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http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/20/5664608/equestrians-mountain-bikers-tussle.html

 

This is a splinter group that opposes OHV/Mtn. Bike use on the WST.  OHV has had a good relationship with the Tevis Cup event and other Equestrian groups, such as the Gold Country Trails Council.

 

We should maintain these good relationships and not allow a few unreasonable horseback riders to create a fight with responsible Equestrians.

 

 

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The fear is that a mountain biker will come tearing down a narrow, cliff-exposed trail, spook a horse and send the rider tumbling to their death, Suter said.

Sounds like these folks do not understand the risks that come with horse riding and have poorly trained horses. Ban them!  :banghead:

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From Michigan Bluff east, to the east end of Red Star Ridge is open to motorized multiple use. 

 

There is a new segment of the WST, near Duncan Peak Lookout and the Robinson Flat road that is CLOSED to OHV.  OHV takes the Robinson Flat Rd to Robinson Flat CC to access the Duncan Trailhead/WST/Tevis Cup. WST trail passes to the south of Duncan Peak LO and that is CLOSED to OHV.

 

The WST trail and loop 6 at Foresthill OHV area are closed due to the American fire.  Forest order issued last week.

 

The Equestrians will benefit from OHV grant money.  Which will help reopen the WST and Last Chance trails that have been impacted by the American fire.

 

This is the segment from Last Chance to Devils thumb that burned in the American fire.  This video may even show the old mining building that burned?

 

http://youtu.be/Qf_JZDSvbhg

 

Part of Last Chance trail was used as a fire line.  No video of this segment of the trail.

 

Duncan Canyon and Red Star Ridge trails, which make up the rest of the WST trail which is Open to motorized multiple use.  Parts of both trails were impacted by the Star fire several years ago.  They remained closed post fire for several years. 

 

Duncan Cyn

 

http://youtu.be/hyaXeammS_U

 

Red Star

 

http://youtu.be/MUrO6tlT4P4

 

Red Star Part 2.  Elephants trunk and Cougar Rock.

 

http://youtu.be/SgftGvVoa_0

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From Michigan Bluff east, to the east end of Red Star Ridge is open to motorized multiple use. 

 

There is a new segment of the WST, near Duncan Peak Lookout and the Robinson Flat road that is CLOSED to OHV.  OHV takes the Robinson Flat Rd to Robinson Flat CC to access the Duncan Trailhead/WST/Tevis Cup. WST trail passes to the south of Duncan Peak LO and that is CLOSED to OHV.

 

The WST trail and loop 6 at Foresthill OHV area are closed due to the American fire.  Forest order issued last week.

 

The Equestrians will benefit from OHV grant money.  Which will help reopen the WST and Last Chance trails that have been impacted by the American fire.

 

This is the segment from Last Chance to Devils thumb that burned in the American fire.  This video may even show the old mining building that burned?

 

http://youtu.be/Qf_JZDSvbhg

 

Part of Last Chance trail was used as a fire line.  No video of this segment of the trail.

 

Duncan Canyon and Red Star Ridge trails, which make up the rest of the WST trail which is Open to motorized multiple use.  Parts of both trails were impacted by the Star fire several years ago.  They remained closed post fire for several years. 

 

Duncan Cyn

 

http://youtu.be/hyaXeammS_U

 

Red Star

 

http://youtu.be/MUrO6tlT4P4

 

Red Star Part 2.  Elephants trunk and Cougar Rock.

 

http://youtu.be/SgftGvVoa_0

 

Awesome videos Dave! Thank you for sharing.

 

In your opinion what are the best Sierra single track trails?

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I am still searching for the Perfect Cycle Trail.

 

I have ridden a lot of good trails, but the USFS keeps closing the ones I like. 

 

Others are destroyed by many of my fellow riders.  Wheel spinning, brake sliding, too lazy to clear the trail, they go around all the down trees and snow drifts.  Cut switchbacks, braid the trail with multiple lines...Ride loud bikes and draw unneeded attention.  The USFS either closes such trails or drops a blade and turns it into another high speed, whooped out Quad Crap route.  Picket Fence, on the El Dorado NF would be one example of a good trail that too few had the desire to take care of and give it a chance to be designated.  It became cluster and is illegal today. 

 

I like the adventure found in riding a trail for the first time.  Not knowing what lies ahead. 

 

I would think the adventure of riding a legal motorized trail, from Mexico to Canada, may peak my interest?   

 

I like Pristine Mountain Trails with lakes, cliffs, vistas, exposure, mountain meadows, history, waterfalls... along the way.  Some technical stuff, some flowing stuff...The more varied the trail, the better. 

 

The USFS uses the same tactic to close trails, comment on your favorite trails.  I can't, I have not rode it yet! 

 

OHV areas and OHV Parks, feel like Indian Reservations to me.  Riding around on the same numbered and mapped loop, on Quad crap, in fear of the next head on.  One Way Quad Routes breed more idiots that should never be allowed to ride Forest trails.

 

How about a 1000 miles of unmarked trails, no trail signs, no maps, no track logs, no waypoints.  Give me a week and I'll find it all and if I miss a few, I'll have something to look for on the next ride.  Old fashioned cow trailing, adventure, exploration...

 

Thanks to all the riders who help keep our trails open, legal and pristine.

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i dont think he wants to share

 

You catch on quick. Don't look for free SSS locations here. :naughty:  

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I vote this post of the year!

See you soon Dave, braaappparingdingding.

I am still searching for the Perfect Cycle Trail.

 

I have ridden a lot of good trails, but the USFS keeps closing the ones I like. 

 

Others are destroyed by many of my fellow riders.  Wheel spinning, brake sliding, too lazy to clear the trail, they go around all the down trees and snow drifts.  Cut switchbacks, braid the trail with multiple lines...Ride loud bikes and draw unneeded attention.  The USFS either closes such trails or drops a blade and turns it into another high speed, whooped out Quad Crap route.  Picket Fence, on the El Dorado NF would be one example of a good trail that too few had the desire to take care of and give it a chance to be designated.  It became cluster and is illegal today. 

 

I like the adventure found in riding a trail for the first time.  Not knowing what lies ahead. 

 

I would think the adventure of riding a legal motorized trail, from Mexico to Canada, may peak my interest?   

 

I like Pristine Mountain Trails with lakes, cliffs, vistas, exposure, mountain meadows, history, waterfalls... along the way.  Some technical stuff, some flowing stuff...The more varied the trail, the better. 

 

The USFS uses the same tactic to close trails, comment on your favorite trails.  I can't, I have not rode it yet! 

 

OHV areas and OHV Parks, feel like Indian Reservations to me.  Riding around on the same numbered and mapped loop, on Quad crap, in fear of the next head on.  One Way Quad Routes breed more idiots that should never be allowed to ride Forest trails.

 

How about a 1000 miles of unmarked trails, no trail signs, no maps, no track logs, no waypoints.  Give me a week and I'll find it all and if I miss a few, I'll have something to look for on the next ride.  Old fashioned cow trailing, adventure, exploration...

 

Thanks to all the riders who help keep our trails open, legal and pristine.

 

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Take a look at Dave's videos on YouTube.  He has hours of pristine single track all over the Sierra's & beyond.

 

When you see an equestrian out on the trail, pull over & cut your engine.  Let them pass at their leisure. :thumbsup: 9 times out of 10 they'll be very appreciative.

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