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    Montana de Oro in San Luis Obispo?

    Anyone ridden Montana de Oro in San Luis Obispo? It looks a little like El Moro maybe. I'm considering a day trip from OC for some cleaner air. I'm going to keep it shut down in the OC for at least another week. Worth the trip?

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    Oh yes....BUT, it might be closed too. I've heard that East and West Cuesta Ridges are closed due to national forest closures. MDO is state park so I don't know if that was included in the closures. That area is too precious to compromise by riding it under closure, but it is well worth the trip.
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    Looks like it is open as far as I can tell. Is it anything like El Moro or Aliso? Thanks for the info.

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    You may want to ride Irish Hills, Cabrillo Peaks, and Lopez Lake while you're up here. The air is clean.

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    I went to MDO about 5 years ago. I guess in some ways its like El Moro because it is close to the ocean. But I think it is comparing apples to oranges. Every place is a little different. Some steep climbs in some areas. There is also a ridge run but the day I went it was fogged up. Check out the easy trails that over look the bluffs, too.

    Also there is a cool trail off of S. Bay Blvd and Turri Rd in Morro Bay. Keep going north on Bay Blvd. On your East side there is a dirt lot. It takes you by an old quarry site. I think the ride only takes about 40 mins.

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    I rode there earlier this year and it is well worth the trip. There is a good fire road climb that then vears off to the left up a cool steep single track. I was so new to the area I could not remember the name of the trail but there are plenty of folks who know the area and I even think there is map posted before the trailhead. When I went it was very fogged in but once you climbed to the top it was hot and sunny.

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    Plenty of nice rides in SLO county, MdO is well worth a 16-20 mile ride and about 2500 vert. Best to go in at horse camp up eastboundry then over ridge and down ridge to the coast, then a nice 8 mile booty cruze on the cliffs then up islay creek and either up east boundry or barranca, both 2 mile and 1000'+ vert. If you like views time to go is in the winter, gets very foggy spring into summer. Also there is fun riding right in Morro Bay up black hill and over to cabrillo peaks, again about 16 miles of all singletrack and shorter but steeper climbs. I live in Morro Bay so when in town let me know, I'll show you around.
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    Just got back, the 1+ inch of rains we received the past couple weeks have made the dust go away and its tacky goooood

    Even the dog likes it!
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    Made it up on Sunday. Drive took longer than expected, closer to 4 hours. Started on Manzanita to Ridge up Islay to East Boundary. Made it nearly to top of East Boundary when dusk started to hit. For fear of gettting stuck in the dark I headed back down Islay and up the road back to my car. Let me say these trails rock. Unlike Orange County, some of the climbs had a lot of loose rock that took some getting used to. The descent down Ridge towards the ocean was the highlight. I will definitely be back to finish what I started and to check out the cliff trails. I now have a trail map thanks to a nice fellow who gave me his at the start of my ride. You can pick them up at the ranger station. Definitely worth the trip.

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    Sweet, you made it to MB. That reminds me, I need to visit my bro in SLO very soon. I dig the Central Coast.

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    Next time rather than taking Manzanita up, keep going straight for another 1/2 mile until you get to east boundary. You will then avoid that water bar climb on Manz and instead get a freshly cut newer trail (few years old) that will take you up to ridge. Bit longer but way more fun with less grunt. Enjoy

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    it's a bit more of a drive, but Fernandez trail is also a sweet ride, linked in post #4

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    I lived in SLO for three years, and out of all the places to ride down there, MDO is my favorite, hands down. I live in Bend, OR, now, and I still get the opportunity to go down there, and the bike is always in tow, ready to hit Ridge trail. Park in the area down at the end and go up and down it a couple of times in an afternoon....killer workout, and if you get it on the right days, the views are spectacular. The entire park is great to ride in, and the surfing out there is pretty good as well...
    Moving to Montana soon, gonna be a dental floss tycoon.

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    Good Samaritan Morro Bay 11/04/07

    Looking for the good samaritan, I believe his name is Gary who helped my friend out on the trails near Morro Bay last Sunday. He/you were so kind to take Shannon, broken shoulder and all to the hospital. She would love to thank you but in all her pain and confusion she negleted to get any contact info from you. I you are Gary or know who Gary is PM me so I can forward you on to Shannon.
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    Good intermediate trails in SLO?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Teeth
    Next time rather than taking Manzanita up, keep going straight for another 1/2 mile until you get to east boundary. You will then avoid that water bar climb on Manz and instead get a freshly cut newer trail (few years old) that will take you up to ridge. Bit longer but way more fun with less grunt. Enjoy
    Hey there BT - My wife and I are planning to visit SLO the third week in February. She's a novice on a hardtail and I am a decent rider who will be rocking my new Heckler . What trails do you suggest?

    Thanks for your help.

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    My last trip up I hit Lopez Lake and MTO, Lopez is a more intermediate ride but it has some good climbing and the views are awsome. I took some pics.
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    looks fun

    That looks cool. I think we can handle that. Any flowy stuff around there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymo
    That looks cool. I think we can handle that. Any flowy stuff around there?
    Lopez lake had some really nice flowing singletrack. It is back behind some sort of boyscout camp area. Pretty easy to find. they will give you a trail map at the parking area. You have to pay to park though and I forgot how much but it is worth it. I didn't get to explore as much as I would've liked but I rode about 22 miles that day. I would say half of that was singletrack. The one trail that runs adjacent to the lake is so much fun I hit it 4 times and it is about 1-2 miles long, pretty smooth but lots of short ups and downs and tight turns, a couple of little drops so it is like a roller coaster. Lots of wildlife, saw about 20 deer and some wild turkeys. Overall not a very difficult ride but lots of fun and the scenery is beautiful.

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    Awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts
    Lopez lake had some really nice flowing singletrack. It is back behind some sort of boyscout camp area. Pretty easy to find. they will give you a trail map at the parking area. You have to pay to park though and I forgot how much but it is worth it. I didn't get to explore as much as I would've liked but I rode about 22 miles that day. I would say half of that was singletrack. The one trail that runs adjacent to the lake is so much fun I hit it 4 times and it is about 1-2 miles long, pretty smooth but lots of short ups and downs and tight turns, a couple of little drops so it is like a roller coaster. Lots of wildlife, saw about 20 deer and some wild turkeys. Overall not a very difficult ride but lots of fun and the scenery is beautiful.
    That sounds perfect. Those types of trails are usually so much fun. We found a few at Fort Ord in Monterey and we loved it.

    Thanks for the info!

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    Do not miss MdO, the bluff trail along the cliffs is an easy ride for all with excellent views, add Islay creek road (no cars and a 3 mile out/back) for a easy 10 mile ride. You can hit any of the Mdo trails with your skills but East boundary can be messy and usually needs a week to dry out. Better bet is Ridge trail cause its sandy.

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    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Teeth
    Do not miss MdO, the bluff trail along the cliffs is an easy ride for all with excellent views, add Islay creek road (no cars and a 3 mile out/back) for a easy 10 mile ride. You can hit any of the Mdo trails with your skills but East boundary can be messy and usually needs a week to dry out. Better bet is Ridge trail cause its sandy.
    Great! Thanks for the info. I can't wait to check it out.

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    Lopez is very nice too but its a fee area with nice camping if its in your plans. Those MdO trails mentioned are totally easy and free and will introduce you to the area. On Islay creek road the two trails branching to the left will get the heart working and give great views. Enjoy and there are trail maps posted at access points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Teeth
    Lopez is very nice too but its a fee area with nice camping if its in your plans. Those MdO trails mentioned are totally easy and free and will introduce you to the area. On Islay creek road the two trails branching to the left will get the heart working and give great views. Enjoy and there are trail maps posted at access points.
    Cool Bro - thanks alot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymo
    Hey there BT - My wife and I are planning to visit SLO the third week in February. She's a novice on a hardtail and I am a decent rider who will be rocking my new Heckler . What trails do you suggest?

    Thanks for your help.

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    A great intermediate area is Cabrillo Peaks. It's just up the road from MdO, lots of singletrack, and no real technical stuff like rock gardens. I take my wife there to ride. Also, Islay creek and bluff trail at MdO are great as well for novice MTBers.

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    Cool

    A great intermediate area is Cabrillo Peaks. It's just up the road from MdO, lots of singletrack, and no real technical stuff like rock gardens. I take my wife there to ride. Also, Islay creek and bluff trail at MdO are great as well for novice MTBers.
    That's perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Teeth
    Just got back, the 1+ inch of rains we received the past couple weeks have made the dust go away and its tacky goooood

    Even the dog likes it!
    My dog loves trails, but sometimes rangers, and more importantly other users dont love dogs. What places in socal have you found that are more welcoming to a mountian biker and thier dog?

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    Besides beach rides its always best to take the dog on trails way far away from the hatmen. So it goes living in land of rules even if no one uses the trails...

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalenduro
    My dog loves trails, but sometimes rangers, and more importantly other users dont love dogs. What places in socal have you found that are more welcoming to a mountian biker and thier dog?
    Can't say about specific spots any more, but as a rule of thumb, the further out in the backcountry the better. State Parks has a leash rule that I think is Statewide. National forests on the other hand may be more lax.

    I used to run my dogs at an undisclosed location in San Diego, but would leave and approach the parking lot with them on leash.

    edit: Just checked your profile, and saw you are in SD. One place you can take the dogs and maybe let them off leash with some discretion is the extreme south end of Black's. Walk around the point there from Scripps, and if you don't see the life guard jeep and there are no crowds, you can slip off the leash. Just keep an eye peeled for that jeep. The inland place I used to run the dogs was San Clemente Canyon, east of Genesee. That was before the 52 extension. I'm not sure how far you can legally go these days without running afoul of the Marines.

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    FYI, i rode MDO today and it was prime. headed up east boundary and there was a little mud here and there, but nothing too terrible. the rest of it was pure tacky goodness. did the downhill off of ridge twice (once down the old way, once down the new way) and it was great both times.

    the new single track is quite nice, as you can fly down the first straightaway. and the part after that is just a bunch of flowy fun. good times.

    btw, you guys should out for trailwork tomorrow, give back to the trail

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    Anyone have an update on MdO since the Sunday rains? Poly and above (Shooters, etc.) are drying out nicely. I'd like to ride Cabrillo or MdO on Thursday, it they are dry enough.
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    MdO should be fine by thursday. It was really nice on friday, and it didnt get that much rain sunday. That entire area usually just sucks up the water and gets nice and packed. Plus, they did some trail work out there too, which should help things.

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    Rode Cabrillo yesterday, Black hill is way better since its sandier and steeper. Cabrillo meadows are soupy and all the springs are running so best stay on the steep stuff and don't forget the fenders.

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    Rode it early, 715am. It is good. East Boundary near the back (east) side has some mud, especially after the bridge back there. Walked around it, a couple hundred feet. Islay has some mud in places. Even a little bit on Ridge, and only 20 feet from the bottomless sand. Gorgeous morning!
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    Nice shots, this is from last May. I'm stuck here doing 90 minute rides. New puppy, worse than a kid for the first 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Teeth
    Nice shots, this is from last May. I'm stuck here doing 90 minute rides. New puppy, worse than a kid for the first 6 months.
    Thanks. I really got into the early morning light with the camera. Been up the new Ridge trail?
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    Did the upper section of the new ridge late summer it was very loose fresh cut, I'm sure the rains helped it a bunch. I'm sticking to Black hill/Cabrillo until the mutt can stand a 3 hour ride. Just did an hour to pick up my kid and the pup was trying to pull the big catfood bag out the closet

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    haha, i know how the puppy thing can be. have a chocolate lab and she was a pain when she was young.

    New ridge is a lot better than the last time I rode it (last spring when they had first made it, probably looser than when brown teeth rode it). The straight shot right after it parts with the old trail CAN be fun, since you can pump every little roller and get going really fast. The exposure scares me a good bit though. if i screw up im in for a few hundred feet of tumbling

    after you hang a right and head into the tamer area, its a lot of fun though (this is going down btw). Theres a lot of really quicker S-turns that get a little hairy at full speed (its like a sideways pumptrack. your body goes in a straight line down the trail, but the bike is 2-3 feet to either side of you for most of it).

    I still enjoy the old trail though, lots of fun loose sections and big rocks to avoid. Its probably faster too, but thats more due to steepness and going less out of the way.

    The only thing that I think ridge needs is some berm fixing here and there. Especially that one right turn right at the bottom once you drop off the hill. Theres no good way of hitting it

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    Yup a lab mix from the shelter is what the kids wanted, I get stuck with raising it right

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    haha, i know how the puppy thing can be. have a chocolate lab and she was a pain when she was young.
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    awww....i want a puppy...

    at least labs are very easy to train dogs. quite smart. Unfortunately, mine has had the bad influence of two very stubborn Chesapeake Bay retrievers, so shes picked up a few of their bad habits.

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    Lopez Lake?

    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts
    Lopez lake had some really nice flowing singletrack. It is back behind some sort of boyscout camp area. Pretty easy to find. they will give you a trail map at the parking area. You have to pay to park though and I forgot how much but it is worth it. I didn't get to explore as much as I would've liked but I rode about 22 miles that day. I would say half of that was singletrack. The one trail that runs adjacent to the lake is so much fun I hit it 4 times and it is about 1-2 miles long, pretty smooth but lots of short ups and downs and tight turns, a couple of little drops so it is like a roller coaster. Lots of wildlife, saw about 20 deer and some wild turkeys. Overall not a very difficult ride but lots of fun and the scenery is beautiful.

    So do you just enter the Lopez Lake area and the main entrance has trail maps? This sounds like the spot i want to hit on Monday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymo
    So do you just enter the Lopez Lake area and the main entrance has trail maps? This sounds like the spot i want to hit on Monday
    I know that CBO on Monterey St in SLO has free maps to Lopez (and other places) from CCCMB. They are supposed to be on www.cccmb.org, but I cannot find them. Other bike shops probably have them as well.
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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    I know that CBO on Monterey St in SLO has free maps to Lopez (and other places) from CCCMB. They are supposed to be on www.cccmb.org, but I cannot find them. Other bike shops probably have them as well.
    Thanks!

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