so cal destination advice
I have a good riding buddy flying into Reno this Wednesday and we're looking to do some riding and camping through the weekend. My primary plan was a high elevation Tahoe/Downieville kinda thing, but the weather is beginning to look like it won't cooperate and I'm thinking I should have a southerly backup plan. Problem is, I haven't looked much into what's available down that way. Any advice? The plunge sounds cool, but what else is there in/around Kernville? What are conditions on the East side? Anybody been to Rock Creek lately? I'd like to avoid getting too far into the populace of LA, SDO seems too far, So let's hear it, list your 4-day itinerary.
Well, if the weather looks good for Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo counties, I'd hit there There is some great riding in that area.
Originally Posted by icegeek
Montana de Oro is wonderful, and provides great views. There's another one off Los Osos Valley Dr, and it's a couple of loops. There are also some trails directly on the Cal Poly SLO campus, just make sure you close the gates behind you for the cows.
In Santa Barbara, there are several rides off the (Gaviota) Pass (California highway 154), but I haven't tried them yet.
I was on Lower Rock a month ago and it was perfect. You could hit that and head south for the plunge but it starts at around 11,000 and they're going to close the gate soon so call ahead for conditions at (760)376-3781 to the ranger district. San Juan off of Ortega Highway in O.C. is a great trail especially if you do the Viejo Tie loop in the middle. Noble is another fantastic So Cal trail but those done together makes for alot of driving.
stripes: SLO, good idea, I hadn't thought of that. Bit of a drive though.
slow: Thanks for the #, I'll give em a ring today. Lot can change in a month. You can do it out and back on the trail, no? I'll do some searches on your others.
Reno to So-Cal?
It doesn't sound like you really want to go to Socal. I used to live in OC, and that's a long drive down the east side of the Sierras, even at high speed with good tunes. As I recall, you are looking at about 10 hours to either OC or San Diego. Morro Bay or Santa Barbara aren't much closer, as you have to cut over to Bakersfield and on over to 101
So here's a few ideas:
Rock Creek: Check weather for both Mammoth and Bishop. East side is the dry side, so even if there's a little snow at the top, the elevation difference is likely to make lower Rock Creek still passable, if cold.
White Mountain: There was a thread here (with photos) a few weeks ago about a ride a couple guys did to the top of White Mountain over above Lone Pine. 2nd highest point in the lower 48 after Whitney.
Kennedy and Monachee Meadows: East of Kernville, accessed off 395. I haven't heard of anyone mtn biking there, but there is motorcycle legal singletrack.
Head west from Reno: If Downieville is too cold or snowed out, head down around Grass Valley / Nevada City. Good for a couple days. Then head over towards the coast. Forecast is we might get a few showers Wednesday and Thursday, but nothing major. You could hit Henry Coe and Ft. Ord.
riding in Kernville
The riding here in Kernville is still great. We have not had any high snow yet down here and everything is still open. The dirt is moist so conditions are perfect. Coming from Reno you could hit Rock Creek on the way down or up. You wouldn't need to though, there is more then enough great trails in the Kernville area to keep you busy for 4 days. The weather says no rain for the next 6 days, whatever that is worth. The plunge actually starts at around 9,000 ft. If you want more specific trail info just let me know.
i agree....that is some serious driving! as much as I would love for the icegeek to make his way down to Santa Barbara so I could hook up, it is too far in my opinion.
Originally Posted by HarryCallahan
This summer I have done quit a bit of riding in this area. It is great. There are some woops from the dirtbikes and you don't want to be there on a busy Saturday but there are something like 100 miles of maintained singletrack. This time of year it is empty. There are 6 or 7 different loops you can do that are in the 3 - 5 hour range. All between 7,000 and 9,000. No snow yet so it is all open.
Yeah, it's my skewed vision of Ca geography, to me the bay area-tahoe line is the separator between No- and So-cal. Just like my new home, Denver, is "back east". But yeah, I'm not talkin LA/SDO.
Originally Posted by HarryCallahan
Rock: Yup, dry side. purdy too.
Kennedy/Monachee: Excellent, I'll look into it, thanks.
White: Saw that excellent thread. Elevation, brrr. If only for singletrack.
Which area was that?
Originally Posted by jfsh
Well, I did find my way here enroute from Texas to Colorado...
Originally Posted by Faux
jfsh, didn't see the title. duh, thanks!
Don't mean to hijack
your SoCal thought, but how do you feel about a 1 hour drive to an MTBR gathering instead? I didn't check the weather though.
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edit: I see you over on one of those threads. Doh!
Last edited by Fast Eddy; 11-01-2005 at 10:28 AM.