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    Hogan this Sat (2-11)

    If you're looking for a ride that you won't need to dry off after, or hose down the bike, drive a little and ride with me at New Hogan Lake, Calaveras County, just outside of Valley Springs.

    I'll be slow, but there's a new trail I want to check out. Wheee!

    Hogan drains well in the winter, and weather says it'll be sunny Sat. Ogres are moving to OR soon and I'm going to try to get them to do this ride.

    Here's a Strava of most of the trails. No idea why some look like they're under water.

    Sacramento District > Locations > Sacramento District Parks > New Hogan Lake

    If you have a trail dog, bring her/him/it!

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    Damn, you're up early

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Damn, you're up early
    It's a family curse.
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    Hogan will be epic!!

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    Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    If you're looking for a ride that you won't need to dry off after, or hose down the bike, drive a little and ride with me at New Hogan Lake, Calaveras County, just outside of Valley Springs.

    I'll be slow, but there's a new trail I want to check out. Wheee!

    Hogan drains well in the winter, and weather says it'll be sunny Sat. Ogres are moving to OR soon and I'm going to try to get them to do this ride.
    ...

    Specific meeting location & time please? 2-3 hour ride?

    I _need_ to ride something not paved this weekend! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by motocatfish View Post
    Specific meeting location & time please? 2-3 hour ride?

    I _need_ to ride something not paved this weekend! :-)

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    I'm thinking 10 a.m. Take Hiway 12/26 out of Valley Springs heading east, towards San Andreas. After 1/4 mile, turn right on Lime Creek Rd, then right on S. Petersburg. Follow this for a couple miles. You'll pass Oak Knoll campground on the left, then just after this, you'll be able to turn left into what we call Acorn East Day Use. Park there, it's free. We'll ride from there. If you hit Acorn East campground, you've gone too far.

    You can ride as long as you want. When you're ready to go back to the car, you can just hop on the lower trail and it'll take you back, no directions needed.

    PS My unimpeachable sources say it is wet, puddles abound. But there's not a lot of mud at Hogan since it's so rocky, so there's that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Allan View Post
    OMG... I know that place well, I've done that goofy little loop a fair number of times :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by prozach0215 View Post
    Hogan will be epic!!
    Maybe not "Epic".. but the trail above The Beast is pretty sweet. There is a solid loop out there now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    I'm thinking 10 a.m.
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    PS My unimpeachable sources say it is wet, puddles abound. But there's not a lot of mud at Hogan since it's so rocky, so there's that.

    Thanks for the details.

    I'm one of 3 old farts with emtbs in the eastbay trying to ride together this weekend. I've learned they can't ride until Sunday. Sorry.

    So we are currently planning a Sunday 11AM-ish ride at Hogan. We will meet somewhere & truckpool over. You or anyone are welcome to join us too. Same location, ~11AM, Sunday, Feb.12.

    Thanks again & I hope to ride with you in the future!

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    I'll be there tomorrow around 8:45-9am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motocatfish View Post
    Thanks for the details.

    I'm one of 3 old farts with emtbs in the eastbay trying to ride together this weekend. I've learned they can't ride until Sunday. Sorry.

    So we are currently planning a Sunday 11AM-ish ride at Hogan. We will meet somewhere & truckpool over. You or anyone are welcome to join us too. Same location, ~11AM, Sunday, Feb.12.

    Thanks again & I hope to ride with you in the future!

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    It's a bit of a mess riding there without a guide, at least to get you started on the trails. Will there be someone riding with you who's ridden there before?
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    Turns out I can't make this, I've come down with some version of the flu.

    I'd do this, but it would only add to the headache.

    Sorry, D!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    It's a bit of a mess riding there without a guide, at least to get you started on the trails. Will there be someone riding with you who's ridden there before?
    No real guide, except the old map of one trail with a couple of diversions up the hills, and the GE view that shows many more trails up into the hills.

    Is there a recent trail map available? Otherwise I'll look more closely in GE and give myself some intersection waypoints to explore. Lotsa switchbacks on some of those trails. :-)

    Ah, just searched strava & found a few hogan tracks to browse thru.

    Any further clues are appreciated. OOPS, sorry to hear about the flu!


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    Quote Originally Posted by motocatfish View Post
    No real guide, except the old map of one trail with a couple of diversions up the hills, and the GE view that shows many more trails up into the hills.

    Is there a recent trail map available? Otherwise I'll look more closely in GE and give myself some intersection waypoints to explore. Lotsa switchbacks on some of those trails. :-)

    Ah, just searched strava & found a few hogan tracks to browse thru.

    Any further clues are appreciated. OOPS, sorry to hear about the flu!


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    You'll be in the parking lot- there's a small road to the north that goes into Oak Knoll campground.. It parallels S. Petersburg for a bit, then turns to the right, kind of like a lower case 'h'. At the bottom of the right side of the 'h' will be campsite #19, the trail takes off from there (I believe there's a trailhead sign). There's virtually no other signage, so it takes a sharp eye to see some of the trails. General rule of thumb is if you're heading out, the good (harder) trails will be on your left.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@38.1818...!3m1!1e3?hl=en

    Oak Knoll Campground:
    2321 South Petersburg Road
    Valley Springs, CA 95252

    My Google map gives the parking area as 2434 South Petersburg Rd.

    My phone (Metro PCP) doesn't work at Hogan.

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    38.18265, -120.80306
    38°10'58"N, 120°48'11"W

    Good luck, I hope you have a good ride!

    OOPS, Thanks.
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    Thanks! We're looking forward to exploring those trails Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motocatfish View Post
    Thanks! We're looking forward to exploring those trails Sunday.

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    Got some Intel from the Ogres, they went up and walked some stuff. He sent a pic that shows part of the trail underwater. D'oh! Wrong again...

    But almost all of the upper trail has to be good to ride.

    Post pics, D!

    Here's the one he sent me. This is in OK CG.Hogan this Sat (2-11)-img_9042.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Got some Intel from the Ogres, they went up and walked some stuff. He sent a pic that shows part of the trail underwater. D'oh! Wrong again...

    But almost all of the upper trail has to be good to ride.

    Post pics, D!

    Here's the one he sent me. This is in OK CG.
    ...

    is right!

    Actually, it confirms the weather forecast (FLOODING!) for the area!

    UpperTrailsRUs ... if we can get there! ;-)


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    Dang sounds like good wet season area to ride. Just not feeling up to the +5hours of roundtrip driving on a Sunday to take advantage of new trails when Oathill and Rockville are so much closer.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    My brother rode it yesterday trails in great shape and only a bit of mud on upper trails. Warm and sunny. I was shoveling snow.

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    Going to try again today around 1.

    Goodbye, Ogres!
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    just miss you trail work and a ride on Saturday. Hogan this Sat (2-11)-aa.jpg

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    Rode out there for the first time in two years last weekend and the trail gnomes have been busy. Good to see all the trail work I put in has been added to and continued. Keep it up guys. I know there is some younger blood putting in some time out there.

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    Mostly it still the old guys putting in work. Two of us are around 60 years old and have been riding out there for almost 20 years. Although a guy from Lodi and a younger rider from Arnold have been doing a good bit of work this year.Hogan this Sat (2-11)-xcxcxcxcx.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Stinky View Post
    Mostly it still the old guys putting in work. Two of us are around 60 years old and have been riding out there for almost 20 years. Although a guy from Lodi and a younger rider from Arnold have been doing a good bit of work this year.Click image for larger version. 

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    The Lodi guy is Mike. Fireman and good egg. He goes up when he can, rides and cuts a bunch. He's pretty much responsible for the brand new section at the top of your Googler map, there.

    Edit: The red trail at the top? To the left, where it forks down and then meets? That left leg of the fork needs to be eradicated. Useless.

    20 years? I'll bet it's closer to 30.
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    Yea Mike the Fireman I always forget his last name. Good guy. I am not sure which trail should go. The last couple times I rode all of them in different loop combinations. I think the next one to be "found" is the circled black one.Hogan this Sat (2-11)-hogan-copy-i-everything.jpg

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    Here are some pics from last Sunday's ride. Dennis and brothers Jared and Jason-The-Helmet-Forgetter. A most joyful ride, and I enjoyed the crap out of my new flat pedals, Pedaling Innovations Catalysts. A HUGE platform for my size 14 boats.

    I got there a little early and decided to start out solo, and my plan was to meet up somewhere on the trails. I was in a hurry to scope out the new trail that has just been added.

    The lake, from near the start.

    Hogan this Sat (2-11)-lake-2.jpg

    A section of switchbacks, from on high.

    Hogan this Sat (2-11)-trails-high.jpg

    After meeting up with the guys, we headed out to see how the waterfall looked. It was a little disappointing, we thought it would be flowing a lot more.

    On the way, Jason tries his luck in a smaller H2Ofall.

    Hogan this Sat (2-11)-j-waterfall.jpg

    It's only a model (shhhhh!).

    Hogan this Sat (2-11)-group-scoping-out-h2ofall.jpg

    Endo couldn't contain herself. Let's go, LET'S GO!!!

    Hogan this Sat (2-11)-endo-h2ofall-bark.jpg

    Dennis (Ogre) leading the way back.

    Hogan this Sat (2-11)-ogre-riding-towards-cam.jpg

    Ogre with a sign. He pointed out that when it was attached to the fence, it was facing the wrong way. D'oh.

    Hogan this Sat (2-11)-ogre-sign.jpg

    Mid-way into the new trail. It's fun, a great addition to the system.

    Hogan this Sat (2-11)-group-ready-ride-new-trail-1.jpg

    Buh-bye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Stinky View Post
    Yea Mike the Fireman I always forget his last name. Good guy. I am not sure which trail should go. The last couple times I rode all of them in different loop combinations. I think the next one to be "found" is the circled black one.Click image for larger version. 

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    Wow, that's most, if not all of them, isn't it? Awesome. The trail that should go is near the top of your pic- you have a black arrow pointing down on top of 2 trails. That left one is bs. :*)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ogre View Post
    Maybe not "Epic".. but the trail above The Wherewolf is pretty sweet. There is a solid loop out there now.
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    I'm sad I couldn't ride with you guys, but the hike at Hogan was great. I'm full of mixed emotions about leaving NorCal, mostly leaning toward good. Rawk on!!

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    Might ride tomorrow if I can. I agree about the left trail. The right one is the original with a couple of steep rocky bits. I think the other one was done just this last year. I think it also follows an old cow trail. Thanks for pics Finch. If I get up there I will clean out the trail to the top of shotgun hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Stinky View Post
    Might ride tomorrow if I can. I agree about the left trail. The right one is the original with a couple of steep rocky bits. I think the other one was done just this last year. I think it also follows an old cow trail. Thanks for pics Finch. If I get up there I will clean out the trail to the top of shotgun hill.
    I went up today, and Mike is talking about going up tomorrow, so I may go back. I think he's talking about the afternoon, tho.

    I did some various cutting today, and just rode slowly and enjoyed the fukc out of the beautiful day. Man, I wish I could get some of you pu$$y bay area folks to try it out. I have no qualms about driving 2+ hours to Annadel, so why can you do the same and drive to Hogan? Granted, it's no A-del, but at least there's little mud and you'll get a workout.

    Saw some old buds flyin' around. I had to keep close watch to make sure they didn't try to pick Endo up!

    Hogan this Sat (2-11)-vultures.jpg

    Someone has put up a little sign dubbing this trail The Beast. No idea why, it's a pretty tame, albeit fun, section.

    Hogan this Sat (2-11)-beasts.jpg

    Critter cam near Mike's new trail. I hope it's not to record us on private land.

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    And here's a commercial you don't want to see while you're eating.

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    More shout-outs for Eddie's Grill in Valley Springs. Man, it's good grub. The burgers are outstanding. https://www.yelp.com/biz/eddies-grill-valley-springs

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    Where is that cam? I have yet to see it. One of the locals in that valley has a legal grow going on. Might be him.

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    I think the sign is saying this way to the downhill dubbed the beast on Strava. ....

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    I never knew those trails were on starva.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prozach0215 View Post
    I think the sign is saying this way to the downhill dubbed the beast on Strava. ....
    Hope to check this out again soon. Little area info.Checked out rim trail. Creeks are high. looks like ongoing trail work amongst trail users is in progress. some trees too big. watch out for branches it toasted my derailuer and drop out. Probably check out powder opps Sunday

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