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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Road to Demo blocked 12/27/12

    Big slurry intermixed with rocks and tree limbs blocking the road at one of the slide areas on the Los Gatos Side. Looks about 3 ft deep, too liquidy to even attempt to ride bike through.
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    More details please...how close to trail head...where exactly. Thanks man!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    unfreakingbelievable. The apocalyptic end of the bay area mountain biking world is upon us.

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    What a shocker!
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    gee guess you guys will either have to ride from Aptos or drive up from Corralitos both of which are not "the end of the world"
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    News Footage

    Lame.

    I think this news report is referring to the slide on Highland... 8ft deep by 13ft wide. Not too bad. But they are not going to work on it until it drys out a bit.

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    Here is a link to a video about the slide. first minute or so talks about it.
    Winter Weather Causing Problems On Central Coast | Santa Cruz News - KSBW Home

    Anyone know a way around that section? I can't tell from the map if any of the roads that go around that section are private.

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    A slide, on Highland? Not in my county!

    Which reminds me - know what I miss about living at Skyland/Highland rds. during the rainy season?

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    It's on the far end of the new retaining wall they installed a few years back. The road and wall are fine, just 2-3 feet deep, by 13 ft or more wide of earthen pow pie splatted down the hill side. It't pretty liquidy, and with more rain on the way may be a while before it's solid enough to scoop up. A vacumn truck, or sludge pump could clear it out in just a few hours. Guess the county has thought about that. Maybe one of th local will scope it out the way with a front end loader.
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    This site has good info, granted I don't know where PM 3.28 and PM 3.16 are.

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    I headed down there today. It was pretty bad - so I turned around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    As one of the people who takes Highland Way regularly, how do you get there from Corralitos? Does it get you to the parking lot or somewhere else?
    Corralitos is just coming in Highland Way from the other direction (Watsonville side), so you will end up at the same parking lot. You basically need to get over to Corralitos via Santa Cruz or Morgan Hill. Then you take Eureka Canyon Rd which turns into Highland Way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabe0807 View Post
    Corralitos is just coming in Highland Way from the other direction (Watsonville side), so you will end up at the same parking lot. You basically need to get over to Corralitos via Santa Cruz or Morgan Hill. Then you take Eureka Canyon Rd which turns into Highland Way.

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    Has anyone ridden Demo in the past couple of days? Just curious to get an update on trail conditions.

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    not again... any updates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by schoolisbad1 View Post
    not again... any updates?
    Demo is in great shape, there are numerous puddles along the sag ponds during the climb up Buzzard Lagoon, but you can go around. It would be better to ride Monday or Tuesday to give it a bit to dry up, but it's fine now.

    Getting there? 17 to 1, south to Aptos, come up that way. Summit/Highland is out of operation for now.

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    I just came back from Demo. The slid is about knee deep at most, but it is very wet mud. Best recommendation is to bring a towel, socks and a pair of old shoes. Hike in with the old shoes and change them out for your cleats once you pass the slid. Stash your towel and old shoes. My feet got wet and it was misery the rest of the ride.

    Best of luck

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    Any updates on the road closure? Would love to ride Demo this weekend.

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    Can I get a hooo-rah?

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    Thanks. I guess Demo will have to wait until next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Can I get a hooo-rah?

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    Hooooooo-rah.

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    Figures, I have start class again that Tuesday. Pacifica ha been a good alternative, just more gas to get out there, and greater risk of running over some hiker.
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    Can anyone confirm that Highland has in fact be re-opened? (Sentinel article was about "plans").

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikesroll View Post
    Can anyone confirm that Highland has in fact be re-opened? (Sentinel article was about "plans").
    They plan to start on Jan. 7 Monday.

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    Doh! Thanks for the clarification, I misread a date.

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    There's a tree down near the bottom of Braille. Probably going to need a chainsaw to move it. It's after most of the features but you could still plow into it if you' re not paying attention.

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    I should be out there Tuesday so I'll look and see if I can't summon some super human strength.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    I should be out there Tuesday so I'll look and see if I can't summon some super human strength.
    If it's the same tree from a few weeks back, you'll need superhuman strength...and a chainsaw.

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    Good good. Turns out I have meetings at 11:30 on Tues/Thurs so that killed my Demo ride yesterday. Now I gotta decide for Thursday when to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d-bug View Post
    If it's the same tree from a few weeks back, you'll need superhuman strength...and a chainsaw.
    Perhaps maybe our wonderful Forest Managers will open up the possibility of building with lumber and nails to build bridges, ladders, and safe features. ah, but to dream.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Perhaps maybe our wonderful Forest Managers will open up the possibility of building with lumber and nails to build bridges, ladders, and safe features. ah, but to dream.
    That would be nice, wouldn't it. I've never quite understood the policy against it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    That would be nice, wouldn't it. I've never quite understood the policy against it.
    I believe the issue is that nails might present problems to the logging trucks (flat tires, etc). I doubt braille would ever be logged given some of the terrain and its use for recreation. Policy also probably has to do with people running around the forest making ladders everywhere, nailing into trees and creating unsafe features. Slippery slope argument I guess.

    I'm with Squashyo. It would take Demo to the next level if the forest service started allowing ladder features to be built. Ive worked with Ed and the trail crew out there on some of the more recent feature - the stuff is built to last. How about a nice planked out bridge over that mud pool near the beginning of Ridge, instead of an ever-widening, equally muddy track around it? Could really build some cool stuff, under the supervision of the FS of course.

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    Ended up doing a ride all the way down to Sawpit and out, but I went up the last little section of Braille looking for the tree. I found what looked like a cleared tree just before that last 100 feet or so, and also one a bit further up just before the last sweeping right turn. There was a tree that seemed to have fallen, and was right next to the trail. It was pretty dead and I was actually able to yank on the tree and break it off. Here's a picture of it, laying on the ground on the right. Was this the tree? It used to be sticking out almost onto the trail through that tree closest to my rear wheel.



    Slide was pretty well cleared up, but I learned the hard way how slippery they can be. I guess the rain overnight got it a bit wet and I ended up sliding for a couple seconds into the hill. Better than going off the edge for sure though. Tires picked up a nice new brown color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    Ended up doing a ride all the way down to Sawpit and out...
    What kind of shape were the trails in overall? Standing water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    What kind of shape were the trails in overall? Standing water?
    Not too terrible. The usual places were wet/muddy like near the end up of the climb up to Ridge, and that about 15 foot wide mud bog not long after the start of Ridge. Sawpit seemed pretty normal, no water that I remember. Hihn's had puddles here and there where there were potholes, and a few muddy spots. Seemed to have been a good amount of car traffic that was making ruts more than anything. You could definitely tell when you got in the wet stuff though, it killed my climbing. I definitely need to get clipless soon.

    I would say in general it was damp, but not muddy. As in stuff was wet but you couldn't see water.
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