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    Dec 7-9, 2018 Weekend Ride and Trail Conditions Report

    This weekend should be big time for much of NorCal. No rain in sight, after a few days of nice small rain, and some really great weather.

    Trails reports are important this weekend and next week. Photos and commentary greatly appreciated.

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    All the flat parts of Santa Cruz Wilder area are pretty wet. Soft soil is mush and sandy parts are fine. Will be improving each day.
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    Fort Ord will be as good as it get's (which isn't saying a lot!) Today - Sunday.
    Toro Park i think will be Closed to bikes/horses 1 more day. Then it's ON!! Brown-Pow!!
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    John Nicholas Trail has 6 trees down that require dismount. One of them is massive. I notified the head ranger about this and he said he will send a crew.

    Demo Forest ride on Saturday. See other thread.
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    As before, China Camp is holding up really well. Couple small puddles that are starting to get muddy on the east side. West side is hero all over... ..

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    The John Nicholas trail is now cleared. I contacted the trail manager and he friggin cleared it pronto. Just wow. We are in good hands with Santa Clara County parks. Rich is his name.Dec 7-9, 2018 Weekend Ride and Trail Conditions Report-47295531_10217728737038709_7742754955743723520_o.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    The John Nicholas trail is now cleared. I contacted the trail manager and friggin cleared it pronto. Just wow. We are in good hands with Santa Clara County parks. Rich is his name.Click image for larger version. 

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    he is a rider as that helmet Kali helmet shows.
    I wish SCCP could take over midpen jurisdiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sid Duffman View Post
    I wish SCCP could take over midpen jurisdiction.
    This x10!!!!

    A forester once told me that The County Parks forest managers take care of the entire forest. The Midpen rangers take care of (or patrol) just the trails. And when work has to be done they often contract it out. I see them at Fremont Older all the time but rarely out of their trucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post

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    he is a rider as that helmet Kali helmet shows.
    Why no MTBR decal on that helmet?

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    How's the Hwy 9 situation now?

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    Rode Fort Ord today---it is in super condition----even the goat trail is not muddy yet

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    I'll be on my mountain bike tomorrow for the first time in over three months!! I'm flippin' excited, a little giddy, and a little nervous

    After my hernia, surgery and recovery we had the Camp Fire, 500+ AQI air and then rain and mud. But the trails are now open and the weather is nice! Oh, but I need to finish rebuilding the bike, retape the rear wheel, replace the leaky old tires....

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    Cutting through Arastradero today, saw this fender on a bench. Top secret location, if it’s yours you know where it is.

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    Skeggs was great today. Will be all time this weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dp400 View Post
    Skeggs was great today. Will be all time this weekend!
    What did you hit?

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    My usual loop but shortened a little. Don't want to ride much of SM since it is always wet after the rains.
    SM - fir and down Tafoni - N Leaf to giant salamander - crosscut to timberview.
    No downed trees - which surprised me! Beautiful day up there today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dp400 View Post
    My usual loop but shortened a little. Don't want to ride much of SM since it is always wet after the rains.
    SM - fir and down Tafoni - N Leaf to giant salamander - crosscut to timberview.
    No downed trees - which surprised me! Beautiful day up there today!
    Will probably hit Manzanita and S. Leaf tomorrow if I don't go to Demo. Good recon.

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    Just FYI

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    does anyone know if Toro park is open tomorrow? The website says closed to bikers but possibly reopening as of yesterday (Thu) weather permitting.

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    Auburn is in great shape right now for the most part
    Manzanita: is prime!
    Flood: Really good!
    Trinkers: Great!
    Shortcut: A little muddy at the beginning.
    Stonewall: The top is pretty good wet in spots about halfway down it has some nice wet greasy mud in spots till the end.
    Rocky: perfect as to be expected
    Confluence: it's in great shape

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    Anyone else ever hit this log ride?

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    Foresthill loop is primo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
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    I’m in Tokyo for work. Had Saturday free but most of the MTB parks are closed for the season. I decided to try out Kamakura/ Fugato-Yama aka Ghost town. I found some info online but it was strangely detailed and yet left me ****ing clueless to what was going on. I took a train from Akabane to Kamakura and headed to the Grove bike shop.

    They rent all day full squish for about $30 usd and hardtails for less. I took the biggest frame they had, a Medium. I normally ride a XL hehe. I had google a place near the start so used google maps and it took me straight there after 5 miles or so. Hit the trail after circling the park at the base looking for the entrance. Straight up a steep graded semi-fire road which quickly gave way to singletrack. Did a mini loop with a few sections of hike a bike due to 3” bench and massive cliff on the side. Rooted and random rebar stick straight up also added spice. I rode a few stretches on the way down and realized WTF was I doing.

    Dumped me back at the base so reclimbed up and this time turned left where the website said turn left, well sorta. That’s where the goods were but it was stressful as I had no live map and there were literally trails intersecting every 30-4o yards. Some were signed in all Japanese which helped a little, but I started getting pretty worried about daylight considering I had pretty much completely lost myself and my location related to the map I was using. Some sweet stretches of singletrack though. I got a picture taken by a trail camera. Not sure if I was supposed be out there??

    Had to use ropes to hike a bike up cliffs, super rooted and technical stuff. I was having a good time but the stress was growing. I really didn’t know where I was and the sun was almost behind the ridge. It was way too far to turn around. I pushed on and felt my heart rate start to accelerate. After a 1-2 mile stretch of pure hike a bike through overgrown jungle I hit another trail then another. Every interesction I second guessed my
    Choice. Google maps wouldn’t pin my location and kept bouncing around. I was kinda freaking.


    In essence, this thing turned into a survival situation, no joke. First time I have ever been completely unsure of where I was. So many little trails intersecting the already 6” wide singletrack with no trail markers. The map I was using seemed to suggest to go upstream but that just went against everything I know about survival situations. At this point, that deep in the Forest it was already almost pitch black. Did I mention I had no lights except my phone. I went upstream a few 100 yards to see if I hit a sign or identifiable marker, just a stream with enough room on the side to hike a bike. I said **** that and road down the small trail. All running water leads to a road or city is the mantra, so I trusted it.

    Found a turn off to some stairs that I happily jumped a gate and carried my bike over to get to the freeway ... only to find it was literally in the tunnel with a locked door! Back down the stairs to the creek and it was just ****ing almost in full panic mode. It was almost pitch black, I was wigged out of my gourde. That “my heart is going to explode out of my chest” kind of feeling. I stopped a few times since it was already dark and just tried to calm down. No use flying blind down a trail with just barely twilight illuminating through dense forest highlighting rocks root and drop offs. Breaking my neck wouldn’t get me to safety any faster.

    Slowly the forest opened up and I hit a paved road. Sure enough it lead to a city and cell service. I looked up where I was and found I was a couple of miles closer to the bike rental and on the right road. ****ing HUGE sigh of relief. I gunned it down dark roads with no lights to safety and barely turned in the bike before the shop closed.

    Was some good lessons learned. I have a headlamp in my suitcase. I don’t know why the **** I didn’t bring it. I had a moment of thought about at the spot where I knew I was committed and I was second guessing if I should. I should’ve listened ... but I lived to tell the tale and another ride!

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    Not overly helpful haha

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    Sounds like a good adventure. Glad you made it out okay- cool pics. I can’t believe you didn’t have more of an issue with riding on the wrong sized frame! Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dth656 View Post
    does anyone know if Toro park is open tomorrow? The website says closed to bikers but possibly reopening as of yesterday (Thu) weather permitting.

    thanks!
    My wife drove by this morning and said it's open to bikes. I'm heading out this afternoon and I bet conditions are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
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    Was planning to ride today but still recovering from Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers last night.

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    Ord was perfect.
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    @roughster

    This is comedy gold to me. This trail system is literally my backyard. I can see the tower you rode up to from my house and the trail you "should" have turned on goes straight to my neighborhood.

    The Wildlife cameras are for tracking wild boar. We have roughly 100 of them running around in that small mountain area.

    Glad you got out unscathed - however you missed the best parts.

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    Man you guys need to work on your trail signage, lol . Some of it was so worn, I don’t think it would’ve mattered if I could’ve read Japanese hehe. I took the up and down ridges that go under the power line towers, as in between the tower legs on the “backside of the loop”. I assume I missed my turn somwhere before that?

    I had a great time other than freaking out about the light hah. I can totally see the potential for the area for sure. Is there a better resource than MTB Bills site? He has a lot of info there but it is hard to translate it to the trail, especially when you’re on the trail. Next time I’d bring my Garmin and put the GPX on it.
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    S Yuba was awesome today.
    Saw 2 other bikers and no puddles.

    My small dog was the hero of the day- those short legs ran the entire 10.5 mile ride!
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    Demo was dialed. The best conditions in 9 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Demo was dialed. The best conditions in 9 months.
    It hasn’t been that long. Conditions stayed good through mid-May earlier this year with occasional showers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roughster View Post
    Man you guys need to work on your trail signage, lol . Some of it was so worn, I don’t think it would’ve mattered if I could’ve read Japanese hehe. I took the up and down ridges that go under the power line towers, as in between the tower legs on the “backside of the loop”. I assume I missed my turn somwhere before that?

    I had a great time other than freaking out about the light hah. I can totally see the potential for the area for sure. Is there a better resource than MTB Bills site? He has a lot of info there but it is hard to translate it to the trail, especially when you’re on the trail. Next time I’d bring my Garmin and put the GPX on it.
    Facebook - Mountain Bike Gaijin group.
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    Lots of local riders in that area. The the trails are a mix of emergency escapes from Tsunamis to ancient trails connecting shrines and temples. One of the trails we rode last weekend dates back to the 1300s.

    If you are in the area for a bit, hit me up and I will show you around.


    BTW - I have looked at MTB Bills web page before. His intentions were good, but faaack, I live here and often have no idea what he is talking about.

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    Maxxis Forekaster vs Maxxis Aggressor. The Agressor is clearly better for speed and mud shedding in Norcal forest winters.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    It hasn’t been that long. Conditions stayed good through mid-May earlier this year with occasional showers.
    May be. But it wasn't black dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyStein View Post
    That's a lot going on...
    Will try it today and report back. It may be genius. Or not.
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    Sunday report... it's cold outside.
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    heading out right now.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Will try it today and report back. It may be genius. Or not.
    I would totally bodge a shift and hit the dropper, and then my friends would laugh at me. Haha. But hey, everyone has their own preferred setup, right?

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    Up and over Montebello and down into Portola Valley and back today. Nailed my gear choices and while never properly warm the cold never sunk in. Another shitty mixed terrain Sunday.
    Of note is that in the last couple weeks dirt Montebello has been graded with crushed rock rolled in and new drains all the way to the peak. Very smooth and fast.










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    I am able to hit Demo tomorrow morning. Is Cussacks ok - in the other thread you said to avoid it...?

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    Demo was dialed. The best conditions in 9 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dopaminer_09 View Post
    I am able to hit Demo tomorrow morning. Is Cussacks ok - in the other thread you said to avoid it...?
    Not sure. It may be good good by now. But I'd avoid it if one wants a sure bet. Once those drains get wet, it's over for the season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dopaminer_09 View Post
    I am able to hit Demo tomorrow morning. Is Cussacks ok - in the other thread you said to avoid it...?
    save time and do more loops on flow, it was quality.

    still way faster on my 27.5 than my 29er on it.

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    Uc was on point. First private Yeti demo done...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti575inCA View Post


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    GB on Saturday was great. Snow yesterday was also great.

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    The verdict is in, snow biking > snow skiing, assuming the conditions are perfect. 3" of fresh over frozen/traction friendly machine build flow trails. Wonderful first tracks and flight time. Tis quite fun to repeat a trail and watch your tracks up a lip and then the see them land in the distance. So fun. Just mind the turns...eek!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BraapTastic View Post
    The verdict is in, snow biking > snow skiing, assuming the conditions are perfect. 3" of fresh over frozen/traction friendly machine build flow trails. Wonderful first tracks and flight time. Tis quite fun to repeat a trail and watch your tracks up a lip and then the see them land in the distance. So fun. Just mind the turns...eek!

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    So you're saying we shouldn't complain about our high of 55 degrees?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    So you're saying we shouldn't complain about our high of 55 degrees?
    Hahaha - CA softened me, such wonder weather. It took a couple of months before I hardened enough to wear shorts in the snow again.

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    Haven't been on the mountain bike in over 3 months? Haven't been able to exercise much during that time? ... Why not throw myself straight in the deep end and convert the bike to singlespeed?

    If I hadn't been stupid enough to try this I probably would have given myself excuses about easing back in to riding and cruising around in a low gear. Instead I had to attack every climb from the very start. I was wrecked by the time I got to the top of the trail, but I was fired up! When I turned around and dropped my seat I was a viking berserker, I was beast mode! I swear my technique somehow got better just from watching all those youtube videos this fall

    So good to be back that I went for seconds the next day

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn View Post
    Haven't been on the mountain bike in over 3 months? Haven't been able to exercise much during that time? ... Why not throw myself straight in the deep end and convert the bike to singlespeed?

    If I hadn't been stupid enough to try this I probably would have given myself excuses about easing back in to riding and cruising around in a low gear. Instead I had to attack every climb from the very start. I was wrecked by the time I got to the top of the trail, but I was fired up! When I turned around and dropped my seat I was a viking berserker, I was beast mode! I swear my technique somehow got better just from watching all those youtube videos this fall

    So good to be back that I went for seconds the next day

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    Nice. That's called a cleansing. It's good if it doesn't break you.
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