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    Crescent City Rides

    Going to be in the Crescent City area around Thanksgiving and I was thinking to trying the Ossagon Trail out, weather premitting. Anybody ridden it lately? Any other good rides in the area?

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    Rode Ossagon Memorial Day

    They had just finished some work on the descent to the ocean. They took out the fireroad and are making a narrower trail of it. The park was pretty much deserted so we made a nice loop out of the ride. Lots of elk.

    We considered doing Little Bald Hills trail right near CC, but got too busy bushwhacking around looking at huge trees. There's a write up on the trail on this page if you scroll down a bit:

    The Arcata Community Forest has trails that you can loop. I just talked to the IMBA trail crew who rode it and said it was fun:

    Paradise Royale is out of the way near Shelter Cove, but if you have an extra day, worth the trip. MTB specific trail, screaming fast and fun descents with manageable climbs.

    One other trail we rode, Thornton Loop near Weott, painful climb, but a 5 mile totally buff descent that's really fun:
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    Closer to Crescent city, try the Elk Camp Ridge trail and the High Dome trail, out of Gasquet, along the Smith. Elk Camp is tough and technical, High Dome a bit more buff. To do both is a big day. Not very many know about these two. The other obvious choice is little bald hills - my be Port Orford Cedar restrictions in November, though.

    If you ride the road, be sure to ride along the south fork of the smith and climb the G-O road. Awesome ride aalmost zero traffic. 4500 foot climb to the top, averages about 9% for 7 or 8 miles of that. The slowest speed for that part of the descent one year was 44 mph....

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