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    Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018 Weekend Rain and Trails Report

    Some impressive rain totals across NorCal the past few days and some pretty good rain still to come our way this weekend, with another storm potentially brewing for next week. Good time to do some hiking and trail work.

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    Rain for the weekend.
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    Rain totals past 48 hrs.
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    Storm at sea, coming next week.
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    Riding is so screwed this weekend. Let's see some creativity and maybe some trail work.
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    JNT should be fine---rode that last Saturday in the rain and that soil type just seems to shed water w/ no mud. the only splatters on my bike were from the fire road leading to the reservoir
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    Anyone been in China Camp or on Railroad Grade this week?

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    Beautiful day out in SC county. My bike was cleaner at the end of the ride then at the start. #HeroSand

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    JMP was slick but rideable. Few puddles and steeper runs are good; even big trees is okay. Late afternoon today is probably a good window to squeeze in a loop before tonight's rain. Not much mud on bike or me.

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    Pacifica was close to perfect today- most trails hold up to rain very well- windy tho

    Waves were going off as well 20 footers in some spots! It was strange to see not only no surfers but nobody even on the beach at all








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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Pacifica was close to perfect today- most trails hold up to rain very well- windy tho

    Waves were going off as well 20 footers in some spots! It was strange to see not only no surfers but nobody even on the beach at all








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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisFu View Post
    Anyone been in China Camp or on Railroad Grade this week?
    I went on Wednesday. It was good then. Not really muddy just a little damp. That was right before the Thursday storm through. I imagine there are a lot of branches that need to be cleared now.

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    Rode Waterdog today and it was awesome conditions!! Velcro.....

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    long group ride!!!Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018 Weekend Rain and Trails Report-img_0751.jpg
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    Ft Ord

    Fort Ord is handling the rain well. Not a lot of puddles/ponding or death mud. Pretty easy to put fun fifteen to twenty mile rides together.

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    Should be great Sunday after this next bit of rain
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    Early morning report: dark, cold, rain! I'm going back to bed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jms View Post
    Fort Ord is handling the rain well. Not a lot of puddles/ponding or death mud. Pretty easy to put fun fifteen to twenty mile rides together.

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    Should be great Sunday after this next bit of rain
    I second that and will be out there sometime Sunday.

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    The rain washed away the stench of hobo piss in the streets of Santa Cruz. Will probably go for a cross ride around town while the trails dry out.

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    It would be interesting to go to the trailheads of Demo Forest, Emma McCrary, Saratoga Gap and 'interview' the riders going out and coming back from a ride.

    Ala 'Stanley Roberts'. Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018 Weekend Rain and Trails Report-mud-09-1.jpg
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    If the amount of time it takes to properly wash the bike exceeds the duration of the ride, it ain't worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUZe View Post
    If the amount of time it takes to properly wash the bike exceeds the duration of the ride, it ain't worth it.
    For sure. And one probably wrecked parts of the trail.

    I think one of good guidelines is: if you took te trail home with you, you should not have been riding there.

    In the old days, we just didn't know any better. But now, we're pretty connected with reports and a ton of online tools to determine conditions.

    But i know there's gonna be a bunch of people at Demo today.
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    Wow, this rainy weather is making it hard to lose my "smoke weight" that I gained last month, after missing alot of rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoolie View Post
    Wow, this rainy weather is making it hard to lose my "smoke weight" that I gained last month, after missing alot of rides.
    November 8 is when the Camp Fire happened and I bet many have barely ridden since then.

    Of course, nothing in comparison to fire victims. But the impact of the smoke and rain is pretty widespread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    What bike are you riding these days? Never mind, it says Ripley on the top tube
    Yeah I wanted a more XC oriented rig that was still very capable to complement my Slash and competitive cyclist was practically giving Ripley frames away a few months ago so I picked 1 up and built it up with a bunch of parts I had. Itís a really fun bike but BB is a bit too low for my taste and it is pretty silly that they donít have ISCG tabs - otherwise a great bike


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    yesterday blowhole rainbow near Natural Bridges State Park in SC

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Beautiful day out in SC county. My bike was cleaner at the end of the ride then at the start. #HeroSand
    Great spot and that's hero "cat litter". ; )
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    It would be interesting to go to the trailheads of Demo Forest, Emma McCrary, Saratoga Gap and 'interview' the riders going out and coming back from a ride.

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    As a PSA, these places are "all weather"/limited Death Mud wet weather/post deluge riding destinations:

    The majority of Ft. Ord

    Parts of Nisene Marks

    Most of Big Basin St. Park

    Some of Butano St. Park
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    Quote Originally Posted by jms View Post
    Fort Ord is handling the rain well. Not a lot of puddles/ponding or death mud. Pretty easy to put fun fifteen to twenty mile rides together.

    Should be great Sunday after this next bit of rain
    Is the goat trail also handling it well or should it be avoided?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jms View Post
    As a PSA, these places are "all weather"/limited Death Mud wet weather/post deluge riding destinations:

    The majority of Ft. Ord

    Parts of Nisene Marks

    Most of Big Basin St. Park

    Some of Butano St. Park
    Agree. The other trails that drain well are:

    Kennedy Trail

    John Nicholas Trail

    - not waterproof but they dry up and hold shape sooner than most local trails
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeRocco View Post
    Is the goat trail also handling it well or should it be avoided?
    Goats a bit greasy. Generally, the closer to Creekside, the higher the percentage of clay in the soil and heavier/stickier the track is after a rain. Towards Giggling is great, even during a rain.
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    Anybody get a chance to check out Skeggs? Is it soggy or reasonably dry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Agree. The other trails that drain well are:

    Kennedy Trail

    John Nicholas Trail

    - not waterproof but they dry up and hold shape sooner than most local trails
    I think UConn and the main fireroad at UC should now be added to that list. MBOSC have done a great job fixing up that trail after the big winter two years ago. Last year I rode it all winter long and it never got soft of muddy. Was also perfectly rideable today, not even a single spot with standing water.

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    JNT - Lots of Fallen Trees

    Got out to JNT today after rains stopped and it was beautiful. Trail/dirt conditions are really good, but lots of fallen trees...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I think UConn and the main fireroad at UC should now be added to that list. MBOSC have done a great job fixing up that trail after the big winter two years ago. Last year I rode it all winter long and it never got soft of muddy. Was also perfectly rideable today, not even a single spot with standing water.
    I agree. EMT has been worked and reworked, observing all the water issues over the last few years. It's a very robust trail now.
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    I think the count was 3 down trees on JNT. Otherwise it was in great shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisFu View Post
    Anyone been in China Camp or on Railroad Grade this week?
    I rode China Camp mon\tue and it was perfect. May go check it out tomorrow.

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    Itís been several years since I rode it, but I recall that St. Josephís in Los Gatos drains really well.

    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Agree. The other trails that drain well are:

    Kennedy Trail

    John Nicholas Trail

    - not waterproof but they dry up and hold shape sooner than most local trails

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    St joes is bone dry right now. Hard to believe. Ride here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loll View Post
    St joes is bone dry right now. Hard to believe. Ride here
    Thank you!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    I agree. EMT has been worked and reworked, observing all the water issues over the last few years. It's a very robust trail now.
    EMT had 5-10 soft spots on Friday morning. I'm sure they are more sloppy after a couple days of traffic. U-Conn is great after all of that armoring MBOSC has done.

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    Uphill traffic on lower table and charcoal road is good right now. 2 trees on table. But the bottom Stevens Canyon in the early morning has to be one of the coldest spots in the South Bay. Donít even have to spray my bike down today.

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    ^^^ Almost freezing at the bottom of Stevens Canyon today.

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    Add to wet weather spots:
    Rockville and JMP

    I rode Joaquin this morning, and it's pretty primed. Even PR'd a couple sections. Rockville was fantastic on Wednesday and that place can be ridden during a tsunami. Skyline also rides well in the wet but don't go near tuteur

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    Ft Ord Did Not Disappoint

    Ft Ord did not disappoint today. Clear and crisp with great trail conditions.
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    We had a small trail work day at Laguna Honda (flagging a new section of trail we are building), so on the way there and back I rode the best singletracks around San Francisco, hitting the Mt Sutro trails and Laguna Honda trails as well as all the connectors in between. The dirt is prime today, especially around 4pm when we'd had the whole day to dry -- only a few puddles on the Tower trail in the usual spots, otherwise 100% hero dirt (and even a few drier spots). Should be perfect through Tuesday night, and pretty perfect a day after this week's rains, just in time for next weekend.

    I would definitely add the San Francisco trails to the list of all-weather trails -- obviously you can't ride here in a deluge, but our trails have hydrophobic soil, drain well, and get moisture year round from fog drip, so they are pretty prime in the wet.

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    Went to St. Joes today and rode with Smilerz.

    Smilerz just went through a deep personal tragedy and he's just getting back on the bike. We talked and talked.Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018 Weekend Rain and Trails Report-47378803_10156700907688213_4356338770887311360_o.jpg

    Went home and picked up the biggest tree we could fit in the truck. No chance of it fitting in the house.

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    -9 hardy souls hiked into Toro Park Yesterday on a GLORIOUS morning to log about 36 hours of much needed trail maintenance on Pipeline Trail after the C.E.S. race and a long dry Summer's beating.....

    If anyone's in the neighborhood (Today) please let it rest and solidify.
    Tomorrows anticipated rain will help with this too.....

    - By Thurs./Fri. it's going to be ridiculously gooooood!!!
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