• 12-09-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Monday Night Ride
    So I think we might take a chance and try out the Loafer Creek (mud ride) We can always change it up.
    So this is what we'll do, Meet at Saddle Dam 6:00pm Monday, if it's clear it will be cold so bring what you need to stay warm (no hot toddie drinks) %-O
    Come on out let's do this.
    mtbrjim
    If we don't see you there you must be somewhere else
  • 12-10-2012
    MIKE157
    Feather Falls 10:00 tue. morning , anyone ?
  • 12-13-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Thursday Night Ride
    OK, What say we meet at the parking lot across from Greenline Cycle.
    Let say we take a ride out to the bottom of the Dam back out by said way of Gray's Crossing and see what's said about going up and over Sycamore and back to the parking lot. What say it might be a longer and say a little tougher, but what else you going to do on a Thursday night. What watch football, you'll be able to catch the last quarter that's all that counts anyway.
    So with all that said, Meet at 6:00pm Thursday across from Greenline Cycle.
    mtbrjim
    If we don't see you there you must be somewhere else
    Trail Boss Jim P. will be meeting at 8:00am Sat. at The Dam for a ride out to North Fork, he says "For a nice easy ride" What if John Skid goes?
    hah!
    I'll be there to see that happen
  • 12-13-2012
    peter19ue
    I've got a houseboat at the Bidwell Marina and was considering bringing my mountain bike next time I go up there to the houseboat. Can anyone recommend some good trails I could hit up either from the Bidwell marina parking lot or the loafer creek boat ramp. Those are the two places I could have the shuttle drop me off at. Thanks
  • 12-13-2012
    GoingOffRoading
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by peter19ue View Post
    I've got a houseboat at the Bidwell Marina and was considering bringing my mountain bike next time I go up there to the houseboat. Can anyone recommend some good trails I could hit up either from the Bidwell marina parking lot or the loafer creek boat ramp. Those are the two places I could have the shuttle drop me off at. Thanks


    Yea, just head over the hill to the far side of the dam... Trails are marked but the full stuff is here: (edit, fail... I can't like to strava map areas)
    Strava Segment | Bloomer Point Out and Back
    Strava Segment | Dead Cow Trail - Downhill
    Strava Segment | Potters Ravine loop

    I'll be out there Saturday rain or shine
  • 12-14-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Saturday Ride

    Meet at 8 am at the parking above the restrooms at the top of the Dam. Trail Boss Jim P. will be meeting at 8:00am Sat. at The Dam for a ride out to North Fork, he says "For a nice easy ride"
  • 12-14-2012
    peter19ue
    Thanks for the info. This may be a dumb question but what would be the easiest way to get from the Bidwell Marina to the far side of the dam, I have never gone that route before.

    Also, if i were to have the shuttle drop me off at the Loafer Creek ramp is there anyway I could ride over to Feather Falls or would that not be possible, Thanks for your help. I'll have to do a ride with you guys.
  • 12-15-2012
    LWright
    Peter, do you mean the actual falls or the casino? Either way is a road ride.
    Bidwell Canyon trail runs from Loafer Creek to the Dam.

    LOBO has good maps of local trails, see my signature.
    Also the North Fork trail goes all the way out to Bloomer Boat-in Campground, you could have the boat meet you there for lunch!
    Maybe you could talk Mike 157 into a lift to the falls if those trails are not snowed in?
  • 12-15-2012
    peter19ue
    Thanks for the link. I was wondering if it would be possible to ride either from the Bidwell Marina or Loafer Creek boat ramp all the way to the falls. If I have to ride part of the way to the falls that would be okay.
  • 12-15-2012
    LWright
    MapQuest Maps - Driving Directions - Map
    18 miles of asphalt from Loafer Creek to the Feather Falls trailhead.
    Map goes to the community of Feather Falls, you turn left just before to get to trailhead.
  • 12-17-2012
    peter19ue
    Thanks for the info. Seems like I can catch the Bidwell trail right by the bidwell canyon lauch ramp and ride all the way to Potters Ravinevia the north trail. How would get from the end of the north trail at Potters Ravine to the Bloomer boat-in camground. Does the north trail continue all the way there. it does not show that portion on the map. Thanks again.
  • 12-17-2012
    John Svahn
    Sorry to take you guys off topic, but what is the car break-in probabilty at Feather Falls TH these days? The rumor mill in Truckee said that it was bad, but I was wondering if that is correct?
    Thanks,
    John
    PS if it is bad is it bad at certain times/days?
  • 12-17-2012
    MIKE157
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by John Svahn View Post
    Sorry to take you guys off topic, but what is the car break-in probabilty at Feather Falls TH these days? The rumor mill in Truckee said that it was bad, but I was wondering if that is correct?
    Thanks,
    John
    PS if it is bad is it bad at certain times/days?

    I'm a local ,been there many times,never had my stuff messed with. However I have heard of break ins so I avoid parking at the trailhead opting to park up the road near the tree farm. The weekends are safer due to more peps there ,but I ride during the week so thats why I park up the road, plus it adds a couple extra miles of fun.
  • 12-17-2012
    ZeroNine3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by peter19ue View Post
    Thanks for the info. Seems like I can catch the Bidwell trail right by the bidwell canyon lauch ramp and ride all the way to Potters Ravinevia the north trail. How would get from the end of the north trail at Potters Ravine to the Bloomer boat-in camground. Does the north trail continue all the way there. it does not show that portion on the map. Thanks again.

    The North Fork trail will take you all the way to Bloomers... about 9 or 10 miles one way I believe. Its pretty well marked, with milelage signs every mile or half mile.
  • 12-18-2012
    LWright
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ZeroNine3 View Post
    The North Fork trail will take you all the way to Bloomers... about 9 or 10 miles one way I believe. Its pretty well marked, with milelage signs every mile or half mile.

    Our maps could use some updating!!
    There is also a new section of the Potter's trail that connects from the Potter's Point trailhead to the Northfork trail that follows the shoreline.
    Have to see if I can find new maps!
  • 12-18-2012
    peter19ue
    Sounds good. I'll just ride out from the Bidwell Marina and see if I can make it to Bloomers.
  • 12-27-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Ride Saturday 12-29-12. Meet at the parking above the restrooms at the top of the Dam Saturday at 9 am for a trip out to the North Fork trail.
  • 12-27-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    New Year's Day Ride.

    Tuesday January 1, 2013. Ride on the 1st is this coming Tuesday, we are meeting at (SADDLE DAM) AT 9:00AM.
  • 09-16-2013
    peter19ue
    So I rode at Oroville for the first time this weekend and I rode Potters Ravine and the North Fork trail which ended at Bloomers Point. I noticed a dirt road heading up the hill with a no trespassing sign and I was wondering it that area is still state property or if it is private property and if you have ever ridden there. When I drive by that area in the boat I can see quiet a few trails in that general area going to the top of the hill.

    Thanks,
  • 09-16-2013
    Oro D
    I have ridden that dirt road and it is private property.
    I ran into a couple that informed me that I shouldn't be there because there was some "bad stuff" going down right now. They then went on to tell me that all of the land owners around there were growing pot and some of them had recently been ripped off.

    I wouldn't go back in there.
  • 09-16-2013
    peter19ue
    Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Wouldn't want to stumble onto a pot grow and risk getting shot. So I rode from the marina along the Bidwell Canyon Trail to Potters Ravine and then to the end of the North Fork trail. It was a good work out not all that exciting and pretty flat. It wasn't bad but if I want some more climbing and downhill riding am I better off riding the Dan Freeman downhill trail? Seems like there were a few options where the road dead ends past the entrance to the Spillway Dam. I rode by a sign on the Bidwell Trail that lead off to the Beebe trail and it pretty looked fun but I saw the "no bike" sign so it looks like bikes aren't allowed on it yet. Maybe I am just better off driving to Feather Falls, Chico, or Bullards Bar. You get spoiled after riding Downieville, HITG, and Northstar.

    Take Care,

    Pete
  • 09-16-2013
    Oro D
    When you rode across the dam heading towards the Potters Ravine side, there is a cul de sac. The downhill goes to the left, and you can take the trail to the right to access the Potters stuff. If you went straight it will take you to the same place as the trail to the right, but there is also a trail that goes to the left and down, just past the downhill. If you follow that it will put you on some nice single track all the way to the diversion pool.
  • 09-16-2013
    MIKE157
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Oro D View Post
    I have ridden that dirt road and it is private property.
    I ran into a couple that informed me that I shouldn't be there because there was some "bad stuff" going down right now. They then went on to tell me that all of the land owners around there were growing pot and some of them had recently been ripped off.

    I wouldn't go back in there.

    The sign says private property ,keep out ,why in the world would anyone ride in there ??
  • 09-17-2013
    Oro D
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MIKE157 View Post
    The sign says private property ,keep out ,why in the world would anyone ride in there ??

    Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.

    There is an easement on those roads for the State parks. When you start climbing that hill behind the bathrooms, it will eventually take you to the Oregon City road. If you stay straight/slightly right, that will take you to Oregon Gulch road.

    That being said, while I think it's probably legal to ride that road, it's just not safe.

    Back in the day, over 20 years ago, all of that Potters Ravine stuff was gated off with private property and no trespassing signs. We would still ride in there because that was the only way to get to Potters. I always had a feeling that the State had an easement on those roads and I was right. All of those roads that were once signed are now open.
  • 09-17-2013
    peter19ue
    So what would you say is your favorite ride/loop that you can get to from the marina?