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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Parts of Shell Ridge are virtually unrideable

    This is what the Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail looked like yesterday (03/11) morning:

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    A 1.5-mile stretch of the trail that transects an area open to cow grazing was in this state virtually without a break. I'd stay away for a few more weeks.
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    Not like it is going to be all that much better once it dries....unless you want some fillings to pop out of your mouth.

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    Shocking.







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    Shame on the mountainbikers for damaging the trail like that!

    *sarcasm*

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    Quote Originally Posted by erginguney View Post
    This is what the Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail looked like yesterday (03/11) morning:

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    A 1.5-mile stretch of the trail that transects an area open to cow grazing was in this state virtually without a break. I'd stay away for a few more weeks.
    A mile and a half??? How does one even fix that without machinery? That prolly filled with poop too.

    When I first started riding at Mission Peak in Fremont, I ventured out to the traverses to Ed Levin Park in Milpitas. Same cow damage...
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    Not to worry. They will hit it with a bulldozer next month and good to go, just like new.
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    Last year there was a lot of complaints from even the non-cyclist population in the area because apparently the land manager allowed grazing to take place earlier in the year than in the past. The results were massive damage.

    I think this year is a bit different, just because of the sheer amount of rain we've had. The soil out there is crap after even a slight sprinkle.

    That being said. I rode "some stuff" at Shell Ridge that's north of the Briones Mt. Diablo trail this weekend and it was almost all excellente.
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    Can we buy grazing rights and just not put any cattle out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoscoP View Post
    Can we buy grazing rights and just not put any cattle out there?
    The lease he has helps keep it open for you. You want to pay $10 a ride ? The land was granted under a stipulation it remains grazing land as well.
    Deal with it.
    I went to Briones yesterday and it was a shit show wherever the hillside cross drains or in the Valleys. The top is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasejj View Post
    The lease he has helps keep it open for you. You want to pay $10 a ride ? The land was granted under a stipulation it remains grazing land as well.
    Deal with it.
    I went to Briones yesterday and it was a shit show wherever the hillside cross drains or in the Valleys. The top is good.
    Did a loop today and that pretty well describes it.


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    Would $10 include shuttle?

    If it was my backyard, I'd probably pay $10-15 a year. Enough people could subsidize moving to small heritage breeds which do less damage.

    In my experience, if the trails look like that then the creeks and low shady spots look ten times worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoscoP View Post
    Would $10 include shuttle?

    If it was my backyard, I'd probably pay $10-15 a year. Enough people could subsidize moving to small heritage breeds which do less damage.

    In my experience, if the trails look like that then the creeks and low shady spots look ten times worse.
    Doubtful. Bottom line is the grazing more than likely insures your access. If left up to the crazy Libs around here they would shut it down to MTBers because they scared their dog. The cows keep it rural and wild and like that personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasejj View Post
    Doubtful. Bottom line is the grazing more than likely insures your access. If left up to the crazy Libs around here they would shut it down to MTBers because they scared their dog. The cows keep it rural and wild and like that personally.
    Yawn, "crazy libs" is lazy and inaccurate . All kinds of people use the open space, all kinds of people ride bikes. I'd be more inclined to say "crazy conservative horsemen would shut it down to MTBers because they scared their horse", but really, someone's political leanings have nothing at all to do with it, and you just come off looking dumb.

    Cows rural and wild? lmao, It's not rural, it's in the middle of an enormous suburb. Cows aren't wild animals. Coyotes and bobcats and deer are what keeps it wild. Cows do nothing but ruin both the trails and the habitats of the true wild animals there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_510 View Post
    Yawn, "crazy libs" is lazy and inaccurate . All kinds of people use the open space, all kinds of people ride bikes. I'd be more inclined to say "crazy conservative horsemen would shut it down to MTBers because they scared their horse", but really, someone's political leanings have nothing at all to do with it, and you just come off looking dumb.

    Cows rural and wild? lmao, It's not rural, it's in the middle of an enormous suburb. Cows aren't wild animals. Coyotes and bobcats and deer are what keeps it wild. Cows do nothing but ruin both the trails and the habitats of the true wild animals there.
    You are exactly the crazy lib I was referring to......ironic.

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    Congrats, have fun riding garbage trail ruined by cows, apparently you like it!
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    I actually don't like it. But I don't presume that my desire to ride in a very populated area includes driving a Rancher out of land he historically has used and shared with other users. I like Ranchers and Farmers and MTBers and Dog owners and some hikers (:-)). So just get along. A few more days and some teeth rattling rides in sun and it all goes away. Relax.

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    ^^ We usually get the trails we deserve!

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    You need a posse of fat bikers to hit that trail as it dries out right before the mud sets up. would fix it right up.

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    Standard for the foothills. Someone said top is good, couldn't agree more. Head higher if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider View Post
    Not to worry. They will hit it with a bulldozer next month and good to go, just like new.
    Once it dries, you can just ride it. It will be just like riding technical chop. Suspension is nice.

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    I Was was so fed up with the cow chop after yesterdays ride, I went to El Molino and got steak tacos
    Thought about taking them to eat in front of the cows just to be extra spiteful.

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