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    Trail Conditions Report - Week of Nov. 19

    Ok, it is time to start these up again. That wa s ton of rain!

    I'll start. Kennedy was soft yesterday most of the way up but all mud and puddles were avoidable. It will be perfect today.

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    Just called SCC Trail Closure Hotline. STCP is open - I'll be riding out there today.

    If anybody is curious, call (408) 355-2200, Press 7 and choose the number of the trail you want to hear about. #4 is STCP.

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    Mission Peak from Ohlone was surprisingly great yesterday. Even the section of sloped single track that is usually a mud pit was firm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Just called SCC Trail Closure Hotline. STCP is open - I'll be riding out there today.

    If anybody is curious, call (408) 355-2200, Press 7 and choose the number of the trail you want to hear about. #4 is STCP.
    Yeah, I'll be riding there Tuesday. Wednesday looks like more rain...

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbiker View Post
    Demo was incredible yesterday besides the climb up sulfur.
    There's nothing incredible about sulfur. Under any weather conditions.

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    How are trails in Marin? Anybody to report on Tamarancho/China Camp?

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    China Camp was soggy and the mud was sticky on Friday and a bit worse on Sunday before noon but some sections were perfect, probably better today.

    Sidenote: Friday afternoon I saw a SRPD patrol car cruising the road by the Nike site, never seen local PD up there before.

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    Santa Cruz actually seems to be drying up fairly well. Give it a couple days to avoid slogging up the muddy sections. Thanks to all who refrained yesterday. Probably kept the damage to a few wet sections to a minimum.

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    LG and Saratoga Gap

    Los Gatos - In general that place holds up well. Jones, Overgown, PowerPoles, Kennedy Rollers, and Dogmeat were very ridable yesterday, with a few squishy spots. Should be fine later this week if we don't get a ton more rain.

    Looks like Peters Creek Trail and Long Ridge Trail are CLOSED to bikes and horses. Hope they open up soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    I'll start. Kennedy was soft yesterday most of the way up but all mud and puddles were avoidable. It will be perfect today.

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    rode it before work today - was indeed perfect

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    Just got back from STCP to test my new forky.

    Completely dry, a tad bit soft on the dark side of Stile Ranch, but aside from that, it's business as usual. The rain brought up some of the rocks, so right now they are planted in. Those things will turn into ninja marbles when it really dries out - but I think there's a drizzle coming on Wednesday.

    Anyhow - good time to ride it. As per usual, the horses have destroyed the path from Harry Rd., so use extra Polydent on those dentures. It's damn bumpy.

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    Fremont Older was great today. Mostly hero dirt with an occasional muddy spot that was easy to avoid. Lots of horse hoof damage to the upper trails.

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    Has anyone tried Auburn yet, the trails here in Granite Bay have been perfect but I am getting the itch for something more challenging. I am hoping to head up there Tuesday but will hold off if it is to muddy.

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    Steven's Canyon (Canyon trail and Bella Vista trail) were awesome. Lots of traction.

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    areas around Demo were pretty incredible...seems the dirt wants to be ridden fast.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    I went to Waterdog this morning. Some sections were a bit too tacky but overall it was good.

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    Annadel?

    Anyone know the conditions at Annadel? Specifically, Ridge, Marsh, South/North Burma, Rough Go? Forecast calls for more rain Tue-Wed but I am visiting my in-laws who live right next door on Thanksgiving and I just have to ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jfloren View Post
    Anyone know the conditions at Annadel? Specifically, Ridge, Marsh, South/North Burma, Rough Go? Forecast calls for more rain Tue-Wed but I am visiting my in-laws who live right next door on Thanksgiving and I just have to ride!
    Rode Annadel yesterday. Was wet and muddy in sections, but rough and go was Okay albeit slippery, but made it a little more fun IMO! Marsh was no problem. South/North Burma was fun and a little slippery, but that just increased the thrill factor. Although at the end of South Burma they changed the trail... Made the last section of South Burma a boring switch back to the fire road. Bottom line is it's rideable but be careful on the rocky sections.

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    I rode there tonight, and it was mostly perfect! There were a few mud puddles here and there, but for the most part it seemed to drain quite well!

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    Skyline NAPA perfect monday

    Rode Skyline from Napa College, Buckeye, lap around Lake Marie, Over to frisbee golf area, back through lot, and very little water. That place drains well. 1st wet ride up there in 15 months, alot of slippery rocks (I am used to super grippy 95 degree days there). Really great riding, and only took 40 min drive from Berkeley. Did not add lolly-pop loop past Lake Marie as that is usually horrible mud until May. I Usually climb back up to Skyline trail at the end, but ran out of time as we had to pay $2 to park at college. Maybe main park entrance for $5 a person is worth it if you make the drive from bay, and need unlimited time (but that run to and from college rips!)

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    Skeggs was good yesterday. There were a few puddles here and there but still great. Especially giant salamander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollinrob View Post
    Has anyone tried Auburn yet, the trails here in Granite Bay have been perfect but I am getting the itch for something more challenging. I am hoping to head up there Tuesday but will hold off if it is to muddy.
    I still think we should have a separate sticky note for each area so you dont have to search through a bunch of posts about areas you're not interested in to find the current conditions at the area you are heading towards.

    But here goes.

    Rode FHDL late monday afternoon. Great conditions. There's a few manhole sized puddles. The clean sections of the trail are super tacky. The wet leaf litter will make some of the steep punchy climb sections a little more challenging; good time of the year for a nobby. But the beauty factor is off the chart with about 1/2 the orange leaves on the trees and the other 1/2 on the ground. The shady side of the hills are a little cool in the afternoon so pack a vest or jacket if you're riding late.

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    Santa Cruz

    Rode at Cowell yesterday. Sandy areas were nice, ended up turning around to leave some of the real trail just to avoid adding to the ruts that were created by weekend crew. Not horrible, but didn't want to make it worse. Only slightly muddy, and all of the wider track/ fire road is rideable.

    Raining again from early this morning. SC probably better left alone until later in the week.

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    Mission Peak, Stanford Side was great this morning. Velcro traction at a few places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gruver View Post
    Rode Annadel yesterday. Was wet and muddy in sections, but rough and go was Okay albeit slippery, but made it a little more fun IMO! Marsh was no problem. South/North Burma was fun and a little slippery, but that just increased the thrill factor. Although at the end of South Burma they changed the trail... Made the last section of South Burma a boring switch back to the fire road. Bottom line is it's rideable but be careful on the rocky sections.
    forecast indicates more rain for today and wed in Santa Rosa---are you guys seeing intermittent showers or heavy, sustained rainfall? i'm hoping to hit annadel thu, fri, sat AND sunday ha ha, so hopefully it's hero dirt. if its muddy, i'll probably go for a quick hike instead (up and down rough go). thanks in advance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jfloren View Post
    Anyone know the conditions at Annadel? Specifically, Ridge, Marsh, South/North Burma, Rough Go? Forecast calls for more rain Tue-Wed but I am visiting my in-laws who live right next door on Thanksgiving and I just have to ride!
    It rained last night / this morning pretty hard. It seems like the soil is still not completely saturated so I would expect that if it's dry wed/ thurs then Annadel will be ridable. It's probably pretty muddy today.

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    Hogan is perfect. Rode Sunday in the rain, and small puddles here & there. Rode again Monday and it was sunny and not a puddle to be seen. Hero dirt!

    No clue as to why almost no one rides here!
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    Rocky Ridge was awesome today. A little "goopy" climbing the shady spot just after the bridge. Same with the shady spots on Stiles. It's been "misting" off-and-on today. Look like more of the same tomorrow. Get it while its hot.

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    Rode the Alviso Slough dirt loop yesterday, was mostly dry with a few wet spots and puddles, most of which could be avoided. Interesting that the first 2 miles of trail from the marina in each direction are absolute minefields of muddy footprints. A few wheel tracks, but they are almost invisible in the sea of deep prints left by walkers. Guess that shoots down MV's theory that foot traffic does not damage trails.

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    We got heavy rain in Santa Cruz last night. Better leave the trails alone for the next 2-3 days.

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    Ok rewind.... that was a lot of rain last night.

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    I was all ready to ride my SS @ STCP when I look out the window and see.....water. Wēk Ss

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    Just got back from STCP, the trails were open but a fair bit of it was soft. Good for descending, not so good for climbing, and slick in some parts.

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    Rode skeggs today around 4pm (main lot-resolution-methusala loop)

    Its a little sloppy but not too bad, just bring a change of clothes for the drive home, probably 6 out of 10 on the mud scale.

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    I rode Annadel yesterday and had mixed feelings. Spring Creek was covered in slimy mud and leaves. I took a spill early on when I slipped on a rock and landed on my tail bone. I kept riding, but the pain kept getting worse. so I cut it short Ridge wasn't that good either, but South Burma was pretty nice for the most part. With the beautiful weather today, I bet it will be nice again by this weekend though. I need to go tire shopping.

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    Livermore area has a nice tack not too muddy

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    Yesterday-Heinz open space/Belgatos - Tacky/softish, still not wet enough for the clay issues
    Today - Kennedy - Hero dirt, hero mud, hero riders
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    How would henry Coe be after the rains? thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby View Post
    How would henry Coe be after the rains? thanks!
    Perfect, especially after all of the sun yesterday.

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    thanks!

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    UCSC/Wilder?

    For those not in attendance yesterday, Pine Mtn in Marin was a mess...a fun, lovable, sloppy mess!
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    Waterdog is just about perfect!! A couple of small puddles and that's it.

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    Annadel was pretty sweet today. Lots of folks out enjoying the sunshine and mostly tacky trails. Some puddles.

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    How about Demo?

    Think Demo will be good Saturday? Wanna get a ride in crazy early in the AM before the Iron Bowl.

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    South Lake Tahoe today

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    Looking at a Skeggs ride tomorrow (Sat the 24th) - anyone have a report from today (Fri)?

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    Steven's Canyon (Canyon trail & Bella Vista trail) was perfect today.

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    Redwood and JMP were nice today, just a few light muddy patches, otherwise trail was perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Looking at a Skeggs ride tomorrow (Sat the 24th) - anyone have a report from today (Fri)?
    Rode Friday. It was sweet! Enjoy.

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    Demo was insanity!

    Demo was perfect this morning. Dirt was like Velcro. Not muddy at all. I'm going to hi-five everybody I see for the rest of the day b/c that was freaking awesome.

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    Skaggs was perfect Saturday morning.

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    I was about to say how awesome 2 hours at JMP was (AWESOME), until I saw GNARLRIDER post. I am bummed I didn't go to DEMO. Hahaha. Great day though!

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    Hero dirt at Arastradero in the shady singletrack today. Lots of people so it was hard to get some speed.
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    Demo high fives going on here too. I freaking love that place. We're so lucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peletonnissen View Post
    UCSC/Wilder?
    Upper portions really quite nice today. Probably even better tomorrow.

    There were some puddles/mud in sections that don't get as much sun. I'll be heading out again tomorrow.

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    Annadel today = tacky town.

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    I did all of most of the confluence trails today and they were the best I have ever seen them! Connector was tacky flowy goodness and FHDL was off the charts. If you have a chance get up there now because conditions like do not happen very often or last to long.

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    Annadel was fantastic on Thanksgiving and Friday. Rode Two Quarry, Marsh, Ridge, South and North Burma in various directions. Lots of puddles on the South part of Ridge but they don't matter as long as you don't mind getting muddy. The Ridge descent heading North from the top and the South Burma descent (again, heading North) are both as near perfect as one could imagine. The rockier parts of the Two Quarry ascent (singletrack part) were difficult for me, but that was just because the trail is difficult. Lots of damp/wet rocks in the morning under the tree cover but they aren't slippery.

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    STCP=awesomeness with a heapin helpin of hero dirt still available to all. Git-r-dun before the horses fuck it all up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarlRider View Post
    Demo was perfect this morning. Dirt was like Velcro. Not muddy at all. I'm going to hi-five everybody I see for the rest of the day b/c that was freaking awesome.
    Ditto. Weather was not so bad either. Hi5

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollinrob View Post
    I did all of most of the confluence trails today and they were the best I have ever seen them! Connector was tacky flowy goodness and FHDL was off the charts. If you have a chance get up there now because conditions like do not happen very often or last to long.

    Good to hear. Did you see a crazy amount of people out? I plan on hitting auburn tomorrow, sunday.

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    Mills Peak....epicness.

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    Emmigrant in Truckee is pretty soupy. Parts are like pudding. The rest is epic. I'd pick something different till it freezes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollinrob View Post
    I did all of most of the confluence trails today and they were the best I have ever seen them! Connector was tacky flowy goodness and FHDL was off the charts. If you have a chance get up there now because conditions like do not happen very often or last to long.
    Enjoyed most of the Auburn trails today myself - and I concur. Amazing dirt, perfect temps. Get after it while it lasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuenstock View Post
    Good to hear. Did you see a crazy amount of people out? I plan on hitting auburn tomorrow, sunday.
    I rode those trails Saturday starting at noon, and I saw more foot traffic than cyclists. There were only a handful of riders out, including one climbing Confluence while I was descending it. He said something to me but I couldn't understand what. My helmet cam was overwhelmed with wind noise so it didn't pick up anything.

    I saw more riders at trailheads than on the trails.

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    Ditto on what Huck said. Best to avoid that area because it's getting thrashed with everyone mud bogging in it(myself included). I think I'm going to head out wednesday from Donner Camp before the storm to try and flatten the ruts before they set up permanently. If anyone is interested in joining me send me a message and I will supply mcleods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted View Post
    Fremont Older was great today. Mostly hero dirt with an occasional muddy spot that was easy to avoid. Lots of horse hoof damage to the upper trails.
    Rode FO yesterday and it was very nice. All the trails (including Toyon) were open again and the horse hoof craters we pretty much packed down by the bike wheels. Only a few greasy corners in the deeply shaded sections. Pretty crowded on the main drag up to Hunters Point, but get off that main trail and it was almost deserted.

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