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    Where to ride in Lake County now?

    I'm still coming up a few times a year, staying in Whispering Pines or Ettawa Springs... Anywhere relatively close to shred some singletrack without having to go back over the mountain and down to Oat Hill Mine Rd?
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    "Shred?" No. Ride? Somewhat, but not in the immediate vicinity. I heard today that the trail planning will start soon for Boggs, but that's only the planning. There's a lot of pent up demand, so we'll see what happens this spring. I've heard there are trails at Highland Springs, some fire roads at Cache Creek and further out at Lake Mendocino. I've just been exploring back roads on a hard tail for some miles. If you want a climb, you can head up Konocti. Rumor has it there are talks of actual bike trails coming there too.
    It'll take time, but I think there's hope.
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    Sounds like I'll just head back over to Oat Hill Mine..
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    You could drive south, down Butts Canyon Rd. and hit up
    the Aetna Springs TH.
    This is the other side of Oat Hill Mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibmaster View Post
    You could drive south, down Butts Canyon Rd. and hit up
    the Aetna Springs TH.
    This is the other side of Oat Hill Mine.
    Is it just as good of an out and back, or would I need to go up and over and back?
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    Not sure what you mean

    Aetna Springs TH is located a lot higher than the Oat Hill Mine TH.
    Aetna is 2200'
    Oat Hill in Calistoga is about 350'.

    A good out and back ride is from Aetna to Holmes Place (the top of Oat Hill from Calistoga -
    @ The Palisades).

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    It's just as good of an out and back as from the Calistoga side in my opinion. Great side spurs to explore, a couple caves. The soils are a similar volcanic origin-hold up well in wet variety like the "front" side.

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    Thanks for the map jibmaster. The route you showed is the "up and over to Calistoga" I was referring to - just didn't know how much higher Aetna was.

    What about other stuff I see on maps in the area - Palisades trail, Table rock, are they illegal to bikes?
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    The only legal riding is the route shown on the map I provided.

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    Cool, thanks man!!!
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    https://goo.gl/maps/XNja21Zh9Cx

    Joe you won't be disappointed - if you can stop on your way in or out. Call in advance for a tasting. Mad Fritz does beer very well. Have fun up there.

    If you can't make it there or prefer somewhere with food his beer is available throughout the valley. Drink Mad Fritz Beer ? Mad Fritz Beer Farmstead is fun.

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    Reviving this thread I posted a while back in hopes of some new info.

    Headed back up as I do several times a year... only bringing my rigid 29er this time - is there any dirt roads etc that I can roll around on? Not trying to slay any sweet singletrack, just spin some miles out off-road or on mixed terrain.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_510 View Post
    Headed back up as I do several times a year...
    Where do you stay?

    I eventually found some trails at Highland Springs over the past couple months. I ride from Kelseyville, just south of Konocti, out to HS via back roads to get some dirt under my tires. There are some fun, albeit short, trails and some healthy climbs with panoramic views. I ride my hard tail 29ers and have never found it to be a problem.

    Also from my place I head up Red Hills to Siegler Springs and Diener roads which are mostly dirt.

    I'd be happy to show you around some of the 20-40 mile routes I've found if we're in the area at the same time. PM me next time you're headed up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twindaddy View Post
    Where do you stay?

    I eventually found some trails at Highland Springs over the past couple months. I ride from Kelseyville, just south of Konocti, out to HS via back roads to get some dirt under my tires. There are some fun, albeit short, trails and some healthy climbs with panoramic views. I ride my hard tail 29ers and have never found it to be a problem.

    Also from my place I head up Red Hills to Siegler Springs and Diener roads which are mostly dirt.

    I'd be happy to show you around some of the 20-40 mile routes I've found if we're in the area at the same time. PM me next time you're headed up.
    I stay either in Whispering Pines/Cobb or Ettawa Springs. Headed up for a 3 day weekend tomorrow afternoon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_510 View Post
    I stay either in Whispering Pines/Cobb or Ettawa Springs. Headed up for a 3 day weekend tomorrow afternoon!
    Cool. I have some friends in Cobb who also ride. I won't be back up until Labor day weekend myself.
    Hit up Kelsey Creek Brewing after your ride.
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    Thanks again for the info you two, I used to just pedal up to Boggs, so outside of that I'm kinda lost!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_510 View Post
    Thanks again for the info you two, I used to just pedal up to Boggs, so outside of that I'm kinda lost!
    Since you'll be on the 29r what about the route up Mt St Helena Summit? Not a grandeous route but super views up there.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    That's true. The hikers trail going by the old mine that connects
    with the road farther up is a great trail both up and down.

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    Highland Springs Rec area seems pretty promising. My plan is now to bring the 27.5+ hardtail to explore that area, and I'm going to do a loop up 175 up and around to Big Canyon Rd. into Middletown and back up 175 on the Rigid 29er. I know Big Canyon Rd. is a long stretch of gravel/dirt road. Thanks again for the info.
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    I recently moved to the Middletown area and am looking for trails to ride.
    I drove up the 115 Western Mine Rd from the Middletown side. It goes to gravel pretty early and gets steep. Not singletrack but a hard ride for sure.
    https://goo.gl/V7D6vG

    There is more information on bike trails here:
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    I'd like to get in touch with other riders to connect. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emagin View Post
    I recently moved to the Middletown area and am looking for trails to ride.
    I drove up the 115 Western Mine Rd from the Middletown side. It goes to gravel pretty early and gets steep. Not singletrack but a hard ride for sure.
    https://goo.gl/V7D6vG

    There is more information on bike trails here:
    Bike – KRT Pathways, Land and Water Trails

    I'd like to get in touch with other riders to connect. Thanks.
    Try hooking up with the Middletown high school team. They know the area and have access to some private trails. Naturally, you'd need to volunteer as a coach to get that access, but it's probably worth it on many levels
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    Welp, headed back up for my annual Father's Day trip to Cobb this weekend, still not many prospects in the immediate area. I thought about driving to Angwin.
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    Not huge rides, but there are some trails at Highland Springs and Lake Mendocino which aren't too far away. I ride backroads from the Riviera in Kelseyville to Highland Springs on occasion. One of these days I'll also venture out to see what there is in the Cache Creek area.

    Edit: I see I already mentioned this. Such an old thread!
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    I rode Highland Springs last time I was up, great trails for the rigid bike. Might check out that climb up Mt. St. Helena, looks like a nice little grinder.
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    I've thought about riding out of penny pines off of hwy 20. Depending on Trail and direction it could be a fun ride. I've ridden my dirt bike up there enough to know which trails to avoid in which direction, but by look only not by name.


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    Thanks again guys, I just rode Highland Springs again. There's a lot of trails out there that don't seem to be on any map that I can find.
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