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    Angwin - It's Legit!

    A Pacific Union College-owned forest with 35 miles of trails crossing more than 1,000 acres should be officially open to the public by month’s end. The forest, like PUC, is located at Angwin in the mountains northeast of St. Helena.

    The college, while tolerating unofficial public use of the forest, has never sanctioned it.

    “This is an exciting one for us,” Open Space District General Manager John Woodbury told the elected Board of Directors.

    PUC Forest Manager Peter Lecourt ... called the 35 miles of trails a “true jewel.” “The PUC forest is the premiere place to do outdoor forested recreation in Napa County,” he said.


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    I never knew it wasn’t legit. I do agree with the article though, the trails there are fantastic! Angwin to Dans to Valentines Vista to Moore Creek new stuff is top notch riding!
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    this is great. I guess that means we can have maps and signs now too. are they going to leave all the trails as is?

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    best news for NorCal riders in a decade, at least. Usually these things seem to go the opposite direction.

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    I was aware this was coming for awhile. Got the email this morning about that article.

    Illegal trail building will be watched much more - only a select few are allowed to build up here.
    More trails are being built. There is a new map, but it is already outdated.
    The entire Ridge Rd has been cleared/deforested and the trails connecting to that road have been destroyed. A few have been repaired - more repairs coming soon.

    The trails surrounding the CalFire Station and 4H Camp are off limits.
    Including Full Moon Rock Trail/Vertigo/4H DH - if that changes, I'll let you know.
    The Bay Area Ridge Trail will be re-directed around that area.
    Be careful when poaching that area...'cause I know you will...
    There have been folks that have been threatened with citations.

    I would advise staying away from the CalFire Station and especially don't park/drive into their driveway or park anywhere near there. There is additional parking at the airport.

    I will provide more info on the new route to DWR and advice on riding directly right from the trailhead towards that rocky meadow area....

    Ride respectfully - please watch out for hikers/kids/mom's with strollers, etc. on some of the main routes - Mossy Rock Trail and surrounding fire roads.

    Blue Post, Teepee Trail and my trail called The Dragon are dry and filled with loose leaves and gravel. I took a few hard falls descending those trails the past few weeks.
    Those trails are much better when wet. The trails up top are still in great shape.

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    Welcome to my backyard! Enjoy your new bike park!
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    ALL trails and fire roads in Las Posadas State Forest are off limits.
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    How and Why was my headline changed?

    That's very odd. If someone is changing my content w/o any notice or attribution, does that mean all of our posts are subject to arbitrary changes?
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    The top of Dan's Wild Ride has been closed.
    No riding on Las Posadas State Forest property.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brah View Post
    How and Why was my headline changed?

    That's very odd. If someone is changing my content w/o any notice or attribution, does that mean all of our posts are subject to arbitrary changes?
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    Maybe they will resurrect the Napa Valley Dirt Classic? I always loved that race.

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    Not likely.

    Just spoke with a few people that are in charge.
    All fire roads and trails in Las Posadas State Forest are off limits.

    Still trying to pin them down on what areas are still accessible directly right of the trail head.

    As of right now, there is no access to Moore Creek Park from Angwin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Edit: This map is not correct. I can't delete it.
    ALL trails and fire roads in Las Posadas State Forest are off limits.
    And I was referred to as Chicken Little when I repeated what was told to me by the CAL Fire LEO a couple months back....
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_510 View Post
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    So youve noticed a trend too...
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    So youve noticed a trend too...
    IPA induced editing?


    So great to hear of trails opening in California....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TraxFactory View Post
    IPA induced editing?


    So great to hear of trails opening in California....
    More like losing a couple of the most fun trails in Napa.

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    So what does the top of Dan's wild Ride mean? I was think of ride up moore creek, and DWR tomorrow, and back down. Can I ride to the end of DWR or not

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    My understanding is DWR is private land so you should be good.
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    good, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambow View Post
    So what does the top of Dan's wild Ride mean? I was think of ride up moore creek, and DWR tomorrow, and back down. Can I ride to the end of DWR or not
    Only the last few hundred yards is closed before it hits the forest service road. When you get to a clearing and see a big tree with a black knotted rope swing play on it then turn back around.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoscoP View Post
    More like losing a couple of the most fun trails in Napa.
    I feel ya, that does suck, but hopefully in the not too distant future it ends up being a positive thing.

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    Riding up DWR from Moore Creek Park is still possible.
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    The upper creek crossing is the boundary of Las Posadas State Forest. Should be good to ride up to that point.
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    CalFire has had multiple bad experience from riders up here recently. They are very serious about keeping riders off of State Forest land.
    I have advocated for proper signage - we will see if that transpires...
    Access to Angwin from Moore Creek Park will soon be available. A new trail is in the works that will alleviate any issues with Las Posadas State Forest, CalFire and 4H Camp.
    For now please be patient and comply.

    If you come up here to ride from the trailhead - new rules will soon be in place. This has been the plan all along - recent rider aggression towards CalFire will I am sure, expedite this plan:
    Riding straight through the two fence openings into the Mossy Rock Trail will soon be blocked. That isle of land is Las Posadas State Forest property.
    This will soon be the new reality:
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    If you stay on PUC property you are fine. That section of land between those two fences is Las Posadas State Forest land. The plan is to access PUC property via that road with the locked gate riding towards the field
    (on the left, as you pull into the trailhead).

    I am trying my best to make this transition as painless as possible for all involved. We are making trails for you to ride.
    Don't make this more difficult for us.

    The connection to DWR will be revealed when it is legal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Riding up DWR from Moore Creek Park is still possible. You just can't access the fire road from the top of the trail. Turning around at the rope swing is a good call.
    CalFire has had multiple bad experience from riders up here recently. They are very serious about keeping riders off of State Forest land.
    I have advocated for proper signage - we will see if that transpires...
    Access to Angwin from Moore Creek Park will soon be available. A new trail is in the works that will alleviate any issues with Las Posadas State Forest, CalFire and 4H Camp.
    For now please be patient and comply.

    If you come up here to ride from the trailhead - new rules will soon be in place. This has been the plan all along - recent rider aggression towards CalFire will I am sure, expedite this plan:
    Riding straight through the two fence openings into the Mossy Rock Trail will soon be blocked. That isle of land is Las Posadas State Forest property.
    This will soon be the new reality:
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    If you stay on PUC property you are fine. That section of land between those two fences is Las Posadas State Forest land. The plan is to access PUC property via that road with the locked gate riding towards the field
    (on the left, as you pull into the trailhead).

    I am trying my best to make this transition as painless as possible for all involved. We are making trails for you to ride.
    Don't make this more difficult for us.

    The connection to DWR will be revealed when it is legal.
    Thanks jibmaster.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Just out of curiosity what type of aggression are we talking about?

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    I was told that a large group of bikers were at the CalFire station getting water and were told to leave. They began yelling at the CalFire people and flipped them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    I was told that a large group of bikers were at the CalFire station getting water and were told to leave. They began yelling at the CalFire people and flipped them off.
    Why on Earth would anyone think going anywhere near the fire station is a good idea, let alone getting water from there, then even further having any negative interaction? This is mind boggling to be honest
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    Is CalFire restricting access to everyone or just singling out mountain bikers?

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    I see someone added a few little warning signs in Trailforks at the CalFire area, which is really cool. There's so many little opportunities like this to list information in Trailforks.

    Also looks like a few of the trails were deleted, which I feel is a bad thing. There's ways to list trails as "unsanctioned" and "closed" just so people have the correct information at hand if they don't want to take any risks. But I totally understand not wanting to get things inflamed when progress is being made!

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    Just got off the phone with the CalFire Battalion Chief for Las Posadas.

    Las Posadas State Forest is closed to the public. Not just mt. bikers.

    Spoke with him about the confusing access issues right at the trailhead.
    He agreed that it is indeed confusing.
    He agreed that more signage should be provided.

    More info and hopefully signage to come.

    For now, the above map I posted should be followed.

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    Plenty of trails to ride on PUC property with more to come.
    The Angwin/Moore Creek Park connection will be restored soon.
    PUC, REMBA and BART are all working to make this happen.
    Please be patient.

    Again - welcome to my backyard and enjoy your new bike park!

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    Thanks for the information. I have rode at Angwin a couple of times, always with someone who was familiar with the area as it can be quite a maze of trail junctions. Nice to know its completely legal now. The connector between PUC and Moore Creek in the future sound good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    Plenty of trails to ride on PUC property with more to come.
    The Angwin/Moore Creek Park connection will be restored soon.
    PUC, REMBA and BART are all working to make this happen.
    Please be patient.

    Again - welcome to my backyard and enjoy your new bike park!
    Thanks for your work jibmaster, looking forward to checking out these trails! Do post up any public work days that might occur, I'd love to pitch in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    I was told that a large group of bikers were at the CalFire station getting water and were told to leave. They began yelling at the CalFire people and flipped them off.
    Do you know when this interaction took place?
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Do you know when this interaction took place?
    Not sure, I didn't as for specifics. But it was probably over the past weekend.
    DWR was built in the wrong place. I am as guilty as anyone else for riding on State Forest property. We were all given the wrong information. Simply avoiding the Fire Station and 4H Camp was/is not enough.

    However, the problem is being solved. Now we must wait and simply enjoy the riding that is available.

    But - moving on...
    New trail being built along the Ridge Rd. re-connecting the 1 Mile Singletrack with the Manzanita Maze.
    Some of the steeper backside trails are a bit loose and slick, but the trails up top are in great shape.
    I have recently raked the leaves off of Hanging Tree Trail, The Chute Traverse as well as the Henshaw Trail.

    Cya out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Only the last few hundred yards is closed before it hits the forest service road. When you get to a clearing and see a big tree with a black knotted rope swing play on it then turn back around.
    New info:
    Apparently everything from the upper creek crossing to the top of DWR is on Las Posadas State Property.
    So, to be safe - turning around at the upper creek crossing would be the right thing to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    New info:
    Apparently everything from the upper creek crossing to the top of DWR is on Las Posadas State Property.
    So, to be safe - turning around at the upper creek crossing would be the right thing to do.
    Whoah.....
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Let me get this straight, CalFire isn't busy enough with the California burning to the ground issue, so they too are engaged in the anti MTB war? Great, happy to have my tax money supporting this cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatWhite415 View Post
    Let me get this straight, CalFire isn't busy enough with the California burning to the ground issue, so they too are engaged in the anti MTB war? Great, happy to have my tax money supporting this cause.
    Not sure it's not just CDF following Los Posadas set guidelines by the forest owners trust.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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