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    Central NorCal trail conditions (Auburn, Salmon Falls, GBay, etc)?

    I rode Granite Bay on 1/24/16 and it was the wettest I have ever seen it. I don't ride there often so that might not be saying much.

    Curious what Auburn (FHDL/Connector specifically) are looking like lately. Haven't ridden there in a while and might ride after work today if they're in fair shape.

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    Central NorCal lol!! i think its usually refereed to as: "Gold Country", "Foothills", "Mother Lode"

    everything should be good as of yesterday. muddy spots here and there.

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    I'm on board with The Trail Bum, "Central NorCal"??? Eeeeaaassssyyyyy.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Trail Bum View Post
    Central NorCal lol!! i think its usually refereed to as: "Gold Country", "Foothills", "Mother Lode"

    everything should be good as of yesterday. muddy spots here and there.
    I just meant to specify NON Bay Area trails

    FHDL/Connector good to go?? Sweeeet

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Trail Bum View Post
    Central NorCal lol!! i think its usually refereed to as: "Gold Country", "Foothills", "Mother Lode"

    everything should be good as of yesterday. muddy spots here and there.
    He's probably from Frisco
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    I think by tomorrow things should be a lot better. My Preserves which are nearby are still spongy and muddy in areas. Lots of runoff still. From a trail protection standpoint I think Confluence would be fine but I personally wouldn't ride Culvert or FHDL but that is my opinion. The sun is really helping today, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Trail Bum View Post
    Central NorCal lol!! i think its usually refereed to as: "Gold Country", "Foothills", "Mother Lode"

    everything should be good as of yesterday. muddy spots here and there.
    Did you actually ride FHDL and Connector yesterday? They were literally the muddiest, worst shape I have ever seen them. Two spots I even got off the bike to walk. 90% of the trail was in great or even perfect riding shape, but the other 10% was awful. I guess it's all relative, I don't ride there as much this time of year so maybe it is normal but I certainly wouldn't be advising people to ride there right now.

    Confluence was fine but FHDL, Connector, and Culvert were not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    Did you actually ride FHDL and Connector yesterday? They were literally the muddiest, worst shape I have ever seen them. Two spots I even got off the bike to walk. 90% of the trail was in great or even perfect riding shape, but the other 10% was awful. I guess it's all relative, I don't ride there as much this time of year so maybe it is normal but I certainly wouldn't be advising people to ride there right now.

    Confluence was fine but FHDL, Connector, and Culvert were not.
    no I saw pictures of people who did looked fine. I rode salmon falls and some other gold country stuff yesterday which was awesome!

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    I rode FHDL on 1/24/16 it was pretty horrible. it was soupy in spots lots of mud. Other parts were pretty good shape i would say it would need quite a few days to dry out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Trail Bum View Post
    no I saw pictures of people who did looked fine. I rode salmon falls and some other gold country stuff yesterday which was awesome!
    Yeah 95% of it probably would look great in pics. That other 5% was baddddd though.

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    Salmon Falls this afternoon..100% hero dirt.

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    I'd like to resurrect this thread if I may - looking like a dry spell for the next few days and wondering if the coming weekend might be doable in Auburn? It would be nice to give the skis a break and dust off the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SierraOutsider View Post
    I'd like to resurrect this thread if I may - looking like a dry spell for the next few days and wondering if the coming weekend might be doable in Auburn? It would be nice to give the skis a break and dust off the bike.
    I'm itchin' to get to Auburn too....

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    Culvert was no good on Sunday. We rode it mainly to learn how rain affects it and the hope it was rideable. It really wasn't unless you love mud slicks and doing trail damage. :/ Sure was pretty out though.

    A couple of sunny days should fix it and hero dirt will return.

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    hope its in good shape Sat. Thinking about making the trek up if it is..

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    SFART was AWFUL on Sunday morning. I didn't think there had been any rain for a while but on the way out there, it rained for ~5 mins so I'm thinking it was the fresh rain I was seeing, not the rain from a week ago. I hoped the trail would be fine so I went for it and the climb out of the valley was fine but then it got really muddy so I turned around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    SFART was AWFUL on Sunday morning. I didn't think there had been any rain for a while but on the way out there, it rained for ~5 mins so I'm thinking it was the fresh rain I was seeing, not the rain from a week ago. I hoped the trail would be fine so I went for it and the climb out of the valley was fine but then it got really muddy so I turned around.
    SFART is one of the worst around for peanut butter mud.

    The shortcut bridge from Sweetwater to Salmon falls is submerged now.

    Has anyone hiked the Brown's marina - NY creek bridge section? how is it holding up?


    Any info on Sly Park conditions?

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    There were chain controls on Hwy 50 from just below Pollock on Sunday.
    Probably means Sly Park is a snowy mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windsurf2xs View Post
    There were chain controls on Hwy 50 from just below Pollock on Sunday.
    Probably means Sly Park is a snowy mess.
    I see snowflakes falling in Grass Valley right now. :/
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    Just heard someone say it was snowing at their place in Diamond Springs (2200 feet), so Sly is out of commission

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    Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post
    SFART is one of the worst around for peanut butter mud.

    The shortcut bridge from Sweetwater to Salmon falls is submerged now.

    Has anyone hiked the Brown's marina - NY creek bridge section? how is it holding up?


    Any info on Sly Park conditions?
    Super watery muddy slop. The trail looked like peanut butter for sure but everything on my bike came right off. I'm sure Sly Park is under snow


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    If you have to ask, chances are good that the trails could benefit from some rest...
    Last edited by ryanxj; 02-04-2016 at 06:30 PM.
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    Last Saturday working between the marina and Spanish house @ Browns was surprisingly wet. LOTS of water seeping from the hills, standing puddles and water running down a few sections of trail, and lots of running water in all Creek crossings.

    Re Auburn: Given the cold temps and clouds forecast for this week, the rain today, and the amount of clay in Auburn, Id advise a different destination for this weekend fasho...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanxj View Post
    Last Saturday working between the marina and Spanish house @ Browns was surprisingly wet. LOTS of water seeping from the hills, standing puddles and water running down a few sections of trail, and lots of running water in all Creek crossings.

    Re Auburn: Given the cold temps and clouds forecast for this week, the rain today, and the amount of clay in Auburn, Id advise a different destination for this weekend fasho...
    Agreed! Someone said it was supposed to be sunny this week which influenced my earlier post. Scratch that! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post
    Just heard someone say it was snowing at their place in Diamond Springs (2200 feet), so Sly is out of commission
    yep
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    Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post

    Any info on Sly Park conditions?
    My wife and daughter are at Sly Park Environmental Camp, there's 8-12" of snow on the ground and currently snowing now. The camp is at about 3600'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Trail Bum View Post
    In case you weren't aware, there's a great live webcam for a gauge! Pollock Pines Weather Cam
    Bad ass. I wish all trailheads had one of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Trail Bum View Post
    In case you weren't aware, there's a great live webcam for a gauge! Pollock Pines Weather Cam
    Thanks! Nice edit on Pinkbike, by the way. Was that in Sly or Nevada City?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post
    Thanks! Nice edit on Pinkbike, by the way. Was that in Sly or Nevada City?
    Link to Pinkbike thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    Link to Pinkbike thread?
    here
    http://www.pinkbike.com/video/435619
    stupid forum won't embed

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    Just a heard a report that Auburn today was extremely sloppy. This was person was trail running and still thought it was muddy. Saw a few people with bikes on Connector walking climbs that and they were covered in mud. Best to stay away for a few days at least!

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    Just got a first hand report that even Granite Bay was a sloppy mess today
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    Just rode Granite Bay, not bad at all, a few puddles but not sloppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanxj View Post
    Just got a first hand report that even Granite Bay was a sloppy mess today
    How does sand get sloppy?

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    Gritty? Like rocks in a blender is what your drivetrain sounds like? Is that better?! ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12to29 View Post
    Just rode Granite Bay, not bad at all, a few puddles but not sloppy.
    While I don't usually find Granite Bay to be sloppy after a rain, the giant puddles are generally right below the only decent little drops or jumps on the track which makes the whole thing not even worth riding. I also observe lots of ruts in the softer sections created by people riding when it's still too wet. :/ It's ok though. Those FATRAC people will fit it all........

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    Sweetwater and Salmon Falls is in good shape. A little mud in the first 1/4 mile of SW and the usual puddles on the old asphalt road on SF.

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    I'll give one more bump for Auburn beta - hoping you all have some insights on current conditions before we decide to come down the hill.

    Thanks!

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    I hope it stays dry and warm for the next week, next weekend will probably be pretty ideal riding. Already have non-Auburn plans in the mix for this weekend.

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    I'm riding it tomorrow. It's been fairly nice and today was sunny and warm so conditions should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SierraOutsider View Post
    I'll give one more bump for Auburn beta - hoping you all have some insights on current conditions before we decide to come down the hill.

    Thanks!
    Friends rode Auburn today and said it was spectacular
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Friends rode Auburn today and said it was spectacular
    It was epic out there today! I only rode mammoth bar, culvert confl, manza and flood none of which had mud

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    Whatever you care to call it, it was nice conditions today around here.

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    It was so dry already that my Schwalbe "winter race" nose tire was pushing at GB. felt like summer.

    Connecter plus loop was shady and sticky. Culvert was so tacky that more tire pressure was needed.

    Had to time trips down culvert to be in-between the BroTruck shuttle Bros, so we didn't get stuck behind them fiddling with their go-pros and those plastic shin guards like the girls soccer team wears.

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    Rode Culvert and Stonewall/Rocky yesterday and the conditions were great! Stonewall had a little muck but not bad. Definitely a good day to be out there. I lost one of my plastic soccer shin guards while taking pictures of flowers on the side of the trail with my GoPro. I think I accidentally left my bike in the middle of the trail on Culvert while I took the photos too....

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    How about right now after the rain the last 2 days? Anyone ridden Auburn or Salmon Falls?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    How about right now after the rain the last 2 days? Anyone ridden Auburn or Salmon Falls?
    Salmon Falls is usually pretty good following rain. We're riding there this weekend.
    :wq

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    Everybody pack your folding saws this weekend!

    That wind was sure to stir up some trail blockage
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    After the rain today I bet the foothills are pretty muddy

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    FYI: Salmon Falls is going to be packed tomorrow Feb. 20 at 9am until noon. SFART is a better bet, but parking will be a challenge.

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