California national forests
I was wondering if anyone here has done much touring on the forest service roads and jeep trails in northern california? I am planning a 3 day 2 night bikepacking trip and looking for suggestions on good areas to go.
I`ve done a lot of weekend trips on Plumas County fire roads, but not much yet from the rest of the state. So many roads, so few weekends! If you`re going into the maze of logging and fire roads in any National Forest areas, , try to pick up the USFS map for the specific area you`ll be in because they`re the only maps I know of that give you the road numbers that you`ll see when you`re out there. I don`t know how far inland you want to go- I`m sure there are a lot of cool places closer to you, but here is the mostly dirt trip I took last weekend, just above Oroville on Highway 70:
and a half paved, half highway trip from last fall around Lake Almanor:
Next year I`m hoping to focus on the area south of Quincy.
Hey thanks. I haven't tried Plumas yet. I ride a fair bit in Stanislaus and Tahoe but haven't tried any other forests for riding. I was considering Mendicino but had a bad experience there a few years back....ran up on a pot grow I think, was summertime though. Someone started shooting I guess to scare me off. I was hiking not riding though.
If you hear shooting in Mendocino now, maybe it`ll be the feds shooting it out with the sheriff
I just linked to some of the places I ride because they`re close to home. I know all the way up the eastern side of the Sierra and Cascade ranges and all the coastal ranges have lots of killer back roads.
Chuck "Bodfish" Elliot's guide book- Cycling the California Outback with Boidfish will give you enough routes for the next decade or two of bikepacking in N. California. His bike shop, Bodfish Bicycles is in Chester, Ca. just S.of Lassen NP. Call him to buy a copy. 530-258-2338
That's a great tip. Thanks