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    Oat Hill Mine

    I was able to descend the Oat. They have bulldozed the lower 1.2 miles.
    Cleared brush alongside the trail way up, ready for more.
    But the 'dozer stopped just below some of the best tech on the lower section.
    The new road is pretty fast!

    It'll come back.
    The nature of Oat Hill Mine is still unchanged.

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    Well, technically it's been a road all along. I'm sure it'll degrade into something more chunky before too long.
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    This is great news. If it's faster than it was pre fires remember to watch for hikers on that lower section.
    Thanks for the trail report jibmaster.

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    Thanks for the report, I'm bummed but like Guru said it's always been a road, just a matter of time before the earth takes it back.

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    The upper section remains unchanged


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    I need to get back to the Oat. It's been too long.
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    Good to hear. Looks like a great option as Santa Rosa heals.

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    Spoke with Chino Yip & John Woodbury about Oat Hill last night.

    They said that the trail is closed, and they are working on posting this. They are concerned about the trees and erosion until the trail crews get through there and shore up the damage on the lower portion.

    Just an FYI.
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    Yes - Oat Hill Mine Trail is still closed.

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    Can I take my covered wagon over it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Yes - Oat Hill Mine Trail is still closed.
    No doubt you were doing post-fire recon for CalFire.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Good to hear. Looks like a great option as Santa Rosa heals.
    Moore Creek Park: Closed until Tuesday October 24. No damage
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Good to hear. Looks like a great option as Santa Rosa heals.

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    Some of those roads might still closed, or only moderately open. Actual drive time from Santa Rosa can be quite a bit longer.

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    Calistoga Road is open from Hwy. 12 to Petrified Forest Rd. Petrified Forest is open down into Calistoga. Porter Creek Rd. is still closed, according to one of my employees who lives on Petrified Forest Rd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Calistoga Road is open from Hwy. 12 to Petrified Forest Rd. Petrified Forest is open down into Calistoga. Porter Creek Rd. is still closed, according to one of my employees who lives on Petrified Forest Rd.

    The specified route on the map is completely open. Everybody come ride (when it opens) and support our restaurants and wineries please. Been slow up here in Calistoga and we could use some visitors. Cheers

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    Thanks for posting jibmaster. I was just looking at very depressing satellite photos of my beloved Annadel, and this cheered me up a bit.

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    So far as I know, Oat Hill Mine Trail is still closed.
    Got a comment on my YouTube video - someone was really mad at all the destruction...
    I could care less. They were planning on making OHM a fire break that would have saved my hometown from the fire.
    Bulldoze away! Thank you Cal Fire!

    As was mentioned above, nature will take it back.
    Bikers will as well.
    None of the technical beauty of this trail was destroyed.
    Although, I did not check out some of the options.
    It looked like the 'dozer checked out some of the optional routes...

    It's ok.
    I'm actually excited to see the trail re-claim itself as the winter starts.
    The rains will come next week and the riders/hikers will make the trail anew.

    I'll try and find out when OHM opens and post it.
    Or whomever gets the info first...

    Right now Moore Creek Park is open.

    DWR...

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    Checked out the TH on my way to work(Calistoga) this evening.
    OHMT still closed.

    Got reports from people riding Mt. St. Helena.
    30 ft. slash protection on the road.
    The Bubble is all burned out.

    All is good though.

    The rains are coming and the plants (manzanita, PO etc.) will return with a vengeance.

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    Actually, OHM isn't closed. I did trail work there along with three other REMBA members on Saturday, led by Chino, along with four other old school trail builders from the area. There is tape across the entrance to the trail specifying that it's closed, but Chino said that it's actually just Robert Louis Stevenson that is closed and since it can be accessed from OHM, they put the ribbon up. We just built water bars on the fire road so that it would be OK after the coming rain. Overall it is very dusty so it's probably not going to be the same winter-proof trail that we all know and love this season. After these rains we are going to see how the water flows and go back to make more permanent improvements. In general, there is going to be lots of trail work to do in Napa and Sonoma counties, so lots of opportunities to do your part. Join REMBA and follow them on Facebook for work day updates: https://www.facebook.com/mountainbikealliance/

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    Good to know.
    Thanx for the info.
    And thank you for your trail work.

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    So my folks are renting a house in St Helena this weekend. In the past when we have done this I usually head over to ride Annadel or Oat Hill mine. OHMT in the rain is alot of fun. Does anyone have suggestions on places to ride up there that are open and I wouldn't damage if it does rain? I have several bike options CX, 29HT, 29 Enduro. I would liek to get onto some dirt but if I'm stuck to road it's totally understandable. Any info or suggested places to check out would be awesome.
    Thanks.

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    It's a bummer it was bulldozed. But I will say the alternative for not bulldozing it made it worth it. Auburn SRA is in my backyard and over the years I've been riding there some of the trails have been bulldozed for fire break reasons. I will say it doesn't take long before mother nature makes it back into something fun.
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    FYI...According to the CA.GOV website Oat Hill is officially open.


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    this is great news! OHM is great when everything else is muddy.

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    I checked the REMBA website but found no info on OHMR. Anyone been there recently? I heard the lower sections were bulldozed and the upper (fun part) was untouched. Are there any closures there? thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairfaxian View Post
    I checked the REMBA website but found no info on OHMR. Anyone been there recently? I heard the lower sections were bulldozed and the upper (fun part) was untouched. Are there any closures there? thanks
    Bottom mile or so was widened but no big deal. The rest is as good as always. With the recent rains its in great condition and there are no closures on the trail. Check my last comment on this thread for the actual webpage that states info.

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    Iíve never ridden OHM but I like the idea of alternate winter riding. Itís an out and back yeah?

    Parking at the trailhead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jukas View Post
    Iíve never ridden OHM but I like the idea of alternate winter riding. Itís an out and back yeah?

    Parking at the trailhead?
    Yup - out and back with parking at the trailhead.

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