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    We the people ... Reno Carson Trail Report Please

    Thinking Peavine or Centennial. Any reports?
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    Reno Carson Trail Report Please

    Going to Peavine today. I'll let you know.

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    I'm riding ash canyon and c.hill tomorrow. I will post picture or info.
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    Reno Carson Trail Report Please

    Peavine was dry in the sun, but muddy in the low areas. On the North side of the hill you were riding on packed snow. Did it on a Fat bike so no issue. Rideable on std Mtn bike as many did.

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    Thanks. Peavine is famous for mud that acts like glue. It might be a good idea to ride early in the morning when the ground is still frozen.
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    Cow canyon is good....
    Centennial is good......
    C-hill is no go.
    Kings Canyon is no go.
    Ash Canyon is no go.
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    Thanks for the comprehensive report. I'll be hitting Centennial on New Years Day! I am sick of road rides.
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    Centennial was awesome, a few snow patches just to make things interesting. There were a bunch of people enjoying the day.
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    How is Peavine/Halo trail-is it gooey mud or rideable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howling Dogs Bike and Ski View Post
    How is Peavine/Halo trail-is it gooey mud or rideable?
    Peavine is in great condition. The last few storms have had super high snow levels and have only delivered rain.

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    Riding conditions were great. just a bit of mud at a few low lying spots, otherwise the conditions were dry almost summer like. Rode up Evans Canyon to the highest Halo Connector to the North and finished back at Rancho San Rafael Park. Lost of new sections of trail up there, very nice.

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    good to hear, heading up there to ride in an hour or so. love me some Peavine in the Springtime!

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    Sampled it again today. Lots of great work by the Poedunks on Bacon Strip and a bunch of new trail.

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    Thread Bump for 2015 Winter Trail Reports

    Hello fellow Reno Area MTB friends

    With the first snowfall less than a week behind us I thought I would resurrect the trail report thread for 2015/2016. Feel free to post trail reports for the Reno, Carson area.

    We gambled on Peavine which can be muddy after a storm, but Peavine was awesome today. Hero dirt every direction with lots of traffic. No problems with mud at all.
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    North facing/shaded trails had some mud, but as Peavine goes, not too bad. That may change starting tomorrow afternoon.

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    This week we gambled on Centennial and we were not disappointed. Hero dirt everywhere.
    Storm rumored for Sunday but for now Centennial is awesome.
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    Gonna guess that with this system, all is snowy and goopy? Any where I can ride a non fatty?

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    Centennial is in great shape with no snow and minimal mud.

    Lower Whites Creek is too icy in the morning and muddy and wet in the afternoon. I'd avoid right now
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    Bump for a report on Peavine please.

    I will be there next week for a few days and will be close to the trail system.

    I have no idea if it's rideable this time of year.
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    I'd would try early in the day. If the ground is frozen, you will avoid the mud.
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    We are loaded up and heading to Reno tomorrow through Sunday or Monday.

    I will be within ride-from-the-house distance to Peavine - is it snow-covered? Rideable? Waste of time bringing my bike? I'll have plenty of time to ride....

    We have a ton of snow (SLC) but no idea what your coverage has been like.

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    It will be cold and new snow is expected on Christmas eve.
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    Rode from Keystone East this afternoon. I'm surprised the trail wasn't more broke-in with fatbikes.

    I was able to ride from the trailhead to the radio towers and up stage coach until the steep road climb. Doubled-back and hit Total Recall and back.

    I was even breaking trail toward the back. If some fatbikes would get out there more (and explore further), I feel like you could ride almost anywhere out there.

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    ^^Sunshine on snow, nice
    Not a lot of fat bikes in this area.
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    Bump.
    Who's got an update?
    Been dry for over a week and mid 60s in the forecast?
    Anyone been up Keystone or higher on a non-fat bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by powpig View Post
    Bump.
    Who's got an update?
    Been dry for over a week and mid 60s in the forecast?
    Anyone been up Keystone or higher on a non-fat bike?
    I took the dog to Whites Creek from Timberline on Sunday for a walk and it's covered in snow. Somebody has been riding a fatbike out there. If you're desperate, there is a packed trail from the hikers that you could ride using traditional bike tire.

    As for keystone, my guess is the lower parts are doable first thing in the morning before it thaws out. Once the sun hits it, I'm sure it is a mess.

    I hear Auburn is in good shape.

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    I rode Ash Canyon in Carson City yesterday and it was just fine. Some snow and not much mud. Never had to get off the bike. In places where there was snow, it covered only a portion of the singletrack trail so you just had to hold a tighter line in those sections but not bad at all. And I'm not the best rider in the world by any means. I'm sure centennial loop is fine in Carson. I imagine Peavine in Reno is probably ok but muddy/rutted out a bit.

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    I rode Peavine today and it's in great shape all the way to Scrub Brush and Bacon Strip. I didn't go past that on Mahogany. A few puddles on the Snow Terraces and a couple of rideable snow patches in the usual spots. It wasn't even as rutted out as I expected.
    There is a small system moving through on Thursday so things can change.

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    Centennial is snow free right now. We did find plenty of tumble weeds and wild horses. We also found plenty of soft, heaved soil and a little mud here and there. Centennial is always one of the first trails to defrost and overall we had a blast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopaka View Post
    Centennial is snow free right now. We did find plenty of tumble weeds and wild horses. We also found plenty of soft, heaved soil and a little mud here and there. Centennial is always one of the first trails to defrost and overall we had a blast.
    Rode Centennial today and it was great. Ride a bit short but good for quick lunchtime rides. We are supposed to get rain/snow tomorrow night but I imagine it will be fine again in a few days once it warms up again.

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    Trails have been pretty good last I heard. Centennial is pretty much dry now with a few spots of slight mud.

    Ash Canyon is open for the most part except for Creek Trail and Kings Road climb up to Dog Bowl and the Hot Gates which is muddy or icy in those north facing shaded areas. Wondering what the storm this weekend is going to be like so keep yourselves posted. Trail work is supposed to start pretty soon with the new EPIC RIDE coming in June. No posting of the ride maps yet but I have a feeling the 35-50 milers will be up to the TRT and Flume and then back down through the old Lincoln Highway to the Kings to Ash connector.

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    Any update on Peavine conditions? Think it will be dry enough to ride on Friday? Thx

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    I rode Saturday and it was bomber. We only got a little precip Monday night so I'm sure Friday will be superb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonesjus View Post
    I rode Saturday and it was bomber. We only got a little precip Monday night so I'm sure Friday will be superb.
    Thanks for the fast reply. Hope to get out there Friday. If anybody is heading up Quincy way, the trails are all time right now. Probably hit that Thursday then Peavine Friday.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronski View Post
    Thanks for the fast reply. Hope to get out there Friday. If anybody is heading up Quincy way, the trails are all time right now. Probably hit that Thursday then Peavine Friday.

    Thanks again.

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    Trails were awesome yesterday in Ash Canyon. Hero dirt just about everywhere and the clouds make for some good, cool riding. Buddy rode Clear Creek that morning and said they were pretty good but definitely starting to get torn up. Said that when he got there the parking area was just about full and people were starting to park on the street. Looks like this may be a new destination for everyone before it gets too hot. Bad part is that once this happens that trail is going to get REAL torn-up.

    Looks like we are supposed to get a little bit of wetness this weekend as that should help keep the trails packed down. So get your riding in while you can with these epic temps.

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    ^^I should have headed your way, Greg. I was out in Lagomarsino Canyon on a non-bicycle activity day and we ran into that sticky damned clay mud that you almost need to pack a pressure washer to deal with, didn`t realize until it was too late.
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    Rode some over by Ash and Kings on Sunday after the clouds cleared and it was spectacular! The trails won't be this good for the rest of the season, so get out now while you can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    ^^I should have headed your way, Greg. I was out in Lagomarsino Canyon on a non-bicycle activity day and we ran into that sticky damned clay mud that you almost need to pack a pressure washer to deal with, didn`t realize until it was too late.
    Dude yeah definitely! I was out there a couple weeks ago to the Petroglyph site with my Land Cruiser club... Ended up dubbing it the Bad Karma Run as we had MULTIPLE breaks.

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    ^^Our intentions were to try finding the glyphs, neither of us had ever been before. Same now because we didn`t even get two miles up from Lockwood

    One of these days...
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    LOL well that is understandable as there are TONS of trails out there that can get confusing. Easiest way is to take Lousetown Rd from the Virginia City side and make the short few mile trek.

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    Rode Clear Creek trail on Saturday and while the trail will still nice it is definitely starting to get chewed up. LOTS of bikers and hikers on the trail so if you are there be careful of blind corners. Actually had multiple areas where I went around a corner a bit wide and the rear tire drifted and/or slipped out because of how loose it was. Definitely going to be one of those trails that is optimal after some weather and the lower half is going to be too dry to ride (from the Jacks Valley side) real quick here.

    In coming months, optimal ride may be to ride from the hwy 50 side to the edge of the tree line and then turn around and climb back out. Pumicy gravel on the Jacks Valley side just going to be too loose and too hot real quick here.

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    Anyone gotta trail report for Peavine the last day or 2, since all the rain last week? I know it's been cold, but looks to be in the 50s tomorrow.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powpig View Post
    Anyone gotta trail report for Peavine the last day or 2, since all the rain last week? I know it's been cold, but looks to be in the 50s tomorrow.
    Thanks.
    i'd say give it a go and let us know..

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    I rode Thomas creek today which was prime. Go early when frozen, if possible. Warmer weather was starting to make some muddy parts.
    Parts of Peavine are probably good to go. Watch out for the shaded north sides of ridges, they could be gooey.

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    Everything is nasty and rutted right now. Had some friends that went out this week before the storm hit and while you can ride it is all pretty slow going due to the amount of trail damage from run-off and what not.

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    Other than one TBF race in Granite Bay, I've just done road rides and trainer work so far this year.
    I did see quite a few cars parked at the bottom of the Clear Creek Trail last Sunday. I believe the bottom part of Clear Creek would hold up well to bad weather so I may need to try it soon.
    These storms have probably done a tremendous amount of damage to most of our local trails I fear.
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    I've seen a few pictures of Keystone Canyon and Lower Whites Creek. They both have taken a beating. Considering the snow is going to be around for a while, it will be a good year for doing trail work down here in the valleys.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopaka View Post
    Other than one TBF race in Granite Bay, I've just done road rides and trainer work so far this year.
    I did see quite a few cars parked at the bottom of the Clear Creek Trail last Sunday. I believe the bottom part of Clear Creek would hold up well to bad weather so I may need to try it soon.
    These storms have probably done a tremendous amount of damage to most of our local trails I fear.
    Yeah I was thinking the same thing about Clear Creek. Pretty much up to about the tree line is the best you are going to get I assume. Past that I doubt you will get much further let alone up to the knob.

    Keeping an eye on the weather and if next week clears up some I may take the bike to Centennial to see what is going on there. Haven't been on my bike since July and only ridden the commuter a few times off the trainer. Need to get the legs back let alone lose the squishy that has come about since the holidays and what not.

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    Ok, I rode the Clear Creek Trail today. I was able to get up a little over 4 miles. This is about 2/3 of the distance to "The Knob". The trail was mostly snow free until I gave up at a "hike a bike" that looked pretty endless. The trail is awesome, well drained and firm. The creek and road crossings need some work but the trail itself is in great shape.

    Kudos to the designer and building crew. In addition, someone has been busy working the lowest part of the trail, hand digging drainage water bars where the trail tread aligns with the fall line. This work has likely contributed to the good health of the trail through these storms.

    As anyone who has ridden Clear Creek knows, the lower section gets looser and looser as the weather gets hotter and dryer. So, if you want to try for a PB on the lower segment, "Start to the Boulders", go get some! I was close to a few personal bests, but had to abandon due to hikers. Remember to be a good ambassador for cycling, slow way down and say hello to other trail users. You can try for that PB another day!
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    Thanks for that update Lopaka. Never ridden that trail but I've been itching to get out on the bike. May have to give it a go tomorrow. Based off of a short hike with the dogs today, I can't imagine anything in Reno is "rideable."

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormyMonday View Post
    Thanks for that update Lopaka. Never ridden that trail but I've been itching to get out on the bike. May have to give it a go tomorrow. Based off of a short hike with the dogs today, I can't imagine anything in Reno is "rideable."
    correct not much if anything is. I rode clear creek for the 1st time last summer to the knob, had lunch and returned to my car.

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    The ride to the knob is great and I have done that as an out and back many times. When the snow allows, try pushing past the knob all the way to Spooner Highway and back. There is lots of very good single track with some nice climbs and a very cool creek crossing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopaka View Post
    The ride to the knob is great and I have done that as an out and back many times. When the snow allows, try pushing past the knob all the way to Spooner Highway and back. There is lots of very good single track with some nice climbs and a very cool creek crossing.
    will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    will do.
    We're moving to Carson City from the North Cascades where riding fat on snow is the norm for three to four months of the year.

    Are these trails (Clear Creek rideable with the right equipment (5" tires), how about one way from Spooner. as a shuttle?

    Any snowshoe or XC trails worth riding on Spooner

    Do you hit the trails early to take advantage of firm conditions from overnight freezing?

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    @Nurse Ben.... there is LOTS in the area that you can do on a fat bike. Most people will probably stick to the Spooner Lake XC trails, or the other XC trails around NorthStar, Tahoe City and the like. I am sure that you could probably push a few of these trails with a fat bike but really there wont be much action on them so you are looking at doing some of the trailblazing on your own.

    Think to remember about Carson, you are 15 minutes from the lake, 2hrs from Sac/Auburn and about 2.5-3hrs from Downieville so if something isn't rideable in Tahoe then you can easily travel to somewhere else for riding. You are going to be located in the hub of things.

    Also, if you need a Real Estate Agent let me know. My MIL is the broker/agent for Coldwell Banker here in town and has helped a few of my internet forum friends find homes in the area. If you haven't found something already just be aware that the market is pretty thin in the area. When you come into town hit me up via PM and we can meet up for a beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    @Nurse Ben.... there is LOTS in the area that you can do on a fat bike. Most people will probably stick to the Spooner Lake XC trails, or the other XC trails around NorthStar, Tahoe City and the like. I am sure that you could probably push a few of these trails with a fat bike but really there wont be much action on them so you are looking at doing some of the trailblazing on your own.

    Think to remember about Carson, you are 15 minutes from the lake, 2hrs from Sac/Auburn and about 2.5-3hrs from Downieville so if something isn't rideable in Tahoe then you can easily travel to somewhere else for riding. You are going to be located in the hub of things.

    Also, if you need a Real Estate Agent let me know. My MIL is the broker/agent for Coldwell Banker here in town and has helped a few of my internet forum friends find homes in the area. If you haven't found something already just be aware that the market is pretty thin in the area. When you come into town hit me up via PM and we can meet up for a beer.

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    Thanks for the heads up, I'm looking forward to the move, we've been snowbound for three months, it's old.

    I'm hoping to do some trail blazing, maybe get a group going to keep the trails packed. Is anyone grooming for bikes on Spooner?

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    Ah ok, well congrats!... Pine Nuts can be an awesome area for exploring. Look up BikeCarson.com, Jeff Moser is the main fat bike guy around here and he really is the one the is more the vocal voice of biking. We do have a local MusclePowered group that does lots with the trails and are the ones that are responsible for all the trail maintenance for Ash Canyon. Centennial is actually considered "unsanctioned" trail and is illegal though the BLM/USFS allow us to have it and maintain it somewhat as long as there are no issues.

    As towards the trails being maintained, you should look on the TAMBA website to see who does what. There is only a small group of winter riders here in Carson and Moser would be the main person to talk to about that stuff. He actually just put together a ride not long ago where the guys started at Centennial and rode to Virginia City and back. Full days ride but supposed to be fun and good BBQ in VC.

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    Ash Canyon was a winner this morning. We went up Deer Run and Four Day Plus for a decent oab. Too much snow for the loop.
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    Anyone gotta Peavine report? Drying out or still swampy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by powpig View Post
    Anyone gotta Peavine report? Drying out or still swampy?
    My guess is it's still a mess, especially above the radio towers. I went down to Auburn to day and it was velcro.

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    Centennial trail is badly eroded in many sections, rideable with a few re-routes. The are only a few small muddy spots.
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    Last weekend I rode Ash Canyon from the South, the dirt road section is good, on the single track I hit a fair number of snow patches, the snow is very corny and was not compacted by use so I had to hike, made it to the waterfall loop and returned on the double track. It should be melted off entirely on the next couple weeks.

    Had nice ride on Prison Hill on Sunday, followed Escape loop counterclockwise to the high point, then peeled off on a sketchy trail that dropped down to Dead Truck, then took the trail back down to the water tower at Koontz. Motos don't appear to be following the rules, saw a couple guys coming over the grate from the non motorized area...

    Can't wait to call Carson home. Speaking of which, we're still looking for housing, market is tight, esp if you want a house adjacent to BLM land.

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    Yeah unfortunately the market is pretty limited in carson right now. Especially with it being legislative season a lot of the houses that are "in town" are being rented by companies and lobbyists until about June, then you should see things start popping up again.

    Boss told me she and her husband rode Ash on Sunday this weekend and it was in pretty good shape. Rode from the TH up to the top of Creek trail (via V&T, Postal, Baldy, Evidence, etc.) but when they dropped down to the creek to turn and go up the Kings Connector climb they hit snow. Pretty much if anything is north facing it has a decent amount of snow on it still. She said they turned around and rode back the way they came and then peeled off at the Jack Rabbit/VT/Postal interchange and dropped down 7 Steps to VT and back to the TH. Other than one section she said there were a good few work arounds and only a couple of deep ruts but the dirt was pretty well packed.

    Thinking if I have time this weekend I may go for a short spin to see how the leg/ankle does.

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    Riding has been pretty good lately. Went out last week and yesterday and did a short loop (Up JackRabbit to fireroad tree, climb fireroad to Creek, descend Creek, then back through mini connector, 7-Step, Vicee to TH) and the dirt is real nice. Potter and crew have been out there a couple days a week AT LEAST doing re-routes, fixing trail damage, etc. to get the trails all nice and purdy.

    Talking to him, my brother and a couple others it seems like pretty much everything in Ash aside from the north trails (Cap Auto) is all rideable and has re-routes where needed. Brother rode up the connector this week and got to the overlook at, what I call the Hot Gates, right as you crest from climbing up from the creek (so about 1/2 mile before you hit switchbacks to Dog Bowl) and said everything was good up there. Once he hit there he could see snow on the trail up above him but ran out of time so headed back down.

    Definitely be cautious out there as there are some decent new re-routes and the trail crews are doing LOTS of work repairing damage from the winter storms. Curious to see how this weekends storm plays out.

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    I need to check out that pine nuts area that was mentioned. I live in Reno but just got into mountain biking two seasons ago and haven't even scratched the surface of trails out here as I mostly just stick to peavine and galena or shuttle Tyrolian with a friend.

    For the guy that asked about peavine though the post was back in February... in case you are still wondering. the west side of Peavine is good. The evans side and the canyon are gone, total recall is too choppy, but the rest is great. Did 14 miles there earlier this week... hit poedunk, snow terrace, crispy bacon, bacon strip, halo, etc.

    Hopefully this storm passes quick!

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    Yeah no doubt... Looks like it is supposed to last until Monday, then be good for a few days aand then start up again either Wednesday or Thursday.

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    Biggest Little Trail Stewardship Trailwork Schedule:

    Sat, April 15
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    Thu, April 20
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    The reroutes of Keystone were just approved and will start in early May. Exciting times.

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    Any word on trail building at Prison Hill? Just bought a lot on Gentry, hoping to build this summer, will be very motivated to get involved in trail building in that area

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    Not that I have heard of.... Join MusclePowered and talk with them to see what is going on. I believe that last that I talked with Potter the trails that were on the map next for improvement were Centennial, Kings to Clear Creek and then more Ash Canyon development north. However, I am trying to recall this from mid-2016 so things more than likely have changed since then. Now that Carson Offroad has taken place and has grown in popularity (and view with winning Best New Trail Series last year at Interbike) the stuff on the Tahoe side will end up getting more development then further east.

    And congrats on the land purchase! Here is to getting things up and running quickly, oh and there are TWO, count it TWO, new breweries that will be opening in downtown!!! Fox's BrewPub (previously Firkin N Fox) will be opening their own brewery later this year (planned opening is Dec. 2017 to Feb 2018) and a buyer has purchased the old Lake Tahoe Brewing building and will be opening a new brewery and restaurant there (they are currently looking for a brewery!)!!!

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    Whites Creek, Timberline to a few hundred yards short of the bridge crossing is open and in good shape with just a few small downed trees. It is possible to go further if you want to hike a bike through the snow patches.

    Thomas Creek is a different matter. The bottom portion of the trail is inundated by the creek but it is possible to get through. From the first small wooden bridge until a quarter mile past the T (heading up to the pond) is open and in good shape. Higher than that the snow patches are frequent. I'd think a few more weeks of warmer weather will free the loop of snow but the run-off on the Thomas Creek side will be an issue for some time..
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    Been riding Carson most of the week and everything is in great shape. Apparently the trail crews are still working on Ash to Kings connector to clear out the mudslide but from what I have been told by other riders, that is close to the Kings side so you can at least get up to Dog Bowl without issue.

    Note: there are some trail changes that have happened due to all the damage this winter. I ran into a new one last night on Creek Trail that almost sent me off the trail, as it was a hard left in what is normally a fast section. The section I am talking about is the small steps that used to be right after the first rock staircase. Those steps were so blown out and destroyed that they completely re-routed towards the creek. I did not pick it up until I was sliding around the corner as the trail seems to be a little off camber in that direction as well.

    Just be aware if you havent ridden out there in the last week or so.

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    TRT from the Meadows is good right now. Some mud to traverse in the first mile.
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    So just a word about Ash Canyon. The lower stuff is all good (very good in fact) but I tried The Connector and anything with a north exposure is quite muddy. I was stubborn and went up to dog dish but it really wasn't much fun and I have to confess, I was adding to the rutting that is going on. Until things dry out, I'd stick with the lower trails.
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    Clear Creek trail rode excellent yesterday. It was cool to see so many people out biking in January. Started late and only made it about 5 miles in. Tacky trails and no mud. Hoping for similar conditions this weekend as the weather clears out later this week.

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    Yup, buddy and I rode Ash proper trails (not Connector) and found that trails were super tacky and BrownPow-esque!. Once you dropped into the Creek, most of the nasty stuff had dried out to just wet dirt, no real mud or slippery areas. However, Like Lopaka said, anything that is north facing right now has mud of some sort. And with last nights little storm we are going to have some slimey sections for a bit. Was really hoping this storm would drop more but seems to have fizzled pretty quickly.

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    This past weekend I rode Clear Creek starting from the top, mostly unbroken snow from the single track to just before the knob, knob down had lots of foot traffic, a couple guys on skinny tires post holed the trail heavily from the upper trail head to the knob, but it was still rideable on fat tires.

    Max snow depth was 8-10Ē in blown in areas, depth varied greatly by exposure, things weíre getting pretty sloppy with the warm weather. Iíd expect a major melt out by next weekend, though north facing will remain snow covered esp where packed. Watch for ice unless you have studs.

    Due to the thin snow pack, many alpine trails are largely passable on fat tires with a willing heart and strong legs. Iím gonna check the TRT conditions if we donít add any snowpack, 5Ē tires rule! Iíd love to roll Mt Rose south, but I suspect there would be sone serious wind blown drifts... a super duper hike a bike day.

    In Carson proper, Centenial and Prison Hill are dry and tight. Please take care on the trails above the college, wet trails shouldnít be ridden except when frozen to avoid trenching the trails. Rule of thumb: sinking in more than a 1/4 inch, wait a day or two to ride.

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    Should be interesting over the next few weeks. Looking at the extended forecast we will be in the mid to low 60s the entire time. Hell, it is 62* out right now and I am headed to check out Ash Canyon to see what things are like. I know that Centennial has been doing well as most of the people I ride with have been out that way with a few shorter excursion to Ash, keeping it below dog bowl if hitting the connector at all. Highly doubt we are getting and good snow in the near future so looks like either a very wet spring or another mild winter like years past.

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    It should be a great day to ride. Heading to Ash in a few hours. Can't wait. New chain first though.
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    Anyone been up to Mt Rose? Iím curious what the snow pack is like on the meadow off 421 above the TRT.

    Iím considering a fat bike ride on the TRT south, Iím thinking it might be rideable if the XC folks have broke trail all the way... or itíll be an epic hike a bike

    5Ē tires aired down and ready to float.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Anyone been up to Mt Rose? Iím curious what the snow pack is like on the meadow off 421 above the TRT.

    Iím considering a fat bike ride on the TRT south, Iím thinking it might be rideable if the XC folks have broke trail all the way... or itíll be an epic hike a bike

    5Ē tires aired down and ready to float.

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    You'd be fine on a fat bike. I skied that route last Sunday... TRT south from the meadows up to Chickadee Ridge, then down the north side through the trees. The route up along the TRT is well packed, so no worries there. There are also loads of packed trails in the meadow itself so you could probably string a nice loop together if you incorporate parts of the Ophir and meadow trails.
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    Umm, no.

    Up to Chickadee Ridge, there are numerous trails that are well packed, but none follow the TRT.

    Beyond the ridge, the TRT is completely untracked, so unless it gets really hot then really cold, the TRT is not an option except on skis or snowshoes.

    Rode all over Chickadee, spring conditions got sloppy so we headed back to Carson.

    Rumor has it that the TRT from Kingsbury may be tracked, but after scoping out the southbound TRT from Spooner I kinda wonder; the trail from Spooner south did not have a single track.

    My wife dropped me off at the top of Clear Creek, switched bikes and rode out to Jacks Valley. The Clear Creek trail is free of snow top to bottom; a couple traces here and there but nothing worth mentioning; skinny tires are fine.

    Great riding in the Valley, perfect weather, probably got snow coming, so get it while you can!

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    You'd be fine on a fat bike. I skied that route last Sunday... TRT south from the meadows up to Chickadee Ridge, then down the north side through the trees. The route up along the TRT is well packed, so no worries there. There are also loads of packed trails in the meadow itself so you could probably string a nice loop together if you incorporate parts of the Ophir and meadow trails.

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    LOL... weather report shows nothing other than an occasional blip here and there for the next 2wks. Will be in the 60s like it has been as of late. Rode Ash yesterday, along with a dozen or more other people apparently, instead of watching the bowl. Looped Evidence/4-day a couple times and then looped the lower section which apparently is called Senators Circle to make a 13.6 mile ride. Was perfect out and ended up having to shed a layer at the beginning. Plan to head out after work a couple times this week seeing as it will be awesome out, so much for doing a full teardown of the bike over a couple days for "winter".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    My wife dropped me off at the top of Clear Creek, switched bikes and rode out to Jacks Valley. The Clear Creek trail is free of snow top to bottom; a couple traces here and there but nothing worth mentioning; skinny tires are fine.

    Great riding in the Valley, perfect weather, probably got snow coming, so get it while you can!
    So an up-n-back from Jacks sounds like the decent go to ride. How bout Peavine trails? Never been and would be nice to get a couple rides in while I'm out of town.
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    I sent time on Ash on Saturday. Hero dirt everywhere on the lower stuff. However the Creek Trail doesn't get enough sun so there is a lot of snow and ice. The Creek Trail was definitely sketchy as I felt like I rode half and skied the other half.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Umm, no.

    Up to Chickadee Ridge, there are numerous trails that are well packed, but none follow the TRT.

    Beyond the ridge, the TRT is completely untracked, so unless it gets really hot then really cold, the TRT is not an option except on skis or snowshoes.

    Rode all over Chickadee, spring conditions got sloppy so we headed back to Carson.

    Rumor has it that the TRT from Kingsbury may be tracked, but after scoping out the southbound TRT from Spooner I kinda wonder; the trail from Spooner south did not have a single track.

    My wife dropped me off at the top of Clear Creek, switched bikes and rode out to Jacks Valley. The Clear Creek trail is free of snow top to bottom; a couple traces here and there but nothing worth mentioning; skinny tires are fine.

    Great riding in the Valley, perfect weather, probably got snow coming, so get it while you can!
    Well to be fair, I did say I skied off the north side of the ridge and it was well tracked on the TRT up to that point, which apparently it was! (Or, at least a close approximation of the TRT, I mostly just guess where the trail is in winter unless I've never been there before).

    How much packing down do you need to get enough float on snow? I would imagine more than just one set of skis or snowshoes? You could try the Incline Flume trail... I saw lots of people parked in that area. Same with the TRT at Brockway yesterday, it was really busy. I would give Spooner/North Canyon Road a miss unless you have studs... it's pretty icy right now.

    Thanks to the less than stellar snow conditions I have been switching from skis to this when it gets slushy/sticky... there is more room for error and less likelihood of a torn ACL!
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    On five inch tires, a couple sets of out and back snowshoes can provide enough compaction if allowed to set up and ridden cold, once they warm up or if the snow doesnít consolidate (pack) then no tire will ďfloatĒ.

    A good crust can be fun, but it needs to be bomber or itís a death ride.

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    Well to be fair, I did say I skied off the north side of the ridge and it was well tracked on the TRT up to that point, which apparently it was! (Or, at least a close approximation of the TRT, I mostly just guess where the trail is in winter unless I've never been there before).

    How much packing down do you need to get enough float on snow? I would imagine more than just one set of skis or snowshoes? You could try the Incline Flume trail... I saw lots of people parked in that area. Same with the TRT at Brockway yesterday, it was really busy. I would give Spooner/North Canyon Road a miss unless you have studs... it's pretty icy right now.

    Thanks to the less than stellar snow conditions I have been switching from skis to this when it gets slushy/sticky... there is more room for error and less likelihood of a torn ACL!

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    Rode Galena today from the upper parking area. We made it up to the dry pond area with only minor ice issues... hubby took a digger on the White's Creek section between the Bitterbrush junction and Dry Pond trail, but aside from that it was fine. Thomas Creek was another story. We attempted to ride down from Dry Pond to Thomas and hit a long, sustained icy patch at the top. Having already fallen and bruised his hip hubby wasn't eager to tackle more ice so we turned around and went back the way we came. According to multiple hikers/bikers that was the only really bad section on the Thomas Creek trail. In hindsight we wished we had brought our microspikes along so we could have just walked down that icy section and completed the loop. The rest of the trails were in great shape with just a few muddy spots. It's crazy that we're able to ride these trails in February!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahgnillig View Post
    Rode Galena today from the upper parking area. We made it up to the dry pond area with only minor ice issues... .... Thomas Creek was another story. We attempted to ride down from Dry Pond to Thomas and hit a long, sustained icy patch at the top. ....According to multiple hikers/bikers that was the only really bad section on the Thomas Creek trail....The rest of the trails were in great shape with just a few muddy spots. It's crazy that we're able to ride these trails in February!

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    I make it a habit to ride the Pond Loop counter-clockwise in the winter months. It is much better to climb Thomas Creek when it is icy and descend the Whites Creek side. Thanks for the trail report Jen, I hope hubbie isn't too busted up. I've also crashed in that section where he went down.

    Just a note about Clear Creek yesterday....awesome.
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    Blustery weekend, got downright chilly on Sunday, picked up a dusting ov snow and a solid freeze, so freeze-thaw is gonna make a mess and of the trails. Ride early on frozen soil to avoid messing up the trails.

    Warm weather returns later this week

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    Seems like thereís been a lot of precipitation the last week but I donít have a feel for the snow levels on the east side of the Crest. Is CC or Reno rideable this weekend ... worth coming up from Bay Area? Apologies in advance if this is a dumb question ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dman_mb1 View Post
    Seems like thereís been a lot of precipitation the last week but I donít have a feel for the snow levels on the east side of the Crest. Is CC or Reno rideable this weekend ... worth coming up from Bay Area? Apologies in advance if this is a dumb question ...
    Peavine still has a good amount of snow especially on the north facing slopes. It is supposed to rain tonight and again on Thursday. I canít see it being rideable this weekend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonesjus View Post
    Peavine still has a good amount of snow especially on the north facing slopes. It is supposed to rain tonight and again on Thursday. I canít see it being rideable this weekend.
    Thanks. Doesnít look like anything will be rideable within 300 miles of the Bay Area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dman_mb1 View Post
    Seems like thereís been a lot of precipitation the last week but I donít have a feel for the snow levels on the east side of the Crest. Is CC or Reno rideable this weekend ... worth coming up from Bay Area? Apologies in advance if this is a dumb question ...
    CC trails are mostly covered in snow from the last storm, and it's scheduled to rain on and off until Saturday. Vegas might be good right now though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahgnillig View Post
    Vegas might be good right now though...
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    Itís been warm, no freeze thaw, ground will soak it up, but itíll take a few days more esp if it keeeps raining.

    I hiked in Goni tonight and it was surprisingly firm. South facing slopes are mostly snow free, north facing is snow covered.

    Centennial and Prison Hill are the best bet, also think about down at Pinion.

    Clear Creek May open up down low, but all the tree shaded stuff is gonna stay snowbound for a bit longer.

    Ash-King is a no go, above the college could be rideable if the rain stays away, but itís still got patchy snow and it rained today; think mud.

    Spring is springing, wonít be long until we complain of the heat

    I just got back from a week in Moab, so fun, so dry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Itís been warm, no freeze thaw, ground will soak it up, but itíll take a few days more esp if it keeeps raining.

    I hiked in Goni tonight and it was surprisingly firm. South facing slopes are mostly snow free, north facing is snow covered.

    Centennial and Prison Hill are the best bet, also think about down at Pinion.

    Clear Creek May open up down low, but all the tree shaded stuff is gonna stay snowbound for a bit longer.

    Ash-King is a no go, above the college could be rideable if the rain stays away, but itís still got patchy snow and it rained today; think mud.

    Spring is springing, wonít be long until we complain of the heat

    I just got back from a week in Moab, so fun, so dry
    Yeah looks like Centennial is going to be my go to for a bit here while things dry out. Hell we have had almost 24hrs of rain now and there is no end in sight. Lots and lots of streets are starting to flood which means the ground water/table situation is starting to rear its head. Don't think we are supposed to see the sun again until Sunday?

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    Hey all, i live right by the pinenuts. anyone intersted in doing a ride today or tomorrow and showing me some of the singletrack? I'm aware of the Pinyon loop but looking for the more expansive good stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by powthief19 View Post
    Hey all, i live right by the pinenuts. anyone intersted in doing a ride today or tomorrow and showing me some of the singletrack? I'm aware of the Pinyon loop but looking for the more expansive good stuff...

    Chris

    @gregnash i'm the same powthief19 from mud.
    I wonder if the dirt will be any good at Pine Nut. I've been there after storms in the past expecting that I could ride. Sometimes it's good but a few times I've ridden just a few feet before the tires are so clogged up with mud I had to carry my bike back to the road.

    As far as knowing the best routes, I've ridden 20 times out there including 5 or 6 races and I get lost every time I'm there, (including the last time I raced). I'm thinking if you can't find a local guide, your best bet is to explore and have fun.
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    Pinenuts is kinda hit and miss. Buddy that I just started riding with seems to go out that way because his sister lives nearby. The new trail (xc loop) he said is fun with little elevation gain but the biggest problem is the "other" trail users out there. Seems like every time he has mentioned heading out there he has also said he has had close calls with motos, jeeps, utv's, etc. on both the designated singletrack and the other multi-use trails out there.

    From when I raced the PineNut Cracker when I first started riding it seemed there was an abundance of other vehicles out there that really did not pay attention to anything other than hauling ass.

    Chris (@powthief) you can try hitting that stuff since you are so close but there is lots of trail intersections that make things confusing. Highly doubt that the race course is still in one piece out there but check out the CVTA website.

    If nothing else, go hit Clear Creek (close-ish to you) or hit me up and we can do Ash Canyon and I can show you the trail network here.

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    Road last night and the trails were perfect. Looks like the warm weather we have been having has completely melted Creek Trail and up the connector. I was able to ride creek last night and it was top notch (wish my legs had been) so get it while the dirt is good. Looks like we may be getting some weather this weekend so hopefully that will help pack down the loose sections that are starting to pop-up on every corner.

    Also, will be posting in the Carson City Offroad forum, but looks like some of us locals (along with some of the HS team kids) will be starting a weekly training ride for the race. At this point, looks like plan is to meet at Bob McFadden Plaza at 5:15 on tuesdays to get the legs used to the climb up Kings Canyon rd.

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    Tunnel Creek Rd almost rideable all the way up to the Flume

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    Rode Clear Creek last weekend, it is snow free top to bottom, new trail stub is narrow and steep, but very fun, can't wait till it's complete to the summit.

    Rode Ash to King last night, hero dirt and snow free end to end, what a gorgeous trail.

    I'm gonna ride up Sierra in a couple weekends, should be clear to the top. Anyone wanna do some sweating?

    Things are melting off fast, won't be long now until TRT sections start opening.

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    Damn wish I could ride... This week has only been one short ride with family being in town. Going to have to resume next week to riding a few times a week it looks like. BLEH...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Damn wish I could ride... This week has only been one short ride with family being in town. Going to have to resume next week to riding a few times a week it looks like. BLEH...
    I feel for you Greg. The dirt is awesome out there. Dry Pond on Wednesday, Ash to Kings and back last Saturday, Nevada City trail Round Mountain last Sunday, Peavine yesterday. The higher elevation trails are clearing as we speak. It's going to be a great year.
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    Rode Centennial today for the first time. The trails were in decent shape despite the wild horse activity, though you can see the areas they walked through when it was wet. Had to dodge the poop piles in places, but horse turds are infinitely preferable to cow pats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mahgnillig View Post
    Rode Centennial today for the first time. The trails were in decent shape despite the wild horse activity, though you can see the areas they walked through when it was wet. Had to dodge the poop piles in places, but horse turds are infinitely preferable to cow pats!
    LOL... yeah I agree with the dodging pile stuff.. Normally Centennial is relegated to an off-season ride since it is so exposed and usually dry/rideable when everything else is not. One of those places that when you need saddle time and nothing is really open to ride, you go here.

    And technically, those are considered unsanctioned trails so BLM/USFS has just turned a blind eye to all the trail work out there. Which is another reason why many only ride then when other stuff is not open/rideable.

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    Tunnel Creek is rideable to the Flume. I rode south on the Flume about 3 miles until I turned back. I got tired of getting off and back on the bike in sections.

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    I rode to check out the trail to Twin Lakes and didnít get far at all. It will probably be June before all that snow is gone. (Oops, sorry donít know why image rotated and I donít know how to fix/edit)
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    Rode up Sierra Canyon, no snow on the trail until you hit the top, as you ride past the boulders at the road intersection there are drifts two to three feet deep. Itíll be a while before the bench is accessible without hike-a-bike. Great ride, did all the Genoa trails afterwards. Trails are in great shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    LOL... yeah I agree with the dodging pile stuff.. Normally Centennial is relegated to an off-season ride since it is so exposed and usually dry/rideable when everything else is not. One of those places that when you need saddle time and nothing is really open to ride, you go here.

    And technically, those are considered unsanctioned trails so BLM/USFS has just turned a blind eye to all the trail work out there. Which is another reason why many only ride then when other stuff is not open/rideable.
    I thought I read somewhere that these trails were going to be adopted by one of the trail orgs... Muscle Powered maybe? I was surprised how well maintained they were.

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    In the last open space meeting it was one of the agenda items to adopt the trails. This adoption would include Prison Hill (to expand), Centennial (to official call them legal trails) and then adaptations of Kings Canyon to make a connection between the Ash to Kings trail and then from Kings to Clear Creek. If I remember correctly, all of this was openly heard but I do not know if any decisions were made.

    This last special meeting we had was about acquisition of lands by the City to bring the Secret Trail area under the cities purview so we could build on it more as it is technically on private land. It was widely accepted but I thought I read that the current land owners had received a substantial cash offer for the land which the city was trying to negotiate with the owner to purchase.

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    Gotcha. I knew I had heard something about it from somewhere.

    Let's hope space can be found somewhere for a pump track / bike park type area. I asked one of the City's Parks people about it a couple of months back and he said the City had no plans to build a bike park, but he seemed to think Muscle Powered was looking at building something on the west side.

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    Rode the Flume today to Marlette from Tunnel Creek and back. I saw a guy coming down the trail to Twin Lakes/TRT. I asked him how the snow was. He said south portion of the TRT is rideable. Amazing how much snow has melted from last weekend.

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    Yeah had a couple of friends that rode on Saturday (during the storm apparently) and said that just south of Marlette is where they started to hit snow. They started from Clear Creek though and pedaled up until they hit snow at Marlette and then turned around. Really is melting off quick though as there s not much that I can see anymore from my office window except on the highest peaks.

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    Itís been nearly two weeks since I rode over the top of Sierra Canyon, at that time the drifts on the north facing slopes were up to 3-4í deep, more so in tree shaded areas.

    I didnít ride last weekend due to having lost an argument with a branch. If I get motivated this weekend I might ride up Kings and see how far I can go, shoot for Marlette

    We got four weeks till Epic.

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    Yeah had a couple of friends that rode on Saturday (during the storm apparently) and said that just south of Marlette is where they started to hit snow. They started from Clear Creek though and pedaled up until they hit snow at Marlette and then turned around. Really is melting off quick though as there s not much that I can see anymore from my office window except on the highest peaks.

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    Had friends from normal larger group rides do Clear Creek to Marlette for Mother's Day. While they got snowed on they were able to make it to the south end of Marlette before hitting snow. It was hit and miss from there with hike a bike from what she was saying. But seemed to be melting fast.

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    May 18, 2018: Rode from Spooner Pass on the TRT toward the Bench, 99% Clear up to the last climb before the bench, the trail is tree shaded and north facing, completely covered up to 3í deep. Good riding to that point.

    Iím looking to ride up Kings Canyon to the horse trail on Sunday, check the snow level.

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    Got a second ride on the new upper Clear Creek trail, just four weeks ago it was complete to the boulder; ~2.5 miles, but today it was at least five miles. The trail is estimated to run 6.5 miles to the southern trail head at Spooner Summit.

    Great trail, steep, narrow, twisty, tight hairpins, a true mountain Biker's trail, none of that double track XC flow crap like they got on Lower Clear Creek. Itís gonna be a destination trail, expect a lot of shuttling.

    Iíd say the Carson Valley Trail Association is kickin butt! All we need now is for Muscle Power to get the connection approved from Kings to the subdivision interchange on 50.

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    Wow, seriously they have completed ~5 miles of it? Just found out about this a couple weeks ago when a co-worker and I rode Clear Creek (his first time) and then I ran into a riding buddy in the parking lot when we were done that said he was going to go test out the new section, at which point I said "New section??".

    Cool to see they have been doing so much work. Going to have to make it out there before it gets too damn hot.

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    This trail is best accessed from above unless you want a long ride, starting at the interchange for the golf course.

    It won't be long before they top out at the TRT, then it'll be a great way to connect Kings Canyon to Clear Creek without riding on the road/50.

    I'm going out there tonight if the rain stays away.

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    Wow, seriously they have completed ~5 miles of it? Just found out about this a couple weeks ago when a co-worker and I rode Clear Creek (his first time) and then I ran into a riding buddy in the parking lot when we were done that said he was going to go test out the new section, at which point I said "New section??".

    Cool to see they have been doing so much work. Going to have to make it out there before it gets too damn hot.

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    Rode the new Clear Creek to TRT connector last night, itís getting some traffic, smoothing and widening, sadly the trail crew has knocked down a lot of the hips, so itís already getting a bit dumbed down.

    I think thereís a work party this weekend, canít wait till they break though to the TRT.
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    So I take it the whole CC 50 route isn't quite ready to pre-ride yet? I'm guessing most of the stuff at the level of the 15, like Ash to King's, Creek, 4-day, Postal, Jackrabbit, would be all good? Looking at making a loop that takes all that in. I'll just out and back on the Ash to King's and try to get in all the lower singletrack that's in the 50. Should be out there tomorrow.

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    Everything below about 8k' is good to go. All of Ash to Kings is perfect right now with the little storms we have had coming through and temps not being overly hot. However, there has been LOTS of traffic on the trails which is blowing some corners out quick.

    Friends have been riding and can get up to Marlette/Flume with a little hike a bike. Shadowed areas still have snow but with the rain and warmth things are melting pretty quick. By race weekend everything should be just about good.

    If you ever are down in carson and want some ride company, Ben and I are usually on the forums throughout the day so you can shoot one of us a PM and we can probably hook up with ya after work. Since you moved to the area, you will find that riding Carson is going to be more to your liking instead of all the openenness of Peavine. Where did you move from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Rode the new Clear Creek to TRT connector last night, itís getting some traffic, smoothing and widening, sadly the trail crew has knocked down a lot of the hips, so itís already getting a bit dumbed down.

    I think thereís a work party this weekend, canít wait till they break though to the TRT.
    I rode this on Thursday (just before the storms started) and loved it! The grade is perfect... none of it is too steep to ride, the switchbacks are challenging but doable and I liked the sections that weave through the trees. Some of the switchbacks are still a little loose, and a couple are in what I like to call "high penalty for failure" areas, which was a bit unnerving! Great ride though... I parked at the golf course exit on Hwy 50 and it was 11 miles from there to the top of the new section and back.

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    So sounds like accessed better from the Hwy50 side vs going at it from Jacks Valley Rd?

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    Yeah, the Carson riding was pretty sweet. Ash to Kings was hero, as was all the lower singletrack. I didn't get up to the high singletrack. I see myself driving down there on the weekends. I moved from Grand Junction. I'll make it down again next weekend to ride the whole course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    So sounds like accessed better from the Hwy50 side vs going at it from Jacks Valley Rd?
    I parked at Hwy50 because I knew I wouldn't have time to ride up from Jack's Valley before the thunder storms rolled in (I was right... the rain started just as I hit the trail junction on my way back). Parking is kind of hinky... I just backed in to a spot near the highway bridge and tried to stay out of the way. If you just want to ride the new section then that's the way to do it, but you do end up with a mile of boring semi-asphalt near the bottom. If you have all day then riding the whole thing from Jack's Valley is more fun, IMO.

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    Not quite ready for a full loop, but good for an out and back.

    Once complete you could easily come over from Kings Canyon and ride all single trach from the Spooner South TH to Jacks Valley, only roaded section is Kings Canyon... some day maybe there will be a single track option.

    Quote Originally Posted by DLd View Post
    So I take it the whole CC 50 route isn't quite ready to pre-ride yet? I'm guessing most of the stuff at the level of the 15, like Ash to King's, Creek, 4-day, Postal, Jackrabbit, would be all good? Looking at making a loop that takes all that in. I'll just out and back on the Ash to King's and try to get in all the lower singletrack that's in the 50. Should be out there tomorrow.

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    I went up to Truckee over the weekend to scout out the snow levels on the Donner Rim Trail... snow is up to four/five feet deep in drifts, gravel road is completely covered at the Y where it splits south.

    Honestly, I'd say three to four weeks before it's snow free.

    You can ride up the flow section from the bottom.
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    Yeah I have been seeing lots of updates on instagram for OTE Tahoe and FlumeTrail Bikes/Tunnel Creek Cafe that their shuttles are starting. FlumeTrail is only doing to Spooner at the moment but says that Spooner to Marlette and then around the Flume side to Tunnel Creek is 100% clear and rideable. OTE keeps a ticker on their site that shows which trails are open with notes on what has different issues. Looks like anything below about 8k' is open and rideable with the possibility of small snow patches in shaded areas. Been wanting to get out and try Van Sickle and those trails, seems like it is prime dirt time for that!

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    Jen, does this "new" section that's being talked about start near where you'd finish the "out" on an out and back at Old 50? Or somewheres out on the trail?

    A buddy and I are heading up there next week, staying at his place in Genoa, and plan to ride those trails,CC (and possibly up onto Spooner TRT to sthbnd to bench if clear) and Ash/King.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Jen, does this "new" section that's being talked about start near where you'd finish the "out" on an out and back at Old 50? Or somewheres out on the trail?

    A buddy and I are heading up there next week, staying at his place in Genoa, and plan to ride those trails,CC (and possibly up onto Spooner TRT to sthbnd to bench if clear) and Ash/King.
    If you're coming up from the Jack's Valley side then the new section is probably about half a mile before you reach the asphalt of the old road, so there's no asphalt required (yay!) Trailforks has the new section marked already

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahgnillig View Post
    If you're coming up from the Jack's Valley side then the new section is probably about half a mile before you reach the asphalt of the old road, so there's no asphalt required (yay!) Trailforks has the new section marked already
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Thank you we'll look for that left hand spur!
    Can't miss it. It's at the Creek crossing and there's a sign.

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    Rode from the house (Dagget summit) to Genoa via TRT to Spooner, then I connected to Clear Creek via fire road, HWY 50 for 1/4 mile and old Clear Creek road. Man thatís going to be such a great ride once Clear Creek actually connects to the TRT.





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    Youíre supposed to ride up Sierra Canyon!

    The new Clear Creek to TRT connector is way further along than the temporary sign indicates.

    I wouldnít be surprised did they break through in the next couple weeks.

    Iíll ride it again this weekend and report back.

    Rode Kings to Ash tonight, what a nice trail, long downhill, could use a but more action, but still a nice flowy trail.

    We really need some harder trails...
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    Quote Originally Posted by B R H View Post
    Can't miss it. It's at the Creek crossing and there's a sign.
    Itís very obvious, trail leading in from two sides, right at a creek crossing, itís the spot that melts out last.

    Nice long climb, more tech than Clear Creek.
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    The TRT is rideable from Kingsbury at hwy 50 to Sponner, ~eight snow patches 20-40' long north of the bench, otherwise it's all good riding.

    This is a big meltoff from two weeks ago when this section was snow covered 4' deep for two miles. Expect it to be completely free of snow in a week.

    I'll probably try to ride Tahoe Meadows south to the Flume next weekend. Anyone?
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    RN Ben. If you could ride on Friday I could meet up with you.

    Rose Meadows to Chimney Beach?


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    I rode up Hobart Res road from Marlette to the TRT north to Twin Lakes. Still too much snow up high and it was really windy. From the meadow to the Flume should be much more fun.

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    That was my plan, ride this Friday.

    Havenít been up to the meadows in a while, could be ugly, though, I heard it was getting close.

    Letís plan on it and Iíll check in with the bike shop.

    Iíll send you my contact info by pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    The TRT is rideable from Kingsbury at hwy 50 to Sponner, ~eight snow patches 20-40' long north of the bench, otherwise it's all good riding.

    This is a big meltoff from two weeks ago when this section was snow covered 4' deep for two miles. Expect it to be completely free of snow in a week.

    I'll probably try to ride Tahoe Meadows south to the Flume next weekend. Anyone?
    Hey Ben I'm a little confused, are you saying you rode TRT from 207 Kingsbury (Nth Bnj)over to Spooner tr head at 50? A buddy and I are staying in Genoa and planning to drop Sierra Canyon back to town and were wondering which of those two starting points has the clearest path. Sounds like those snow patches are on the Spooner side of The Bench?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Sounds like those snow patches are on the Spooner side of The Bench?
    JMAC - I think youíre correct. The Spooner side is north facing and tends to hold snow longer than the Kingsbury side.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonesjus View Post
    JMAC - I think youíre correct. The Spooner side is north facing and tends to hold snow longer than the Kingsbury side.


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    This is correct. Powthief rode it on Saturday and said he wasn't quite able to get to the bench from Hwy50/Spooner start due to snow.

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    The TRT is rideable from Hwy 207 (Kingsbury Grade) to Hwy 50 (Sponner Summit).

    Yes, you can ride to Sierra Canyon from either direction.

    Also TRT North Trailhead is fully functional and accessible by MV.

    Easiest route to drop Sierra is from Spooner, less technical.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Hey Ben I'm a little confused, are you saying you rode TRT from 207 Kingsbury (Nth Bnj)over to Spooner tr head at 50? A buddy and I are staying in Genoa and planning to drop Sierra Canyon back to town and were wondering which of those two starting points has the clearest path. Sounds like those snow patches are on the Spooner side of The Bench?
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    Rode Mr Toads with ďBlack BettyĒ (Mike) yesterday, there were just a couple short snow patches, it was a little loose (sand) in places, not too wet, pretty fun ride, only a couple other riders out there.

    Max from Flume bikes said that Tahoe Meadows still had a lot of snow, so it may a week or two before it opens. That said, Iím may go early go early Sunday morning and home a bike, so if anyone wants to suffer with me

    Itís already really dry up on the rim, might be a big fire season, so be careful out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Rode Mr Toads with ďBlack BettyĒ (Mike) yesterday, there were just a couple short snow patches, it was a little loose (sand) in places, not too wet, pretty fun ride, only a couple other riders out there.

    Max from Flume bikes said that Tahoe Meadows still had a lot of snow, so it may a week or two before it opens. That said, Iím may go early go early Sunday morning and home a bike, so if anyone wants to suffer with me

    Itís already really dry up on the rim, might be a big fire season, so be careful out there.
    Nice... good to know that So. Lake stuff is good to go. I need to get out and ride Van Sickle and all those trails. Still have not ridden that "new" stuff yet even though it has been there for years.

    And yeah definitely going to be an interesting fire season. Supposed to be HOT the next two days but down in the 70s/low 80s on Friday through Sunday which should make the race nice.. not blistering hot like last year.

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    Rode the TRT from Spooner to the Bench last night, it's in great shape, still a couple spots of snow that require a walk. I set up cairns and laid out logs at the upper section where the trail becomes vague at an old double track.

    Next weekend is the Epic, should be a hoot, I'm riding sweep on Friday, then entertaining my daughter's boyfriend; might try to ride Tahoe Meadows to the Cafť...
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    This morning we rode Tahoe Meadows to the Flume, itís open for business, already running shuttle vans full of tourists. Lots of uphill traffic today, bikes and pedestrians.

    In the afternoon we rode Donner Rim Trail. Surprisingly it went from a four foot snowpack to nothing in the past two weeks! We encountered four bikers, otherwise it was completely empty.

    Gonna try Hole in the Ground next weekend.
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    Rode Brockway to Tahoe City on the TRT, man that is one rugged bit o trail!

    Last weekend I ride Hole in the Ground, itís gotten pretty beat up, lots of erosion, even more rugged than the TRT section I rode today!!

    Iím gonna seek out some smooth riding next weekend, maybe a couple laps at Tahoe Donner; they have a new hand cut DH trail
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    I rode Tahoe Donner last week, though not the new section. Motherlode and Hidden Gem were awesome! A word to the wise... take bug spray. The mosquitoes in Euer Valley are hungry, and they will bite you through your clothes :/
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    Ewww... think I might stay away from those trails for a bit then. I am one of those people that mosquitos can smell me a mile away and flock to me. Definitely dont feel like getting eaten alive.

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    Got two rides in last weekend:

    On Saturday I rode Van Sickle the "hard way", climbing up from the trail head behind the casinos, then over to the TRT, direct sun at 3pm, it was a sweat fest!

    Then on Sunday, the big ride, dropping Ophir Creek, 3800' vertical from Tahoe Meadows to Davis Park at Washoe Valley. This is a very interesting ride, riding out toward the TRT, but keep going straight, once you drop into the steep section below the meadow proper, it is absolutely gorgeous, wildflowers, isolated, rugged but rideable.

    The upper section ends at a gravel road, which runs for ~1/2 mile, rejoining the single track and heading toward Davis Park. The single track gets pretty steep in places, lots of controlled skidding, then you get to the mandatory walking down granite strewn creek bed.

    I rode as much as I could, carried for a hundred yards in the first creek bed, then carried another good 1/8 miles down a creek bed, not terrible but annoying because there are ways to bypass the creek bed if someone wanted to build trail.

    After crossing Ophir Creek proper, just above the park, the trails becomes steep dusty single track all the way into the campground.

    I'd be interested in riding this again with a buddy or two, but I'd like to see if there's an alternative to the creek carries, perhaps going north on the road and dropping toward the lake (Wright?).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Got two rides in last weekend:

    On Saturday I rode Van Sickle the "hard way", climbing up from the trail head behind the casinos, then over to the TRT, direct sun at 3pm, it was a sweat fest!

    Then on Sunday, the big ride, dropping Ophir Creek, 3800' vertical from Tahoe Meadows to Davis Park at Washoe Valley. This is a very interesting ride, riding out toward the TRT, but keep going straight, once you drop into the steep section below the meadow proper, it is absolutely gorgeous, wildflowers, isolated, rugged but rideable.

    The upper section ends at a gravel road, which runs for ~1/2 mile, rejoining the single track and heading toward Davis Park. The single track gets pretty steep in places, lots of controlled skidding, then you get to the mandatory walking down granite strewn creek bed.

    I rode as much as I could, carried for a hundred yards in the first creek bed, then carried another good 1/8 miles down a creek bed, not terrible but annoying because there are ways to bypass the creek bed if someone wanted to build trail.

    After crossing Ophir Creek proper, just above the park, the trails becomes steep dusty single track all the way into the campground.

    I'd be interested in riding this again with a buddy or two, but I'd like to see if there's an alternative to the creek carries, perhaps going north on the road and dropping toward the lake (Wright?).
    I hiked from Davis Creek to the Meadows many years ago. Scouting the route as a hike proved to me that riding up or down that trail would be something other than fun.
    The real shame is the fact that there are zero fun desents off the Eastern Sierra Crest into the Reno Basin, Carson City Basin and as far south as you want to go. There is a connector from the Genoa Trail System up to the TRT but it sucks bigtime. It has huge rock slide sections and 30 percent pitches in several spots. No one rides that trail. All the roads off the TRT into the Washoe Valley area (Hobart, Tanks Road and including Secret Trail into south Carson, Franktown Creek and 041 Trail Road, Little Valley Road) are way too steep to enjoy. Ophir Creek trail is a cruel joke for a mountain bike experience. Ash Canyon from Hobart and Kings Canyon from Spooner (into Carson) are not singletrack and they are not fun.
    The Wilderness designation for everything North of Mt Rose Highway means there will never be anything off the TRT into Reno. This is absurd.
    So 3800' vertical with all the potential that is possible and no trails to take advantage.
    This is why the Clear Creek extension to the TRT that will be finished in the next year is so important to this area. This trail is a huge deal. It is a rideable, fun, trail that will connect to the Eastern Crest. And it will not be a simple car shuttle. If you want to do the desent off the top, you will be required to do a little work to get to the tee. And it will be a pleasurable climb for those of us who like climbing as much or more than desending. I love it.
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    Reno Carson Trail Report Please

    I like going up Sierra Canyon when it's not roasting hot. For a while after it first opened it was awful but the reroute has made it so much better. Lots of people ride it up. It's a challenging climb for sure.

    Clear Creek to the TRT will be an awesome trail both directions.

    Now if we could only get a few more connections to TRT on this side. I've heard a rumour about another connector to TRT (Daggett Pass area) from Genoa. That would be a great trail.

    Maybe a Fay Luther connector is a possibility in the future? Lots of potential for great trails over there. Anything with shade sounds good these days.

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    I'm really looking forward to the connector up to Spooner being completed... riding from Jack's Valley up to the TRT and then down to Genoa will be an epic day out. I completely agree that we need more fun trails up to the rim. It'd be wonderful to have a proper singletrack trail leading from the Ash Canyon trail network up to Marlette without having to ride miles of steep fire road.

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    Yeah that will be awesome... Rode the new section on Sunday with some buddies and have to say it is really nice. Once things are a little more packed down and we get some precipitation on the mountains it will be REAL nice. Was really impressed with the design of the trail and work put in, however I am convinced that whomever is the lead trailbuilder or designer or whatever is obsessed with pedal on the downhill. Buddy and were both commenting on how I dont think we have pedaled that much going DOWNHILL on any other trail than Clear Creek. LOL

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    FWIW, the under-construction Clear Creek connector is still a few miles in length as stated on the sign Black Betty posted a photo of.

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    Itís far more than a few miles in length; the sign is quite dated, but the trail is shy of the TRT by a couple miles; Iíd guesstimate four plus miles completed.

    No new work from the bottom since before the Epic, but work days are scheduled, so maybe theyíre working from above?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Itís far more than a few miles in length; the sign is quite dated, but the trail is shy of the TRT by a couple miles; Iíd guesstimate four plus miles completed.

    No new work from the bottom since before the Epic, but work days are scheduled, so maybe theyíre working from above?
    Three, four Ė wgaf. Anyway, what's built already above CCT is pretty unappealing as anything but a way to get to or from TRT, IMO.

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    I love the new climbs. Clear Creek will stand on its own as a great trail with or without adding TRT. Really needs a good soaking rain like all the trails in the area. Won't be as smooth as the older stuff for another winter but opening sooner than you think.

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    Yeah no doubt. Rode some other new trails yesterday with a buddy up in the Tahoe/Donner Ski area. Rode Mother Lode trail, upper and lower apparently, and some of True Grit. Great little trails that have some nice tech, decent climbs, bermed turns and great views! Highly recommend going out there.

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    The Clear Creek Trail extension via Cliff Rock is completed to Spooner Summit TH. 15 miles (8.5 + 6.5) from the lower CC TH just above the school to Spooner. Five extra miles up TRT to the lake lookout makes a wicked 20 mi ST descent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    The Clear Creek Trail extension via Cliff Rock is completed to Spooner Summit TH. 15 miles (8.5 + 6.5) from the lower CC TH just above the school to Spooner. Five extra miles up TRT to the lake lookout makes a wicked 20 mi ST descent.
    I did an out and back today, almost 15 miles out, all single track. This is an amazing accomplishment. The switchbacks need to be bedded in, which will take some time and some moisture. The trail is very well done. I admit I was beat up tired by the time I did the 30 miles out and back. Kudos to the trail builders.
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    Awesome, been waiting for it, kept checking every week or so, hadnít ridden up it for a month.

    Where does it come out on the TRT?

    Thereís also a new view point off the TRT, past the Jeep road another 1/2 mile or so heading south, looks into Genoa.

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    The Clear Creek Trail extension via Cliff Rock is completed to Spooner Summit TH. 15 miles (8.5 + 6.5) from the lower CC TH just above the school to Spooner. Five extra miles up TRT to the lake lookout makes a wicked 20 mi ST descent.
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    It doesn't actually connect to TRT. The upper trail head is basically behind the stinky toilets at Spooner Summit TRT trail head.

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    Rode the new trail last night, started from the golf course trail head; it was 6pm so too late to start from Jacks Valley.

    What a great trail, truly a classic for years to come!

    At a normal pace it took me 1:10 to climb from the beginning of the new trail to the Spooner TH, coming down was faster, but not by much. This trail is up and down in both directions.

    I kinda wish they'd headed it out at the TRT downstream of the parking lot as I think the trail is going to get overwhelmed with people shuttle to the top, but what's done is done.

    Excellent job on the trail, 6.5 miles built in a summer, amazing work!!

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    It doesn't actually connect to TRT. The upper trail head is basically behind the stinky toilets at Spooner Summit TRT trail head.
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    Good to know that CC to Spooner is complete! Stoked to ride it soon.

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    Buddy and I rode the new connector from the HWY50 th to what we believe was close to the top. Due to work we didn't actually hit the trail until about 5:30pm and ended up turning around before we hit the top, though we could just hear cars so figuring we were maybe a mile away. Great climbing effort and definitely more of the same like the bottom section below Cliff Rock and the small overlook. Top has much better dirt than the lower section which the corners are really starting to get blown out and destroyed.

    All in all it was just over 15 miles from HWY50 to where we turned around and then back down. Total ride time for us was 2hrs 5mins. Definitely need to get out again to figure out how close we were.

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    Thereís a Jeep road crossing ~ a mile before the trail head. The trail wanders a bit, does some laterals before heading down to the parking area.

    I shuttled the trail today, started at the Spooner TH and rode to Jacks Valley TH.

    Itís getting pretty loose and sandy, needs a season or two of precipitation to pack out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Thereís a Jeep road crossing ~ a mile before the trail head. The trail wanders a bit, does some laterals before heading down to the parking area.

    I shuttled the trail today, started at the Spooner TH and rode to Jacks Valley TH.

    Itís getting pretty loose and sandy, needs a season or two of precipitation to pack out.
    Yeah I think there is starting to be enough traffic on it that everything is getting blown out. I know descending the lower switchbacks has become pretty tricky.

    My buddy and I hit just where you could start to see the Aspen trees before we had to turn around. Figuring that is probably about a mile before the end.

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    My wife shuttled me last Friday, started at the Spooner TH and rode to the Jacks Valley TH. It was a nice ride, the new trail is getting loose in the corners, kinda rough through the flats, can really tell the difference between new trail and seasoned trail once the connector joins the Clear Creek trail.

    We could use some rain, lots of trails starting to get loose, seasoned or not.
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    Definitely need some precipitation! Everything everywhere is starting to get blown out and with temps staying below the 90s, hopefully if it does rain then it should stick around. Usually this time of year the afternoon thunderstorms start rolling in. Here is to hoping they do and drop some good stuff.

    Start doing your rain dance ladies and gentlemen!!

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    Heading to the Reno area for Thanksgiving I believe - my in-laws live really close to Peavine; I assume most stuff from Carson-on-up to Reno is still rideable I assume? (lower desert terrain I assume)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGAmoto View Post
    Heading to the Reno area for Thanksgiving I believe - my in-laws live really close to Peavine; I assume most stuff from Carson-on-up to Reno is still rideable I assume? (lower desert terrain I assume)
    Donít miss the Clear Creek and Genoa trail system off Jacks Valley rd. If anything you can hide from the wind down there! 👍😎
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    Quote Originally Posted by KGAmoto View Post
    Heading to the Reno area for Thanksgiving I believe - my in-laws live really close to Peavine; I assume most stuff from Carson-on-up to Reno is still rideable I assume? (lower desert terrain I assume)
    Everything is open. No snow yet. Could be a storm Tue or Wed of Thanksgiving week, and then possibly another on Friday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Donít miss the Clear Creek and Genoa trail system off Jacks Valley rd. If anything you can hide from the wind down there!
    I was trying to remember the name of the easy sandy flowy trail I did last time we were there - Clear Creek is it. I remember wanting to link up to TRT and make a loop but ran out of time. Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGAmoto View Post
    I was trying to remember the name of the easy sandy flowy trail I did last time we were there - Clear Creek is it. I remember wanting to link up to TRT and make a loop but ran out of time. Thanks for the info.

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    You can make around a 26 mile lollipop loop ride by starting on CC @JV Trailhead, go out to the end,go left up the old decommissioned 50 to where it hits Hwy 50(~3.5 easy miles)scoot up along the opposing traffic bike lane along the cement K-rail, then left thru the pipegate onto dirt a couple hundred yards up on your left catch the start of the new CC trail(if you end up at the Spooner trailhead lot/toilets hang a Uíey). Then itís pretty much 6 miles dh then take a right back onto the original trail for ~7.5 miles of the same back to Jacks Valley. 👍😎
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    You can make around a 26 mile lollipop loop ride by starting on CC @JV Trailhead, go out to the end,go left up the old decommissioned 50 to where it hits Hwy 50(~3.5 easy miles)scoot up along the opposing traffic bike lane along the cement K-rail, then left thru the pipegate onto dirt a couple hundred yards up on your left catch the start of the new CC trail(if you end up at the Spooner trailhead lot/toilets hang a Uíey). Then itís pretty much 6 miles dh then take a right back onto the original trail for ~7.5 miles of the same back to Jacks Valley.
    Yes that is what I was thinking of. Is it rideable now? Or too high up at the point of the TRT?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KGAmoto View Post
    Yes that is what I was thinking of. Is it rideable now? Or too high up at the point of the TRT?


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    Not sure of your q? Itís all rideable. You can do an up and back the whole way on
    Clear Creek to Spooner if you want. I just had a friend with me last Saturday rehabing from knee surgery and I was unsure of how loose the switchbacks still weíre on the lower half of the trail so I opted us to just spin up the old 50 and hit it from the top.
    Heck you can keep climbing and get on the TRT at Spooner and head across it to the bench and from there take the 14+ mile Sierra Canyon trail dh all the way into Genoa for that matter! Thats a doozy of a ride tho and youíd need to have(or should have)a second car parked there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Not sure of your q? Itís all rideable. You can do an up and back the whole way on
    Clear Creek to Spooner if you want. I just had a friend with me last Saturday rehabing from knee surgery and I was unsure of how loose the switchbacks still weíre on the lower half of the trail so I opted us to just spin up the old 50 and hit it from the top.
    Heck you can keep climbing and get on the TRT at Spooner and head across it to the bench and from there take the 14+ mile Sierra Canyon trail dh all the way into Genoa for that matter! Thats a doozy of a ride tho and youíd need to have(or should have)a second car parked there.
    I just meant that I donít know elevations there - Iím in northern Utah and anything ďhighĒ is done for the year given the snow levels.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KGAmoto View Post
    I just meant that I donít know elevations there - Iím in northern Utah and anything ďhighĒ is done for the year given the snow levels.


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    Yeah no snow as of yet and the forecast is iffy for the next week on whether or not we will get any precipitation. Peavine is ok but if you got a car and some free time come down to Carson or Gardnerville and hit the trails. Use TrailForks app to find everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Yeah no snow as of yet and the forecast is iffy for the next week on whether or not we will get any precipitation. Peavine is ok but if you got a car and some free time come down to Carson or Gardnerville and hit the trails. Use TrailForks app to find everything.
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    Play it by ear, snow could come and it could be nothing, might melt fast too as itís been warm. Things are so dry that no amount of rain outside if a monsoon will make the trails too muddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Yeah no snow as of yet and the forecast is iffy for the next week on whether or not we will get any precipitation. Peavine is ok but if you got a car and some free time come down to Carson or Gardnerville and hit the trails. Use TrailForks app to find everything.
    Yeah I usually only hit Peavine if I'm pressed for time, but time shouldn't be a big issue at least two full days while I'm there. I've explored a fair amount down south - Thomas & Clear Creek, Ash Canyon, etc.

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    Awesome - thanks - will do.

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    Play it by ear, snow could come and it could be nothing, might melt fast too as itís been warm. Things are so dry that no amount of rain outside if a monsoon will make the trails too muddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Whatís in GVille?
    Sorry, I always say Gville when I am talking about Clear Creek (technically Minderville).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Sorry, I always say Gville when I am talking about Clear Creek (technically Minderville).
    My x father n law told me about some trails down in Gardnerville, June Lake? but they may have been hiking only?
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    Alright Iím here - tomorrow and Friday looks like major wind / 20-30mph. Is there anywhere I can maybe get out of the wind slightly? I may hit something in the morning.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KGAmoto View Post
    Alright Iím here - tomorrow and Friday looks like major wind / 20-30mph. Is there anywhere I can maybe get out of the wind slightly? I may hit something in the morning.


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    Galena Creek Park off Mt Rose Hwy is one of the better bets it the wind. Itís also known as the Dry Pond loop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonesjus View Post
    Galena Creek Park off Mt Rose Hwy is one of the better bets it the wind. Itís also known as the Dry Pond loop.


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    Ah ok. Iíve rode that a couple times before. Thanks.


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    The snow cometh.... alpine stuff is done for the season, snowed down to 5k in Carson, mostly a dusting until you get to 6k, King to Ash is probably rideable unless itís swampy,

    Clear Creek is probably a better choice but itíll be popular today. Prison Hill would be excellent, nice techy climb up the gully at Koontz to a lollipop on the north end if you donít want to share

    Supposed to get windy this afternoon, breeze is already building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    The snow cometh.... alpine stuff is done for the season, snowed down to 5k in Carson, mostly a dusting until you get to 6k, King to Ash is probably rideable unless itís swampy,

    Clear Creek is probably a better choice but itíll be popular today. Prison Hill would be excellent, nice techy climb up the gully at Koontz to a lollipop on the north end if you donít want to share

    Supposed to get windy this afternoon, breeze is already building.

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    Thanks. I ended up hitting Clear Creek and made it up to the Upper Clear Creek section but had enough of the snow. Trail was in good shape - everything was totally rideable even with complete snow cover toward the top. And of course the wet sand was nice for a change.


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    Rode Peavine yesterday, conditions were fantastic. Rode out to the end of the Mahogany Forest and the north sides were damp and super tacky. What an improvement and benefit to the community.

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    If you are thinking about riding Clear Creek, don't hesitate. The trail is in great shape with hero dirt throughout.

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    Peavine was in great shape today. The new Colpo Canyon flow trail is sweet. Short, but nice berms and table tops.


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    Buddy and I rode Ash yesterday and the dirt was perfect. Did a short loop since he was on call (has a 30 minute response window so had to keep it close). Creek trail was perfect but after you pass the second bridge and get down further into the gully you can tell it has been days since the sun has touched that area. Frost over everything including the trail and the temp probably dropped a good 15* once we hit that area. And this was at about 11am yesterday so not the coldest part of the morning but had not completely warmed up yet.

    Get it while the getting is good, next storm set is supposed to be packing up Tuesday night so may be the end of things that are north facing for the season.

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