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Old 08-05-2012, 09:46 PM   #361
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the fire grew last night but is moving in the opposite direction of high lakes. The wind could play hell with the trip if it changes direction though; so i just want to get everyones opinion on their plans on going or not. It's a circumstance that happens and we could always plan for a later date so chime in and let me know if peeps still want to go, i will lead the way. However if the wind and fire change direction it will be better to call it off rather than risk saftey for nothing more than a days wheelin.

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as of right now, I'm in!! I say we wait until Friday night to decide for sure. That way we can tell what the fire is doing.

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I know this, I will be wheel'n SOMEWHERE this weekend! I missed out on Hollister, and I'm chomp'n at the bit to take the heep out. I will hold out till Wednesday on the High Lakes run to see how it plays out, but from what I've read so far, I'm not optimistic! Until then...
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I know this, I will be wheel'n SOMEWHERE this weekend! I missed out on Hollister, and I'm chomp'n at the bit to take the heep out. I will hold out till Wednesday on the High Lakes run to see how it plays out, but from what I've read so far, I'm not optimistic! Until then...
if not there, then where?
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High Lakes

Just got back from two days of wheeling up in Gold Valley. Checked the pirate site for nor-cal, and it looks not good for High Lakes area, as the fire is still growing. We're also on the fence for going on this run, don't like heavy smoke,but can do a rain check when the forest is smoke free and open again. Not into prairie city. If anyone wants to know about Gold Vally trails, they are easy to harder with great views at about 7k ft elv. They are in the Tahoe Nat Forest out of Bassets hwy49 north of Nevada City area. Would be a 2 day run for those of you in the bay area. Anyway keep us posted.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:21 AM   #366
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I'm still in with wherever everyone wants to go.
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Just got back from two days of wheeling up in Gold Valley. Checked the pirate site for nor-cal, and it looks not good for High Lakes area, as the fire is still growing. We're also on the fence for going on this run, don't like heavy smoke,but can do a rain check when the forest is smoke free and open again. Not into prairie city. If anyone wants to know about Gold Vally trails, they are easy to harder with great views at about 7k ft elv. They are in the Tahoe Nat Forest out of Bassets hwy49 north of Nevada City area. Would be a 2 day run for those of you in the bay area. Anyway keep us posted.
I'd be interested in knowing more about this area. Looks like a toss up distance wise between the two.
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the fire grew last night but is moving in the opposite direction of high lakes. The wind could play hell with the trip if it changes direction though; so i just want to get everyones opinion on their plans on going or not. It's a circumstance that happens and we could always plan for a later date so chime in and let me know if peeps still want to go, i will lead the way. However if the wind and fire change direction it will be better to call it off rather than risk saftey for nothing more than a days wheelin.
I think we should reschedule this one droze. I still really want to explore this area and am super bummed about the current events, but just don't wanna go up there while it's on fire. Just my 2cents.
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Anyone have more info on the gold valley trails? Since high lakes is now closed that could work for us. I'm with Bob, I'm chomping to get the jeep off the pavement.
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Gold Lake Area

Here ya go. First you need to stop in at the National Forest Office to get a map of the Lakes Basin / Sierra Buttes area Recreation Guide. The office is right off Hwy49 in Nevada City on the right just past Hwy20/49 split. From Nevada City its about 11/2hr to the Gold Lake area. You drive past Downieville (gas), past Sierra City, and turn left at Bassets(gas) onto the highway to Graeagle(gas) then head to Gold Lake. There's camping there or other lakes near-by.
The map will point you to the 4wheel drive trails, and camping areas, lots of lakes for fishing also.
For wheeling head for Gold Valley, its a winding trail in the valley which leads to Snake Lake trail (lockers rear), or Little Deer Lake trail (lockers rear). You can run these trails in either direction. Or you can by-pass these two trails in the valley and continue on to Hawley Lake (private) just drive past and go onto other loop trails that are easy wheeling.
Since I was just up there this last weekend wheeling for 2 days I really want to wheel elsewhere for right now.
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Thanks for the info Rocky. Found it in my back roads book!
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I think we should reschedule this one droze. I still really want to explore this area and am super bummed about the current events, but just don't wanna go up there while it's on fire. Just my 2cents.

Given the events in the area i do agree. We will have to put this on hold until the fire is out and reschedule to a later date.

the reasons being 1) the fire is still at zero contianment and 2) the area is now closed to public access. Sucks because it is a really cool place and would make a fun trip but what can you do mother nature wins this time. I will use this to also make another trip to the area later and get down the trail i didnt have time for to check out pipejam lake.

If anyone in the greater sacramento area or anyone else, would still like to do something this weekend feel free to pm me and we can do a local thing.
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I'm down for just about any thing. Day off to wheel so I have to go wheeling.
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I have a few ideas if anyone still wants to do something this weekend.
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Given the events in the area i do agree. We will have to put this on hold until the fire is out and reschedule to a later date.

the reasons being 1) the fire is still at zero contianment and 2) the area is now closed to public access. Sucks because it is a really cool place and would make a fun trip but what can you do mother nature wins this time. I will use this to also make another trip to the area later and get down the trail i didnt have time for to check out pipejam lake.

If anyone in the greater sacramento area or anyone else, would still like to do something this weekend feel free to pm me and we can do a local thing.
Thanks again droze for all your efforts! Maybe we can get up there in October sometime. I still want to get up there and explore.
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I have a few ideas if anyone still wants to do something this weekend.
well, do share. I'm itching for some off roading
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i would be interested
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Same here, I'm in for whatever.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:26 PM   #381
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Well, my ideas aren't as awesome as High Lakes would be, but we could do:

1. Indian Valley Res to Bartlett Springs. Mostly forest service roads, but I know of a few trails on the north side of the Res that are moderate. Also would be fairly close for the Sac crew (less than 2dr drive to get there).

2. Elk Mt/Bear Creek/Snow Mt area. Also mostly forest service roads with some campsite possiblilities (Deer Valley Camp, Bear Creek Camp).

3. Cow Mt. Ukiah side. More moderate trails. Many trails I haven't explored yet.

all these choices are in my neighborhood, but I can't think of anything else on short notice.

Let me know what you guys think.
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Hmmm I don't see a list anywhere to sign up on... I'm all of a sudden open this weekend and wouldn't mind putting some dirt on the new tires
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:52 AM   #383
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Yeah friends went up there this weekend and got kicked out almost fined.
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I have a few ideas if anyone still wants to do something this weekend.
I'd be up for whatever as long as the pinstriping isn't a major feature of the trail Would love to test out those discos you and I put on last month, and get out of a forecasted 104 degree day down here .
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Well, my ideas aren't as awesome as High Lakes would be, but we could do:

1. Indian Valley Res to Bartlett Springs. Mostly forest service roads, but I know of a few trails on the north side of the Res that are moderate. Also would be fairly close for the Sac crew (less than 2dr drive to get there).

2. Elk Mt/Bear Creek/Snow Mt area. Also mostly forest service roads with some campsite possiblilities (Deer Valley Camp, Bear Creek Camp).

3. Cow Mt. Ukiah side. More moderate trails. Many trails I haven't explored yet.

all these choices are in my neighborhood, but I can't think of anything else on short notice.

Let me know what you guys think.
I'm down for Cow or Elk Mt.
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Or we could do Knoxville too. We have trails there that we didn't get to. LOL
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Hmmm! Cow or Elk sounds doable. Maybe Cow AND Elk! I'll need to think about this. If we do just Cow, that's good for a few hrs, but if we went up Elk first, go down into Lake Pillsbury, come out in Potter Valley, head to Ukiah and then finish up in Cow that could make for a good day of offroading! There'd be a little pavement pounding in between to get from Pillsbury to Ukiah but that's ok.
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Hmmm! Cow or Elk sounds doable. Maybe Cow AND Elk! I'll need to think about this. If we do just Cow, that's good for a few hrs, but if we went up Elk first, go down into Lake Pillsbury, come out in Potter Valley, head to Ukiah and then finish up in Cow that could make for a good day of offroading! There'd be a little pavement pounding in between to get from Pillsbury to Ukiah but that's ok.

Sounds good I started a new thread Cow Mt. 8-11
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Sorry guys, I am down and out until August 25th. Someone did a hit and run on our audi while in the mall parking lot and until we get the wife's car back we are down to the heep. The rental car is a POS and I am now the designated chauffeur... damn it truly is a mall crawler now between the wife and kids and summer activities... mall crawler, soccer mobile, yeah yeah hahaha
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I still want to go somewhere. I broke a shock mount, couldn't have been better timing. Also deer hunting is opening soon.

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