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    Sierra Buttes and the Thousand Corner Daze

    Before heading down to Joemama's Group Ride I spent some days wandering around Sierra Buttes and the Gold Lake Disgtrict, a location I got excited about for a possible future group ride.


    While I certainly didn't count corners there were a lot! I did find a few straight-aways but being mountainous with historic prospector horse and wagon trails the current roads seemed to wrap around every possible bend. When the trails turns every 50 feet or so one can easily rack up hundreds of corners per hour.
    Here is a quick video of a straight road between Lower and Upper Sardine Lakes, two of perhaps a dozen or more lakes I visited.
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    While there were lots of challenging rocky jeep roads to back country mines, lakes and mountain peaks there were also extensive super smooth graded gravel roads as well as paved twisty roads to beautiful locals for easy riding. One morning I took one of these smooth graded roads to a remote fire look-out where Richard the Fire Warden invited me up for the view and a 40 minute chat about life on a fire tower. Amazing job but these guys often crave new company
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    We won't be able to make it down your way for the rest of this year, but boy that sure looks inviting with gorgeous views.
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    The real adventure was getting to and back from the Sierra Buttes LookOut Tower which entails either a rather long steep hike up the Pacific Crest Trail or an exciting TW climb up a jeep road followed by a shorter hike climbing up a few hundred feet , many switchbacks then the 192 stairs to the tower veranda itself.

    Back in the 1880's a Mr. Johnson climbed the summit and scrawled this still legible "I was here graffiti.


    Why the Gold Lake name? I think the 106 pound gold nugget had something to do with it and the subsequent mining road development I played on.
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    That is some pretty country!
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    Wow, pretty epic. Nice video too.
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    The riding was outrageously good; from smooth cruising roads to long 4x4 rocky routes I had a ball on all of it. I did find one trail too nasty for me, the drop into Snake Lake just got way too steep with bushel sized boulders in mid-trail so I turned around while I could still climb out. Some Mountain Bikers later directed me to some nice single track with corners every twenty feet or less. I'll have to cook up some videos later for your entertainment.


    I was hanging onto a tree to take last picture of Snake Lake so as to not slide down slope. Camera doesn't capture the steepness, level horizon is at top of photo. Jeep trail is at lower left and disappears around corner to the left at a seemingly 1:1 slope. If I went down there I knew it would be one way and I would need to find a supposedly connecting other jeep road on far side leading to more lakes and some indian rock art. Gotta return with Adam for safety and try approaching from far side.
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    I didn't take the same back road you did but last year me and Patti did 2up on a different trail and were able to get pretty close. We hiked the rest of the way to the Sardine Lake fire lookout tower. I can hear you huffing and puffing near the end of the video must have had a blast.
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    Local mountain bikers recommended this single track as an easy example of supposedly many miles of nearby trails they like. I found it a delight of endless tight turns feeding one into another. Wish I had the time and energy to explore more.
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    Awesome pictures and video, thanks for sharing! Gotta love the country a TW can take us into.
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