Sundays.




    But it is worth it to stop by the Market and get some snacks/sandwiches/etc.
    They have an extensive supply of 'power bars'/Kind Bars/etc.

    The gas station is card lock 24/7.

    If you enjoy wine, make a day of it - ride and get a tour/wine tasting after.
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    I will be putting up more videos in the coming months.
    My collection so far.
    Angwin area mt. biking
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...tWXoshs2iEYsHy

    I am on Strava now.
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    I have enjoyed showing my backyard to a few of you.
    Thank you for the great rides!
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    Great news, thanks for the update!

    Now, if only the NVDC and HMC races would resurface somehow……
    one by nine works just fine but single speed is all ya need
    BTW, it’s called “sarcasm”; you’re soaking in it!

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    That is awesome! Keep the updates coming...

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybabe View Post
    that is awesome! Keep the updates coming...
    x2!
    It's tremendously big, and tremendously wet.
    DJ Trump on Hurricane Florence

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    What is sketch about deli? Also, Are you saying to NOT ride up there on Saturdays?

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    The deli has sketch HOURS. Sorry to not be clear.
    Perfectly good food.
    The Market is closed on Saturdays.
    Not much available at the deli on Sundays, student hours, etc...

    Riding on Saturday is fine. It's just that the town is shut down.
    The woods are still open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    The deli has sketch HOURS. Sorry to not be clear.
    Perfectly good food.
    The Market is closed on Saturdays.
    Not much available at the deli on Sundays, student hours, etc...

    Riding on Saturday is fine. It's just that the town is shut down.
    The woods are still open.
    Why is the town shut down on Saturdays? Religious malarkey?
    It's tremendously big, and tremendously wet.
    DJ Trump on Hurricane Florence

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    The college is owned by the Seventh Day Adventists.
    Saturday is the sabbath/day of rest, not Sunday.

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    Gary, In a word, Yes.

    But thanks Jib. This is great news indeed! I love riding up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Why is the town shut down on Saturdays? Religious malarkey?
    Angwin was the home of Ellen G. Wright, one of the original founders of the Seventh Day Adventist religion. They dominate the area. Up until a few years ago, you had to be SDA to own property in the town.


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    Awesome! Been looking forward to riding up there for some time, esp as I am considering moving to Calistoga.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

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    Pacific Union College Demonstration and Experimental Forest
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Good things are happening here.
    For decades, the college - PUC wanted to sell all the land for houses/vineyards.

    We are working on mapping out the entire area.
    Signage and a new parking lot will be built/installed.
    I personally did lots of Surveying 10+ years ago for all the land planning. We did the intial GPS, Aerial Mapping and lots of utility location, then my boss refused to work for PUC after that because of their intent.

    Angwin-puc.jpg
    It's the perfect time of year, Somewhere far away from here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Angwin was the home of Ellen G. Wright, one of the original founders of the Seventh Day Adventist religion. They dominate the area. Up until a few years ago, you had to be SDA to own property in the town.


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    The irony is that it is a dry town, yet the area is on the map due to wine grape growing and wineries.
    one by nine works just fine but single speed is all ya need
    BTW, it’s called “sarcasm”; you’re soaking in it!

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    Thanks Jibmaster. Those trails are so fun!

    And yes, bring back the Dirt Classic! That was/is my favorite MTB race.
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    Shuttled DWR yesterday.
    Broke the footage up into 7 different videos

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    Took advantage of the cool morning and got out of the woods
    and onto the ridge behind my house.
    Overlooking the Napa Valley from Three Peaks.
    The view from Old Baldy.
    Angwin-41582043030_a8076b6ede_b.jpg

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    Looking south to Mt. Diablo
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    The ride started off with a few sprinkles of rain.
    It was nice to get out of the woods and get some views.
    1 hour of climbing 1600' and 30 minutes to return.

    The descent from Friesen Peak down to Wild Lake.
    Starts off really steep and rocky then opens up.

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    Been pretty smoky up here lately.
    Yesterday was the worst day so far for smoke.
    Got a short ride in.
    This is a single track that I built many years ago.
    It's called The Great Traverse aka Ridgeside Singletrack on Strava
    yeah, it's a bit shaky - my neck is my gimbal...

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    Nice Jibmaster! Please tell me those downhills we did are on the save list. I'll be back as soon as my shoulder heals... Happy to lend a hand on work days. Stoked!

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    Thanks for all this! I gre up in Napa, and even went to 4H camp at Las Posadas. Love riding up there, but it has been 10+ years since I have been. I will be headed back soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.Max View Post
    ...Please tell me those downhills we did are on the save list...
    As far as I know, Teepee Trail and the Blue Post Trail are here to stay.

    Cooler and not as much smoke this morning.

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    It's probably been two years since I last rode Angwin. I have only ridden it like three times and always with a guide who knows the trails well. I would get lost on my own, until I found the airport. Damn, I need to get back up there.
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    Made it up yesterday afternoon, brought a work-buddy. He had a good time as it was his first time up there.

    Definitely warm in the afternoon! The car temp gauge was reading 90 when we parked at Las Posadas at 3pm.
    I get paid to ride shotgun.

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    Got out there today.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1756863920

    Decided to ride locally - the day seemed cooler.
    A little warm down at the bottom, in Chiles Valley, but soon cooled once I
    gained altitude in the shade of the big trees, with the breeze, just under the ridge.


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    Got up early and headed up to the ridge.
    The fog stuck around for the entire ride.
    Looking out over Napa Valley covered in fog.
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    All the pics:
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    I used to race the Napa Valley Dirt Classic just to ride the single track at Angwin!

    Excited about the new direction especially now that Dan's Wild Ride and Moore Creek are connected to Angwin. Be nice if there was a marked trail from Angwin to Oat Hill.

    Big ride up Oat Hill over to Angwin then blast down Dan's - Moore Creek! (maybe too big)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DenisonDesign View Post
    ...Be nice if there was a marked trail from Angwin to Oat Hill.

    Big ride up Oat Hill over to Angwin then blast down Dan's - Moore Creek! (maybe too big)
    That ride is Napa Land Trust property. I am a Trail Monitor for them, for that area.
    Feel free to join the Napa Land Trust to be able to have permission to ride that route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    I can tell you from going up that hill a few months ago with my son, that trail sucks balls from an uphill perspective, lol. Your video doesn't really show how steep it is and you are exposed on that hill just freakin baking in the sun. My son was going to kill me when we finally got to the top!

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    Jibmaster -- do you know if PUC is going to bring back the Napa Valley Dirt Classic? I never heard any reason for why they stopped holding such a successful (at least well attended) event.
    Thanks

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    The Howell Mt. Challenge, the Napa Valley Dirt Classic
    and the Napa Knobular are most likely gone for good.
    Low turn out the past few years on the NVDC and a lack of inspiration
    from PUC's race organizers ("...tired of doing it...") have not been conducive to bringing those races back.

    The college did hold the annual running race - the Angwin to Angwish this year, however.

    Someone tried to get some type of Enduro race going on a few months ago, but it was not approved.

    The college is working through the maintenance and enforcement of the current trail systems.
    The Forest is in dire need of a trimming.
    Take a look at the Roosevelt Forest section of the State Forest next door.
    That's what they are going for.

    Starting in Jan/Feb of next year, they will be thinning the Forest. Especially the Ridge Road.
    Fire protection is on everybody's mind. Mt. bike races are not the priority right now.

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    I was spotted at 2:30



    Please enjoy and respect the backyard I have loved and cherished for the past 25 years.

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    Ughh I am starting to become very leery of the Napa Valley Land Trust. As they continue to gobble up huge swaths of land and make them off limits to the public other than docent lead crap, I am starting to wonder if they are doing this stuff to create their own little "personal space".

    Jib: Are you affiliated with them? What is a good way to start putting some pressure on them to open up some of the properties that they "bought", including in many cases with in part government funds or had fully or mostly donated to them?

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    Let me show you what I mean. From their own website:

    https://www.napalandtrust.org/ltnc-protected-land-map/

    This is the land available for public access / hiking:

    Angwin-public-access.jpg

    Now this is the list of "their" protected areas:

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    Am I the only one that is really getting irritated by this?

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    I don't want to sound all negative about NVLT, I think they do some great work. I also recognize not all land parcels are compatible or should be 100% open public access , but their ratio seems to be a bit off. The land that they have acquired, and other similar non-profits, seem to be trending towards the no public access direction.

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    I am a Trail Monitor for the Napa Land Trust.
    I am assigned to the Dunn-Wildlake Ranch Preserve/Rattlesnake Ridge areas. And I am now a Trail Monitor for the PUC bike trails which the LTNC helped to save from development.
    If they hadn't saved all that land, it would be used for houses and vineyards.
    Or another up-scale resort.

    I have lived in the Napa Valley for the past 30 years. I work in the restaurant business.
    While my livelihood depends on 'tourists', the last thing we need around here are more wineries, vineyards and resorts.
    If the Land Trust hadn't 'gobbled' up all that land, you would not be able to access it anyways, because nobody is going to let you in their yard or vineyard.

    The legal mt. bike access here in Napa County has increased by leaps and bounds the past few years.
    It's only getting better!

    Go for a ride and cheer up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    If the Land Trust hadn't 'gobbled' up all that land, you would not be able to access it anyways, because nobody is going to let you in their yard or vineyard.

    The legal mt. bike access here in Napa County has increased by leaps and bounds the past few years.
    It's only getting better!

    Go for a ride and cheer up!
    Whether it is off limits due to a lawn / resort or off limits due to NVLT, in the end, it is the same for the public... I agree it has gotten slightly better, but looking at the opportunities on the second map that are held by one organization, I think there could be a lot more done.

    As I said, the NVLT has and is doing some great work, but I will stick with they need to re-evaluate their stance on public access. A few choice letters to newspapers / TV stations and the bending of the right political leader could probably put a lot of pressure on them given the out of balance nature of the ratio of land open to the public versus land held in "trust" w/o public access many of which are bought with tax payers money.

    In particular, I am watching the acquisitions around Lake Berryessa. Just recently they "preserved" 1,900 more acres in Wragg Canyon using, in part, California Natural Resources Agency funds. That's tax payer's money and yet I am guessing by the "preserve" title they have slapped on it, it will be another off limits area.

    As for going for a ride, don't tell me what to do! I will be going on a ride in a few hours after work though it appears to be hotter than hades out there today!

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    Too smoky to ride today. 143 AQI this morning.
    Yesterday was not so bad - under 100 AQI, so got a short ride in before work.
    One more video for my Los Posadas collection.


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    State approves money for forest protection next to Napa County's Pacific Union College.


    https://napavalleyregister.com/news/...56a513772.html

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    I've been meaning to post here to give a big THANK YOU to Brent for all your hard work on this and the trail building over the years.

    I need another tour soon. It's been to long.

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    Thanx!

    Got a good ride in yesterday.
    Angwin-rada0u3yiidgzciwb6kpyyqvdr9_8mlxc47mm28cim0-2048x1165.jpg

    Dropped into Dan's Wild Ride.

    Here is the Dryfoot Trail in Moore Creek Park.
    With some gnome bridges.


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