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Spring Gap/Beardsley Reservoir Loop

This bike ride combines a couple of east-west unpaved Sugar Pine Railway segments with fairly steep connectors at each end–paved Beardsley Road on the east end and unpaved Forest Route 4N88 in the west. Including the railroad grades and the … Continue reading

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Pinecrest to Columbia on Sugar Pine Railway and Ditch Trails

This bike ride is about as easy as an almost forty mile long unpaved ride can get since it’s a shuttle and return on descending railroad and ditch trails. But it’s still a long haul with lots of nature and … Continue reading

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Rim Fire Closure

I’ve uploaded a Google Earth file showing how the Rim Fire and closure order affect the rides I’ve posted for the Stanislaus National Forest. The most recent closure order runs through November 18, 2014, but that date can change. See … Continue reading

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Google Earth Map Overlays (for map geeks)

This post is about options for improving on the default aerial imagery in Google Earth by providing various maps beneath the data. This post will also be added to the “Using Google Earth” menu. I’ve previously provided a link for … Continue reading

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Rim Fire Update

As the fire activity has decreased, smoke is more a nuisance rather than an acute health hazard now in Sonora. There’s usually a smoky smell in the mornings, but the air is reasonably clear, and conditions improve as the day … Continue reading

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The Rim Fire

I’ve been assuming the fire situation to be well-publicized and haven’t addressed it. But I am seeing traffic on the site, so here are some pointers for people who are from out of the area. There are Forest Closure Orders … Continue reading

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Herring Creek Loop

There are not a lot of complete loops to choose from at the higher elevations in the Stanislaus. Excepting the highway corridors, most of the high country is designated as Wilderness with no bikes allowed. The Herring Creek Loop is … Continue reading

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Bald Mountain Heliport Webcam

I’ve been meaning to get this on the site, and today is the day. When there’s a question about whether there’s fire, smoke, or thunderstorms, it can be handy to check the Bald Mountain Heliport Webcam on the Stanislaus Forest … Continue reading

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longhorn village less sugar bike

The blog comes with a fairly comprehensive report of statistics. Things are good and the traffic is steadily increasing. But let’s face it, if I was expecting to set records for web traffic, it would be time to throw in … Continue reading

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Westside Rail Trail, Clavey River

The area of this ride is affected by the Stanislaus National Forest Rim Fire closure order. See the Rim Fire Closure Area page and the Stanislaus Forest website for details. The Tuolumne Westside Rail Trail gets most of the attention, … Continue reading

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The Basin Loop

The area of this ride may be affected by the Stanislaus National Forest Rim Fire closure order. See the Rim Fire Closure Area page and the Stanislaus Forest website for details. The Basin is a descriptively named forested basin in … Continue reading

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Changes

Some updates to note: Revision of Tuolumne Westside Rail Trail post. Revision of American Camp Fire Lookout post. Addition of labels to loops on Tuolumne Bikes Google Earth map–makes it easier to navigate the blog using the map. Updates to … Continue reading

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Italian Bar Road to Jupiter and Back

Ain’t no joke, you can ride your bike to Jupiter. This is a long gravel road bike ride to  remote areas between the South and Middle Forks of the Stanislaus River in the  Stanislaus National Forest. Choose this loop if … Continue reading

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Columbia Airport-College Loop

The Airport-College Loop is a useful road bike ride for riders who are not used to hills, who are working on getting back into shape, or for anyone visiting Columbia who wants to include a short and not too demanding ride … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Peak

This is a pair of short loops that share a climb up Elizabeth Peak in Twain Harte. Each makes a fine close-to-civilization mountain bike ride on its own, or they can be combined as a figure eight or joined with … Continue reading

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News of Record

Sonora Union Democrat March 19, 2013 News of Record for Sat. March 16 9:03 am “A driver of a pickup truck yelled at people riding bikes on Algerine and Algerine-Wards Ferry Roads and shoved one of them. The truck driver … Continue reading

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Rock River Road

Rock River Road is an ultra-rural County road that can be ridden as an out-and-back bike ride via Willms Road from Knights Ferry. There is a 2.5 mile unpaved section in Stanislaus County with some drainage issues. The unpaved section … Continue reading

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Glory Hole Recreation Area, New Melones Reservoir

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation operates recreational facilities at Glory Hole Recreation Area at New Melones Lake. In addition to the campgrounds, Marina, and launch ramps, Glory Hole has about ten miles of well-maintained single-track trails. All are popular with … Continue reading

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Columbia, Sonora, Tuolumne, and Twain Harte Road Loop

Excepting Groveland, the most densely developed areas of Tuolumne County are oriented east to west along Highway 108, and to a lesser extent north to south along Highway 49. The best low-traffic paved roads near Sonora are either south of … Continue reading

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Columbia Ridge Loop

There’s no such thing as Columbia Ridge, but if you look at a topographic map there is a (backwards) C-shaped ridge wrapping around the east side of Columbia. Big Hill Road zig-zags up the middle of the C. This bike … Continue reading

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