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    Salmon Falls & Granite Bay trail conditions?

    Anyone know what it's like out there right now?

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    granite bay is pretty nasty still. salmon falls was amazing. The creek crossings are a little deep, and there are a few puddles you can't really miss on some flat portions, but for the most part...awesome. So good that I'll probably be out there again tomorrow.

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    Cough, cough...

    Nice and thanks! I feel a cold coming on and doubt I can make it in to work tomorrow.

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    GB is the worst I have seen it. I rode it last night. Still rideable, but some deep puddles and water everywhere. Also some quicksand mud where you sink in places that you dont expect it in some of the usual puddles. I say give it another couple of days, but if you cant wait go for it.

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    saw a guy on the sfart trail with a bigger bike and a full face. Anything good up that way or was this guy just being cautious?

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    No good I don't think so....

    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man
    saw a guy on the sfart trail with a bigger bike and a full face. Anything good up that way or was this guy just being cautious?
    Hey Mr. redmr2_man,

    I live in Coloma and have ridden the SF American River Trail a few times. As far as I know there isnít anything fun on any part of it. Most of it in the Cronan Ranch section is ranch road renamed as a trail. There is wide single track around the Magnolia section and in the last mile down to Salmon Falls Bridge. Of course my statements could be based on simple ignorance of the stashed goods. However, whoever did the stashing did a great job of hiding it from me!

    All that said at this time of year itís a pretty place to go for a strictly XC ride. Conversely if youíre a runner itís a fantastic trail system with some sections in deep shade. Also there is an unimproved short section of trail that starts at the Greenwood Creek Parking Area / SF American River Access Point. It started life as a fishermanís trail right next to the river and hasnít been improved on since then. At the current river level itís flooded in several short sections, there is a downed tree and it goes through one rock outcrop that always required a portage. However it does have some fun chunky rock sections and is real single track when it isnít just a gravel bed.

    If you learn of anything else Iíd sure appreciate hearing about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man
    saw a guy on the sfart trail with a bigger bike and a full face. Anything good up that way or was this guy just being cautious?
    The only fun part of that trail is back at Cronan Ranch. You climb a short section from the lot, and it takes you out on this ridge for some pretty kick ass descending.

    Then it's 8 miles of climbing back to Salmon Falls..
    :wq

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    I was also pleasantly surprised by what I think Nachomc said... Middle Ridge is faaaast.

    An upper portion:


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    Hard to complain about newish trails, but yeah, nothing seems too technical out there. Some good miles to be had tho!

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    ^^ yeah that's the ridge.

    I dig that we got a new multi-use trail but this whole 2 ft wide business is BS.
    :wq

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    Yeah that Middle Ridge trail is a really fun and FAST descent. It's the Cronan Ranch Super D course

    Also, go find Gehrle Trail (I think that is how it is spelled) in Cronan. It goes out to the parking lot at the southern end of the trail system (can't remember the name). It's XC for sure, but it's pretty fun in a rippable way.

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    Anyone been out to either Salmon Falls or Granite Bay recently to report on current conditions? I tried to ride some local trails in Folsom last weekend, and with all the freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw going on, they were a muddy mess...

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    salmon falls is all permafrost melts when it warms up and is slimy/muddy, sfart/cronin I hear is the same it was like that a couple weeks ago, GB was good to go yesterday

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    Slimy clay everywhere for me, but granite bay has lots of ....... granite.

    So your'e either cleaning your chain or your tires.

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    As much as I hate to, I think I'll stay on the road bike for awhile. Thanks for the update.

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    I did salmon fall last night, not to bad but there were some muddy spots. Its not perfect but it sure was fun on the single speed. Last weekend GB was a mess. The trails are literally in my backyard and they have dried up nicely since then. This weekend they are doing the TBF races so its probably best to steer clear till midafternoon after the races are done.

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    GB is in great shape.
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    GB it is! Thanks X-FXR!!

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    Anytime, more than likely will be out there sat or sun myself.
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    Me too. I will be on either a black Ventana SS 26er or a white/black BMC 29er.

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    Granite Bay

    Granite Bay is still muddy. I was just out there. it isn't too muddy for me but I rode the road instead because the trail is getting damaged. I cannot believe TBF is actually going to hold a race on the trails tomorrow. TBF should postpone the race to prevent any further damage to the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripower View Post
    Granite Bay is still muddy. I was just out there. it isn't too muddy for me but I rode the road instead because the trail is getting damaged. I cannot believe TBF is actually going to hold a race on the trails tomorrow. TBF should postpone the race to prevent any further damage to the trails.
    That would be the first time TBF ever showed any consideration for the trails they race on.

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    Damn

    Back on the road for awhile...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripower View Post
    Granite Bay is still muddy. I was just out there. it isn't too muddy for me but I rode the road instead because the trail is getting damaged. I cannot believe TBF is actually going to hold a race on the trails tomorrow. TBF should postpone the race to prevent any further damage to the trails.
    Just FWIW, The MTB race is Sunday. Tomorrow is a road duathalon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bikenerd View Post
    That would be the first time TBF ever showed any consideration for the trails they race on.

    I agree.

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    Don't worry guys, I'm sure TBF will cut some all new trails this weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DexterMustard View Post
    Don't worry guys, I'm sure TBF will cut some all new trails this weekend!
    Really?
    Have you not noticed all the new trails that are popping up (on almost a weekly basis) without any TBF races going on?

    The first TBF race of the year is tomorrow and people are already b!tching and moaning about TBF destroying the trails.
    Let me ask this - have you actually seen the owners of TBF, or any of their volunteers, out cutting new lines? I didn't think so.
    How about, instead of bad mouthing TBF, why don't you focus you irritation else where. Like the State Parks Dept that charges TBF thousands of dollars to issue permits for events. State Parks doesn't put any money into the trail system for repairs, maintenance or signage.
    How about we talk about the dozens, maybe hundreds, of riders that carelessly ride new lines, cut corners, slide around turns, etc?
    How about volunteering at FATRAC work days?
    Blaiming TBF for trail damage is a cop out.


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    well said, Brew. I rode GB last weekend during daylight hours and couldn't believe all the new-to-me shortcut lines.

    While I believe TBF could always do more to maintain/restore the GB trails they utilize rain or shine, I (and Brewtality) have been at a FATRAC trailwork day in GB, sponsored by TBF.

    The underlying issue, however, is the lack of mtb-legal trails in the area, thus GB is getting used to death, by all user groups. It's the only trail system in the Folsom Lake area that isn't an out-and-back either... which makes it the default choice for many, including the High School coaches and their 40 kids who need a local, legal place to train/practice. Perhaps GB has exceeded it's carrying capacity...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    w

    While I believe TBF could always do more to maintain/restore the GB trails they utilize rain or shine, I (and Brewtality) have been at a FATRAC trailwork day in GB, sponsored by TBF.

    The underlying issue, however, is the lack of mtb-legal trails in the area, thus GB is getting used to death, by all user groups. It's the only trail system in the Folsom Lake area that isn't an out-and-back either... which makes it the default choice for many, including the High School coaches and their 40 kids who need a local, legal place to train/practice. Perhaps GB has exceeded it's carrying capacity...
    Agreed!

    Also -- I rode GB this afternoon. The trails were freaking perfect! I don't know how they could be described as being so bad just the day before? There were a few muddy / slick spots in the usual low lying areas, but not bad, and the actual single track was tacky and great. The trails will hold up FINE for TBF's race tomorrow.

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    Yeah, it would be great is SP finally made legal other existing trail systems around Folsom Lake and the American River Parkway to give riders other local choices and help take pressure off the GBT.

    Anyone know approximately when the race would be done tomorrow? I've raced TBF events out there this time of year, but for the life of me I can't remember. I must need another Lagunitas...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47 View Post
    Anyone know approximately when the race would be done tomorrow? I've raced TBF events out there this time of year, but for the life of me I can't remember. I must need another Lagunitas...
    I've had a couple Lagunitas's myself
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    You should be good to go by noon. There will be a few slower racers out on the course but they won't be an issue.




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    Races start 9:30 ish for the fast kids, Trophies are at 11 Sunday, so Noon is good to watch 49 er game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Let me ask this - have you actually seen the owners of TBF, or any of their volunteers, out cutting new lines? I didn't think so.
    How about, instead of bad mouthing TBF, why don't you focus you irritation else where. Like the State Parks Dept that charges TBF thousands of dollars to issue permits for events. State Parks doesn't put any money into the trail system for repairs, maintenance or signage.
    How about we talk about the dozens, maybe hundreds, of riders that carelessly ride new lines, cut corners, slide around turns, etc?
    How about volunteering at FATRAC work days?
    Look, my snark seems to have touched a nerve and I apologize for that.

    The facts are that these races bring out a lot more traffic than is "normal" for this area, and I've ridden right after races and there are always new, wider lines cut in various areas. Is it sanctioned widening/cutting? No, I seriously doubt it. In fact I'd bet riders are told to stick to the lines. But the fact is that it happens. Be it racers, staff, or anyone involved, it represents TBF. Also the trash. Seriously people, buy some shorts with pockets to put your used GUs in.

    I would love to see a breakdown of how much $$ TBF pays and how many labor hours are spent investing that money back into the trail system.
    "State Parks doesn't put any money into the trail system for repairs, maintenance or signage."
    Really? Yes, they have problems, but the fact of the matter is GB wouldn't exist without State Parks, and the hundreds (?) or staff that deals with everyday management of our parks. I'm sure they just dump that money into the rainy day fund or go on vacation. Yeah. That's it....

    As for the dozens maybe hundreds ( I doubt it) of careless riders. Yes they're out there. But it's one or two or small groups. Not literally hundreds (or however many are racing today) concentrated. It's easier to manage the organized riders than some dude out riding, but if we see some dude doing it, yes we should say/do something.

    I need to get involved with Fatrac. You're right there.

    The other fact is as pointed out by many that GB has outgrown, or rather the demand and trail load has outgrown the area. I agree. Do we have a State Parks contact for this area? Maybe I'll make some calls next week and get more informed.

    And now an example. This is not TBF, but was the routing of lines during the Merrel Down and Dirty last October. I watched the worker clear debris that was keeping people off the cut routes. I even told him, please don't move those, we're trying to let that area repair itself. He replied back that that is where he wanted to ride. Again, not blaming TBF, but just an example of one of the many groups using this area for organized races that not helping maintain this resource, but actively degrading it.
    Granite Bay Oct 2012 Merrel Race line cuts - Imgur

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    Quote Originally Posted by DexterMustard View Post
    Do we have a State Parks contact for this area? Maybe I'll make some calls next week and get more informed.

    And now an example. This is not TBF, but was the routing of lines during the Merrel Down and Dirty last October. I watched the worker clear debris that was keeping people off the cut routes. I even told him, please don't move those, we're trying to let that area repair itself. He replied back that that is where he wanted to ride. Again, not blaming TBF, but just an example of one of the many groups using this area for organized races that not helping maintain this resource, but actively degrading it.
    Granite Bay Oct 2012 Merrel Race line cuts - Imgur
    Excellent example. Nice job taking photos too. I'm guessing State Parks collects their fee from the promoters, but doesn't sign off on the courses.

    Here's the contact... but good things (hopefully) are brewing:

    Jim Micheaels, Senior Park & Recreation Specialist
    Phone/e-mail: (916) 988-0513, jmiche@parks.ca.gov

    Check out Micheaels comments in this recent document on trail conflict:
    http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/980/fi...nuse_draft.pdf

    Appendix F, page 18 - Gold Fields District
    (pgs 308-311 in the actual pdf)

    Micheaels final comment:
    "For Folsom Lake SRA, the District believe part of the long term solutions include developing more trail opportunities for all users Ė but particularly mountain bikes - either through development of new trails or changes in use; and addressing the design and conditions inadequacies of the current trail system through repairs, re-routes and improved maintenance. Given the current intensity of use and the seemingly endless latent demand for trail use Ė it could be that some limitations on use, such as further reduction in special events involving trails may be needed to help reduce use conflicts. Perhaps our trails are exceeding their carrying capacity Ė both physically and socially."

    Some of our local issues will hopefully be addressed in the upcoming Road and Trail Management Plan... and hopefully a lot of you submitted comments to support what's needed.

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    Thank You TBF

    The loop out at GB is so buffed out it's ridiculous. No trash to be seen, no new lines cut just miles of velcro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    State Parks doesn't put any money into the trail system for repairs, maintenance or signage.
    it put a smile on my face to see state park employees / rangers doing trail maintenance the last 2 out of 3 times I've been to GB this month!

    One in particular was routing drainage and clearing debris before you cross the road on the singletrack that leads to the typical gb course parking lot. Right before you cross the road and go up the tiny root section, hard to explain but you probably know the area I'm talking about.

    So, I guess the state park folks actually do help out on the trail. It's probably just not a high priority.

    Either way, I stopped and gave that dude a high-five!

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    State Parks spent money that could have been used to help maintain the trail but instead felt that a guard rail for one homeowner was more important....

    Rode all of GB and out to Beals Point...in great shape.

    I bet TBF has done more to bring attention to GB than anything.
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    Slammin' Balls 2.2.13: Okay... who approved the cattle run out there?? A couple miles of pretty damaged trail out there today. And lots of pies. Hopefully some rain and knobbies will smooth it out over time. Otherwise, excellent by all measures elsewhere.

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    Thanks EB. May hit SF tomorrow morning to get my calorie burn on before the Superbowl food coma...

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    Anybody been out to Salmonella Falls lately? A lot of PO in the trail?

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    Salmon falls is not bad at all. It does get a little bit worse the closer you get to peninsula campground but not bad. Of all the local trails I would say SF has the least PO right now (don't know how Granite Bay is). I have a standard Tecnu procedure at the car to reduce the burn and have been clear of PO this spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James.Hamilton View Post
    Salmon falls is not bad at all. It does get a little bit worse the closer you get to peninsula campground but not bad. Of all the local trails I would say SF has the least PO right now (don't know how Granite Bay is). I have a standard Tecnu procedure at the car to reduce the burn and have been clear of PO this spring.
    Agreed. Rode it tonight, and very little PO encroaching into the trail. There are some non-PO face slappers in a few corners that need to go, but overall it's in ok shape right now. Will need a brushing probably in the next month or so.

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    Any breakins at Slammin' Balls lately?

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    None that I have heard of and no telltale safety glass piles in the parking lot (pay lot, not sure about the free lot over the bridge). I have a pass and often park in the lower lot that also serves as the raft take out point. Good traffic through that lot with everyone coming and going may lead to less of a chance of break in. As usual taking a look in my car will show absolutely nothing laying around to tempt the thieves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Any breakins at Slammin' Balls lately?
    Just getting started for the season, the tweakers wait for the rafters because they leave their wallets and cellphones in the cars.

    There have been so many break-ins and burglaries up in Cool, that at least one group is reconsidering the business they started to establish up there, after all the construction tools were stolen.

    Welcome to the new normal.

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    The last two weeks, I have spent around 4-6 hours cutting out po and low hanging foliage from the trail. From the bridge to the turn off going up Flagstaff is pretty clear. Saturday, I started clearing the manzanita out of the trail which veers off of the climb going up Flagstaff heading toward the bottom of Mickey. This section is really fast once you don't have to worry about the manzanita catching your bars. I was hoping to clear it out between Mickey and Minnie, but i ran out of steam.

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    po is pretty bad in GB offshoot trails too.

    Getting over a full leg exposure than tecnu didn't even help with

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    Ya PO is all over GB, you can avoid it but and slight deviation from the center of the trail and your more than likely going to hit some. Otherwise the trail is in good shape. Going to try and make the HW Thursday night ride.
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    Just got back from a quick ride at SFART and Sweetwater. SW is a mess with PO and contact is inevitable. Pretty much anything from sweetwater to the marina is a total dance with the PO.

    About 1/2 mile on SW from the end paved parking lot heading towards Salmon Falls is a tree down and you have to scurry around it and multiple patches of PO, less than fun.

    OTH thanks so much for your efforts in clearing SF, it is appreciated by many people!

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    Has anyone hit the trail so far this year? I jus got my bike rebuilt and am hoping to get up there start of next month.

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