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    List your favorite trail in Nor Cal

    List your favorite trail in Nor Cal to ride. It can be anywhere from the Bay Area to Truckee and so forth. Mine right now is FHDL but I have alot more exploring to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter19ue View Post
    List your favorite trail in Nor Cal to ride. It can be anywhere from the Bay Area to Truckee and so forth. Mine right now is FHDL but I have alot more exploring to do.
    Favorite trail I can mention = Saxon Creek a.k.a. Mr Toad's Wild Ride in South Lake Tahoe
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    For some reason - Oat Hill Mine. I like to visit Napa and Calistoga on occasion, it has a long technical climb and a fast descent and some views, and ridable in the winter.

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    Usually the one I'm currently riding but if you were to nail me down to one particular I'd have to go with 3rd Divide in Downieville. I've ridden it so much it has lost a little luster but when I think about the chills I've gotten riding/racing that trail wide open..

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    I haven't ridden all that many Norcal trails (yet), but my first thought was Paradise Royale for the entire experience--camping, remoteness, views, main trail, and skills park.

    Plus, it's a really cool name!

    And, yeah, I guess various D-ville trails for the fun factor would be next on the podium.

    Finally, Prairie Creek, because elk are freakin' awesome.
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    Is there anything near San Jose? I'm there once a month or so. Some guidance would be appreciated...

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    Not Kennedy

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    Mills Peak Trail, even with the fire road in the middle. Butcher to the bridge is a close 2nd. If I have to stay local it's Braille all the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Not Kennedy
    Hahaha, word to that. Kennedy is really only FUN when there are libations at the top.

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    I started riding Demo again recently and really like Ridge & Sawpit

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeng View Post
    Usually the one I'm currently riding but if you were to nail me down to one particular I'd have to go with 3rd Divide in Downieville. I've ridden it so much it has lost a little luster but when I think about the chills I've gotten riding/racing that trail wide open..
    Hands down one of my all time favs as well.



    I'm getting back into riding and wanna go back there asap.

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    For a home boy like me, has to be St Joseph's Hill.

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    Braille at demo,


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    Loll, huh? Isn't it about as legal as it always was?

    I'm not sure I have a general favorite, but pretty much all of Demo and most of Skegg's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loll View Post
    Braille at demo,

    Never were legal but now should absolutely not ride *****, ***** *****, ***** *****, ***** *****....
    I fixed it.

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    Boondocks @ Northstar

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    My fav at northstar is livewire.


    Prolly #1 trail for me. Fast and big.

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    another vote for 3rd divide @ downieville

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    Third Divide as well. Can't beat the face-melting speed on that one.

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    What he said. Though he seems to ride more of my local trails than I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrawn View Post
    Is there anything near San Jose? I'm there once a month or so. Some guidance would be appreciated...

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    Not Kennedy
    LOL Dion.

    On a more serious note, lots of stuff near San Jose. Search for Saratoga Gap, Kennedy, Santa Theresa County Park, and Soquel Demonstration Forest which is a bit farther out from SJ (40 min south) but worth it nonetheless.

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    Most of what I ride is a mix of mentionable and not. That said, one benefit of living in SCruz, I can put together a ride from my house that has 6-8 miles of somewhat trails in a small park and maybe 1/2 mile on the road. If I want to put 6-7 miles of road time in (counting the whole ride), UCSC, Wilder, and the like open themselves up.

    I'd say, my favorite "trail" are the trails in Santa Cruz because I can just get on my bike and pedal. A big plus when I have to spend time in the car during the week for work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    For some reason - Oat Hill Mine. I like to visit Napa and Calistoga on occasion, it has a long technical climb and a fast descent and some views, and ridable in the winter.
    I have only been riding since march but it is my favorite so far. It seems to have everything... Grueling climb, spectacular views, technical rocks, very remote and then you get to descend for 5 miles If you hook up with a local it's even better.
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    Oat hill mine trail because riding season doesn't apply.

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    Tough to choose but I'll go with Bullards Bar.

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    I can't pin down one.

    Anything at Boggs Demo Forest.

    South Burma and Ridge Trail at Annadel.




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    This is a great rainy day thread.

    Legal trails I would say Braille, 3rd Divide and Lawndale.

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    I would also say Demo.

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    In the bay it's a toss up between anything in A-del & Skegs, in Tahoe it's TRT (Freel Peak>Armstorng>Onitas Rd)
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    Rocky Ridge.

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    I have a warm spot in my bosom for Bolinas Ridge Trail... still, after many years of riding better or funner trails, this one remains my favorite. Can't explain it.
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    Enchanted Forest Trail at Mammoth Lakes. Best 100 ft of singletrack EVAR!


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    double post......
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    Quote Originally Posted by grumblingcrustacean View Post
    Most of what I ride is a mix of mentionable and not. That said, one benefit of living in SCruz, I can put together a ride from my house that has 6-8 miles of somewhat trails in a small park and maybe 1/2 mile on the road. If I want to put 6-7 miles of road time in (counting the whole ride), UCSC, Wilder, and the like open themselves up.

    I'd say, my favorite "trail" are the trails in Santa Cruz because I can just get on my bike and pedal. A big plus when I have to spend time in the car during the week for work.

    same here, riding out my front door is pretty sick. no driving to the trail head but unfortunately living in Santa Cruz Co I am unable to mention the names of my favorite trails.

    go figure.

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    Big Boulder at Downieville and Lower Rock Creek south of Mammoth
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    Another vote for Third Divide. I love the fast swoopy feel.

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    Right now Oat Hill Mine is my favorite because it's what's in the best shape around here. Plus it's long and awesome and may take me a lifetime to master.

    There are a lot of places in Nor Cal that I haven't been to though.

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    i like descending south burma to north burma in annadel st. park quite a bit.

    also, in demo forest, i like the top half of corral, braille and sawpit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter19ue View Post
    List your favorite trail in Nor Cal to ride. It can be anywhere from the Bay Area to Truckee and so forth. Mine right now is FHDL but I have alot more exploring to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbicycles View Post
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    All of D'ville-Butcher,2nd divide,Pauley, N. Yuba and Lakes Basin areas.

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    Forest City: climb Sandusky up to Big Tree, out and back Truckee Ditch(to top of Yolanda Mtn), down Ridgerunner, back up Pliocene Rd to Big Tree, then down Sandusky. Perfect singlespeed trail!

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    Big Boulder

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    Ok, I live here, so am prejudiced... but have to say, the more I ride here on Montara Mountain, the more I discover the "other" trails, etc., etc., the more I love this place. On a nice day you cannot beat the views (well... TRT has some good views too, but that's fresh water and doesn't count!). On the foggy days you still have the mountain. And, if what I saw at the GGNRA open house comes to fruition, its only going to get better (much better)!

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    [QUOTE=Brewtality;9996808]I can't pin down one.

    Anything at Boggs Demo Forest.

    South Burma and Ridge Trail at Annadel.

    +1 on Ridge from the south. A little bit of everything.

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    Mt. Elwell or Elwell/Mills link up.
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    probably clementine loop because its about a 30 second ride from my house

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    Feather FallsTrail ..........its calling...............

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    in downieville: top of Big Boulder down 3rd Divide to the bridge

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    Winter conditions?

    Quote Originally Posted by bycyclist View Post
    Forest City: climb Sandusky up to Big Tree, out and back Truckee Ditch(to top of Yolanda Mtn), down Ridgerunner, back up Pliocene Rd to Big Tree, then down Sandusky. Perfect singlespeed trail!
    Conditions off limits or what?
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    Me thinks......

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    Mt. Elwell or Elwell/Mills link up.
    U R Biased.
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    a lot of what i like has been mentioned, so here are a couple more.....in the mtns, i'd add dlrt to the list, and closer to the bay area, fhdl and probably confluence as well.

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    boondocks, entertainer, oat hill
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    Quote Originally Posted by cohenfive View Post
    a lot of what i like has been mentioned, so here are a couple more.....in the mtns, i'd add dlrt to the list, and closer to the bay area, fhdl and probably confluence as well.
    Dlrt?

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    This one....



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    Favorite 'trail' is to get to the top of Eagle Peak in Stanislaus National Forest then go back to Strawberry via Eagle Peak, Hammill Canyon, Snake Dance, and Lower Pinecrest Peak trails. Plural, yes, but 4000+ feet of vert in this connection.

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    ^nice... Plus catch a snack at strawberry and continue to sand flat. Epicness :-)

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    Another vote for Big Boulder -> Third Divide plus Ridge -> Sawpit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    For some reason - Oat Hill Mine. I like to visit Napa and Calistoga on occasion, it has a long technical climb and a fast descent and some views, and ridable in the winter.
    Some views? SOME VIEWS????

    Good Lord, man, get excited about it! Those are some of the most awesome views around.

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    Sayles Canyon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Some views? SOME VIEWS????

    Good Lord, man, get excited about it! Those are some of the most awesome views around.

    Oat Hill Mine is one of the best trails anywhere. The views are amazing. Spring and fall are my favorite times to ride there, the views are bright and colorful. However, winter is a fun time as well. The water dripping down off the rocks form icicles and unique frost formations.
    And then there is the riding. A great combination of tech and flow. Something make everybody happy.


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    Hole in the Ground for me. After the tough climb you start descending on a really cool spine. Then you just flow through a trail that was built with us in mind. Also the great scenery. The last 1/4 of the ride is pretty awful (juttery staircase, loose rocks, badly marked trail, riding the road back to the car) but it's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
    Sayles Canyon

    Yes! That is one sweet trail.

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    Nor-Gasm rocks my world.

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    My top 5:

    #5: I have to say the Paradise Royale loop is a hoot. It is kind of out of the way for a 13 mile loop though. But the bike park adds some excitement. I can't wait to see the new trails that are being added.

    #4: Some of my favorite trails are in SC and surrounding areas, but unfortunately they don't really exist except in the figment of my imagination. And they are far too short.

    #3: Whoever said Mt. Elwell is a glutton for punishment But for sure, that is definitely one of the most beautiful epic rides in/near D'ville. I'm not too familiar with Lakes Basin trails, but did the IMBA epic route including Mt. Elwell, so that's what I am picturing.

    #2: Big Boulder is definitely my favorite trail in Downieville.

    #1: Christmas Valley in South Tahoe has got to be my favorite single trail so far, for the rocks and the flow.

    Definitely have to check out Forest Hill and the trails around Strawberry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PACS View Post
    Dlrt?
    Donner Lake Rim Trail. Nice, rocky and swoopy. My favorites include some trails with no signage around Truckee. All kinds of fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
    Sayles Canyon

    Looks great. Where is that, specifically?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbicycles View Post
    Looks great. Where is that, specifically?
    Basically sits behind Sierra at Tahoe off of Hwy 50, like some trails in the Downieville area access to the top is via that pesky trail that run from Mexico to Canada. There are creative ways to hit it though besides waiting till fall, shoot me a PM when you plan on being in the area next summer.
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    I'll have to say Skid Marks-Lincoln Express-Brake Through-Seven Bridges-Paper Route-Shot Gun...is my favorite. In reality anything in the Sierra at the time is my favorite trail...
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    Nice!

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    I'm officially unofficially inviting myself to catch that ride with you sometime next riding season. Err is that "unofficially officially inviting?"
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    I thinks it's "unofficially officially inviting"


    And if your lucky you might even get a booby prize like I got this summer on that trail, photo courtesy of Ronski
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    I didn't know you could grow a boobie there.
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    Well if anyone could

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    I didn't know you could grow a boobie there.
    It be TBC! Unless that was ronski's boobie!
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    Holy Hematoma Batman!

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    I thinks it's "unofficially officially inviting"


    And if your lucky you might even get a booby prize like I got this summer on that trail, photo courtesy of Ronski
    Yeowzerzs that definitely left a mark! Thanks for the visual, almost lost my lunch.
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    Funny thing it really did not hurt and was almost completely gone the next day.
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    If I had an elbow like that, I wouldn't leave the house for at least half a day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    If I had an elbow like that, I wouldn't leave the house for at least half a day!
    Because you would be fondling it in the shower?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
    Because you would be fondling it in the shower?
    In front of the mirror, duh.

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    1) Sunrise; 2) Pauley Creek; 3) Sawpit; 4) Hole in the Ground. I miss summer.

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    Anywhere in the South Tahoe Region is super fun.

    The Tahoe Rim Trail - Spooner to Kingsbury Segment is especially muy bueno.

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    Salmon Lake to Big Granite, cross N. Fork (Sailor flat) to
    Mumford Bar, No. 5 connect to 7 with a Sugar Pine Lake loop to BBQ ending.


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    Is tere a map on this site with trails labeled? If not does anybody know a good source?

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    Asgard- a very small system of trails out my cabin door, Don't have to touch any pavement, Good for a couple of hours.

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    I'd go with 3rd Divide...just lights out fun!

    Also love my local Auburn trails: Confluence and Connector both just after sunrise with zero traffic....fun to open it up where you have clear sightlines

    Honorable Mention is Gail's Trail at Boggs

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE157 View Post
    Feather FallsTrail ..........its calling...............
    I lived up there as a kid and hiked it many times always visualizing myself on my BMX bike shredding it. As an adult always wondered if it'd be worth the trip on my MTB...
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    great thread to start a tick list

    pinecrest peak for the chunk
    certain UCSC/Niscene trails for smooth and banked turns
    lower rock creek as an honorable mention

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalmon View Post
    Salmon Lake to Big Granite, cross N. Fork (Sailor flat) to
    Mumford Bar, No. 5 connect to 7 with a Sugar Pine Lake loop to BBQ ending.


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    How do the N Fork and Mumford Bar trails look these days? I haven't been in those parts since the last fire and can envision a ton off dead-fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8xscape View Post
    How do the N Fork and Mumford Bar trails look these days? I haven't been in those parts since the last fire and can envision a ton off dead-fall.
    It's a heartbreak, for sure. The trails are essentially open, with some tread damage in the fire area. There were some trees down between Beacroft and Sailor Flat trails, but I suspect American River Trail is open all the way thru now (I was last there over a year ago). Mumford is open.

    Each year it will look less worse for forest bare. I live just below Sugar Pine Res, so essentially this point to point ride ends at a BBQ at my house. Epic ride through great country and A LOT of different of track.

    (...let me know if if you are up for it next summer, and we can set-up a shuttle, mtbr outing Iowa Hill style. There are many big, fantastic all-day loops from home too.)

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    List your favorite trail in Nor Cal-rednightmare1_resized.jpg

    List your favorite trail in Nor Cal-rednightmare2_resized.jpg

    My dogs are partial to Red Nightmare at Red Hills.

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    List your favorite trail in Nor Cal-loganeaglepeak.jpg

    Though I am partial to the view from atop Eagle Peak...

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    Any trail that does not have to deal with work...

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    Sweetness in SC.

    Can someone send me a message with DEMO info?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tillerman1 View Post
    Sweetness in SC.

    Can someone send me a message with DEMO info?
    Hole-in-the-ground and 3rd Divide are my favorites.

    Here is some Demo info: http://www.mountainbikebill.com/imag...emap_large.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by sivilized View Post
    Hole in the Ground for me. After the tough climb you start descending on a really cool spine. Then you just flow through a trail that was built with us in mind. Also the great scenery. The last 1/4 of the ride is pretty awful (juttery staircase, loose rocks, badly marked trail, riding the road back to the car) but it's worth it.
    I usually do an out and back on this trail with the turn around spot at Lower Montez Lake. It's a great spot to take a break or swim; it also cuts out the stairs and that shitty gravel fire road.

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    I must nominate Big Tree and Widow Maker trails in coastal Mendocino.




    Manly Gulch, Caspar Crossing North & South are equally awesome, but I have no pics.

    We also have excellent gravel to ride.







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    I only rode Manly Gulch once, but that was very sweet. It's a spectacular trail.
    Faster is not always better, but it's always more fun

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