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OK you NutJobs, time to start thinking about individual or Group Rides? Time is wasting and snow will soon be melting.
Just an idea but last spring Rider21, Boarder255 and I camped and rode but a fraction the Burlington Ridge ORV area off Highway 20 near Washington. RiderPlanet claims 100 miles of singletrack there and at the adjacent Chalk Ridge which may be an overstatement, USDA says only 50 miles.:D Tahoe National Forest - Burlington Motorcycle Trail System
This would be a good place to learn or improve confidence on single track as easy trails are available and they cross smooth fireroads frequently should one get tired of leaning into corners every hundred feet or so.
Here is a quick video of but one trail we may have ridden for most of it's length. Trail #66 was just a total giggle. Video's elevation is ~ 5,000 feet and is one of the better locations to melt out first each year. Detours down to historic Washington on the Yuba River warms thing up at maybe 3,000 feet.


I'm off to Utah this month. but late April or May may see this idea re-visited if you folks don't go there first.
 

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You Canadians are well trained to follow rules. I follow trails.

This ride idea is just an idea at this time to get the blood flowing. Timing would depend on weather and I suppose official permission for those who care. If I were to go somewhere and it says "Closed" with locked gates I would simply ride in an adjacent area. Lots of options beyond the boundaries of any jurisdiction and this area is but one example. Half of our riding on this trip was on public roads, primitive as they may be. A majority of this part of Sierra's metamorphic belt was deeded into private hands during the Gold Rush 1849 through 1930's leaving but a portion adopted by an ORV park. Balance is normal Public Lands with the attended freedoms unfettered therein.
 

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So many good riding options abound. Later this summer time permitting (and everything is legal:p) I would like to return to the Sierra Buttes/ Gold Lake area up Highway 49 past Downieville. While simple easy rides can be done a few hardy explorers could really have a good time on rougher trails. Here is a video from one day where on a 70 mile ride I visited two fire lookouts, 11 or 12 lakes ( I lost count), some highway riding as well as moderate rock gardens.
Lots of campgrounds, resorts, as well as some primitive camping is available as this is too far for a day ride for most California riders. I have ridden to Sierra Buttes via back roads from my house but that is a half day adventure in itself. The terrain gets very steep in places and the views spectacular as one looks down thousands of feet back to way one just rode up or on to the next destination.
 

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OK you NutJobs, time to start thinking about individual or Group Rides...
That video looks like some darn fine CBX fun to me!
 

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George, we could build a CBX "wet your panties" ride up there as all of Highway 49 from Grass Valley is a twisty treat. Paved backroads abound as well as reasonable, if not graded, dirt roads. Nasty rock gardens can be avoided this time, lots of intermediate riding can be done.
 

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I like the sound of dirt roads, singletrack, and intermediate riding. Especially if there is some camping involved.
 

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Yes! Just picked up a new CB500X this past Saturday! Dropped it off today to have the heated grips installed, and my Rally Raid accessories should be here in a week or two! I am so ready for some NutJob camp and rides!
 

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Get evan to show you guys the Foresthill ORV park, it re-opens April Fools Day. Seems appropriate. :D
 

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Chalk Bluff is a pretty cool riding area. One of the best trails is old narrow gauge train tracks leading down to the bottom and back up again with lots of switch back and such. I've ridden this area for many years and it's almost a secret area and not much on the internet about it. The local LEO's are very OHV rider friendly. I believe the trails are 2-wheel only. It can get VERY dusty in the dry season too.
The only 'REAL' map I've ever found of the area is right in the staging parking lot. I've never seen that map on-line and all I've found on-line doesn't come close to what is really there for 2-wheel riding.

Anyways, I would endorse this riding area if you can find it, find a map and go when the trails are not dusty dry. A hidden gem.
 

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Chalk Bluff-Rider Planet

https://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/info/california_12316/ride_6f85.htm

Chalk Bluff is a pretty cool riding area. One of the best trails is old narrow gauge train tracks leading down to the bottom and back up again with lots of switch back and such. I've ridden this area for many years and it's almost a secret area and not much on the internet about it. The local LEO's are very OHV rider friendly. I believe the trails are 2-wheel only. It can get VERY dusty in the dry season too.
The only 'REAL' map I've ever found of the area is right in the staging parking lot. I've never seen that map on-line and all I've found on-line doesn't come close to what is really there for 2-wheel riding.

Anyways, I would endorse this riding area if you can find it, find a map and go when the trails are not dusty dry. A hidden gem.
 

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Good points SkiPro. Normally I try to avoid any place listed in RiderPlanet but this place is the exception.
Good for spring or fall. Some of the fresher KTM entrenched trails I found were too deep and narrow for the TW whose footpegs hung up on the edges while poor TW tire tried to find the bottom, so I stick to trails at least a foot wide when in the softer loamy areas.
Variety can be had by dropping down to the Yuba River and riding both upstream along the river as well as crossing to explore far side of drainage. Big loops going downstream to Bloomfield and other hydraulic mining sites, as well as going east "upstream" along ridge lines past Graniteville to Bowman Lake and then back out to highway 20. Bowman Road got washed out in 2017 flooding, I would call Ranger District to confirm road status before committing to this loop which also connects to the Grouse Ridge road.
Here is a slice of Washington Road, so nice I rode it twice.:p This was from a November camp-n-ride. Bananachunks could get downright frisky on his Honda here.
 

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The ride upstream from Washington is a nice but rocky detour a good 10 degrees or more warmer than the ORV park's ridge lines and deep woods .
 

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You are right about the trenches. I once rode the area on a KDX220. The bike has the forks that extend past the axle a few inches. That alone would stop me! Eventually I modded that bike and changed those 'spaghetti noodle' forks over to KX250 inverted forks. Much better clearances plus better suspension.

Chalk Bluff is a distinct and separate staging parking lot than Burlington. It's a little East and on the South side of 20. I think the highway department quit posting the street sign after so many times being removed by those trying to keep it secret. However, Google Earth has pretty much killed that plan. Still, it's rarely used due to the remoteness of the area from populations.
https://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/info/california_12316/map_4b96.htm

An area I used to ride, back in the 70's, was staged out of a place called Lindsay Lake. It too was off 20 toward the Eastern end and North. Bowman Lake was the turn off from 20 as I recall. Now THAT was an amazing place to ride back then! I had a Suzuki TS90 Honcho.


From what I found, the road is now closed out of Lindsay Lake. I'd still ride it though, if I were ever back up that way again. Just too beautiful and dozens of lakes to stop at and lots of granite slabs to ride.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recarea/?recid=55606
Scroll down to the map and zoom out a bit. Then convert to arial view for an idea of the terrain and the multitude of lakes on that route.
 

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SkiPro, you and I must be getting a little long in the tooth for I too recall when one could jeep into the Lindsey Lakes Basin & on to Carr and Feely Lakes. However I think they have all been hike-in lakes for a good 25 years. Forest Service wants to eliminate vehicles along lake shores like this whenever possible.

Now one can ride up Grouse Ridge Road on the southern basin's margin which overlooks many of these really pretty lakes. The eastern ones are rockbound gems in glaciated granites and deserve protection but the forested ones to the west have been impacted long ago.
 

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Yes! Just picked up a new CB500X this past Saturday! Dropped it off today to have the heated grips installed, and my Rally Raid accessories should be here in a week or two! I am so ready for some NutJob camp and rides!
great to hear george!
 
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