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    Plumas County info, please?

    Hi, all. Google was already a pretty good help for me, but it left a few questions unanswered- maybe somebody here can fill me in. The main thing I`m wondering about is the condition of the Beckwourth/Genesee and Beckwourth/Taylorsville roads. Are they paved? Graded? Still likely to be snowed in next month? I`m kind of hoping they`re paved, but as long as they aren`t full scale Jeep trails or endless washboard I can slap some fat tires on and I`ll probably take one of those routes anyway. The maps also show a few options for Genesee to Quincy and Cromberg- would any of those be a better choice?

    What I`m trying to find is a nice route (three days worth or so) home from Lassen NP to Reno near the middle of next month. 395 looks decent, but not particularly interresting. Also, I really prefer to avoid the section of 70/89 from the junction of the two up to Keddie, so I don`t want to take the highways all the way through Quincy, Portola, etc. Any other routes I might be missing? Related suggestions? Thanks.

    EDIT: I thought I`d add that I plan to be riding midweek. And it looks like Genesse to Janesville is paved- correct? Maybe that`s my best shot if it`s nasty to Beckwourth.
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    If you have the time, come up this weekend and do the Indian Valley Century and check the roads out. You can register in the morning no problem. Another option is the paved road from Antelope Lake over to Janesville south of Susanville but that would leave you more on 395. Last time I was over the Genesee/Beckwourth road it was paved, not re-paved but very ride-able.

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    Thanks, Sagebum. Beckwourth Genesee sounds good. Like I said, I have no real problem with 395- I`ve ridden between Doyle and Reno a few times and it isn`t bad, I just think I can find BETTER. I saw a ride report on last year`s I.V. Century. It looked nice, but my days off are almost never on weekends and I tend to stay away from big gatherings anyway. You have a good one up there, though.

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    rodar

    Wanted to let you know that I misinformed you about the Genesee/Beckwourth Rd conditions. It is indeed not paved at all. The road I have ridden is the one from Antelope Lake up to a junction with the road that goes to Janesville. At that junction, you turn right and it is a great ride on pretty darn good surface for perhaps 25+ miles. Then there is about 5 miles of good dirt and then pavement to Beckwourth. There are no big climbs. The dirt was smooth this weekend, don't know how it holds up over the summer as to dust and washboards though. I hope to do this again sometime. Here is a map. http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/ca...24347494668769 Sorry for the misinformation.
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    Thanks for the correction. I think I`ll just wear fat tires anyway as long as the weather looks nice (my fenders don`t fit with them). Since I`m going up by car, I can always keep some skinnies and my fenders in the trunk and route myself on pavement if the forecast looks wet.

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    I'm looking to ride my road bike from Reno to Mt. Lassen next weekend and this thread caught my attention. Is the Beckwourth - Genesee road paved? It looks like the Indian Valley Century goes this way. It's a bit confusing because there's also a Beckwourth-Taylorsville Rd, which I think is NOT paved. Anyway, what would be the best route to ride a road bike (Trek Madone with 23mm tires) from the Reno are to Lassen? I don't mind driving part way. I was thinking of starting in Truckee and going up 89, but the shoulder is non-existent in sections. I've heard you can ride to Antelope Lake from 395 (is it paved?) and then hook into the Beckwourth-Genesee Road, but now I'm not sure.
    I'm looking to go next Thurs - Fri (May 9-10)

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    Hi, Mtndaddy. Most of both Beckwourth-Genesee Rd and Beckwourth-Taylorsville Rd are unpaved. I think the IV Century catches a couple miles worth of the former on the way from Taylorsville to Antelope Lake (all paved on that section). Both of those roads (B-G and B-T) are beautiful riding, but I definitely wouldn`t want to try either with 23mm tires. Some general info on the back routes in that area:
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...id=258873&v=81

    From Reno to Lassen on skinny tires, either 395 to 36 or 395 to 70 and 89 would work. 395 going north from Reno is fast and safe with huge shoulders + rumble strip, decent scenery, and a few pit stops available, but the constant noise traffic going by gets on my nerves after an hour or so. If you take that general route, you can minimize highway time by riding Redrock Rd (very nice), Constantia Rd, a few frontage roads around Doyle and Janesville, and I`m pretty sure you can mostly skip the highway from Janesville on, but I haven`t ridden beyond there before. All that should all show up on Google Maps.

    70/89 is a little longer, but nicer IMO. I`ve ridden all of that route at one time or another. The only hairy part on the outbound leg is Beckwourth pass, just a few miles out of Hallelujah Jct. That`s a short and mild grade, and most of it is okay, but they put in an extra lane for about a quarter mile near the top, and didn`t pave the road wider to accomodate, so the white line is right against a guard rail for a few minutes. No problem there when heading east. The scary part on the inbound leg (which is no problem at all going north) is a grade from the junction of 70 and 89 near Indian Creek up towards Quincy. It`s the same situation- narrow road and guard rails combined with a rather steep climb. That one is about a mile long. Aside from those two sticky points, it`s a beautiful ride.

    Have you ridden 89 over to Sierra Valley from Truckee? If that bothered you, I`d suggest 395 and 36. You`re correct that it has shoulder issues, but I don`t find it all that bad. If you`ve ridden that and it bothered you a lot, you`ll probably also feel uneasy on 89. If you haven`t actually ridden it, consider trying it before your trip to see how you like it. It`ll be a good indicator as to whether or not you`d enjoy the rest of that route.

    Yes, there are two paved roads into Antelope Lake. I`ve only ridden the side from Taylorsville. The other way actually goes to Janesville, about 20 miles below Susanville. Not sure which is the "main" road, and not positive it`s open for the season yet on the Janesville side, but the Davis Bike Club 600k brevet just left a few hours ago, heading for Antelope via Taylorsville, so I sure hope the south side is free of snow! Do you live in Truckee?
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    ryr, thanks for the reply and very useful info. I probably mis-stated the route I was looking at. It's neither the full B-T or B-G road, but rather 395 North out of Reno to Janesville (avoiding 395 when possible), then up to Antelope Lake. From there it looks like I take the "Genesee Indian Cr Rd" which eventually joins and turns into the Beckwourth-Genesee Rd. (at least that's what it looks like to me). Then on to join 89. I think that's the route you describe the IV Century as taking. And I think it's all paved. Am I right?

    Do you think either of the other routes (89 from Truckee, my wife could drop me off) or (395 to 70 to 89) would be better? If so, what's your thinking? (I'm new at this kind of riding, so please excuse my trying to pick your brain).

    I live in Reno and plan on doing the ride (if it works out) this coming Thurs-Friday. The plan is to meet a friend up near Lassen Friday evening and ski in the park Sat and maybe Sunday. I'd be happy to have a riding and/or riding-skiing partner!

    Here's a link to the map of my route (I don't know if this will work): https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...5974983a&msa=0

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    Yes, that`s all paved. Be prepared for a long hard climb up to Antelope Lake and no services between Janesville and Taylorsville, but it`s gorgeous up there. There`s a restaurant in Genessee and seasonal resortwith a little store at the lake, but best not to count on them being open. Two minor details that might help you out if you take that route- Constantia Rd cuts off to the left from 395, about 3 miles north of Redrock, winds along the edge of the mountains and meets up with the highway again entering Doyle, opposite Doyle Loop Rd (a short stretch of old highway that passes a very cool little general store, and last time I was there, a little soup and sandwich shop). Also, watch for the bikepath along the west shore of Almanor. You`ll see it on your right just after the boat ramp, might have to carry your bike over a few yards of dirt to reach it.

    Whether that`s the best route or not is totally a matter of preference. Compared to 89, 395 is probably safer due to the enormous shoulder, but will have a constant stream of noisy traffic. It`s also very flat (discounting what happens after you get off it). 89 is quieter (lower actual vehicle count), but when they do pass, they`ll be passing you a lot closer. No moster climbs, but it`s nearly constant up and down. Both ways are good.

    If you plan on cutting over Antelop Lake, it might be a good idea to call Plumas County Public Works (or whatever they call their road maint dept) and confirm that Janesville Grade is in fact open. I know the Genessee side is- just worked a rest stop for riders returning from there.

    Have a great ride and a great ski trip!

    EDIT: the resort at Antelope Lake is on the opposite side from your marked route. Seriously doubt it`s open anyway. Water filter or chemical treatment might come in handy as there`s plenty of water in the lake and in the creek that you`ll follow down the other side- sure a lot lighter to carry up a steep grade.
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    Thanks again for the information. Now I just hope the weather improves as predicted.

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