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I'm keen on trying Penny Pines, looks beautiful from the videos and pictures. I want to know if it's a place where one would be in danger of getting lost or stranded in the event of a bike failure or injury, or is it a place where riders are constantly coming through and that gives you a good sense how to get back to camp. I live more than three hours away so I would probably spend 2-3 days there. Also would like to know if there's a gas station nearby and cell phone reception.

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get a map, dont drown out in the rice fork river, its all easy squid trails, you can walk out to the main road from both sides,  i get cell at penny pines but i have and amp, you can get cell on the upper deer vally road, gas in upper lake at woodys ,, dont get cought on the main county road on a dirt bike,. running creek casino has good prime rib, thats in upper lake, look it up..

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I always get confused, penny pines is a campground but the trails are the gold note trails. On weekends there are usually plenty of riders , the trails are double wide easy fun trails

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Are there any sort of rocky, steep or difficult sections? i was hoping for a mix of fast smooth trails along with some technical stuff

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Penny pines is middle creek/upper lake/clearlake. Gold Note is elkins/pipi/leoni meadows area. 

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2 minutes ago, md30 said:

Are there any sort of rocky, steep or difficult sections? i was hoping for a mix of fast smooth trails along with some technical stuff

There is some minor technical challenges there, I'm sure you'll find it to be fine. It's a pretty decent riding area if you've never been, not like going to Carneige or Metcalf or something. Just kind of spread out, you would benefit from a map. Gas station in Upper Lake is like a 15 minute drive away. Perfectly good place to camp and ride. 

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Penny pines is middle creek/upper lake/clearlake. Gold Note is elkins/pipi/leoni meadows area. 


oh yeah, thanks for correcting me, PiPi is what confuses me with gold note

yeah , I know jack shit about penny pines

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10 minutes ago, md30 said:

What's the average elevation? I realize it changes but for what altitude should i set my baseline jetting?

2,500 to 4,000 there isnt a rock in the whole place and a kid could ride the whole place on a 50, except a few ruts and mud puddles, its easy easy, every thing has been dumbed down with a trail cat, they even by passed the rocky hard section on upper sled ridge..

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2,500 to 4,000 there isnt a rock in the whole place and a kid could ride the whole place on a 50, except a few ruts and mud puddles, its easy easy, every thing has been dumbed down with a trail cat, they even by passed the rocky hard section on upper sled ridge..


so you say it's not worth a trip? I don't wanna get up there and get bored. any other spots in the area more challenging?

i usually ride Carnegie since it's pretty close but i wanna try something new

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Maphttps://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5145212.pdf . Download it onto your phone.

Camp at Penny Pines. With Verizon, I get 3g service at the campsite in the back. There is little to no service on the trails though.

There are some technical trails, but not too much. Trail 1 and 24 have some fun spots, but Penny Pines is mostly about ripping flowy trails. On weekends the trails are busy. Ride like there is always someone coming the other way.

My rides go from 2,200 to 4,200 ft at Penny Pines. You can also ride over to Stonyford and back-- in which case you would max at 5800 ft.

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I also think it is worth a visit.  Lots of folks like the Trail 38 loop.  I do it counter clockwise so I can do down the hill(s) with the deep rut down the middle ;-)

Assuming the road is open you can also drive over the dirt road to Stonyford.  Call the ranger as there is a small water crossing, but I don't know what it looks like this year...

 

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9 hours ago, md30 said:

 


so you say it's not worth a trip? I don't wanna get up there and get bored. any other spots in the area more challenging?

 

i usually ride Carnegie since it's pretty close but i wanna try something new

its worth it, beautiful place,  

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Decent place, Penny Pines campground is at the top of Elk Mtn Rd out of Upper Lake. Yes, you can get turned around on the trails there, chances are mid week you'll not see a soul there. Cell reception is spotty. Easy to moderate flowy fun trails, zero pucker factor there. No need to rejet your bike, guessing avg elevation is 2500 - 3Kish feet. Like others said, get a map as there is a ranger station at the bottom of Mendenhall Rd in Upper lake.

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35 minutes ago, md30 said:

how is the snake situation around this time and summer? i saw two snakes yesterday riding in Carnegie, kept me on edge all day!

they hang out in the rock piles, were its warm,  dont let you kids climb on the rocks,  you wont see any snakes,  

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7 hours ago, md30 said:

how is the snake situation around this time and summer? i saw two snakes yesterday riding in Carnegie, kept me on edge all day!

The only snakes around Penny are the kinds that jump out and getcha.

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