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    Some local California passion

    I don't usually post "local" rides here, but it seems we've been lacking trail photos in this forum lately. The forecast called for up to one foot of snow for the Sierra foothills today. But when I woke up this morning and checked the weather, the snow had missed the Auburn State Recreation Area by only a few miles. And the prediction was for plenty of sun but cool. But after riding in the cold rain last week, sunny and dry sounded fine to me.

    The Auburn State Recreation Area is a huge forest about 30 miles east of Sacramento. It is my favorite non-Tahoe local place to ride. There was a bit of frost, some leftover hail, iced over puddles, and still frozen trails in the shaded areas. But the trails were in great shape. I didn't set any speed records. I was just happy to be in the sun and I stopped to take a few photos here and there.























    Hillsides of Manzanitas in bloom. Hummingbirds going crazy over them.
















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    That is one hell of a local ride. I could definitely use more of these posts. How else am I to properly daydream when I'm at work? Great snaps. Thanks!
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    Beautiful! I'm jealous!! Weather forcast predicted rain down here so I was stuck on the trainer today Worst part was IT DID NOT RAIN!!!! just threatened to all day!

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    Nice! That's a pretty serious ride....with some serious elevation gain.

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    wow

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    Your pics make me want to ride so bad. You are very lucky to call that local.

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    Wow.......
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    Nice!

    I run those trails every time I visit friends in Auburn and can't help but envision riding there. I have been out a couple of times when the lower trails are are marked for the Western States and always wondered why they don't run a MTB race over the same trail, either before or after the run. It seems lke it would be an awesome ride!

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    Crazy..... 5000 ft

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    That's awesome dude!

    I would love to have that kind of area to ride in.

    Too bad yall get EQ's or I would move that direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyName1sMud
    That's awesome dude!

    I would love to have that kind of area to ride in.

    Too bad yall get EQ's or I would move that direction.
    We get an earthquake (a bad one) every what, hundred years or so? Memorable ones were in 1906 and 1989, apparently we're due for another big one soon, even in 1906 the fire caused more damage than the quake. The small quakes are fun though, just a bit of shaking, it feels like a roller coaster or something...
    I'm assuming you're on the East/South coast? Hurricane season? What the hell is a natural disaster season??

    Wherewolf, every time I'm on 80 going through Auburn I think of all the unknown trails in those mountains.... Hopefully I'll be moving east into the Sierras next year.
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    ...plus you can grab an Ikeda's burger on your way home!

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    Earthquakes

    Quote Originally Posted by MyName1sMud
    Too bad yall get EQ's or I would move that direction.
    California is a huge state and only a few places, mostly near the coast, get earthquakes. In one year spent in Columbus, Ohio I experienced a bigger earthquake than I ever have in 20 years of living in California. I would bet that yearly hurricane damage in Mississippi greatly exceeds earthquake damage in California. And we have mountains to mountain bike in

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    Nice shots

    Nice shots.

    I've been so far under the radar lately, I don't think I can be called a lurker. But, it is nice popping in and seeing your pics.

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    Earth Quakes in Cal are overrated and so is the media reporting on them. dam ratings. They were promissing us the Mother of all rainstorms this week end.. It was all sunny!!.

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    Those shots are great. It looks like that would be an amazing place to ride. The flower shot is especially beautiful
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    Pretty awesome ride, I'm amazed the trail wasn't a mudpit, and damn brother 5k of elevation change.
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    One of my favorite loops! I always walk a little funny after doing that ride on my Singlespeed Great photos
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    ive gotta move to california

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    As I was shoveling 5' of snow off my roof today. Man do I wish I was living in Auburn right now and not Truckee.
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    I am only a couple hours east of Auburn (Carson City, NV) and I still have about 3' of snow piled in my yard. God do I want to get out and ride but the storm from this last weekend and the one that is supposed to start Thursday threaten that.

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    Very nice! Auburn is one of the areas I really want to visit this spring. Should be a nice drive down from Chico.
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    I got to ride those same trails a couple of weeks ago. A friend who lives in Auburn graciously lent me his Moots Ti 29er. I had never ridden a 29er before, and to ride these trails on that bike was just incredible. I was a little wobbly after that ride, especially coming back up the fence trail at the end of the day. Thanks for the stoke!
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    I'm missing being "local" to those trails. Can't complain about SF/Marin though...

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    Spectacular photos and some sweet looking singletrack! Nice post. Thanks.

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    lol....earthquakes don't kill people - it's the crap dwellings we build, that does. Nice stoke!
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    No good Seriously?!?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyName1sMud
    That's awesome dude!

    I would love to have that kind of area to ride in.

    Too bad yall get EQ's or I would move that direction.

    You probably think that you turn GAY as soon as you cross into Cali too.

    I would take my chances with quakes any day of the year. They last for what, a minute or two. A hurricane can have you locked down for hours. Wait what is this, is it over? It can't be. Then, your like, Damned eye of the storm here comes a few more hours of death and destruction.



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    moved to norcal in 89 , got there day of the earth quake, didn't deter me, didn't turn gay(had my first offspring there) left 2000 and miss it almost every day, great pics wow

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    Yeah, I lived there for 23 years until Uncle Sam moved me away, in '03, been back to visit but it hasn't been in the cards to move back
    I am not worn out, I am just taking my bike for a walk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyName1sMud
    Too bad yall get EQ's or I would move that direction.
    I feel like this whole argument precipitated it.... I'm sorry everyone.
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    I like all the arguments against California:

    1. Earthquakes
    2. High cost of living (real estate)
    3. The gay (not sure why this is a negative)
    4. Marijuana (again, not sure where the negative is)
    5. Democrats!
    6. Illegal immigrants

    Ridiculous right? Small price to pay for 840 miles of coastline, ocean/desert/mountain/valley/redwoods/wine country all within a half day's drive, big city life and small town charm, huge tracts of wilderness area and natural wonders. It also doesn't hurt that in most places it doesn't get much below freezing or more than 100F on more than a couple days each year. It's a wonderful place to live, work and play. Even if you live here and are poor, you can live a rich life!

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    Wink Amen brutha!

    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    I like all the arguments against California:

    1. Earthquakes
    2. High cost of living (real estate)
    3. The gay (not sure why this is a negative)
    4. Marijuana (again, not sure where the negative is)
    5. Democrats!
    6. Illegal immigrants

    Ridiculous right? Small price to pay for 840 miles of coastline, ocean/desert/mountain/valley/redwoods/wine country all within a half day's drive, big city life and small town charm, huge tracts of wilderness area and natural wonders. It also doesn't hurt that in most places it doesn't get much below freezing or more than 100F on more than a couple days each year. It's a wonderful place to live, work and play. Even if you live here and are poor, you can live a rich life!

    Thanks for making me miss it more!!
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    Hey man! That's the bridge on the Divide!!! shoot me a P.M. and lets go ride I'm always looking for people to ride with. It's been just dumping rain for the last few days now and is supposed to rain til Monday. I rode the Divide just last Sunday with my wife right before the storm rolled in and after seeing your pix I'm jonesin. With a camelback full of food you can be out there all day long exploring for hours upon hours.

    Yeah I'm blessed to have this area as my local spot too, if I'm not out there then you can usually find me somewhere around Twin Rocks in Folsom. As far as the earthquakes go's I personally have never felt one and I've been here 32 years. Wow I keep re-editing before I read the whole post and want to chime in more. As far as cost of living.... These days with the price of homes around here plummeting you can be very comfortable on a blue collar income like mine. Shoot I'm still a renter but am getting closer to buying, as a matter of fact I have seen several homes in the low 100's that are located about twenty minutes from the Auburn area that you have pictured here in the original post. Peace!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    I like all the arguments against California:

    1. Earthquakes
    2. High cost of living (real estate)
    3. The gay (not sure why this is a negative)
    4. Marijuana (again, not sure where the negative is)
    5. Democrats!
    6. Illegal immigrants

    Ridiculous right? Small price to pay for 840 miles of coastline, ocean/desert/mountain/valley/redwoods/wine country all within a half day's drive, big city life and small town charm, huge tracts of wilderness area and natural wonders. It also doesn't hurt that in most places it doesn't get much below freezing or more than 100F on more than a couple days each year. It's a wonderful place to live, work and play. Even if you live here and are poor, you can live a rich life!

    I do not have a problem with any of the points you mentioned above apart from immigration and a bloody car culture "traffic" which seems to be thriving in California. I am an immigrant myself and I particularly despise my countryman behaving like idiots and the same goes for other immigrants. And yes, pot should legalized asap.

    When are you moving? I live in Westchester County, NY which is above average for road and mountain biking. I do not like winters though.

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    Maybe next time

    Quote Originally Posted by rcp916
    Hey man! That's the bridge on the Divide!!! shoot me a P.M. and lets go ride I'm always looking for people to ride with.
    You missed this last week. There were no takers. I'm off to Arizona this weekend. But perhaps the next. However, I'm pretty slow and most people have a difficult time riding with me. Foothills are really starting to look nice and Springy.

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    Here's a pic of mine and the wife's bike at the upper lot staging area last Sunday. We managed to get the ride in before the storm. Mine's the black one 04' Cannondale Chase w too much to list amount of upgrades and hers is a 09' Specialized Myka FSR comp
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    Gorgeous tunnels through the manzanitas!

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    Manzanita Trail

    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    Gorgeous tunnels through the manzanitas!
    That's the Manzanita Trail!
    I'm going to try some Arizona desert riding this weekend for something different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    I like all the arguments against California:

    1. Earthquakes
    2. High cost of living (real estate)
    3. The gay (not sure why this is a negative)
    4. Marijuana (again, not sure where the negative is)
    5. Democrats!
    6. Illegal immigrants

    Ridiculous right? Small price to pay for 840 miles of coastline, ocean/desert/mountain/valley/redwoods/wine country all within a half day's drive, big city life and small town charm, huge tracts of wilderness area and natural wonders. It also doesn't hurt that in most places it doesn't get much below freezing or more than 100F on more than a couple days each year. It's a wonderful place to live, work and play. Even if you live here and are poor, you can live a rich life!
    Well... I'm a 4th generation Cali that moved out and will never go back....

    No question that environmentally Cali is the on of the best places in the world to live. Loved it. Miss it.

    But... 10% state income tax adds UP over the years if you are a professional. Investing that 10% makes a huge difference at retirement time.

    Labor Laws suck -
    When I had my first business:
    8:30am- I had an employee leave at in one of my vans.
    10:30am- I get a call from the police. He has run a red light and t-bone a car.
    Instead of working, he went to bar and got stone drunk.

    Guess what?
    I get to pay the entire tab. I even have to pay for the time he is getting drunk and my lawyer has to give me very specific instructions on how to let him go. If you just fire his rear for being a drunk and destroying equipment, he can come back and sue you under Cali labor laws.... Cool... How messed up is that?

    Just for the record:
    We paid a full 50% better wages than the competition. Reasoning we would attract and keep better employees. That didn’t work our so well in this case….

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    So where are you living now? Was the move purely for business reasons? I'm always interested in turning a new page and finding a place I'd like as much as northern California. Ft. Collins, CO is one of those places. Eugene/Springfield, OR is another. I kinda dig the small/mid size college towns near the hills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dead_dog_canyon
    Well... I'm a 4th generation Cali that moved out and will never go back....

    No question that environmentally Cali is the on of the best places in the world to live. Loved it. Miss it.

    But... 10% state income tax adds UP over the years if you are a professional. Investing that 10% makes a huge difference at retirement time.

    Labor Laws suck -
    When I had my first business:
    8:30am- I had an employee leave at in one of my vans.
    10:30am- I get a call from the police. He has run a red light and t-bone a car.
    Instead of working, he went to bar and got stone drunk.

    Guess what?
    I get to pay the entire tab. I even have to pay for the time he is getting drunk and my lawyer has to give me very specific instructions on how to let him go. If you just fire his rear for being a drunk and destroying equipment, he can come back and sue you under Cali labor laws.... Cool... How messed up is that?

    Just for the record:
    We paid a full 50% better wages than the competition. Reasoning we would attract and keep better employees. That didn’t work our so well in this case….
    Sorry about your luck man. I too am self employed in construction and have to agree that it is a struggle to be a small business owner in this state.

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    awesome trail! reminds me a bit of a less sandy otis.

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    Hey Wolf are there any directions on how to get to the trailhead? I live in Citrus Heights so it's not to far away from me. How would you rate this trail as in difficulty?

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    That place looks amazing, nice photography too bro

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    Try this

    Try this. Right click on the arrow and choose directions to here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    Try this. Right click on the arrow and choose directions to here.
    Thanks a lot!

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    How was AZ? The Auburn trails have got to be the SLOP for awhile : (

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