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I so love riding in granitic terrain. Recently returned from a Sierra trip in mildly glaciated area where the scouring has left characteristic scrapes, glacial polish and enormous boulders dropped when the ice retreated while leaving me some pretty pleasing scenery to play around in. Had a nice sheltered 4x4 camp next to a mirror like pond camp (TW at right edge) A98F5901-A2B0-4B51-B848-4E3E97FE1E3E_1563398200307.jpeg
 

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Nothing fishy about it, love the beautiful scenic variety of the eroded rocks, the lakes and meadows as well as the twisty roads that get me there.
 

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Hey Fred,
I gotta tell ya, that scenery looks dangerously like the Rubicon Trail that we've done twice with out Jeeps. It's outstanding scenery for sure. I love it in that area.
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Yeah, the Sierras have this wonderful belt of exposed granite extending for quite some ways that is a total joy for so many outdoor activities.
Late season snow, high water and just astounding man made and natural erosion of jeep trails had locked me out of most of my intended destinations.
Formerly do-able group ride routes I've done with some of you in the past seemed now effectively un-ridable. Need an exoskeleton rock crawler with 44" tires and a 4X transfer case for some sections now.



Some of the boulder fields that stopped me before I got to the known challenging intense Jeep sections. A little too steep and too many bushel sized boulders one after another for me by myself.
 

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Some of the historic creek crossings that stopped me...more than a little too deep with high snowmelt and Reservoir releases
 

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I have to ask, where did you do all this? Where did you enter and leave (if not the same place)? Do you know where the Rubicon trail begins? If not, it basically has two starting points. One is right at Georgetown and the other, is very, very close to Loon Lake. We did it twice from Loon lake. And, for us Jeepers, we exited a few miles just south of South Lake Tahoe. But, your pics are so darn close to what I remember seeing and experiencing while on the Rubicon run. Man, you got my mouth watering for that area again. Although, I've done my last run on that Rubicon, way to intense, way too non-forgiving. Both the wife and I are still, to this day, surprised that we did no body damage to either Jeep, for the two times we did it. I did break a front axle the first time but, we repaired it while there, 'cause I carried a spare. I really, really appreciate you supplying the pics of that area. To me, it's close to the top of the line for places to experience. Glad the nature Nazi's haven't got their hands on it yet for a shut-down.
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Have seen the Rubicon Trail change quite a bit over the last 50+ years and in my opinion not all the changes are not for the better.
The above riding areas are a bit to the south. I'm getting a bit like FDR when asked what secret base Jimmy Doolittle's B-24s took off from to bomb Tokyo. Not wishing to reveal the Navy's Yorktown class CV-8 Hornet launched the planes Roosevelt instead said the secret base was in Shangri-la. So I'll just say I was riding in Shangri-la. :p
It is probably too late to slow down the inevitable ongoing over-use and subsequent over-management of some of my favorite areas but still I'ld rather see folks concentrate on already worn-out Rubicon with it's popularity, traffic, permits, closures, Sheriff patrols, Jamborees, etc.
 

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Enough rant....how about some more pretty scenery from that TW ride?
 

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Yeah, the Sierras have this wonderful belt of exposed granite extending for quite some ways that is a total joy for so many outdoor activities.
Late season snow, high water and just astounding man made and natural erosion of jeep trails had locked me out of most of my intended destinations.
Formerly do-able group ride routes I've done with some of you in the past seemed now effectively un-ridable. Need an exoskeleton rock crawler with 44" tires and a 4X transfer case for some sections now.



Some of the boulder fields that stopped me before I got to the known challenging intense Jeep sections. A little too steep and too many bushel sized boulders one after another for me by myself.
I think you need to add a trials bike to your stable Fred then you can hop rock to rock.
 

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I sure couldn't figure out the rock hopping here. Think the gaps between boulders on the steeper sections might gobble up many ATVs & Side-by-sides. Fifteen years ago I would drive this in a Toyota 4x4 pick-up with 31" BFGs. 44" or larger exo-skeletonized Toyotas seem to be the vehicle of choice these days. Trail gets steeper to the left with bushel sized boulders before descending into a snow filled bottomland Screen Shot 2019-07-21 at 8.25.57 PM.png
 

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Feeling mortal and a bit lazy I turned around here too after seeing what was around corner. This one was not much worse than last time I rode here...doable but lengthy boulder patch leads to stellar creekside camping. View attachment 195520
 

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Fred,
Keep the pics coming. The last one only says: attachment 195520 but, will not come in. I sure like that area. Gonna have to make an effort to get up there and camp some place and do a bit of TW exploring. I'd like to consult you at a later date for a "beginner" so-to-speak" if that's ok. I've done a few zillion miles of Jeep'n and, hard core stuff but, not a lot of bike'n. It sure looks like a ton of fun.
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Excellent! Nice pics thank you for sharing. My stomping grounds.

One of these days we should attempt to put together a Nor Cal ride in that general area as there is a ton of fantastic trails to explore.
 

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Fred,
Not sure what's happening here but, the last couple of posts you've done, included a pic or two but, they are only, 195518 and 195520. I click on them and it only leads me to an: "Invalid Link". I'm obviously signed in and all that so, not sure what's up.
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Sorry, my new phone & I are not playing well together thus photo posting difficulties.
 

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I so love riding in granitic terrain. Recently returned from a Sierra trip
What a beautiful place to ride! Just WOW!



Incredible!



Creature in the foreground reminds me of someone. :)



You've made it impossible to pick a best picture!
 

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A few more glimpses of seemingly endless places of natural beauty one can see in a day from the saddle of a TW.
 

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My camp was tucked away with just a line of trees between van and the rock bound mirror lake. Takes a little negotiating to get in there but this is a good example of why I have the 4x4 van/ Motojack lift/ TW combination...puts me right in heart of some quality terrain seemingly all to myself. Good base camp for riding or just taking a late night stroll under the stars after the fire burns down to glowing coals.
 

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