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    How Does Auburn Hold Up in the Rain?

    I am heading up from SoCal to visit my dad in Lincoln for Christmas. I should be in the are until the 1st. Would I be wasting my team binging my mountain bike? Is Auburn area even rideable this time of year?

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    Not a waste of time at all. Auburn holds up well to anything but heavy storms. And then just give things a couple days before hitting the trails.
    Alternatives are Granite Bay and Salmon Falls, both of which hold up to pretty much anything.


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    Yeah it is rideable this time of year, it is more a matter of when the last set of storms have run through. As of a few days ago I have seen reports of the trails being in good shape and local folks helping to clear downed trees. I would suggest posting back closer to the time you plan on riding to see how it was the few days prior. Today closer to Sac we still had some rain but it wasn't bad. The forecast for the next few days shows a break and then more rain. Another option for quicker draining terrain albeit a lot less climbing is the Granite Bay trails. If it were me the bike would be packed for the trip.

    edit: Ha I see as usual Brewtality beat me to it, yeah what he said...

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    Bring your bike! There is a lot of rain in the forecast but if the trails are too muddy we have plenty of dirt (and paved) roads to explore. See Sean Allan's posts, great stuff.

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    If you were determined to ride come hell or high-water then you could likely do Stagecoach out to Quarry and back (~15 miles). Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that you could ride those trails in a downpour without doing any 'damage' to the trails. Or just do repeats on Stagecoach...nice scenery and over 700' of climbing/descending stretched across two miles; now doesn't that sound like fun!?!
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    sunday was awesome. today=rivers on stagecoach/flood.

    If it doesn't rain much tomorrow, it will make for a little dirty ride. I can't believe that some spots were almost dry on sunday, it was awesome. Today though, I was glad to be on shoes instead of tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    sunday was awesome. today=rivers on stagecoach/flood.

    If it doesn't rain much tomorrow, it will make for a little dirty ride. I can't believe that some spots were almost dry on sunday, it was awesome. Today though, I was glad to be on shoes instead of tires.
    Do you think the Auburn everything loop will be good to go by Wednesday?

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    Yes. If it does not rain by then they will be good. There will be some puddles at the start of Clementine (along the river) and the connector will have some damp areas as will the 2nd half of FHDL after the road crossing (going ccw), but not mud (partially thanks to a lot of leaf cover). Naturally there will be some small puddles spread out along the route (some big ones here and there if you take Fuel break to Culvert), and with the upcoming temps, they may be there for a while. Confluence will be find.
    I rode in similar conditions last week (Thurs) and had great traction even on the SS, and after the ride one could not tell by looking at me that it had rained a day or two before. I was careful as I rode along to be sure I was not leaving ruts, or I would have turned back rather than contribute to damaging trails (actually walked around one large puddle on Culvert), but no ruts, no trail damage, just a nice day in the saddle.
    Enjoy, and thanks for being concerned about the trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeng View Post
    Do you think the Auburn everything loop will be good to go by Wednesday?
    dunno, but I'm gunna find out. It can't be too bad. A day and a half of draining trails in auburn does alot. The drainage work in recent years has really made it great after a day or two. But during or right after a rainstorm can get pretty slick.

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    Over all it'll be fine on Wednesday, portions are going to get beat but overall it'll be in good shape. There are some great hills to climb at GB just gotta know where to look. But if I were coming out of town to ride....I'd hit confluence and Forest Hill fo sho...
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    Dont forget Cronan Ranch. It seems to hold up REALLY well to the rain.

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    L ast summer i heard talk of a parking permit being needed in the future. Was that implemented?

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    Yep. $10/day in the state park area. About $130 I think for the year pass. The one exception is the top of Russel Rd./Stagecoach. Still free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphic View Post
    Yep. $10/day in the state park area. About $130 I think for the year pass. The one exception is the top of Russel Rd./Stagecoach. Still free.
    I have been parking on the other side of the river as you head up to Cool. They are not charging for parking over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollinrob View Post
    I have been parking on the other side of the river as you head up to Cool. They are not charging for parking over there.
    Yes they are. Someone posted about getting a ticket there already, with a warning stamp on it.

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    Yes they are. Someone posted about getting a ticket there already, with a warning stamp on it.
    Asked a park worker and the answer was yes it's fee area.

    If ya wanna go cheap just park n Auburn and ride Stagecoach/Manzanita down and out. Save the $5 for a beer at Auburn Ale house.
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    Did you hit the trails justin?

    Pretty muddy, but the really cold temps kept most stuff frozen. Nothing like the sound of tires crunching frozen leaves and breaking the top layer of puddles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    Did you hit the trails justin?

    Pretty muddy, but the really cold temps kept most stuff frozen. Nothing like the sound of tires crunching frozen leaves and breaking the top layer of puddles!
    Killer. It was amazing! My choice of a worn out Renegade rear tire was not the most optimal for the trail conditions but it led to some of the most intense riding in a while. Counter steering almost every leaf filled corner was bad arse! Go ride Auburn before the rain hits, go now, I mean it, strap lights on, lie to the boss, do whatever you have to do. RIDE!

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    forecast for tomorrow (thursday) went from 100% chance of rain, down to 20% (and likely to hit in the evening).

    tomorrow should be decent and alot less cold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    forecast for tomorrow (thursday) went from 100% chance of rain, down to 20% (and likely to hit in the evening).

    tomorrow should be decent and alot less cold!
    DAMMM it was cold. I rode just before dark this evening and had to soak in the hot tub for a 1/2 hour afterwards to coax my junk back out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphic View Post
    DAMMM it was cold. I rode just before dark this evening and had to soak in the hot tub for a 1/2 hour afterwards to coax my junk back out.
    Ok…thanks just spit all over my computer screen, not a visual I needed. But I did sit in my hot tube last night.

    I’m hoping Sunday the weather holds to get out, I know we need the rain but can we get a break to ride!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphic View Post
    DAMMM it was cold. I rode just before dark this evening and had to soak in the hot tub for a 1/2 hour afterwards to coax my junk back out.
    Yep, the ole 'scared tortoise' syndrome. I was there with a chilly Auburn ride last night. I was dressed right but dang, one guy was in shorts...his junk must have snuck into a dark cave to keep warm!
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    Rode FHDL at midday. Pretty manky. I'd have to put it on the not recommended list. These cold days have resulted in a situation where the water is not drying out. Its just freezing at night, thawing during the day and really lofting the bottoms of the puddles to create some really sticky goopy conditions. I really mudded up the bike today. It was like dragging an anchor around with all the mud pealing off against the stays.

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    How does Culvert/Confluence hold up? Coming home and hoping to ride sometime between Saturday and Xmas.

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    Darn weather men. I could have snuck in a ride this morning but the forecast shut me down.

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    it looks like there might be a break between 2 and 5. small showers.

    worth a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphic View Post
    Darn weather men. I could have snuck in a ride this morning but the forecast shut me down.
    Bummer! You should never trust those guys. A small group of us got in FHDL early (enough). The Sky opened up just as we were near the end. The trails *were* in great shape...it was glorious.
    If you trust those weather prognosticator folks, we might not be riding until January.
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    Damn. I came in last night and saw more rain from Stockton to Lincoln than I see all year in SoCal. I was ready to ride today. As much as came down, who knows if it will dry while I am here.

    I brought my road bike just in case. I can drive over to the American RIver and take a cruise.

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    I rode Stagecoach/ Clementine/ Culvert/ Confluence/ back up Stagecoach and it was great today! Waited for the rain to break around 10 and it was wet but no mud. I had a blast, the trails were managing water really well. I plan on going again tomorrow

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    Middle of the day was even freaking cold. I forgot how much colder NorCal got in the winter.

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    I was on 2 feet instead of tires today, but cleared the deadfall from flood/manzanita and unblocked some drainage stuff. The water is flowing good, but everything is draining really nicely.

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    redmr2man, Thanks for clearing off the debris.

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    Any recent update on auburn?

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    Rode Stagecoach, Clementine, Middle Trail, and Confluence on the 24th. It was all decent. I'd still avoid Culvert just because its more delicate in the rain. I'd also plan on walking the falls on Confluence Trail as the rock bridge on the left edge line is getting undermined, and the right side line is a pool.

    Rode Flood and Lower Clementine on Christmas Day. Flood was a blast with water flowing down it. Wet, muddy, slick...but fun.

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    My buddy lives on Russel Rd. and went for a run today on Manzanita. He said that is was pretty wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphic View Post
    I'd also plan on walking the falls on Confluence Trail as the rock bridge on the left edge line is getting undermined, and the right side line is a pool.
    ha. Story time!

    I usually pump the right line through the water, seems faster. Hit it in its current condition, instant OTB, that puppy was over a foot deep!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    ha. Story time!

    I usually pump the right line through the water, seems faster. Hit it in its current condition, instant OTB, that puppy was over a foot deep!
    You don't say.

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    Thinking about heading down from the lake while my pass is blacked out this week. What trails dry out the quickest down there? Any of them good to go tomorrow or Monday?

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    I'd wait for someone else to chime in since I haven't been up there, but I can say that everything is draining really well. The area has been without decent rain for over 2 days now.

    I'd ride it!

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    If the weather looks good tomorrow I might try it. Last time I was here I had a fully rigid, I have a Salsa Spearfish now. What trails should I check.

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    Typically, Forest Hill Divide takes longer to clear up and as mentioned, Culvert can has some spots that should be avoided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeThePlanet View Post
    If the weather looks good tomorrow I might try it. Last time I was here I had a fully rigid, I have a Salsa Spearfish now. What trails should I check.
    A nice ride for tomorrow would be to drop in at Russell Road, take off on Flood, finish Stage Coach to the confluence, Clementine to the rocks, out and back on Connector, then middle trail and Confluence Trail, and back up Stage Coach. That would be about 16 miles, and all of it drains well. Connector could be a little cool, so dress warm if you hit it early.

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    Awesome - thanks for the details!

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    How well does culvert do after a rain? I haven't been up there since last winter so I am unfamiliar with the new work that they've done.

    looking like sunday could be a good day to ride, low chance for rain today and saturday.

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    Took the route suggested by Metamorphic today and it was great. Made a run down Culvert and although it is wet, it's easy enough to dodge the softer spots (most of them are at the bases of the jumps). Thanks again for the info!

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    I'm going out to Auburn from the bay area. Think it'll be OK to ride this Sat? Looks like rain, but pretty minimal. So far I see .1" has fallen on Fri

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaks View Post
    I'm going out to Auburn from the bay area. Think it'll be OK to ride this Sat? Looks like rain, but pretty minimal. So far I see .1" has fallen on Fri
    Should be fine. We got more rain in Grass Valley and it didn't get mucky here.

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    Assuming we don't get a bunch more rain tonight and tomorrow.

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