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    South Bay MTB rides this Xmas week

    OK, we're not going to ski, but mountain bike instead. We save a fortune on gas and lift tickets.

    Here's my schedule for next week:
    Saturday 10am Redwood Gulch Road/Steven's Canyon Road parking: 3+ hour loop up Canyon, Black Mountain, around Russian Ridge and back.
    Monday 10am Highland Way parking: Soquel Demonstration Forest: 3+ hours of the best of Demo.
    Wednesday 10am Skeggs Hwy 35 parking: 4 hours of the best of Corte de Madera.
    Thursday 10am Hunting Hollow parking: 6+ hours of pain in Coe. Just follow Charlie.

    (These are "wheels rolling" times. Plan to arrive 10 minutes earlier.)

    This should get me back in shape for the CCCX races next year....

    - J.L.
    Last edited by JL de Jong; 12-25-2007 at 01:35 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Wednesday 10am Skeggs Hwy 35 parking: 4 hours of the best of Corte de Madera.
    Well, here is the Everything Skeggs ride. I'll give it a shot, but I'm not making any guarantees about finishing it. I'll at least try to get to the letter L.

    Directions for use:
    1. Print the attached map in COLOR - scale properly so
    the printer doesn't crop the right edge.
    2. Print/View the the attached EverythingSkeggs.pdf file.
    workbook.
    3. Load bikes and gear.
    4. Drive to CM08.
    5. Continue down to point OO (not a marked gate) and
    stash water and food here. This is about half way and
    believe me, you are going to thank yourself for doing
    this.
    6. Drive back to CM08.
    7. RIDE!

    A few notes:
    1. Be prepared to use the map and the route
    description frequently even if you know the park well.
    2. The Steam Donkey trailhead (Point HH) is not a
    marked gate and is easily overlooked, especially since
    you will be tired at this point. There is a road sign
    on the left side of the road right by the entrance.
    Coming from RR you only see the back side of it, but
    the opposite side says "Bear Gulch Road West", if I
    remember correctly.

    The ride is about 45 miles and 9.7Kft of elevation gain.
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    Giant Salamander is closed and we don't really need to do everything in Skeggs.
    As long as we do Sierra Morena, Manzanita, Resolution, North and South Leaf, Blue Blossom and Steam Donkey, I'll be happy.
    Also, we should park at the main parking CM01 gate.
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    Don't forget the current trail closures in ECdM: Giant Salamander, Both Leafs, and part of Methusela...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJeff
    Don't forget the current trail closures in ECdM: Giant Salamander, Both Leafs, and part of Methusela...

    Yea, I know I know, but I thought I'd put it up for motivation!

    Skeggs Point Parking lot, tires rolling at 10 a.m.

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    Proposed route from Skeggs Parking lot:
    El Corte de Madera Creek Trail
    Resolution trail (up)
    Fir Trail (up)
    Sierra Morena to gate CM04 (down)
    Skyline Blvd for 0.2 miles to point HH on above map.
    Steam Donkey (down)
    Gordon Mill trail
    no name Connector trail
    Lawrence Creek trail
    Blue Blossom (down)
    Cross-over trail
    Manzanita or Timberview+Methuselah trail (up)
    Optional (3.5 mile loop): Fir, Resolution (down) and El Corte de Madero to Tafoni
    Bonus loop: Down Mansanita and cross-over and back up via Gordon Mills and Sierra Morena
    Tafoni trail back to parking

    Without the extra loops it's about 17.5 miles.

    I hope it's great weather next week. I'm looking forward to these rides.

    - J.L.
    Last edited by JL de Jong; 12-25-2007 at 01:38 AM.
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    Russian Ridge?

    While I might not be able to make Saturday, I am very interested in your Russian Ridge/ Steven's Canyon ride. What is the route that you take to connect these parks? Where do you start? And more importantly, is it do-able on a singlespeed?

    Thanks buddy.

    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    OK, we're not going to ski, but mountain bike instead. We save a fortune on gas and lift tickets.

    Here's my schedule for next week:
    Saturday 10am Redwood Gulch Road/Steven's Canyon Road parking: 3 hour loop up Canyon, Black Mountain, around Russian Ridge and back.
    Monday 10am Joyce Bernal Ranch parking: 2.5 hours in Santa Teresa Park. Rocky Ridge!
    Wednesday 10am Skeggs Hwy 35 parking: 4 hours of the best of Corte de Madera.
    Friday 10am Hunting Hollow parking: 6+ hours of pain in Coe.

    This should get me back in shape for the CCCX races next year....

    - J.L.

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    Loll,

    I start on Steven's Canyon Road (there's limited parking at the intersection with Redwood Gulch Road):
    up Canyon, up Indian Creek, down Old Ranch and Bella Vista
    up Canyon, via Monte Bello (Page Mill) parking lot to Alpine (dirt) Road
    Meadows and Cloud's Rest, cross Skyline.
    Ridge Trail, Hawk trail, Ancient Oaks
    either: turn left on Ridge and return via Cloud's rest, Meadows, Alpine, Monte Bello parking and Canyon (since White Oaks is closed)
    or: turn right at Ridge and return via Alpine Pond, Horse Shoe Lake, cross Skyline and drop down to Canyon (but this may be closed right now as well).

    The 1 mile Indian Creek trail is a bit steep, though still one notch down from granny gear for me (on a good day). You could bypass this trail by staying on Canyon, but you'd miss the fun downhill on Old Ranch and Bella Vista. Everything else is ridable on a single speed, except for a few short walls.

    On Monday we're doing Soquel Demonstration Forest again. Same loop as last Saturday (including Bacon, Ridge, Sawpit and Braille).

    - J.L.
    Last edited by JL de Jong; 12-21-2007 at 05:00 PM.
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    damn makes me wish I was not on the east coast

    If you do go down resolution think about going out El Corte Madera creek instead adds more fun without much more work

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biking Brazilian
    Well, here is the Everything Skeggs ride. I'll give it a shot, but I'm not making any guarantees about finishing it. I'll at least try to get to the letter L.

    Directions for use:
    1. Print the attached map in COLOR - scale properly so
    the printer doesn't crop the right edge.
    2. Print/View the the attached EverythingSkeggs.pdf file.
    workbook.
    3. Load bikes and gear.
    4. Drive to CM08.
    5. Continue down to point OO (not a marked gate) and
    stash water and food here. This is about half way and
    believe me, you are going to thank yourself for doing
    this.
    6. Drive back to CM08.
    7. RIDE!

    A few notes:
    1. Be prepared to use the map and the route
    description frequently even if you know the park well.
    2. The Steam Donkey trailhead (Point HH) is not a
    marked gate and is easily overlooked, especially since
    you will be tired at this point. There is a road sign
    on the left side of the road right by the entrance.
    Coming from RR you only see the back side of it, but
    the opposite side says "Bear Gulch Road West", if I
    remember correctly.

    The ride is about 45 miles and 9.7Kft of elevation gain.
    I think a better course would be an Everything Good Skeggs that hits all the good stuff.

    Now we need to come up with an Everything Coe route. Hey Big Larry.

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    J.L.
    I'll meet you at the Gulch intersection, 10:00. Then I just hope to be able to hang on,

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    Jonola: Great, see you tomorrow. I'll drive a BMW convertible with bike rack on back (duh).
    Menso is racing cyclo cross, so at least we don't have to worry about keeping up with him.
    Be prepared for the cold. It'll be freezing in the Canyon at 10am.

    - J.L.
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    WOW! What a great description of the area! I am in Las Vegas now, but lived in Scotts Valley a long time ago. I just got into riding last year, and was wondering if there were good trails in the Santa Cruz area. Can anyone help with some trail links?

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    Great Ride today!
    Thanks Jonola - John and Togaman - Chris for joining me. You guys set a good pace for me to follow.
    It was a bit cold (34F) at the start, but climbing Canyon warmed us up quickly.
    Canyon, Indian Creek, Old Ranch and Bella Vista trails were fine.
    Only Alpine and Meadows were very wet and muddy. On the way down I lost control and ended up sliding sideways through the mud. Fortunately it's very soft and slides well.
    Hawk and Ancient Oaks were OK too and downhill via Canyon is always a blast. (even at "approximately" 15 mph of course).
    Monday 10am Demo time with Menso.

    - J.L.
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    Another great ride today: father and son having fun in Demo. Highland Way is closed, but the ride from the slide area is not bad in either direction. Amazing how many rocks have already fallen on the road. In a few years there will only be a narrow single track left and we won't mind parking at the slide area any more. Up Buzzard Lagoon and some single track, down Ridge and Sawpit, up Tractor and down Braille. What a fun route!

    Menso took his rigid cyclo cross bike with narrow tires and still goes faster downhill than me. He took off alone at the bottom of Braille to bike home to get a good ride in. He arrived in Cupertino only 10 minutes after me.

    Merry Christmas to all, J.L.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biking Brazilian
    Yea, I know I know, but I thought I'd put it up for motivation!

    Skeggs Point Parking lot, tires rolling at 10 a.m.
    Change of plans: Our buddy from Minnesota now wants to ride UCSC/Wilder instead of Skegg's tomorrow.

    We plan on hitting the trails around 11:30 a.m. Late start since one of my friends is coming from SF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Wednesday 10am Skeggs Hwy 35 parking: 4 hours of the best of Corte de Madera.
    We did the top 1/3 of Skeggs last Sunday ---that was my first time there. Fun ride!

    4 hours?!?! Nice.

    Details of your loop? Thanks.

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    Great ride today. Menso, Joe, Steve, Alvin and I were at the parking lot at 10am.
    Our route hit all of the good spots (that are open for riding in the winter):
    El Corte de Madera Creek Trail
    Resolution trail (up)
    Fir Trail (up)
    Sierra Morena to gate CM04 (down)
    Skyline Blvd for 0.2 miles to point HH on above map.
    Steam Donkey (all the way down - I had never done the top section of Steam Donkey: it's a fun single track downhill for a while and then has two very steep climbs before meandering to the top of the second portion of the trail).
    Gordon Mill trail
    left down to the creek and up on Lawrence Creek trail
    Blue Blossom (down)
    (Menso and Alvin did a bonus loop here: up Gordon Mills and down Steam Donkey)
    Cross-over trail
    Manzanita Trail (up - this is a fun trail, not too steep: I'll have to do it down some day as well).
    We skipped the optional loop down Resolution and took Fir back to the parking lot for a 3 hour ride. We had to preserve some energy for Coe tomorrow.
    Menso went down Sierra Moreno to take Skyline (Hwy35) to Crazy Pete's road and over to Steven's Canyon to bike home to Cupertino, while the rest of us enjoyed some well deserved burgers at Alice's Restaurant.

    - J.L.
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