• 08-13-2012
    Mississippi Hippie
    this is my first post..

    I live in Oroville and my wife and I have been down at Greenline shopping for trail bikes.

    This is a cool thread! I had no idea there was a group that rode regularly like this.

    Now we have to decide on bikes...lol. We are leaning towards the 29ers. He says Raleigh makes a good one, but I hear mixed reviews. Its giving me a headache trying to decide.
  • 08-13-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Welcome, we would love to see you out on the trails, we are blessed with a lot of places to ride, the trails are great and not a lot of people know about them.

    There are two groups that ride regularly; Group 1. rides every Monday and Thursday at 6 PM year around, at night and even in light rain, starting locations vary with each ride.

    Group 2. rides every Tuesday and Thrusday and Saturday. Tuesday and Thursday start time is 5 PM, Saturday is usually 7:30 AM. This group will not ride at night so in the winter they may ride earlier or not at all, makes it difficult to get off work if they ride earlier.

    Other places to check out rides online is LOBO (Lake Oroville Bicycle Organization) look on Facebook for a link to their site. I post rides there under "Events"

    Can't help you with the bikes, some of the riders have twentyniners and they seem to like them, as for overall performance I can not see any difference. Good luck with making your choice.
  • 08-14-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Team,

    Gene says the smoke in Oroville is killing us so he is planning to go to Bullard’s Bar for this Saturday Aug 18th ride. Pass the word….

    Thanks


    Earthquake in Washington obviously government's fault.
  • 08-15-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Thursday Ride
    Jim sez;

    We'll eat a bit o dust Thursday, meet at the Cal de Sac at the top of the Dam at 6:00pm and we'll be heading out for a tough one "Double Cow Dare Your" yes it's only going to be 99deg so lets take advantage of the cool weather. See you there. Bring lots of water.
    mtbrjm
    If we don't see you there, you must be somewhere else
    A double Dead Cow? I think Jim was watching too much of the Olympics.

    I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.
  • 08-19-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Monday Ride
    Jim sez;
    You let those guy's know to meet at the parking lot above the bathrooms at The Dam 6:00pm Monday. Once again it will be dusty and hot. Fill up those water bottles and come on out.
    mtbrjim
    Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too.
  • 08-20-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    No Monday Ride
    Jim called to cancel the Monday ride due to smoke conditions. Sorry for last minute notice but the smoke appears to have settled in and conditions would not be good for outside activities. Will keep you posted regarding the Thursday ride.

    Mike
  • 08-22-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Thursday Ride
    Jim sez;


    I will be missing this ride so If everyone wants to meet at the Parking Lot above the bathrooms at The Dam they can pick a ride.
    So Thursday Night Ride 6:00pm.
    mtbrjm
    Oxymorons for today; Practice Test and precision bombing
  • 08-24-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Saturday Ride
    Meet in the parking lot of the Butte County Employment Center located just behind the 7-11 at Table Mountain and Grand Blvd. tomorrow at 7:30 am for a MTB ride.

    Oxymoron’s for the day; better than new and beyond infinity
  • 08-26-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Monday Ride
    Jim sez;
    Let's met at the Cal de sac on the far end of The Dam tomorrow at 6 PM. We'll be heading out to the North Fork and get a bit of dust up our nose. Bring a dustmask or bandana if you don't want dust up your nose.
    mtbrjim
    If we don't see you there you must be somewhere else


    Oxymorons for the day; awfully good & Foolproof instructions
  • 08-30-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Thursday Ride
    Jim sez;
    I will not be there tonight Im resting a sore back, but you can ride without me you ve done that before.
    Meet at the parking lot above the bathrooms at the Dam. You can plan it from there. Sorry about not being there I do miss riding, but say a little prayer for me.
    Mtbrjim
  • 09-02-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Monday Ride
    Jim sez;

    We'll be meeting at the parking lot above the bathrooms at the Dam tomorrow at 6 PM.
    Down the Long Way, up the Race Track, down the Man Way, take the Grand Canyon then over to Saddle Dam.Take he Lower Trail back to the Man Way and back o the parking lot.
    I'll be there 6:00pm Monday.
    mtbrjim
    If I don't see you there you must be somewhere else


    Oxymorons for today; low insurance rates and Live Recording
  • 09-05-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Thursday Rides;
    Jim sez;
    We will have 2 Thusrsday Night Rides going on both will meet at the parking lot above the bathrooms at the Dam. The 1st one will start at 6:00pm and who ever is there can pick the route they would like to ride.
    I will be at the 2nd ride starting at 7:30pm. This will be a real night ride so if you come out for the 7:30pm ride you better have riding lights it will be dark.
    I will see you at 7:30pm Thursday or I'll see you through the window.
    mtbrjim
  • 09-09-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Monday Ride.
    Jim sez;

    The Monday Night Ride will start at The Parking Lot across from Greenlne Cycles 6:00pm will be going up and over Sycamore Hill from the Dam side. Yes it will be a bit dusty.
    mtbrjim
    If I don't see you there you mus be somewhere else

    Oxy morons for the day;
    wisdom of Congress and wise fool
  • 09-16-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Jim sez;



    Meet 6:00pm Monday cal de sac far end of the Dam do the 8 long way. Up the cut across, down Dead Cow and just follow the bouncing Toby :)

    mtbrjim

    Oxymoroms for today; approximately equal and astronomically small.
  • 09-19-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    How about meeting at 6:00pm Thursday for a little climb up to the tunnel under the road at the Green Mile. Start at the parking lot across from Greenline Cycle head up to the Flume Trail to the Green Mile under the road and back by way of Gary/Mad Dog Crossing.
    mtbrjim
    If I don't see you there you must be somewhere else
  • 09-23-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Monday Ride
    We'll be meeting at the Cal de sac at the far end of The Dam. Double Dead Cow, yes not once but twice up that Cow. Come on out Monday 6:00pm.
    mtbrjim
    If we don't see you there, you must be somewhere else

    Oxymorons for the day; known-covert operation and kosher ham
  • 11-18-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Went for a ride on trails around the lake yesterday afternoon and I can report that there is no longer a dust problem.

    Monday night ride information later today as Jim makes it available.

    Mike
  • 11-18-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Monday Night Ride
    Get ready for the new-b. No throwing mud, shining your lights in his eyes so he can't see, making noise like a wild animal in the brush ready to jump out and eat him. Welcome him with a big smile.
    OK meet at the parking lot above the bathrooms at the Dam Monday 6:00pm will see how Toby feels about the Toby Run.
    Have those lights charged up and fenders on.
    mtbrjim
    If we don't see you there, you must be somewhere else
  • 11-23-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Saturday Ride 11-24-12
    Meet behind the 7/11 at Table Mountain and Grand Ave in the parking lot of the Community Employment Center at 9:00 AM. The group we will be doing Sycamore hill then up to the Dam and across, then back down the other side of the river to Cherokee Road and back to 7/11.
  • 11-25-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Two rides Monday 11-26-12

    One ride at 3 PM from the parking above the restrooms at the top of the Dam, route to be determined.

    Another ride at 6 PM from the cul-de-sac at the far side of the Dam. What else but a Monday Night Bike Ride, Yes' you too can come on out and ride.
    Only if you have lights, not at all if you want to crash, get lost and not see where your going.
    We'll be heading out to North Fork the long way. No Dead Cow this time bypass that and take The Little Bear cut across out to the picnic table, on the way back down the Land Rover cut across and back out.
    Charge your battery's and the ones for your lights too.
    mtbrjim
  • 11-29-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Thursday Ride
    Jim sez; I'm thinking I'll just stay home by the fire. But if I do show up I'll have my kayak or canoe and leave the bike at home. From what the News says rain and more rain.
    But if you plan on going meet at the parking lot above the bathrooms at the Dam 6:00pm you better have rain gear.
    mtbrjim
    If we don't see you there, you must be somewhere else.
  • 12-02-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Monday Ride
    No we will not be stopping to clean the trail every 1/2mil after the big wind storm. We can if you want but I say jump the limbs, rocks and mud puddles. If you happen to bring your Swiss Army Knife make sure it has the saw not the fork, spoon and knife that just will not work.
    As always I think the less muddy ride will be up to Visitor Center. Meet at the parking lot above the bathrooms at the Dam.
    Monday 6:00pm have your fenders on and lights charged up.
    mtbrjim
    If we don't see you there you must be somewhere else. (or you didn't what to get muddy)
  • 12-06-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Thursday Night Ride
    And You Make The Call
    Let's meet at the Cul De Sac at the far end of the Dam at 6:00pm Thursday and you can be Trail Boss.
    Charge yer lights.
    mtbrjim
    If we don't see you, You must be somewhere else
  • 12-07-2012
    Vaughn
    Lower Burma Clean Up
    Anybody care to join me Sunday am to drag all the cut brush that was so kindly left by the PG&E sawyers? They left a couple hundred feet of brush in the middle of our trail. Looks like an hour of work for a few people. I figured I would include it in my Sunday am ride. I'm sure there will be a few other blow downs to deal with later. The section of which I am talking is the singletrack just to the left of the cattle gate at the culdesac off Cherokee. I'll be riding to it from across the dam and all they way down. I'll be out there 900-930.
  • 12-07-2012
    Mad Dog Mike
    Would love to be there but I am booked up on Sunday.

    Mad Dog Mike
  • 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
  • 12-14-2012
    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?
  • 09-17-2013
    Oro D
    From the Bidwell marina? The Loafer Creek riding is good, but mostly closed to bikes. Although, on the 18th-20th of October it will be open for riding during the 24/8 Hours of Gold race.

    A good out and back is to start at the diversion pool off of Cherokee road. Go to the end of the dirt road and cross the bridge. You will see a single track trail going off to the left. This will basically take you up to the top of the dam. Then you could continue out to the boat camp and back for 32 miles round trip.

    There is a loop ride that you could start from the top of the dam and go down that single track trail that I just mentioned. Then you would have to work your way over to the Nature Center. Then follow the Brad Freeman trail back to the top of the dam. I have heard of some riders veering off of the Freeman trail and riding the, for horses and hikers only, Dan Beebe trail up and over Sycamore Hill and all the way back to the dam. But, like I said, it's supposed to be no bikes.
  • 09-17-2013
    peter19ue
    Thanks for the info. I did the out and back to the Bloomers boat in camping area and it was a good workout but pretty flat and all double track. I'll have to try the downhill trail off the cul de sac by the dam and ride down to the Diversion pools. I hear that has some pretty good downhill. I've heard the rangers won't give you a ticket on the Beebe trail if you are riding mellow so I may have to try that as well. Feather Falls is pretty close as well so I may have to check that out also.
  • 09-20-2013
    NorCalRider76
    We have talked about Beebe before...yeah it's off limits to bikes, but I have not met a local rider that has not ridden it! In fact, I have ridden Beebe 20+ times, usually early Sunday mornings and have never once crossed paths with an equestrian. The local bike group rides the trail on occasion, but usually they ride it from the bottom up, which is a hell of a grind!

    The trail is fun, IMO the most fun in oroville and the sycamore hill climb/dh is awesome. It's not very technical, it's just a fun ride. If you ever want a guide, hit me up and I will show you around ;-)

    But if you want to ride it solo, be respectful and cautious and you will be fine....but you may have trouble finding the fun stuff.
  • 09-20-2013
    peter19ue
    Thanks for the info and offer Norcalrider76. I would be nice to ride with someone who knows the area. For my next ride I was going to take the trail next to the dh course down to the Diversion pools and then ride back up either Beebe if no one is around or the Freeman trail if there are people on the Beebe trail. Would you recommend this route or would there be a better one. Do you guys also ride year round or does it get pretty muddy after it rains. I should be able to make it back up there towards the middle of October. Pete
  • 10-01-2013
    LWright
    MAU poker ride at the Potters Ravine trailhead on Oct 5.
    Watch out bicycling buddies, lots of horses will be on the Potters trail between 10am and 2pm this Saturday. Best to avoid doing Potters and use extreme caution if heading out Northfork.
  • 02-03-2014
    LWright
    Heads up! This past Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, I was told by a State Parks ranger that he was going to be watching for the "regulars" who ride up into Loafer Creek on the Loafer Loop and Roy Rogers trails. As you know, these two trails are not open to cyclist at this time.
    How can you ride there legally?
    Write letters to the park superintendent and copy to the big wigs in Sactown asking to open these trails. Do it early, do it often!
    Join LOBO!
    Or just keep on like you have been and post here when you get caught so we can get the story!
    Lyle