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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.
    https://www.strava.com/athletes/1816044

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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

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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!

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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?

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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.
    One gear is all you need.

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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
    I hope you have a big trunk... cause I'm gonna put my bike in it!

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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

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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

    Angwin-42673685234_7d321c8e8e_b.jpg

    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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