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Since Post-Caldor Fire road closures cover most everything north of HWY 88 I elected to honor the closure and play on the south side.
Caples Lake was windy and cold.
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Red Lake was cold and windy.
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Finding a good camp was cold and windy.
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Then it got really windy overnight.

However a new day dawned bright and cheerful. Bit of a beaver pond at edge of camp.
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Good riding on the shoulders avoiding wheel track ice in morning. Later in day as stuff softens often the wheel tracks then became better.
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Mixed snow and dirt was fun but stock tire eventually shows its limitations. Have to pick lines a bit more carefully and spinning the tire still is hard to avoid.
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Red Lake was much better yesterday without the wind chill.
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Managed to find a few roads less traveled.
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This extremely nice tree and the granite boulder it wraps around used to flavor this sheltered camp until the 2 percenters showed up with their spray paint cans. Error in my camera setting prevent seeing all the tagging but I think it is a desecration best left in an urban environment.
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...I don't care how artistic. This old cabin has been "decorated" above Burnside Lake.
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Between the post-fire closures and the snow I ran out of places I wanted to ride.
Fun times though, a consolation prize after tossing Betty Boop's chain.
 

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So after exploring some more I called it quits while I was ahead and not needing to deploy any of LT's aerial distress signals stamped in the snow. :)

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Mr.Gizmo, a.k.a. "NIBBLER" with new modular helmet Donzo recommended pausing above Hope Valley. Light, quite and very eyeglass friendly.Thanks Don!
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So I went home to see what trouble was afoot with me gone. Bear had flipped over this table to properly smash a bird feeder I had repaired but days before.
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No, a snow park closer had blocked off access to Blue Lakes via Hope, Faith and Charity Valleys even though there hardly any snow... a bureaucratic rather than meteorological or other science based decision. I think the paved road would have been open.
Access via Forestdale Road was open leading from my camp. I turned around once road became semi-continuous snowpack in steeper terrain.
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Access via Hermit Gove on HWY 4 via Deer Creek corridor through wilderness not accessible since HWY 4 gated closed between Silver Creek & Alpine Lake.

Good fun in the mostly melted out forested zones. Warm dry weather is predicted for next several weeks so more riding likely awaits. Sorry for underexposed photos, have to sit down and have a talk with camera about default settings.
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Since Post-Caldor Fire road closures cover most everything north of HWY 88 I elected to honor the closure and play on the south side.
Caples Lake was windy and cold.
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Red Lake was cold and windy.
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Finding a good camp was cold and windy.
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Then it got really windy overnight.

However a new day dawned bright and cheerful. Bit of a beaver pond at edge of camp.
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Good riding on the shoulders avoiding wheel track ice in morning. Later in day as stuff softens often the wheel tracks then became better.
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Mixed snow and dirt was fun but stock tire eventually shows its limitations. Have to pick lines a bit more carefully and spinning the tire still is hard to avoid.
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Red Lake was much better yesterday without the wind chill.
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Managed to find a few roads less traveled.
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This extremely nice tree and the granite boulder it wraps around used to flavor this sheltered camp until the 2 percenters showed up with their spray paint cans. Error in my camera setting prevent seeing all the tagging but I think it is a desecration best left in an urban environment.
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...I don't care how artistic. This old cabin has been "decorated" above Burnside Lake.
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Between the post-fire closures and the snow I ran out of places I wanted to ride.
Fun times though, a consolation prize after tossing Betty Boop's chain.
Love the photos, hate the cold...:eek:🥶
 

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Many times I've ridden down those ice toboggan runs called roads in those areas, only to find I couldn't ride back up them. Ha! I learned back when I had my KDX to don't do that! Elkins Flat was my favorite snow riding area because the soil was rocky enough to find some traction. But where the trees thinned out, the snow would get deep and I'd find myself stick in a drift. That was back when I had a Kawasaki KX500 modded for trail bike work. With an M5B rear tire, I could dig a trench up any snow field and fly. No way to steer, just hang on and let 'er rip. Ha! That bike scared the piss out of me more than a few times and eventually sold it to a co-worker. Just starting it was a toss of the dice to see if the kick starter would throw me and bets on just how far were made by my riding 'buddies'.

Great photos and I don't think they are too dark, that's just the flat lighting in white territory on a cloudy day is all. Add in fog and it's hard to tell earth from sky on those days.
 

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Maybe these toboggan runs will melt out before next round of snow. We could meet up somewhere sometime if you can get your bike running acceptably.
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Since Post-Caldor Fire road closures cover most everything north of HWY 88 I elected to honor the closure and play on the south side.
Caples Lake was windy and cold.
View attachment 220061

Red Lake was cold and windy.
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Finding a good camp was cold and windy.
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Then it got really windy overnight.

However a new day dawned bright and cheerful. Bit of a beaver pond at edge of camp.
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Good riding on the shoulders avoiding wheel track ice in morning. Later in day as stuff softens often the wheel tracks then became better.
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Mixed snow and dirt was fun but stock tire eventually shows its limitations. Have to pick lines a bit more carefully and spinning the tire still is hard to avoid.
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Red Lake was much better yesterday without the wind chill.
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Managed to find a few roads less traveled.
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This extremely nice tree and the granite boulder it wraps around used to flavor this sheltered camp until the 2 percenters showed up with their spray paint cans. Error in my camera setting prevent seeing all the tagging but I think it is a desecration best left in an urban environment.
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...I don't care how artistic. This old cabin has been "decorated" above Burnside Lake.
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Between the post-fire closures and the snow I ran out of places I wanted to ride.
Fun times though, a consolation prize after tossing Betty Boop's chain.
Outstanding. I know this is fun even when it's a little chilly. OK, cold!
I've always wondered who in the world says let's go for a ride and don't forget the spraypaint so we can graffiti something? While possibly artistic, why do they have to artistic places gosh-dang-it? Trying their hand a future ancient pictographs perhaps. It's all ugly to me!
 

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Admiral, you, Lori and several other's likely remember all those places from our Carson Pass Group Ride in October 2017 when nine or 10 of us camped at the same Forestdale location.
A bit of snow sure makes things look a bit different though and made inaccessible much of the terrain video'd on Saturday.
Same for Sunday, all this was closed either by snow or the Caldor Post-Fire Administrative Road Closure.
Good memories of good rides with good people. I'm chomping at the bit to get back in there and see if enough remains unburnt so as to be repeatable.
 

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Admiral posted this video reminding me that not only we had three days of fun up there but that I was also a month away from a sorely needed hip replacement and showing some pain at times. I could ride OK, just couldn't walk OK. I leaned on the bike a lot. All good now!
 
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On a side note Boarder255 & I once were camped above Caples Lake and rode over Carson Summit & up Forestdale summit to climb on foot a peak to watch the full moon rise. Hardest part was hiking back over broken ground and finding bikes in the dark.Was so much fun rockin'out under moonlight that we blew past camp and continued on for an hour of singletrackery. Good lighting, good company and good destinations made for a memorable night but a very late supper.
 

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Admiral, you, Lori and several other's likely remember all those places from our Carson Pass Group Ride in October 2017 when nine or 10 of us camped at the same Forestdale location.
A bit of snow sure makes things look a bit different though and made inaccessible much of the terrain video'd on Saturday.
Same for Sunday, all this was closed either by snow or the Caldor Post-Fire Administrative Road Closure.
Good memories of good rides with good people. I'm chomping at the bit to get back in there and see if enough remains unburnt so as to be repeatable.
That was a very fun weekend of riding. There were so many places to ride. Excellent dual-sport riding.
 

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Admiral posted this video reminding me that not only we had three days of fun up there but that I was also a month away from a sorely needed hip replacement and showing some pain at times. I could ride OK, just couldn't walk OK. I leaned on the bike a lot. All good now!
Hard to believe this was that long ago already! I haven't seen this video for a few years. Nice to go back and review once in a while.
I had forgotten how good the weather was that weekend.
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This picture isn't everyone. We had a good crew show up for this ride.
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Mrs. Admiral has a photo similar to this on her laptop. The fall colors were great too!
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Odd, I don't remember it feeling that hot even though the listed heat index was for 6,157 degrees F. Fortunately overnight temperatures did drop below the predicted 320 degree F dew point.
Weather forecasters don't always get it right.
Fun weekend leading a good group of friends all made here on the forum. We even got another round of badges made by forum member Mike's House of Madness.
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Fun sharing some of the riding areas I enjoy so much.
Another trip down memory lane with another of Admiral video showing many of places I could not get into on this latest visit:
 
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