Saturday, October 27, 2007

Caspar Trails Map

Cycling Trails in Caspar Area of Jackson State Forest

Please be courteous to equestrians and hikers/dog walkers that frequent this area. Do not ride trails when wet. Trails stay wet weeks after a heavy rain and will be damaged if ridden. Take all your trash out with you. Jackson State Forest has been great about allowing bikes on trails. Please do your best to keep this Forest open to cyclists!

Lower loop. Miles, 3. Fitness level, medium. Skill level, medium.

Lower loop trailhead, Rd 500 at Rd 600, don’t block the gate. Look for 500 Trail a hundred feet down Rd 600 on left. This is fun twisting trail thru redwood, fir, and pine forest. There is a few short steep climbs but most of this trail is not hard to ride. Watch out for large tree roots and sandy corners, ride with caution. Trail ends at T.V. Trail about an eighth mile after crossing Rd 500. You may turn left to return to Lower loop trailhead or turn right and add Upper loop and 4.5 miles to your ride. This trail is an old logging road and it is fairly flat and straight with a lot of large puddles months after rain. Most puddles have by-pass trails around them. Really fast speeds can be reached on this trail. Make lots of noise and expect to see someone on the trail around every corner. T.V. Trail east has some rutted areas and a stream crossing fallowed by a short, steep, rutted climb about an eighth mile from S.H. Trail, at west end is Rd 530. This rocked road is closed to motor vehicles because garbage dumping was a major problem. Road ends at Rd 500 turn left for a few hundred feet to first logging road on right and take this road a few hundred feet to 500 Trail turn right on trail to Lower loop trailhead.

Upper Loop. Miles, 2.5. Fitness level, difficult. Skill level, difficult.

Upper loop trailhead, Rd 500 at Rd 520, don’t block the gate. Look for S.H. Trail a few hundred feet up Rd 500 on left. This is an old logging road that is used illegally by four-wheel drive off roaders. Because of this use there are large ruts and holes on the trail, ride with caution. Follow this trail about a quarter mile to T.V. Trail. You may turn left here to Lower loop or keep straight on Upper loop. After about a mile look for rutted trail on left, this is Three Pipe Trail. This is a very steep climb on an old logging trail. Near the top of the climb look for trail on right. This is Gunslinger Trail that was built by cyclists and has many tight corners and abrupt grade changes. After crossing Rd 500 find Thru Stump Trail to right of gate and more technical trail. This trail ends at Rd 500 across from S.H. Trail. Turn left on road to Upper loop trailhead.

Friday, September 28, 2007

The big Picture

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Jiros playground

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Mendocino Woodlands

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Caspar Classic Race and Fun Ride

Mendocino Coast Cyclists will host the Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Race and Fun Ride on Sunday September 2nd starting from the old Caspar Scales (Rd 500 at Rd 600)

Registration opens at 9am Race starts at 10am
Fun Ride will start around 10:30

This will be a family friendly event!

27 mile Race for Advanced riders

12 mile Race for Beginner riders

1 mile Race for riders under 12 years old

Fun Ride for anyone wishing to enjoy riding in the redwoods and watching some of the race action.

Entry Fee is $25

For more information contact
Rick Riley at (707) 964-5250

Come out, have some fun while helping support cycling on the Mendocino Coast!
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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Club Camp out

Mendocino Coast Cyclists will hold the annual camp out starting the evening of Friday August 24th at Camp Tilley (near Camp One on JDSF). Poker ride will start Sunday August 26th from camp, prizes at 2pm. Saturday night Barbecue and lunch Sunday will be supplied as a thank you to Club Members. A general meeting is planned for Sunday at 10am. Ideas for events, food, and fun are always welcome. Contact Rick Riley at 964-5250 with ideas, or for more information.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Trash Clean-up Day

Saturday August 11th 10am meeting at the Caspar Scales (Rd 500 at Rd 600) Mendocino Coast Cyclists will again hold a trash clean-up day on Jackson State Forest. Garbage is less then in years past but clean-up is still needed. The plan is to break into small groups and head out to known problem areas. We should regroup around 2pm and load trucks headed to Caspar Garbage Transfer Station. For more information call Rick Riley at 964-5250
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Monday, June 18, 2007

Fathers Day Ride

I dont know how your Fathers Day ride was , but mine was great! Five and a half hours.
We rode Manley Gulch and then the Old Valley trail on the east side of the creek in the Woodlands canyon.
Then we went up Big River to Picolates(?).
Then up and over to Laguna to Laguna crossing and up the east side of Big River to Lillys. John had the briliant idea to climb up Boiler to 720.
About did us in.
Gascap and Gastank to Paralell Action.
What a beautiful day.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Another Sea Otter!

This was another memorable Otter experience! More venders came this year then in the past. Some had very good swag. Gary took home a very nice road bike frame. Jiro test road a few bikes on a fun part of the old XC course. We had some bad crashes but for the most part it was a lot of fun.

Morning coffee at camp.

Ready to ride Saturday before a heavy rain storm.

Cate after the podium!
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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Jiro's Birthday Ride

March 4th Mendocino Coast Cyclists toured the meandering trails along Rd 409 on to Rd 720 and onto the Woodlands trails for Jiro's BD ride. We all had a great time! Charlie went off trail and had his shoes knocked of his feet but was unhurt by the experience. Every time I am out in this area Jiro has added some new trails to his playground! We may need some trail markers to find our way through (maybe color coded caution tape). The Club could use some more fun outings like this! Thanks Jiro and keep up the good work!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Sea Otter Classic

MCC has reserved the two campsites at Sea Otter we have enjoyed in past. Sites are available April 12th. - 15th. Cost per person is $30 for Club Members, and $40 for Non Members for all three nights. This is a inexpensive way to check out a World Class Cycling Event. To reserve your space send camp fee to MCC at, P.O.Box 742, Fort Bragg, CA. 95437, or show up and hope there is room.
Early race entry ends March 23rd. Save $10 per race by entering before then. Super-G and BMX races will be new this year.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Waterfall Time!

I have been trying to move that trash photo down. Hope this works!
Manley Gulch Waterfall

Saturday, February 24, 2007

More Trash on JDSF

Most dumping was at the old party spot on Road 530 before the gate was put up. Photo taken at Rd. 500 and Rd. 530.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Trees Down on Trails

Wind has fallen trees and blocked trails along the Mendocino Coast. As of Sunday Feb.4th these trails are open with some new challenges. Rd. 500 Parallel, TV, Rd. 510 to Three Pipe, Gun Slinger, Thru Tree, South/ North Weir, Forbidden, Underworld, Rd 409 Parallel, Forest History, Cookhouse, Gas Tank, Gas Cap, Rusty's, and Ames Lodge.

David Desautels did a lot of work to clear trails and deserves a major thank you!

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

New Leadership for MCC in 2007

Jiro Tully has been elected President for 2007. He will work to map trails, update the Club web site, and has many other great ideas for the club in 2007.
Rick Riley will be Secretary in 2007. He is sure to make Club newsletters and e-mails interesting and fun to read. He has a good relationship with local media and will certainly get Club events and concerns out to membership, and the public as well.
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