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Rider21, Boarder225 and I were to meet and ride to a series of sub-alpine lakes in carved out bowls of glacial eroded granites in the mid-sierras. However my scouting Friday showed access blocked by too much snow and erosion.


So we ended up at another 15 miles west and a few thousand feet lower atop Burlington Ridge between major ORV area of Chalk Bluffs and Stillman Horse Camp. Lots of hiking and biking designated trails there in addition to the supposedly over hundred miles of single track for motorcycles. After we scratched the surface with maybe thirty miles I am ready to believe the claims. Very nice , deep soils, heavy varied evergreen timber grading to manzanita and oak as we descended into lower elevations. Here is a poor man’s T-Pee we found.

Saturday we warmed up with some fire road then endless single track riding right out of our primitive camp. 18 miles later we returned to camp, shed warm layers and toured the smooth old mining roads to the Alpha and Omega Diggings so we could get chance to upshift out of first and second gears.

Then we descended from the 5,000 ft ridge line to Washington along the South Yuba at 2,600 ft elevation. We then headed upstream along the booming river flowing very high with run-off to the PoorBoy Mine’s boulder plucking derrick. The road was pretty nasty at that point so a riverside lunch and nap seems appropriate afterwards.





Rider21 needed to go home so Boarder21 & I spent the remainder of the day riding more, back to Washington this time via twisty scenic asphalt just for fun of 6 miles of descending twisty corners and climb back up. Then more single track in the Burlington Ridge and Chalk Bluff areas. It was about 7 pm when we finally rolled back into camp after a 77 mile mostly trail riding day.
We sat around the fire until midnight waiting for the full moon to burn through the clouds while solving all the world’s problems with the aid of liquid refreshments. However somehow this morning I cannot remember the brilliant solutions we had the night before.

All in all an excellent weekend with great riding companions, a great campsite, unusually smooth easy trails and roads. Friday’s rain kept the dust down and gave the loamy soil an almost rubbery consistency with perfect traction.
Didn’t take many photos, but i’ll cook up a few videos soon.



Lots of small rice grain to 2cm wide wildflowers.


 

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The region is understandably popular with off road motorcycles, forest is cool in summertime and offers a lot of varied terrain. Too steep and narrow for much four wheeler activity but well suited for winding single tracks, railing bermshots around trees, leaning into innumerable full lock turns, but nothing too challenging.
Burlington Motorcycle Trail System - California ... - RiderPlanet USA

NOTE: RiderPlanet now claims only 50 miles of trails, mostly rated Expert for the Burlington Ridge portion. However single track riding, especially narrow twisty tight woods riding, was a new experience for Rider21 yet he mastered it in no time flat. Of course his being an ex- motocross racer helped.:p Perhaps we did wear him out a little bit though. 97d873947765c296e4ee7ceaa5fc7a34.jpg
 

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Excellent adventure Fred. super.gif You even had time to smell the flowers. encore.gif

Wearing all those riders out, Boarder21 and Rider21, I see you took them on more Fred easy trails. ha ha. Are Boarder21 and Rider21 related, they both have 21 in their forum name? Wearing out the 21's you are.:toothy5:
 

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Gosh I must have been tired when I got home and posted pics with typos. Correct forum names for these two excellent riding companions are indeed Rider21 from Reno and Boarder255, an accomplished chemical engineer from the San Francisco Bay area. Boarder255 is an avid snow boarder and XT225 rider. Me thinks he possibly had a typo boo-boo himself when signing up to the forum for logically should he not be Boarder225?
Honestly, most of the weekend was easy riding on fairly smooth soil. While some of the single track twisted and turned seemingly endlessly for miles in deep dark woods other segments looped back and forth crossing the major ridge line and a smooth access road providing opportunities to leave the single track and cool off on a smooth double track. We never did complete the full length of single track trail #66 despite probably a good four hours at 5 mph exploring and re-riding different sections of #66.
The ride to Washington and then upstream to Golden Quartz pic-nic site was also easy but going beyond to the 40 ft tall derrick of the Poor Boy Mine was a challenge as the road narrowed and the drop-off to the river seemed deadly. Our bikes would have easily squirted between the guard boulders along the cliff edge had we made bounced off any trail obstructions...a place to stay focused. e92b9052c951cc5a6688f9552165b873.jpg 911bda20447bd709cef0cb694c4ee709.jpg
 

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I had offered variations of this ride for a NorCal Nutjob gathering in the past but no one seemed interested. Riding can be tailored to the degree of difficulty desired. We saw a family group doing just easy stuff as well as hard core groups of big thumpers.
"Single track 'till you puke" doesn't have to be the predominant theme.

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Not everything was smooth sailing. Upstream of this brand new bridge the road along the South Yuba River canyon's north shore got rougher. This was the only fairly bumpy riding for the weekend. The riverside resting pictures posted previously were from a day use area called Golden Quartz which has deep calm trout holding pools between rapids. The turn around above the current placer mine is another mile or so beyond the rock nap and lunch spot.
 

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Dwight, Dale and I had descended from our 5,000 ft ridge camp to the 2,500 ft elevate river via the old Alpha Diggings jeep road, ~ 4 miles of steep twisty dirt in first, second and third gears.
After Dwight had to head home Dale and I went back to the river via the paved Washington Road to do the same descent and climb back out to get some 4th, 5th, and for Dale 6th gear Dual Sport time. Here are a few of the twisties with some pretty views to enjoy if only I could take my eyes off the intended line.
Somehow motorcycling and patriotic music seem to go together...perhaps it is a freedom thing or just that I love my country. Chalk it up to the upcoming Independence Day.
 

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Fred, great little ride report! Always a blast riding good trails and exploring new places with you. We will for sure be back! If some adventurous soles are interested to learn how to ride single track, it is a great place to go with lots of primitive camping opportunities. Maybe a group ride later this summer will be in store.

Surprised you didn't mention anything about the mid morning trail fixing on Sunday ??
 

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Dale, I’m not completely sure we were camped in a permissible primitive camp site. As such I would be reluctant to say there are lots of similar primitive camping opportunities, certainly lots of fire rings outside the ORV boundaries. However there are several official National Forest Campgrounds in the area costing ~$18/ night like the Stillwell campground with the horse camp and dispersed group camping. We stopped and chatted with 2 nice old ladies packing out their horse poop. One can also ride straight out from this camp into the Burlington Ridge trail network. It would be good for a group ride base.
 

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Dwight, Dale and I had descended from our 5,000 ft ridge camp to the 2,500 ft elevate river via the old Alpha Diggings jeep road, ~ 4 miles of steep twisty dirt in first, second and third gears.
After Dwight had to head home Dale and I went back to the river via the paved Washington Road to do the same descent and climb back out to get some 4th, 5th, and for Dale 6th gear Dual Sport time. Here are a few of the twisties with some pretty views to enjoy if only I could take my eyes off the intended line.
Somehow motorcycling and patriotic music seem to go together...perhaps it is a freedom thing or just that I love my country. Chalk it up to the upcoming Independence Day.
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Sometimes nice to hit those pavement twisties isn't it! Love the soundtrack to match yes I do!

I almost included this same Nation Anthem track somewhere in my Prowling the Palouse Ride video being it was Memorial Day Weekend. Instead, I chose the not so American Colonel Bogey March but still seemed appropriate.

Thanks for sharing your video's. ...and gee dang it, I wish it wasn't so darn far to your place (he said with a wish I was riding with those guys voice).:D
 

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View into the Yuba River canyon and old hydraulic diggings of Alpha and Omega from the Washington Road and the Omega Overlook Trail.





As Dale pointed out it is an excellant motorcycle friendly place to practice or learn single track riding skills.
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