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    Bullards Bar, what an adventure!

    Yesterday was my first ride on this trail system. I went with an Auburn couple who I do road and mtb rides with regularly. They are very familiar with the trails up there, which is good because I'm sure I would've made a ton of wrong turns otherwise. Also, this year's trail maintenance wasn't done (possibly due to the drought), so it is very overgrown in places. The blackberry bushes growing over the trail hurt a little, but surprisingly they didn't draw blood.

    I ended up on my side twice on short sharp climbs due to loose dirt. Thankfully I fell to the right both times, otherwise I might not be typing this right now.

    My riding partners warned me to be careful because the leaves can be slippery, so the two uphill crashes were my only ones. One of the other riders crashed on the leaves before my first fall, but I was too far behind to get it on video (damn!). I did get the aftermath though!

    We saw no other trail users during this ride. No hikers, bikers, or horses. This is a first for any mtb ride I've been on.

    The switchbacks were fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery. The lake is so blue it looks almost unreal!




    I didn't notice the butterfly until I looked at the picture later on my computer.




    The day before I did a 74 mile road singlespeed ride from midtown Sacramento to Folsom to do a group ride with some beginner cyclists. Of course there are hills on the ride to Folsom, which I pushed hard on before I got to the club ride start (Bike Ride Profile | Singlespeed ride to Folsom to ride with WAV beginner cyclists near Sacramento | Times and Records | Strava). Sure enough, when I got to the 2.5 mile climb on yesterday's MTB ride I sucked! To top it off, my Garmin Edge 810 failed to display speed or percent grade for most of this climb. This resulted in my Strava and Garmin Connect data showing 3 miles less than my riding partner's.

    Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Bullards Bar MTB with Shelly & John, 0% grade, 0 mph showing on Garmin for most of the 2.5 mile climb near Camptonville | Times and Records | Strava
    Bullards Bar MTB with Shelly & John by freighttraininguphill at Garmin Connect - Details

    Here's the video highlights of the ride. This has both of my uphill crashes, the ride through the blackberry bushes, and other good stuff. You can hear my riding partners' enthusiasm, which made the ride even more fun!

    Bullards Bar MTB ride highlights 6-21-14 - YouTube

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    What's up with that water color, Freighty? Mineral water maybe?
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    Good question Hawg. I'm curious too.

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    Re: Bullards Bar, what an adventure!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    What's up with that water color, Freighty? Mineral water maybe?
    That's just what color bullards bar lake is, as well as Scotts flat lake and others. The bottom is super sandy white granite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squareback View Post
    That's just what color bullards bar lake is, as well as Scotts flat lake and others. The bottom is super sandy white granite.

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    Wow, that's cool.
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    Great stuff, Freighttrain! Now I REALLY want to get back to that area.

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    Beautiful, thanks for sharing. Yeah it's pretty spectacular out there at times. It's my idea of singlespeed heaven.
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    Looks awesome. Thanks for posting. #newrides

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    Our favorite place to camp, ski and wakeboard is Bullard's. The water is always that color and is very clean and clear. I don't know why, but I've never taken my bikes when I go there. Gonna have to rethink that.

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    Bullards is a nice summer option because it is so shaded, though it can be pretty dang warm at that elevation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    What's up with that water color, Freighty? Mineral water maybe?
    Do people swim there?

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    Thanks for the shots, we are up there boating in a few weeks and was unsure of current water level, All I kept hearing was it's low this year - looks fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Do people swim there?
    Absolutely!

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    Usually when a lake is that color it means that there isn't a lot of primary productivity - i.e. algae growth, which is indicative of low nutrient levels (this is why Tahoe and Hetch Hetchy look the way they do). It can also result from tiny flecks of minerals in the water that refract light. I don't know much about Bullards Bar and its watershed but it's possible both are contributing factors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Do people swim there?
    All day. The water is almost too warm at times, but I would ride to our lake spot and never get out.
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    You can swim there, but I have never found anything resembling a beach at Bullard's.
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    Rather have blackberry than poison oak...problem is they usually grow together. Good looking trail THX.

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    So far I have no poison oak rash, so I got lucky!

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