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    New Hogan Lake trails in preeeeemo shape

    New Hogan Reservoir, Lake, whatever you call it. Calaveras County, just outside of Valley Springs. The trails are in perfect condition- no puddles, and like a porno actress, nice, tacky, and well-trimmed. The weather was freakin' gorgeous- sunny, with a slight breeze. Short-sleeved weather in December?!? Welcome to Hogan.

    I took my new dog on a trial trail run, and she performed admirably. I took it easy, as she's still a pup and her paws need to get acclimated to the rockiness that is Hogan. Gotta build up the endurance as well (her and me both).

    There were three riders out there, one guy I passed on the way out with no introduction, and as I was coming back I ran into a fellow who introduced himself as "Doug From Linden". Doug was out riding his new bike- a shiny red Specialized XC, and was his first time back to Hogan for 10-12 years, he said. Doug had never heard of MTBR, so I told him I'd be posting up re: trail conditions- he said he'd check it out. Hey, Doug- sign up and say "Hi". Let's get you out some more.

    But speaking of NEW TRAILS, even closer to the parking lot I ran into an old acquaintance, Saint Brian Of Galt. St. Brian's been working on these trails for fookin' EVAR, and he told me he's been working on a new section of trail that has some nice switchbacks on it (what else?), and a fast section coming back down. Where is it? The way he described it to me is that it's just after where the trail splits in two & one section goes low & the other stays high- just briefly for about 50 yards, then they rejoin. It goes into a small inlet, and the new trail is on your left. Someone check it out & get back to me.

    I'd sure like to get back up there- if the weather cooperates (they're saying now it'll be mostly cloudy w/ a slight chance of showers. Sounds Gouda me.), maybe New Year's Day (Sat). Anyone else need a fairly easy ride to ease into the New Year?

    Gary
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    Your dog has a cell phone and a wallet? Now that's Preeeemo!

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    Dude thats right in my backyard! If I can get my shift covered Saturday I'm in! I'm off Sunday so if I cant get covered ill head over there then. My brand new hardrock needs a good shakedown ride like that.
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    the bottle opener name tag is classic...you should sell those. is your dog a mix w/some sort of terrier and cattle dog? she looks ready to roll some miles......that place looks fun.....how far of a drive from stocktontucky?

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    Ride, beer, nap. Good way to spend an afternoon. Nice looking pooch too.
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    Posting from Belize right now, but a bunch of guys from Arnold have been doing trail work and I did a bunch before coming down here. new good trails at the top of the switch backs(20) you can fallow the ridgeline down for a nice down hill. More brush still needs cutting. Cheers Jeff

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    Nativeson, its probably 30 mins from ye olde stock-town. I live in escalon and its 20 mins due north of me via escalon/ballota rd.
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    Finch.....how far into the existing trail do you think the "split" is. I'm really familiar with Hogan and a newer trail section. Just trying to make sense of your description.

    I think that alot of us Hogan locals are getting fed-up with the overgrown brush so there has been alot of trail maintenance happenning.

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    Yer puppy is cuuute It's been too long since we rode together. I take it Hogan does well in the rain? I should take a drive there to ride sometime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctripi

    I think that alot of us Hogan locals are getting fed-up with the overgrown brush so there has been alot of trail maintenance happenning.
    I'm down to do some trail work any Sunday or Monday....I am a firm believer in the idea that ya get out what you put in.
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    Hey, that was me you passed on the lower trail. I recognized you from the forums but wasn't quick enough to stop and say hi. I rode with the other two guys at the beginning but split off to the lower trail as I was out for a short ride. My third time at Hogan and I love it. Hardly ever see anyone there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutballchamp
    Hey, that was me you passed on the lower trail. I recognized you from the forums but wasn't quick enough to stop and say hi. I rode with the other two guys at the beginning but split off to the lower trail as I was out for a short ride. My third time at Hogan and I love it. Hardly ever see anyone there.
    Oh, cool- glad you recognized me, Glad you like it there- it gets old fast, but in the winter you can't beat it.

    I'm open for a Sunday ride for those who might not be able to do a Sat ride. Long as the weather holds out.

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    Sunday

    I've never been there, thinking about Sunday morning. What time are you going out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes
    Yer puppy is cuuute It's been too long since we rode together. I take it Hogan does well in the rain? I should take a drive there to ride sometime.
    You could shorten the drive and stop by here, too. One of these days I'll get you out on the trails in this area. Maybe we can kidnap Finchy, too.

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    If the weather isnt a total crap fest Sunday would be awesome...what's the difficulty level there? Total newb here
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    Quote Originally Posted by big Jay
    If the weather isnt a total crap fest Sunday would be awesome...what's the difficulty level there? Total newb here
    Hogan's good for almost every level. Stick to the lower trail and then try the upper trail as your skills build.

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    Thanks for the info Fiona!
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    Not sure if I'll make it up Sunday, but here's the poop on the New Year's Day ride.

    Mountain bike hangover ride!
    New Year’s Day, 2011

    Lake Hogan (New Hogan Reservoir), just east of Valley Springs in Calaveras County.

    Directions:

    Take Highway 12 out of Stockton/Lodi east to Valley Springs (or 26 from Stockton). At the stop sign in Valley Springs, head towards San Andreas on 26/12. Just after the shopping center in Valley Springs with the Burger King, turn right on Lime Creek Road. Take another right on S. Petersburg and follow this to Acorn East day parking lot. Ride will LEAVE at 10 a.m., so get there early to get ready.

    Disclaimer: Ride is for intermediate to advanced skill levels– Hogan is rugged terrain, but is a great winter ride. Be prepared for cool weather, and bring water, bike repair tools, helmet & food. Heavy rain cancels. Well-mannered trail dogs are welcomed, as are ice chests filled with beer for aprés ride enjoyment. Ride will be short & sweet. Maybe.

    See you there!
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    Just back from Belize and Mexico and if the wifey gives me the go ahead I may be up there for a few hours On Sunday .Hogan is one best winter winter spots around here.

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    New Years Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte
    Not sure if I'll make it up Sunday, but here's the poop on the New Year's Day ride.

    Mountain bike hangover ride!
    New Year’s Day, 2011

    Lake Hogan (New Hogan Reservoir), just east of Valley Springs in Calaveras County.

    Directions:

    Take Highway 12 out of Stockton/Lodi east to Valley Springs (or 26 from Stockton). At the stop sign in Valley Springs, head towards San Andreas on 26/12. Just after the shopping center in Valley Springs with the Burger King, turn right on Lime Creek Road. Take another right on S. Petersburg and follow this to Acorn East day parking lot. Ride will LEAVE at 10 a.m., so get there early to get ready.

    Disclaimer: Ride is for intermediate to advanced skill levels– Hogan is rugged terrain, but is a great winter ride. Be prepared for cool weather, and bring water, bike repair tools, helmet & food. Heavy rain cancels. Well-mannered trail dogs are welcomed, as are ice chests filled with beer for aprés ride enjoyment. Ride will be short & sweet. Maybe.

    See you there!

    Thanks for the great ride and beer. Sorry you and your dog had to wait so much! Look forward to all those pictures.

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