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    Little Raven is good to go...

    ...a couple of tiny snow patches, not enough mud to warrant typing the word mud, more like soft earth.
    If you are looking to hit up SSV for the descent after exiting LR to the west; unless you are dead set on doing a stupid, wet, dangerous river crossing, you will need to ride counter clockwise on the paved road to get to SSV. The construction going on up there has ripped the road apart. Whatever river that used to rip underneath the paved road now owns the paved road. Huge gap. It would take you longer to try and walk across the wet, slippery way too small branches dropped across the raging stream than to simply ride countercolckwise around it.
    Weird thing is, I know some of you will take the above as a challenge. Go for it. I look forward to reading about your experience.
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    Man, I really need to go explore this area. I've been meaning to do some exploring around ned and it should be a great way to get some cooler temperature riding in. Do you have any suggested parking places where you can combine some SSV and LR? Sounds like a nice combo that would be around 15miles of riding? Anymore more info is appreciated.

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    Got up there today and rode a short loop of little raven - west SSV - sourdough. That little raven was fun! More techy than I thought it would be. Last time I rode it, it was covered with snow.

    Thrasher, I've ridden this stuff starting at two different locations. To do a nice 2 hour loop you can park at the brainard lake fee station, aka the red rocks trailhead. Park right before the station, don't pay to go in. Then, take sourdough south to the little raven intersection, then turn right on little raven. When little raven dead ends on a road, turn left. After a while little raven will start again on your right. When it dumps you out on the asphalt road, go around the lake and west on the other side until you get to the SSV trailhead. Then take SSV east until you hit the sourdough trail. Turn right and climb back up to the parking area again.

    To do the whole thing, park at the end of SSV, right off the peak to peak hwy. Then you go up 96 (the dirt road), until you hit trail 835 (sourdough trail) and turn left. Follow sourdough all the way up to the red rocks parking area, then keep going and turn right on little raven. Then as above hook up with SSV on the other side of the lake, and go SSV all the way to the car. Should take 4 hours or so, maybe a bit more. Great ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    Still not as sketch as that other stream crossing....

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    Crossed the creek at that washout last weekend. Didn't give it a second thought, other than "refreshing".
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Watch out for the Renegade Ranger. Had a buddy up there last weekend and said he had a ranger turn him away from the Brainard Lake area telling him there was no mountain biking allowed in the area? Now maybe this was one of those "volunteers" like I used to run into back east who would stop you on a trail and say,"no mountain biking allowed" on this trail even though the trail and map were both clearly signed but disturbing to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Crossed the creek at that washout last weekend. Didn't give it a second thought, other than "refreshing".
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics
    Watch out for the Renegade Ranger. .
    ...or the renegade kidnapper with a gun, who is apparently still loose.

    http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_15395247

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Crossed the creek at that washout last weekend. Didn't give it a second thought, other than "refreshing".
    Good thing that you're a lot tougher [or dumber]than me for taking the path of greater resistance. Maybe you needed a bath. Seems I can't ride this loop without some criticism from you.
    mountaingoatepics, are you directing your comment towards me? if so, explain.
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    Cool. Thanks for the tips Ansible. I'd really like to get up and check that area out! Hopefully I won't run into any renegade rangers. Because, after all, I'm a renegade myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ansible
    To do the whole thing, park at the end of SSV, right off the peak to peak hwy. Then you go up 96 (the dirt road), until you hit trail 835 (sourdough trail) and turn left. Follow sourdough all the way up to the red rocks parking area, then keep going and turn right on little raven. Then as above hook up with SSV on the other side of the lake, and go SSV all the way to the car. Should take 4 hours or so, maybe a bit more. Great ride!
    This is a great way to do this, and my preference you get to take in SSV in all its glory. The turn off is marked as Boyscout camp or some such thing. The fire road was recently scraped and is much smoother than at the end of last year.

    In reality, most anything on the SD or near there is awesome and worth spending some time on if you like rocks and roots. If you want a big day start at Camp Dick/Peaceful Valley, ride South as fas as you want (or do a loop up LR, down upper SSV) then ride back to CD/PV. Or just go explore.
    Down is the new up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    mountaingoatepics, are you directing your comment towards me? if so, explain.
    Are you paranoid or do you dress up in a Rangers uniform and tell folks they can't ride the Brainard Lake area? Cause either way I don't see how my comments could of been construed to be directed at you. I'm going with paranoid holmes

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    Sensitive, Paranoid Holmes?
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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