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    Exploring the Panoche Hills area

    My wife and I wanted to take an overnight trip to Mercy Hot Springs and we thought we should do a little back road exploration with the TW. Mercy Hot Springs Ca. [IMG
    We rented cabin 6. The TW felt right at home with the cabins color scheme
    We took the TW out for a 20 mile drive through the Panoche Hills, which were nice and green thanks to recent rains.


    We will be back to explore the dirt roads next month.
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    Very nice.
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    beautiful area, see any burrowing owls?
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    I have a rock hound buddy who sent me a bunch of good lapidary material from Panoche Hills, so keep your saddlebags available in case an agate jumps out in front of you on your rides. Tom
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    There is a bar called the Panoche Inn. We stopped there and had a beer. The owner is Larry, such a friendly person. He had a nice fossil collection donated by a friend. It's mostly sea shells, clams,etc. I didn't realize that there are even prehistoric sea creatures in the hills there! There are lots of birds and owls as well. It's a remote area with very low traffic. Next time I go I want to explore the Panoche Hills Preservation Area. It has a badlands canyon area that I've got to see. By the way my wife and I rode two up and the TW had to pull a little pass. It did great, plenty of power. Impressive! When we arrived at the Bar the owner Larry who is also a motorcycle rider asked us what we rode there? He couldn't believe we were on a 200 cc motorcycle!
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    Enjoy the green! In a month it will be gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elime View Post
    Enjoy the green! In a month it will be gone.
    Thanks for mentioning that. We will be going back in April. Its virtually a desert after Spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pass Man View Post
    Thanks for mentioning that. We will be going back in April. Its virtually a desert after Spring.
    It will most likely be a couple of weeks and it will all be brown (golden?) considering the amount of rain we haven't had.

    Anyway, you are not that far from Clear Creek Road -- about 30 to 35 miles. It is an interesting area if you are wandering aimlessly and need a destination.

    Driving directions to Clear Creek Rd
    Via Panoche Rd

    Mercey Hot Springs
    62964 Little Panoche Rd
    Firebaugh, CA 93622

    1. Head south on Co Hwy J1/Little Panoche RdContinue to follow Co Hwy J1
    7.7 mi
    2. Turn left onto Panoche Rd
    3.0 mi
    3. Continue onto New Idria Rd
    21.3 mi
    4. Continue onto Clear Creek RdDestination will be on the right
    0.1 mi

    Clear Creek Rd -- continue on and explore.

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    here's spring in that area march of 2003, eleven years ago.... it was a wet winter!

    p valley i.jpg p valley ii.jpg
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    the gullies show that that area can get some real rain... just not this winter.
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