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    Buffalo Creek status?

    Anyone tried riding there lately? Thinking of heading out this morning and giving it a go...

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    I read the Pine Valley area was doing okay at one point awhile back... strawberry to homestead to Buck gulch I think avionomad (sp?) was doing... might start there and report back your findings? Or perhaps hit the ranger station and ride towards pine valley so we get more info? Please report back and thanks for doing recon!! Now if only someone would head to the Cone already.. sheesh, it's been open a day and no reports... lol

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    Its been a couple of weeks since I've been up there hiking but last time I was there it was still pretty icy. It never got much snow but what it did get didn't seem to want to leave. Again I havent been up there in a couple of weeks.

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    Looking forward to the report on BC. I'm still riding Pine Valley almost every day. The last couple weeks have been soft on the weekends so what snow remains has gotten postholed, glazed, icy, etc. Good thing is that most of the Strawberry, Skipper, Buck loop is dry. Only 27*F right now so no worries about wet grit and mud... Maybe those warm days opened some trail miles on the BC side but I wouldn't bet on it.

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    Well here is an open invitation to all snoshoers to head up and pack it all down!

    I may just have to head up on sat. and do some recon so we dont have to wonder. Feel free to join in
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    Hiked Buffalo Burn on Saturday before lunch. There was just enough snow in the exposed areas to make it a little tough. We lost the trail about 100 yards in from the lower side entrance. In the unburned trees there was 6" to 1' and the service road was filled with icy post holes from the elk and deer and a few humans.

    The trail is somewhere in the open snowy area below us.


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    hmmmm....may have to stick with the big green hill then eh? I just wanted to breathe the BC clean air! thanks mateo!
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    Well...

    Parked in the fire dept. lot just up 543, rode up 543 to Baldy/Lower Gashouse. 543 was in good shape, until a little before Shinglemill.... then it got REAL snowy. We toughed it out though. It was kinda fun.

    Tried to ride up Gashouse and lost the trail about 2/10 of a mile in. Didn't even attempt Baldy... too shady. So we turned back. That was about when the novelty of the snow wore off.

    Shinglemill looked to be covered.

    Finally, we turned up Sandy Wash and it was pretty good! Some snow and ice, but mostly ride-able. At the top, we turned back down- my feet were soaked and freezing.

    So... If you wanted to hit Sandy Wash, you're probably in luck. Everything else? I'd ride a Pugsley.

    Cheers!
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    Is the ice park still growing between Shingle and Morrison?
    This is what it looked like on 1/13 - (insert trippin' smiley face)
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    Here are some shots.

    1. Self explanatory

    2. Looking back down 543 from the Baldy/Gashouse turn off.

    3. The thrashed rotor on my '77 Scout (whoops, wrong photo!)

    4. Looking up 543 toward Tramway

    5. Riding up Sandy Wash
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    More...

    6. Looking up Baldy

    7. Where we lost Gashouse. I like this one.
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    That one of the disc brake rotor is SCARY!!!

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    ...and finally: The ice rink, or as we called it "mini glacier."

    This was a POV shot of me being rescued by my buddy Kevin. I was sliding off the edge, hanging on to weeds. I was laughing so hard I could barely take the picture.
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    Call me crazy, but that SS looks oddly familar to me. :-)
    See you on the trail!

    Christy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funrover
    That one of the disc brake rotor is SCARY!!!
    Yeah. Fortunately I was going about 8 mph when the disc separated from the hub. I had JUST bought the thing and was trying to figure out the rumble under braking. Turns out it was the fins!

    You'll want to avoid letting your brakes get this worn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainTriGirl
    Call me crazy, but that SS looks oddly familar to me. :-)
    Gee, I can't imagine why! It's just not right that you've met my bike and not me. Maybe once CB gets settled back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by super88
    Gee, I can't imagine why! It's just not right that you've met my bike and not me. Maybe once CB gets settled back...
    Absolutely - I never got to thank you properly! You know you spoiled me for all other SS by letting me ride the Green Machine. :-) It was a fantastic ride.
    See you on the trail!

    Christy

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    Thanks for posting the pics. Looks like conditions may have been slightly better in mid-January and they weren't very good then. Oh well... Looks like an adventure filled day

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