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    Trail conditions report - week of jan 2

    Let us chronicle the drying of NorCal post rainpocalypse with actual trail reports and photos.

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    STCP is open, but still very sloppy in some areas. Stile Ranch trail is probably the worst I've ever seen it: the rain ran through it like a creek and brought up every softball out of the ground possible. Rocky Ridge is muddy at the bottom. Dirt was extremely difficult to climb, but in the places where there isn't a lot of clay it was great for descending.

    The place was infested with trail zombies yesterday.

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    To add to Dion's:

    In STCP, Fortini / Mine Hill where it's downhill of the gravel sections and not yet into the single track looks like it's been torn up with a roto-tiller. You can see the 1ft wide singletrack on the very edge of the trail that people have "made" to go around the slop/ruts.

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    Skyline, Napa.
    Little wet going up buckeye, puddles here and there. Down manzanita is slippery due to all the leaves. Very rideable, just don't get your feet wet crossing the creeks, water is ice cold!



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    Hero dirt conditions, will probably even be dusty in spots with a day or 2 more dry weather. The rocks are a little slick especially the off camber stuff. Few small puddles on Tilley side, but nothing to worry about. Go ride!


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    china camp

    I did not get pictures but china was great, one spot was muddy and sticky, other wise super


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    no pic's wait....I have one.

    Aptos side of Nisene was firming up pretty nice!

    three of us with two saws spent some time clearing out some down stuff too!
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    Anyone know what shape 'Toga Gap is in? Is Peters open? We've had a stretch of dry now...
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    How's Skeggs this coming friday?
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    Just rode Briones and some of the single tracks in the area. Mostly hero dirt, with some mud sections in the trees.

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    Alpine Road is no go right now. The mud is so thick just below the page mill junction that it snapped off my rear derailer.

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    STCP got worse

    My dog's water bucket having a layer of 1/2" thick ice should've been an indicator of how slushy it was going to be. Very difficult to climb, but when you descend and turn your front wheel 90º and keep going straight? You got clay issues!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    How 'bout Annadel? Will it be decent by Saturday?
    Rode it yesterday. Rough go, marsh, lawndale, Shultz, pig flat, marsh, two quarry, channel. 20miles Marsh was the sloppiest. Lawndale/Shultz were awesome.

    Saturday I rode Boggs. Still white stuff up high and no mud because its all frozen... Even at 1 in the afternoon lol
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    rode JMP/redwood park yesterday and it was mostly nice and sticky. Couple sloppy sections but most can be ridden around.

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    Santa Cruz sucks. Stay away.

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    Rode Skeggs on Sunday. It was very good, some very small puddles on the lower portions but the trail was firm and sticky! First time in 7 months of living up here that I've gotten to ride Skeggs with no dust! I was amazed!

    Enjoy it while it lasts! I'll be out there this weekend and then over to Alice's for some Chicken Wings and beer!

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    Anyone rode Alum Rock?

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    This is the overflow from the lake at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center.
    On the Jones trail just before the junction with the Flume trail.
    When it stops flowing Saint Joseph's Hill trails are dry.
    The inlet to the lake is the bottom picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loll View Post
    Anyone rode Alum Rock?
    I jogged up North Rim and it's still pretty soft. I would give it a few more days to dry out a bit before heading out there. That adobe stuff really makes a mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    How do the burmas hold up? Think it should be good by Saturday or should we try something else?
    I forgot to say I started on S. Burma from the meadow but it was a slopfest and I didn't feel like pedaling up anymore of that after RG & Marsh. I've ridden N. Burma in the rain and it's been fine.

    Oat Hill Mine in Calistoga is a great winter ride if you haven't done that yet.

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    any more info on skeggs? I thought I saw some where that there was a tree down on Blue Blossom? has that been cleared?
    How about giant salamander? good shape or still sloppy?

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    Anybody know the condition of Tamarancho and would it be ride-able this Saturday? Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Oat Hill Mine is an extra hour from Annadel, and we're coming from San Jose. We can probably pick our way through on Saturday. Just avoid South Burma and any other trails you recommend.
    Head for Lawndale -> Shultz -> Ridge if you have never done them.

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    How is Waterdog today?

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    Dan Cook on Diablo was fine Tuesday morning. The top was damn cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cvega View Post
    I did not get pictures but china was great, one spot was muddy and sticky, other wise super

    Yikes! Your Super varies greatly from mine. Rode it today and thought it was too muddy to even be out there, but slogged through a short loop anyway. Bay View, Bay Hill, and Bay Ridge had running water heading down the singletrack. Starting to rut out pretty bad especially at switchbacks. Echo was ok. Shoreline and Oak Ridge were muddy messes. Wont be going back for another week at least. I am a big baby.

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    what will be best for Friday...
    waterdog
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    Quote Originally Posted by fitnessgeek View Post
    what will be best for Friday...
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    Steven's Canyon was OK on New Years Day (Canyon Trail & Bella Vista) and should be much better tomorrow.

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    Waterdog today was kinda muddy. I stayed on the normally good parts but it was a bit soft in parts.

    Lower Creek and the Finch Switchbacks were just fine.

    Should be good by Saturday.

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    A little harder to get to because of the slide, but Demo was great today.

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    Will probably hit Skeggs today.

    Thinking about hitting San Joaquin Miller Cinderella trail on Sat. Hope it's rideable.
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    I used to live next to JM. Cinderella dries out very quickly, just a couple of muddy spots a few days after rain.

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    Saratoga Gap....anyone know about the gate on LR/Peters?

    All I can get is from the site/calling is 'seasonal closures' but no specifics. I'd hate to drive up there only to find it shut....forcing me to hop the fence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Saratoga Gap....anyone know about the gate on LR/Peters?

    All I can get is from the site/calling is 'seasonal closures' but no specifics. I'd hate to drive up there only to find it shut....forcing me to hop the fence.
    It is closed brother. Seasonal closed. That means not permanently closed. But is closed right now. If there is a looooong dry spell they may open it. But mark my word, Peters Creek is closed and it is one of the last to open since it gets wet in there.

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    Saw the weekend forecast. Rrrain. Except for Saturday morning.

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    Skyline Napa kind of muddy. Not good to ride some singletrack up there. North facing still has ice sections at 1 pm, 5 days after rain. Surprisingly wet. Does not drain well after continuous days of rain (drains really well after 1st few rains).

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    It is closed brother. Seasonal closed. That means not permanently closed. But is closed right now. If there is a looooong dry spell they may open it. But mark my word, Peters Creek is closed and it is one of the last to open since it gets wet in there.

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    how's Fremont Older or Steven's Canyon looking? I know most of the seasonal stuff is closed at Mid Pen but I might try to get in a quickie tomorrow AM before the rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gurp View Post
    Just rode Briones and some of the single tracks in the area. Mostly hero dirt, with some mud sections in the trees.
    Where in briones? Usually the lower sections are a mess all winter.

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    Not bad at all, I expected much worse. Usually I have to wait 2 weeks after a rain. I climbed up Alhambra Creek => Spengler => Briones Ridge.

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    Anybody been to Grant Ranch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Any update on Wilder?
    Friday afternoon Zane after the rock garden section was a mess lots of standing water everywhere; the steep little climb after the dh on enchanted is soft with the kind of mud that cakes your tires, there's tons of trickling water and mud puddles on some of the fireroads (e.g. eucalyptus between old cabin and twin oaks). Most of the fun bits of single track are good though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjhiker View Post
    Anybody been to Grant Ranch?
    Grant is open and ok. Lots of big ruts.

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    Granite Bay is in great shape overall. A couple puddles in the usual spots but ride-arounds for pretty much everything. Although a 1/2" of rain forecast for tonight so after that it could need a few days to dry out again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hkenshin View Post
    Friday afternoon Zane after the rock garden section was a mess lots of standing water everywhere; the steep little climb after the dh on enchanted is soft with the kind of mud that cakes your tires, there's tons of trickling water and mud puddles on some of the fireroads (e.g. eucalyptus between old cabin and twin oaks). Most of the fun bits of single track are good though.
    yesterday up behind the water tanks up to Empire was good to go.....nice tac w virtually no standing water but that can be changing here pretty soon.....looks like rain's a commin'.......

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    Gap is open. Hero dirt all the way.
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    Skegg's is in good shape, that may change with more rain. Very large tree down on BLue Blossom. No real way around it but you can crawl under it and drag the bike behind you.

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    Tamarancho was sweet today. A little muddy in spots and the rocks and roots were a little slick in places, but all rideable. Serpentine and B-17 had sweet hero dirt

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    hit annadel today:

    climbed up canyon (which had a few messy spots), and marsh, which was mostly good to go. went through buick meadow, and descended south burma, which was just perfect hero dirt all the way to the new alignment. the section of the new alignment closest to richardson was an absolute mud bog; IMO even worse than the old section which at least had a few rocky areas.
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    a slog of Wilder

    Quote Originally Posted by Tone No Balone View Post
    yesterday up behind the water tanks up to Empire was good to go.....nice tac w virtually no standing water but that can be changing here pretty soon.....looks like rain's a commin'.......
    A friend and I wandered our way through Wilder and environs today. Started at Twin Gates, meandered down to Wild Boar -> Old Cabin -> meandered down Euc/Enchanted over to Baldwin (fireroad) -> Eagle Cutoff -> Baldwin backup -> Enchanted -> Eucalyptus/Chinquapin -> Twin Gates.

    Any of the *stuff* near twin gates that doesn't get much sun is a big mess in a few places.
    As stated, Wild Boar/Old Cabin/down into Enchanted were in great shape. Climbing up Baldwin had some mucky sections, climbing out of Enchanted was interesting. Pedaling - as much energy went into spinning the wheels as they did moving forward - ended up walking a portion.

    UCSC trails visible from the parking area near twin gates had visible deep puddles and trees down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumblingcrustacean View Post
    A friend and I wandered our way through Wilder and environs today. Started at Twin Gates, meandered down to Wild Boar -> Old Cabin -> meandered down Euc/Enchanted over to Baldwin (fireroad) -> Eagle Cutoff -> Baldwin backup -> Enchanted -> Eucalyptus/Chinquapin -> Twin Gates.

    Any of the *stuff* near twin gates that doesn't get much sun is a big mess in a few places.
    As stated, Wild Boar/Old Cabin/down into Enchanted were in great shape. Climbing up Baldwin had some mucky sections, climbing out of Enchanted was interesting. Pedaling - as much energy went into spinning the wheels as they did moving forward - ended up walking a portion.

    UCSC trails visible from the parking area near twin gates had visible deep puddles and trees down.
    Were you there pretty early?

    I saw a few guys and followed for a bit then saw them back at Enchanted. I went counter-clockwise and saw the same two going clockwise. Enchanted was pretty nasty up and down the hill, under the canopy was good.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    This is how much rain has fallen.
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    Does anyone know if STCP is open today? I know they close it pretty quickly with a little rain.

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    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.
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    Kind of what I figured. Thanks

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    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.

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    On Lower Brother's Bypass


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    My favorite spot was crowded today

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Couch Bike Dude View Post

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    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!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Trail conditions report - week of jan 2-imageuploadedbytapatalk1358027859.854289.jpg

    This mudslide on overgrown gets worse every day!

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    I just did a ride at fort ord. Trail conditions are excellent. Sand was nicely packed. Very few puddles. Parking lot was crowded though. Specialized had an event held there.

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    Rode Skeggs early this morning, was 32 with icy pavement in parking lot. Not too bad once I got going. A little boggy in spots and slippery on leaves, overall really fun ride.

    Water breaks on North leaf were freshly built up, serious launchers if taken with speed.

    Huge down tree climbing up methuselah, already a ride around though.

    Should be hero dirt soon, no rain in forecast for awhile.
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    Hero dirt at china camp yesterday

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    Briones was muddier yesterday then last weekend. Climbs were fine, but some spots of the descents involved longer drifts then usual.

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    How's skyline in napa? Anyone?

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    We rode Skyline this morning, up buckeye, around the lake, down manzanita and back out on river to ridge trail. Conditions are pretty good considering all the rain we have had. A few slick sections here and there. The worst being after the switchbacks going down manzanita. Your bike will need a bath after the ride, but it's very ride-able. The college parking lot was packed with riders when we showed up around 9am.

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    Skeggs 1/13

    Quote Originally Posted by scootdogss View Post
    Rode Skeggs early this morning, was 32 with icy pavement in parking lot. Not too bad once I got going. A little boggy in spots and slippery on leaves, overall really fun ride.

    Water breaks on North leaf were freshly built up, serious launchers if taken with speed.

    Huge down tree climbing up methuselah, already a ride around though.

    Should be hero dirt soon, no rain in forecast for awhile.
    Rode today and the trails are excellent! Lots of riders and the dirt is nice. Steam Donkey is probably the only trail not worth the time right now. Everything else is great!

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    Has the tree on blue blossom been cleared?

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    Didn't hit Blue Blossom so couldn't tell ya. Tons of people on the trail so I would assume that it isn't a factor.

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    As of Saturday morning (1/12/13) the down tree on Blue Blossom was still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyBallGame View Post
    As of Saturday morning (1/12/13) the down tree on Blue Blossom was still there.
    Are you able to get around the downed tree somehow?

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    You can get underneath it. It is a large tree. When I was there on the 5th, there was another tree down on the same trail but you get through that one fairly easy.

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    Smaller tree down on Blue Blossom



    Bigger tree down on Blue Blossom



    Neither one was a problem to get past.
    Last edited by somanygoodbikes; 01-14-2013 at 03:49 PM. Reason: Linked to wrong pic of the smaller tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somanygoodbikes View Post

    Neither one was a problem to get past.
    Thx for pix.

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    Stcp

    Anyone have a guess about when Santa Teresa will open up again? Sign was up at Bernal but phone message hasn't been updated for a week. I just got a new cross bike and want to hit it up at lunch.

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