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    Upper Skyline (Napa) Wilderness Closure

    The upper portion of the Skyline ride we enjoy, the sweet lollipop in the Tuteur land beyond the gate, are closed. Seasonal saturation from early heavy rains along with the spring atop the canyon cause a mushy mess each year. A local rider told me that the mud is vicious and that he was stuck one time in mud so thick that his bike could stand on its own.

    Momma Ranger says the old man Tuteur's cattle, along with cattle from another ranch, and the effects of wild pigs are making a pretty mess. On our last ride we rode all the way to the gate, going through a fair bit of mush along the way.

    Looking back I would simply avoid that last bit and make more loops in other parts of the park.
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    Agreed

    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    The upper portion of the Skyline ride we enjoy, the sweet lollipop in the Tuteur land beyond the gate, are closed. Seasonal saturation from early heavy rains along with the spring atop the canyon cause a mushy mess each year. A local rider told me that the mud is vicious and that he was stuck one time in mud so thick that his bike could stand on its own.

    Momma Ranger says the old man Tuteur's cattle, along with cattle from another ranch, and the effects of wild pigs are making a pretty mess. On our last ride we rode all the way to the gate, going through a fair bit of mush along the way.

    Looking back I would simply avoid that last bit and make more loops in other parts of the park.
    Let things setle down and get back on it later when they re-open it. The signs are posted in several places but if you're busy enjoying the surroundings they are easily missed.

    There's plenty of miles to ride on the adjacent trails. Friday was awesome condirtions up there.
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    This is a temporary closure, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle mama View Post
    This is a temporary closure, right?
    Should be. Seems like they've done it over the years when it gets mucky after sustained rainfall. It's only the far loop they're talking about here.
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    I think this is pretty standard, it gets awful up there. I'm guessing it will be a while before it dries out and reopens. It's a fun trail. I wonder if that's where the (hopeful) eventual connector to Rockville Trails will start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sivilized View Post
    I wonder if that's where the (hopeful) eventual connector to Rockville Trails will start.
    That was my thought as well. I am pretty sure the connection will be through the Tuteur land. It'll be awesome when (if) it happens!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sivilized View Post
    I'm guessing it will be a while before it dries out and reopens. It's a fun trail
    I agree. The whole park is great. Bummed now as I'm sitting in my job trailer just across Silverado Tr from the park listening to the pounding rain on the roof. It's really coming down over here. ;(
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    There should be several ways to gain the ridge top. I'm guessing switch backing up to the west rather than continue up the canyon. It would avoid seasonal closure if we take advantage of the greater rock content in along the ridge.

    That said, I know diddly about building trails. I am more useful with a camera than a McCleod.
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    Not 100%, but I think it's literally "accessible" already to connect, just not an "approved" thruway. Still looks like a little bit of "work" to get there on 2 wheels tho, scrolling over a GPS map of the 2 areas anyways..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post

    That said, I know diddly about building trails. I am more useful with a camera than a McCleod.
    C'mon up to the Flowtrail in Fairfax and we'll show you how to use one Mike.
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    Dude,
    I've been shown by the best and now they won't let me near a tool. I can photograph trail work, I can get it funded, I can get people to come to it, I can find the right guy to bring beer, make sure workers have the right quality tools, and fit that in the budget. Trailwork is just not my thing.
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    Upper Skyline (Napa) Wilderness Closure

    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    Dude,
    I've been shown by the best and now they won't let me near a tool. I can photograph trail work, I can get it funded, I can get people to come to it, I can find the right guy to bring beer, make sure workers have the right quality tools, and fit that in the budget. Trailwork is just not my thing.
    Hmmmmmmm?
    Ok.
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    Just messin with ya Mike.
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    From a more infamous Jeff....

    Here's yer sign!
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    My stopping point heading to Tuteurs.
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    Then I looked uphil to my left......Yeah my bike is just about in the middle of a football field size area of rototilled pig smorgesboard!
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    The pigs are nuts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGoGordo View Post
    Hmmmmmmm?
    Ok.
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