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    Golden Gate Bridge to Iron Springs Ride



    GG2IS

    Much longer suffer fest compared to GG2MB, ends at brewery and with singletrack. Possible, maybe attempting soon. With longer days in Spring and a weekday this would be EPICALLY fun. Time of year warrants a real early start time but winter weather is perfect out there!

    Problem is the trip back is not easy, without shuttle vehicles or a bus ride. Road burn is possible but easily adding, say 15 mile ride back.

    Here is the route(s) had in mind. Any insight would be appreciated.

    From the GG Bridge to Pantoll Station:
    Easy part with a few alternatives.
    -Conzelman to Coastal dropping me into Rodeo Valley
    -Up Miwok drop Old Springs (singletrack) into Tennessee Valley
    -Up Miwok (quicker than Coastal) to Diaz Ridge
    -Diaz Ridge down (rutted singletrack-ish) to Muir Beach and stop at Pelican Inn maybe)
    -450' road burn up Highway 1
    -Coastal (new singletrack) up to Pantoll Station for bathroom/water and bail-out option.

    From the Pantoll Station to Iron Springs in downtown Fairfax:
    Route has several options, with varying footies and route.

    Option A seems BEST can ride out pine mountain and hit all the goodies
    -East Ridgecrest road burn for a bit
    -Alpine Kent Pump Rd.
    -Old Vee
    -Oat Hill
    -Pine Mountain
    -Repack or Tamarancho down to Fairfax

    Option B
    -East Ridgecrest to Rock Springs
    -Rock Springs to Rocky Ridge
    -Down through the lakes, Bon Tempe, Lagunitas and Phoenix a la GG2MB

    Option C insanely more miles.
    -Drop down to Stinson Beach
    -Bolinas Ridge to Samuel P. Taylor
    -Road burn to Fairfax


    Commence drinking and eating at Iron Springs. Shuttle back to bridge is best option, leave my car there.
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    meh..

    call me when you come up with a GGB2Annadel ride.



    Call me a shuttlemonkey for this ride. and need to get one of those shifter thingies for my bike.

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    c'mon it will be fun!

    shuttling this ride for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah
    meh..

    call me when you come up with a GGB2Annadel ride.


    GGB2RRB(Russian River Brewing)?

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    Technically.

    Ride has three potential water stops. Pelican Inn, Inn on Mt. Tam and Iron Springs.

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    I'd be up for this as long as it would fit my schedule.
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    I don't see a map with routes, arrows, elevation readings. Come on, time to geek this ride out a bit! Get our appetites going! I can't imagine the ride since I don't do those trails enough.

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    NB. No idea how to do that!

    Plim. Can schedule something with ya, know there you might be busy soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    NB. No idea how to do that!

    Plim. Can schedule something with ya, know there you might be busy soon!
    Why not make this a long day ride, starting at the BCOD, Iron Springs for lunch, Marin Brewing for dinner followed by the ferry? I expect to add even more miles riding to/from BART.

    Definitely not a winter ride.
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    Dan. Good suggestions, will mark a date soon for a long late spring ride with plenty of daylight.

    BCOD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    BCOD?
    Butt Crack of Dawn - translation: way to early in the morning to think...good thing we're riding bikes.
    There are no stupid questions but there are A LOT of inquisitive idiots.


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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat


    Option B
    -East Ridgecrest to Rock Springs
    -Rock Springs to Rocky Ridge
    -Down through the lakes, Bon Tempe, Lagunitas and Phoenix a la GG2MB

    Rock Springs is fast and fun... probably 20 minutes from start into Fairfax.

    here's a great map: http://www.marinbike.org/Map/SideA.pdf
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    Option 3--isn't that climb up from Stinson a bit of a grind? Can't remember.

    You have a 4th potential water stop at The Sand Dollar in Stinson

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    Clay. Problem with Stinson, while a beautiful stop, is getting down there on a trail is not easy without getting fined.

    Climb out is a road burn for a bit out towards the lagoon and some STEEP trails up to Bo Ridge.

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    No need for a shuttle..

    take golden gate transit..and they have bike racks..
    Wreck the malls with cows on Harleys

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    Clay. Problem with Stinson, while a beautiful stop, is getting down there on a trail is not easy without getting fined.

    Climb out is a road burn for a bit out towards the lagoon and some STEEP trails up to Bo Ridge.
    Yeah, the trail into Stinson is infested with hikers most of the time . . . all carrying cell phones . . .

    Carry on!

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    if you ever wanna break out the road bike sometimes we go from my house next to the presideo to lagunitas brewing in petaluma for a couple then ride back.

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    I just saw something on the morning this today about removal of homemade bridges on Iron Horse Trail.

    Hope that doesn't ruin any rides there?

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    Iron Horse Trail?

    Petaluma would be a killer ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    Iron Horse Trail?

    Petaluma would be a killer ride!
    Ooops. I just saw 'Iron'! Well, it might be a bike-related issue anyway, so let's go with it.

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    Also note that the bridge-removal news item refers to the "Iron Horse Trail" running down the Diablo Valley through Alamo, Danville and San Ramon...

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    Speaking of homemade bridges, I think I saw one on the Los Gatos Creek Trail where it runs next to a retaining wall next to Hwy. 17 just north of Hwy. 9.

    There's a big STOP sign on it. It looks like it gives access to the big apartment complex on the other side.

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    Road rides are fun. Do you even have a road bike, Ryan? I need to stay in cell phone range for the near future, so I'll be doing more road stuff and less of the middle-of-nowhere mountain stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Biking Brazilian
    Ooops. I just saw 'Iron'! Well, it might be a bike-related issue anyway, so let's go with it.
    Iron Horse trail is in the East Bay, out beyond the Caldecott tunnel. It's a paved jogger/baby stroller/cyclist/roller blading type trail. Rails to trails type thingy. People made bridges from their house out onto the trail, and those are being removed now. Doesn't affect cyclists unless a cyclist lives in one of the houses with bridges. Well, it pisses me off 'cause the man always pisses me off, with his rules and stuff, but that's not really relevant.

    Ryan: My weekdays are full of crappy work until end of year. A December weekend or a January weekday Iron Springs ride should work. I don't mind cold or early starts, and am down with either shuttling or riding back to the start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plim
    People made bridges from their house out onto the trail, and those are being removed now.
    I thought the same thing until they cited the reason for removal: it's clogging up the creek, causing damage to the riparian ecosystem. Branches, leaves, tires, etc., get caught up on a bridge, and it's curtains for that section of creek.

    The good news is they're supposedly working with homeowners to make eco-friendly bridges over the creek, if necessary.

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    You are to easy Plim

    In the up for anything way. Jan or Feb trial run at this for route, etc sounds good. And then get a good sized group for an ALL day ride when we get more daylight and warmer weather.

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