• 01-05-2013
    Huusoku
    Question regarding south bay preserve trails: I live in Fresno and commute to San Jose almost every weekend. Last spring I brought my bike many times and went to a few trails in the preserves above the Saratoga area off of skyline blvd, such as the Saratoga Gap, Long Ridge, and various trails in Monte Bello.

    I remember seeing seasonal closure signs (closed during wet months) and am wondering, generally speaking, when do they usually open trails up? late May? late June?

    Thanks!
    Mike
  • 01-05-2013
    grumblingcrustacean
    We started at Twin Gates around 9am and finished up around 12pm (probably earlier). Slight delays due to a rather inglorious dismount on a tight switchback. Had to patch a cut knee w/ tissues and duct tape.

    We saw a couple of people when talking with one of the rangers who was putting in / fixing up signs. Otherwise we didn't see too many people going the same route we were (aside from the high school group who insisted we *going uphill* make way for their flow down hill).

    I was on a white/black Niner full suspension, my friend was on a charcoal gray 29er (forget the brand) hard tail.
  • 01-05-2013
    grumblingcrustacean
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Huusoku View Post
    I remember seeing seasonal closure signs (closed during wet months) and am wondering, generally speaking, when do they usually open trails up? late May? late June?

    Lots of wet season closures, though it really is more a function of amount of rain and amount of sun, not "closed at a particular time".

    That said, there are places like Sierra Azul/Kennedy that are open even after a rain, generally. So, the real answer is "it depends". The "Trail Condition" threads here are your best bet or trying to call a particular park you are interested in.
  • 01-05-2013
    hkenshin
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Huusoku View Post
    I remember seeing seasonal closure signs (closed during wet months) and am wondering, generally speaking, when do they usually open trails up? late May? late June?

    Depends on how much rain we get. For instance Peter's creek is a probably a mess right now and in my experience it would require 10 days of no rain w/decent temps before the rangers deem it fit to reopen. And then they might close it again if we get another storm. In my experience by mid March most of the season closures are done.
  • 01-05-2013
    Froride1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Huusoku View Post
    Question regarding south bay preserve trails: I live in Fresno and commute to San Jose almost every weekend. Last spring I brought my bike many times and went to a few trails in the preserves above the Saratoga area off of skyline blvd, such as the Saratoga Gap, Long Ridge, and various trails in Monte Bello.

    I remember seeing seasonal closure signs (closed during wet months) and am wondering, generally speaking, when do they usually open trails up? late May? late June?

    Thanks!
    Mike

    Mike, for Mid-Pen OSPs go here to check for seasonal trail closures Openspace.org - Your Preserves - Trail Conditions + Closures The trails open and close depending upon how wet/muddy they are. Some open after a few days to dry out, others can take weeks to dry out enough to open. Mid-Pen does a OK job keeping the website up to date.
  • 01-05-2013
    Buzzaro
    Hit auburn today. Fhdl/connector. Mostly good but wet and slick in places. Not wet enough to receive damage from use but you will need to clean up before getting in the auto for the ride home. If you don't like cleaning a muddy bike it may not be the right time for you. I suspect it's probably going to be best to stay away until later this week after tonight's rain.
  • 01-05-2013
    Huusoku
    Hey guys thank you for the many nice replies. Yes I've done Kennedy climb twice now and also most of the trails at Almaden Quicksilver and Santa Teresa Parks. I prefer to be higher up in the trees :) I understand it can vary based on weather but the comments of "a few days after it rains", and "usually around March time" help me gain a better perspective and I appreciate it.

    I will check that website also for info each weekend.

    Cheers and cya on the trails,
    Mike


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  • 01-05-2013
    somanygoodbikes
    Someone posted on page one of this thread about Skeggs being OK. We went there today largely based on that.

    There was indeed a big tree down on Blue Blossom. There were also plenty of fresh rockslides across the trails. None of them were impassable but if you are used to bombing down certain trails quickly, you may encounter a few nasty surprises.

    Overall the trails were pretty good but a bit soft. A few trails had clay and washing the bike this week is not going to be easy.

    We started at noon and at 2:30 it started raining on us just as we finished up. Maybe by next Saturday we'll be back to square one.
  • 01-05-2013
    Buzz Cut
    rode Brushy peak in Livermore for a nice workout. tonights rain should give it a nice tack as it was a bit crusty. Fun ride with the potential for a few loops of hard cardio

    pics

    Brushy Peak Jan 5 Photos by Eric1218 | Photobucket
  • 01-05-2013
    worthy_4242
    rode waterdog today, nice ride, a little wet in spots but overall a nice place to be. I rode today at 1pm. The skys looked like they were going to open up but no rain while I was there. It was wet in all the normal places. great time, saw a number of different people riding and they all looked to be havign a great time. It started raining here in the Redwood City around 5-6, I hope waterdog holds up for tomorrow.
  • 01-06-2013
    fc
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    This is how much rain has fallen.
  • 01-06-2013
    Benlandis24
    Does anyone know if STCP is open today? I know they close it pretty quickly with a little rain.
  • 01-06-2013
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Benlandis24 View Post
    Does anyone know if STCP is open today? I know they close it pretty quickly with a little rain.

    It should be closed. I rode there on Friday and Saturday, and there was still lots of mud and slop—the trails (especially Rocky Ridge) should have been closed—after this most recent passing of precipitation, I’d hope they remain closed for several more days, as that sort of clay soil takes a while to properly dry out.
  • 01-06-2013
    Benlandis24
    Kind of what I figured. Thanks
  • 01-06-2013
    locoyokel
    STCP all trails currently closed. Call (408) 355-2200, press 7 at first menu, 4 at second.

    Rode there yesterday late afternoon, the bottom of Rocky Ridge was muddy, I was kind of surprised that it had been open for a few days.
  • 01-06-2013
    Tone No Balone
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    Fort Ord Sunday Jan 6.
  • 01-07-2013
    Couch Bike Dude
    On Lower Brother's Bypass

    IMG_1090 by Couch Bike Dude, on Flickr

    My favorite spot was crowded today :)
  • 01-08-2013
    StuLax18
    Learned the hard way to always check if STCP is open. People were still riding though so I don't know if I could have gone ahead and ridden anyway. There was a park employee truck parked in a field though so I was nervous. Saw Arastradero was open and went there instead. Was a little muddy in some spots, especially if there was shade. Unfortunately that dirt just sticks to your tires so I don't know what to do with my bike now.
  • 01-08-2013
    squashyo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Couch Bike Dude View Post

    IMG_1090 by Couch Bike Dude, on Flickr

    My favorite spot was crowded today :)

    Great to see you out there in our back yard Bike Couch Dude! Rode Priest Rock today and the weather was amazing!
  • 01-08-2013
    Christieland
    Anyone know if its possible to ride up Stevens Canyon Road, to the trail, and up towards Montebello (not towards Saratoga Gap)? I can't remember if that creek crossing involves only Table Mountain, or if you cross it on Canyon trail.
  • 01-09-2013
    chuckb77
    Rode Waterdog yesterday afternoon. Still a bit muddy in a few areas for sure. Good riding, but it could definitely use a bit more time to dry out.
  • 01-09-2013
    R.E.
    Rode 13mi in Redwood Park/JMP and there was mud but not bad at all. A few downed trees requiring a dismount. All in all, a good day but JMP is in need of some love!
  • 01-09-2013
    IAmHolland
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Christieland View Post
    Anyone know if its possible to ride up Stevens Canyon Road, to the trail, and up towards Montebello (not towards Saratoga Gap)? I can't remember if that creek crossing involves only Table Mountain, or if you cross it on Canyon trail.

    It is possible, I did that quite a bit in the past. Yes, there is a creek crossing.
  • 01-09-2013
    Froride1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Christieland View Post
    Anyone know if its possible to ride up Stevens Canyon Road, to the trail, and up towards Montebello (not towards Saratoga Gap)? I can't remember if that creek crossing involves only Table Mountain, or if you cross it on Canyon trail.

    Like Holland, I have ridden this area a ton. You have to cross the creek on the Canyon Trail before you can get to trails up to Monte Bello or the Gap for that matter. After all the rain lately I'd be wary of trying to cross it.
  • 01-09-2013
    Dpca10
    All the best trails at waterdog are pretty bad. Canyon creek is a full on mud slick, and I couldn't ride confidently on rambler. Actually fell in a thorn bush going up the bridges after my tire just started spinning in the mud. I thought waterdog drained better? The jumps and track on the otherside at Hastings were actually pretty good. Skeggs was good over the weekend going there now. +1 on the giant redwood down on blue Blossum. Almost as bad as the tree down at demo.