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    Does anyone know how the trail conditions in Auburn or Nevada City are right now? Thinking of trying to ride in that area this weekend. I have never ridden there so could anyone give some suggestions of trails with some techy features like rock gardens or jumps?

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    Auburn in in perfect shape right now, very few puddles, might change this weekend, NC trails are dicey, Pioneer should be good but down in the canyons you'll find glue mud

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    Trails are all bitchen in Auburn, they are as good as they ever get, been on them weekly, and NC a few weeks ago. They are fine was well.

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    For Nevada City, Taxi, Hoot, Scotts and Miners are all in good shape. You could ride Pioneer a very long way up before encountering significant snow, I imagine. Round Mountain just got logged out by BONC but it's not getting a haircut until tomorrow and there is mos' definitely brush encroaching on the switchbacks down to the river. Anyway, that's just for today because we're predicted to get half an inch of rain starting tonight with snow levels possibly as low as 4000' which is Conservation Camp Rd. along Hwy 20.

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    No snow up in Nevada City that I saw today while up there. Not supposed to get any until Christmas according to the weather app. I'm gonna wander up to Hoots/ Scotts tomorrow and see how things are.

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    We got steady rain today so they will be rideable but not max fun. Please give a holler if any blowdowns or major issues. I'm goin' skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skippy24 View Post
    Does anyone know how the trail conditions in Auburn or Nevada City are right now? Thinking of trying to ride in that area this weekend. I have never ridden there so could anyone give some suggestions of trails with some techy features like rock gardens or jumps?
    Just head to the Auburn State Rec Area and you won't be disappointed. Culvert, Confluence, etc. Sweet trails and awesome views.

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    Pioneer lower, was a little sloggy but still a blast. no snow where it crosses the highway, less a few shady spots off trail if you looked hard for it.

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    Nevada City was rad today. The leaves are a little unpredictable and the first berm on hoot is a bit slick.

    Overall much fun was had, just make sure to bring a towel with you, its a bit muddy.

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    So annoying when the OP inquiring doesn't check in. I'm with the Auburn recommending trails being lower, although maybe crispy snow base is better up Nevada City way?....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    So annoying when the OP inquiring doesn't check in. I'm with the Auburn recommending trails being lower, although maybe crispy snow base is better up Nevada City way?....
    No snow, we rode to 5000+ feet on pioneer and no snow in trail. Even upper will be fine

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    Rode Auburn yesterday quick lap on Clementine for a climb, Culvert, and finally Confluence to finish. Dirt was tacky and fast, culvert's berms were real nice and not a lot of standing water.

    I'm hoping to pop up to Nevada City a few more time while I'm visiting, but Auburn is great if you're close and need a quick rip.

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    I rode Auburn yesterday. IMHO I think it's a little sloppy. It's dry enough not to be a shitshow, but not dry enough to call it hero dirt. There are some of the usual suspect spots that are holding water and starting to get mushy. I rode Clem, Connector, Fuel Break, Culvert, and Confluence. I went down on Culvert about two weeks ago and that same berm that gave out on me seems to have taken a few other riders down. I saw a lot of overturned soil. If you ride up there a lot it's the one on the top of the trail right at the end of the S turns. That corner has always had issues with people over shooting it ever since the re-work. The berm that was there seemed to be enough of a catch berm when dry but doesn't seem to be holding up to the weather.
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    OP here. Sorry for not responding earlier. I never made it to Auburn/NC due to holiday obligations taking all my time. Going to try to make it there possibly later this week if the weather holds out.

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    auburn didn't get any better than taday

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    Does anyone know how Auburn is riding after the moisture of the last week?

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    I rode yesterday. I shouldnít have. The canyon is fine. FDLT and Connector not so much.


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    Quote Originally Posted by seanallan View Post
    I rode yesterday. I shouldnít have. The canyon is fine. FDLT and Connector not so much.


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    Huh, rode yesterday and did not think it was that bad, just a couple of muddy spots, otherwise in good shape. Big thanks out to FATRAC for the work on Culvert!!

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    last week the connector trail and fhdl were mud soaked messes, loved every minute. we were a mess, couldn't clean the whole thing like normal with a few muddy areas.. folsom lake was perfect yesterday

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    Heading to Auburn in a few mins to crank out the triple loop. I'll report conditions when I get back in the ride thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    Heading to Auburn in a few mins to crank out the triple loop. I'll report conditions when I get back in the ride thread.
    What is the triple loop? I live there almost on the top of stagecoach

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    Rode FDLT with Stonewall+Ranch+Squaw Flat (Old Connector?) outbound from the Confluence with the Placer Foothills MTB Team (and there were a bunch of other high schoolers out) on Saturday and it was all very messy.

    My guess for Triple Loops is 1) Stagecoach+Manzanita+Mossy + 2) Clementine+Culvert+Confluence with a + 3) FDLT in between. Though I thought that was the Whole Enchilada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anotherbrian View Post
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    My guess for Triple Loops is 1) Stagecoach+Manzanita+Mossy + 2) Clementine+Culvert+Confluence with a + 3) FDLT in between. Though I thought that was the Whole Enchilada.
    Riding down stagecoach and the clementine wit connector thrown in is 17.5 brutal miles with almost 3000 feet of climbing. That's my limit. Add the fdlt and im not sure id finish lol I can do stagecoach from my house on lincoln way and the clementine to confluence and back out stagecoach in 1 hour and 50 minutes. which is 1800' Damn mn I have work to do lol

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    Hehe I donít know if itís official but triple loop to me: culvert+confluence (Loop), short cut to Stonewall to Ranch to Squaw (BRUTAL!!) linked into FHDL Clementine / Connector (Loop), then full FHDL (Loop). Triple loops! Looks something like ...



    We talked about throwing in Stagecoach / Manzanita plus above. That would be wicked epic! Maybe next ride we will do that as well.

    Dirt was good, usual muddy spots, but didnít feel like we were damaging anything. Super fun ride and my legs are toast! Pictures in the weekly ride report thread!

    PS: Itís awesome to see Stonewall return to some of it previous glory! Was absolutely a blast today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    Hehe I donít know if itís official but triple loop to me: culvert+confluence (Loop), short cut to Stonewall to Ranch to Squaw (BRUTAL!!) linked into FHDL Clementine / Connector (Loop), then full FHDL (Loop). Triple loops! Looks something like ...

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    We talked about throwing in Stagecoach / Manzanita plus above. That would be wicked epic!

    Dirt was good, usually muddy spots, but didnít fee like we were damaging anything. Super fun ride and my legs are toast! Pictures in the weekly ride report thread!
    Not my route but have ridden it:
    https://www.strava.com/routes/2823351

    Replace the double Connector with Shortcut/Stonewall/Ranch/Squaw and youíve got most everything.

    Maybe missing Robie Point and coasting down 49 to ranger station and then doing Manzanita. Or maybe fording river on Mammoth Bar and riding Quarry back? 🤪

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    Eh that has a double back. My loop today, we never rode the same stretch other than the fire road from FHD to top of Upper Clementine, maybe a 50 yard stretch. The linked loop also avoids Stonewall which is heresy. No full Auburn loop exists without Stonewall IMO. It also avoids Ranch / Squaw cause that shit is hard but there is some sweet turns to be had.

    I like my loops with the west side (Stagecoach / Manazanita) Loop. That too me would be everything of Auburn. Yeah you miss Rocky and Murderers plus some other ďoff the radarĒ stuff but the goal isnít to ride every trail, itís to loop Auburnís main lines without a double back!
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    I like your ride plus adding in Stage/Manz would be an awesome outing. ☝️💪👊😎
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    Crazy! way over my pay grade lol but never giving up!

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    anyone do auburn, down cardiac hill, around the lake and end up at hazel ?

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    Thinking... Clementine->Connector->FDLT->Connector->Culvert->Confluence->Knee Deep works best for me

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    stagecoach was perfect this morning before work, 10 minutes from longhorn meats on Lincoln way to river. wish I didn't have to work would have ran 3 more hours down there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCalTaz View Post
    Thinking... Clementine->Connector->FDLT->Connector->Culvert->Confluence->Knee Deep works best for me
    I did that one earlier this month, minus knee deep. Where is knee deep anyway?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bdreynolds7 View Post
    . Where is knee deep anyway?
    in his ice chest I believe

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    Knee Deep is on New Airport Rd near Bell.

    Next Saturday is the Tour de Placer (Roubaix?) benefiting the Placer Foothills MTB Team. Ride starts/finishes at Moonraker on nearby corner to Knee Deep. Itíll be a good excuse to visit the neighborhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outhouse View Post
    in his ice chest I believe
    Har dee har har. I suppose I could have googled it

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    Took me all day and ended up having leg cramps half way back on the connector loop, but still climbed back out of stagecoach to my house.

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    Took me all day and ended up having leg cramps half way back on the connector loop, but still climbed back out of stagecoach to my house.
    Legit ride, nice! Question though, why no Stonewall? Yeah the climb out sucks but itís really good right now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    Legit ride, nice! Question though, why no Stonewall? Yeah the climb out sucks but itís really good right now!
    I have never been on the opposite side of the canyon from connector trail less my dirt bike even though I grew up riding at Mammoth bar, a lot has changed. I need to go with someone who has been there before. Honestly, I never would have made it, barely made it up stagecoach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outhouse View Post
    I have never been on the opposite side of the canyon from connector trail less my dirt bike even though I grew up riding at Mammoth bar, a lot has changed. I need to go with someone who has been there before. Honestly, I never would have made it, barely made it up stagecoach.
    Well, if you're interested in checking it out, I'll try to PM when we go for the Quad! That will give you a pretty good tour of some of the stuff over there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    Well, if you're interested in checking it out, I'll try to PM when we go for the Quad! That will give you a pretty good tour of some of the stuff over there!
    Thank bud!!! ill hit you up someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outhouse View Post
    anyone do auburn, down cardiac hill, around the lake and end up at hazel ?
    Much of that from Cardiac to just north of granite beach (around Los Lagos) is Pioneer express trail and off limits to bikes. When the lake is low you can take the canal/ditch trail down lower but much of the year that's underwater.
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    I ran the AR50 that goes from Sac State all the way to the overlook. We are being kept off some frickin awesome singletrack for absolutely no reason I can think of. Between Rattlesnake and the Overlook was fantastic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    I ran the AR50 that goes from Sac State all the way to the overlook. We are being kept off some frickin awesome singletrack for absolutely no reason I can think of. Between Rattlesnake and the Overlook was fantastic!
    Pro tip: nobody gunna stop you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanxj View Post
    Pro tip: nobody gunna stop you.


    Just be nice, and be there off peak hours
    You naughty heheh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    I ran the AR50 that goes from Sac State all the way to the overlook. We are being kept off some frickin awesome singletrack for absolutely no reason I can think of. Between Rattlesnake and the Overlook was fantastic!
    Ya we start at Hazel and auburn folsom rd and rode half way to rattlesnake last time, was hoping to do an auburn to hazel ride. easy pickins compared to our canyon runs

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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    You naughty heheh.



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    connector and foresthill loop were pretty dry, some ice out but traction was perfect

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    Anyone know if Scotts/Hoot is covered in snow?

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    yes, pioneer is a mess too, snow just melted off lower elevation stuff, a lot of trail work going on, that snow was tough on the trees

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    Auburn is running awesome right now! Just beware of where you park! There is no roadside parking signs out and the authorities were out taking note yesterday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shon G - MTB NorCal View Post
    Auburn is running awesome right now! Just beware of where you park! There is no roadside parking signs out and the authorities were out taking note yesterday!
    I saw a notice from the Superintendent but in the notice he said in the Confluence. Were the signs just down there or up top too? I was thinking of parking up closer to clem or on Forrest Hill road closer to FHDL, but not in the state parking lot.

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    Yo! The sign was at the corner or Foresthill Rd and Old Foresthill road. Itís a big message board. I parked in that same area on the corner as the sign is and road a couple Culvert loops. There was people also parked at the mammoth gate as well but I think they will start ticketing at some point. I think you will be good on Foresthill road. I also parked at the turn out into Shortcut trail with no issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B1KER View Post
    I saw a notice from the Superintendent but in the notice he said in the Confluence. Were the signs just down there or up top too? I was thinking of parking up closer to clem or on Forrest Hill road closer to FHDL, but not in the state parking lot.

    ...asking for a friend.
    We ended up having to park at Mammoth Bar and starting our ride on Confluence then Clementine and finish with Culvert yesterday. Saturday FHDL was ok to park at, but we park at the free parking area anyways.

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    How are things looking up there in Nevada City?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamerdoc23 View Post
    How are things looking up there in Nevada City?
    still a lot of trail work being done from the last storm. Harm market got 4+ ft. Lower elevation stuff has just started to get ok but it dumped heavy rain here for days. All the usual trail groups can't host dig days so its all the locals going out by them selves or with a helper

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    Thanks for the reply; would love to come help on a trail day when thing get normal, or sooner if I knew about 'covert' operations.

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    I hit Nevada City yesterday with a rogue hoe and a rake. Long Distance High-5 to Lauren and her GSD helper - they were raking Pioneer heading uphill from the market. Bigger High 5 to Orion who has been busting ass clearing the bigger debris and cutting out fallen trees.

    Someone raked out the top section of Hoot and it is primo. I worked from the road crossing most of the way down, raking out wood debris and carving drains for wet spots. patched a few holes here and there. Bottom quarter of Hoot still could use some love.

    Also a virtual evil eye at the group of 10 dudes who were riding yesterday who couldn't be bothered to slow down when passing a trail worker. Strava doesn't matter, you're not going to win, an anyone who thinks that riding 10 ft behind your buddy is enough of a gap right now clearly has never been crop dusted.
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    Bump cuz I want trail advice!

    Next week I'm staying in Loomis for a few days, so I'll have easy access to Granite Bay and Auburn, having never ridden either.

    I ride on the XC side of Trail. My usual weekly lap is 15 miles / 3000' at Skeggs, though that's largely time-bound and I could go longer. I like to go medium fast up and medium fast down. I don't usually huck or drop, though I can do a few feet of rock rolls, I recently had a ton of fun on the blues and blacks around Sedona right before travel stopped being a thing. Running a Ripley LS 130/120mm.

    [note this is matchy matchy to this other thread: https://forums.mtbr.com/california-n...a-1087259.html ]

    Based on searches and reading I'd like to posit the following inquiries and invitations to comment:

    (a) Granite Bay is le sux now?
    It's awfully close to where we're staying, but driving 20 minutes to trails people love vs 2 to something people are mad got sanitized is an easy choice. That said, maybe I can get away for one big ride at SRA and a daily short loop at GB, so I'll gladly take advice for <10mi laps there too.

    (b) At Auburn SRA I should look into a Confluence, Clementine Forest Hill loop?
    All the little features have obvious go-arounds, yeah? I ride solo and kinda wussy, especially when on-sighting.
    e.g. https://www.trailforks.com/ridelog/p...elogid=7811733

    (c) It's hot as F?
    I ride in the redwoods when I can, so I'm not accustomed to the heat. What time of day do the wise hit the trails? As early as possible? As late? Doesn't matter, it's gonna be hawt?


    Thanks in advance to all ye scholars and gentleriders who can set me straight.

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    Granite Bay is not sucky lol. Yeah they made some of the trails easier, but I wouldnít avoid it ESPECIALLY if you like XC. Youíll probably love the place!

    However, Auburn is where itís at. FHDL full loop one day ~12 miles (easier) Another day throw down the Clementine, Fuel Break, Culvert, Stone Wall, Confluence Loop (harder). Everything is ďonsiteĒable.

    If youíve never been to Auburn and use terms like Onsite for real, M&M (5.8), Uncomfortably Dumb (5.10a), Scale Wall (5.10c), Bionic Bitch Slap (5.11a), Destructimatic (5.11b), Human Oddity (5.11d/12a) and Triathlon 5.12b/c are all stand outs in the quarry.
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    Thanks roughster, you've earned some more slack in the e-threads!

    Great to hear about GB, that's going to make my "just slipping out for a quick lap" arguments more convincing with the extended family. And I'll try to get out to Auburn for sure.

    I don't climb (still wussy) but I hang out with a bunch of former & current dirtbags and always thought climbing slang was way better than MTB slang. It's much better suited to social exchanges and planning, whereas MTB is better for story telling. Compare the utility of [beta, onsite, crux, the YDS numerical rating system] to [braaap, huck, dab, pin, green/blue/black]. Anyhow, appreciate the suggestions anyhow, generous of you.

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