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    Once this winter is over, I want to venture out of the county

    I've got a bug up my ass to buy a new bike once I get my tax return, currently drooling over the Orbea M10 with the Fox Factory and coil DPX2. I want to start taking a weekend (or Fri-Sun) and find places within a few hours to go lodge and ride.

    I'm in Sonoma County and open to suggestions of great beginner (for the wife) and intermediate-advanced trails. Like Lake Tahoe or Carson city for distance reference? I think loops are preferred but not against trails where we turn around and head back by any means.

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    I'm looking to explore this spring/summer as well. I've been looking @ SLO, Exchequer bike park and Pinecrest.

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    That's a piece down the way from here.

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    If you're planning a multiday trip, Exchequer is fairly close to Pinecrest, right off Hwy 108.

    Other than that, Tahoe is absolutely rad.

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    ^^^ Thanks

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    How much exploring have you done in and around SoCo? There's also Mendo. coast. Great bed and breakfast up there too for the two of you. If that sort of thing works for ya.
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    If you spend less on the bike you can spend more on the travel

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    If you're in Sonoma, consider riding just north of Mendocino. Easy climbs up fire roads on ridges, and dropping into singletrack in the redwoods. It's super fun, beautiful, and aerobically easy. Plus you get to hang out in Mendocino or Van Damme State Park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlloyd007 View Post
    If you're in Sonoma, consider riding just north of Mendocino. Easy climbs up fire roads on ridges, and dropping into singletrack in the redwoods. It's super fun, beautiful, and aerobically easy. Plus you get to hang out in Mendocino or Van Damme State Park.
    Awesome idea too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
    If you spend less on the bike you can spend more on the travel
    Since travel take up time, something I've yet figured out how to avoid, my range is limited barring taking time off work, and hence lowering my income (and less to spend on a bike). :-P
    Lose lose.

    So still think, new bike, happy rider, and still find more trails. Little trips aside, if I take a vacation this year, I'll definitely be looking to do something where there is some biking involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    How much exploring have you done in and around SoCo? There's also Mendo. coast. Great bed and breakfast up there too for the two of you. If that sort of thing works for ya.
    Quote Originally Posted by mlloyd007 View Post
    If you're in Sonoma, consider riding just north of Mendocino. Easy climbs up fire roads on ridges, and dropping into singletrack in the redwoods. It's super fun, beautiful, and aerobically easy. Plus you get to hang out in Mendocino or Van Damme State Park.
    The Mendo idea is really good, mostly due to the fact that the B&C could easily keep herself busy and happy while I venture off. Any specific trails or trail heads you'd suggest?

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    I started putting together a list for myself as I would forget most of it as soon as I try to recall it. Thanks for the ideas and ones still to come.

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    o River To Ridge Trail (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/359...to-ridge-trail)
    o Lake Marie Rd to Tuteur Trail Loop (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/701...eur-trail-loop)
    o Buckeye Trail (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7015836/buckeye-trail)
    Fairfield
    o Rockville Park Loop (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/414...ille-park-loop)
    Carson City
    o Ash Canyon Trails (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/634...-canyon-trails)
    o Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/700...s-canyon-trail)
    Tahoe City
    o Painted Rock Loop via TRT (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/242...-rim-trail-trt)
    o Sawtooth Trail (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/1004381/sawtooth-trail)
    Salt Point
    o Salt Point Park (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/702...int-state-park)
    Auburn
    o Olmstead Trail (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5285005/olmstead-trail)
    South
    o Pinecrest - Herring Creek Road (https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/703...road-fsr-04n12)
    o Exchequer Bike Park (https://www.trailforks.com/region/ex...lon=-120.28804)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF777 View Post
    The Mendo idea is really good, mostly due to the fact that the B&C could easily keep herself busy and happy while I venture off. Any specific trails or trail heads you'd suggest?
    Its been years since Ive ridden there do I dont remember trail names, but there is a local shop that can give you good trail info and a map. Its called Catch a Canoe and Bicyles Too and its just south of the town of Mendocino on Big River.

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    Another vote for Mendocino trails. Some great trails for beginners and ones for intermediate/advanced too (that your wife will be able to ride most of, just slower). Great crew of MTBers living up there and building/working on trails.

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    We're in sonoma county. I hope you are exploring Annadel, its a treasure.

    For trips: Mendo is one of the easiest and a lot of fun, but you can get a little lost (luckily its basically all downhill to the coast from any trail, so not danger lost, just not finding the good stuff). Get a map up there- lots of info on mtbr.

    Our other favorite spots to travel too and camp or lodge at are a bit further, but great for hanging out: Downieville. Tahoe (Tons of options).

    Santa Cruz- Wilder and Emma Mcwhatever are great for beginners, and there is a lot of more advanced stuff to be found. and if you really want to hook your wife get her a demo from Santa Cruz Bicycles when you are there.
    Shasta is worth the drive, Gateway system is fun for all, and there are other options plus wonderful hikes and swimming spots. of course, at that point you are getting near Ashland and not too far from Bend....

    Paradise royale is great as well, up 101 and then towards the Lost Coast, with camping at the trailhead, but can be a bit isolated. Good skills park to work on progression right out of the camp sites.

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    Tahoe is hard to beat, but Ashland is a great little town with trails for every level.

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