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Old 01-18-23, 07:53 PM
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rode the Collier canyon, Flynn road loop today

Highland rd closed at Collier Canyon (repair and cleanup crew were very active. expect this will be open soon)
Patterson pass "closed" at entry. I could not see repair/clean up or even crew vehicles there. may be its on the other side of the mound.
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North Gate Road update:
Lots of little mud slides where the debris mostly stayed in the ditch.
Lots of medium sized mud slides where they piled the debris on the side of the road - still sloppy and some rocks on the road.
A few places with minor road damage, and then this place - between the existing washout and the Ranch... this one will take some engineering.


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Can anyone tell me if the Contra Costa Co. portion of Pinehurst is currently open? Everything I'm seeing seems to indicate only the Alameda Co. side is closed up to the county line, and the link someone posted above to CC road closures isn't working. Just want to make sure if I ride over the hill into Orinda via, say, Wildcat Canyon, that I can get back to Oakland via Pinehurst to Skyline.
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Originally Posted by Pavol Stromcek
Can anyone tell me if the Contra Costa Co. portion of Pinehurst is currently open? Everything I'm seeing seems to indicate only the Alameda Co. side is closed up to the county line, and the link someone posted above to CC road closures isn't working. Just want to make sure if I ride over the hill into Orinda via, say, Wildcat Canyon, that I can get back to Oakland via Pinehurst to Skyline.
Yes, it is. And even the Alameda portion of Pinehurst, as well as the section of Redwood b/t Pinehurst and Skyline is rideable though technically still closed. I rode that section for the 2nd time today, and I was impressed with the job the cleanup crews have doing this past week as all of the mudslides and debris have been cleared away. There is still a wattery/muddy section of Redwood about a mile from the Skyline intersection that one of the crews is working on...I assume there's a drainage issue there. But I've come across several cleanup crews and none of them took an issue with my riding past them.

BTW, has anyone tried riding through the section of Redwood where the road caved in?
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Originally Posted by Pavol Stromcek
Can anyone tell me if the Contra Costa Co. portion of Pinehurst is currently open? Everything I'm seeing seems to indicate only the Alameda Co. side is closed up to the county line, and the link someone posted above to CC road closures isn't working. Just want to make sure if I ride over the hill into Orinda via, say, Wildcat Canyon, that I can get back to Oakland via Pinehurst to Skyline.
As of this past Sunday afternoon you certainly could and I actually did exactly the Wildcat-Pinehurst loop you are talking about. There was a tree down across Skyline near Sibley Volcanic, but there was already a crew on site and my guess is that the road is clear. If not, Elverton Drive will get you around it, but if your going southeast to northest, it has a nasty climb. Like top of Diablo nasty. Also, Old Tunnel Road has water and crud in random spots on the descent - take it easy.

There was one slide on Pinehurst (between the two hairpins) that covered the entire uphill lane and a few smaller slides that covered a bit of a lane, but it is 100% accessible. Given the evidence of subsidence on upper Pinehurst, I'm mildly and pleasantly surprised some of it didn't slip out somewhere.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott
North Gate Road update:
Lots of little mud slides where the debris mostly stayed in the ditch.
Lots of medium sized mud slides where they piled the debris on the side of the road - still sloppy and some rocks on the road.
A few places with minor road damage, and then this place - between the existing washout and the Ranch... this one will take some engineering.


It actually doesn't look as bad as it does from other photos. The slope on either side of the washout isn't crazy steep, so the gap could be bridged with a wall. The tough part will be the bottom of the washout, which looks like 20' or more, so all of that would have be backfilled and re-compacted to allow for the footing of a new wall. But yes, will definitely have to be an engineered wall, not just some dirt thrown in the hole back up to the road.
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Originally Posted by betabob
Yes, it is. And even the Alameda portion of Pinehurst, as well as the section of Redwood b/t Pinehurst and Skyline is rideable though technically still closed. I rode that section for the 2nd time today, and I was impressed with the job the cleanup crews have doing this past week as all of the mudslides and debris have been cleared away. There is still a wattery/muddy section of Redwood about a mile from the Skyline intersection that one of the crews is working on...I assume there's a drainage issue there. But I've come across several cleanup crews and none of them took an issue with my riding past them.

BTW, has anyone tried riding through the section of Redwood where the road caved in?
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As of this past Sunday afternoon you certainly could and I actually did exactly the Wildcat-Pinehurst loop you are talking about. There was a tree down across Skyline near Sibley Volcanic, but there was already a crew on site and my guess is that the road is clear. If not, Elverton Drive will get you around it, but if your going southeast to northest, it has a nasty climb. Like top of Diablo nasty. Also, Old Tunnel Road has water and crud in random spots on the descent - take it easy.

There was one slide on Pinehurst (between the two hairpins) that covered the entire uphill lane and a few smaller slides that covered a bit of a lane, but it is 100% accessible. Given the evidence of subsidence on upper Pinehurst, I'm mildly and pleasantly surprised some of it didn't slip out somewhere.
Thanks. Yeah, I've done a few short rides up Tunnel Road and through Skyline over the past week or so, but haven't had a chance to head down Redwood or through Pinehurst yet. Tunnel Road last week was kind of a mess, but it's slowly getting better. Looking forward to getting back to one of my loops involving Pinehurst!
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Originally Posted by cthenn
It actually doesn't look as bad as it does from other photos. The slope on either side of the washout isn't crazy steep, so the gap could be bridged with a wall. The tough part will be the bottom of the washout, which looks like 20' or more, so all of that would have be backfilled and re-compacted to allow for the footing of a new wall. But yes, will definitely have to be an engineered wall, not just some dirt thrown in the hole back up to the road.
Well it got worse in the last few days... they moved the sandbags to the middle of the road probably because of safety rather than runoff.
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Palomares Road

rode Palomares road yesterday. it is currently open. The bridge at the beginning is washed out - has steel plates, but, expect this to be the point of closure. There are some wash outs and slides and downed trees, but, ridable. Be careful of gravel and mud along the road, esp. on the downhill towards Niles Canyon.


bridge washout

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rock slide at the same place as 2yrs ago
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Okay, I rode Redwood today from Skyline towards Castro Valley, to see if I could get past the area where the road caved in. Redwood is really nice and peaceful now since there is so little automobile traffic, and the roads are finally nice and dry as well. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it all the way to the damaged area, as I came across this ominous deterrent at the Marciel staging area:




I could have gotten around the fence on the righthand side, but decided against proceeding.
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I could have bunny-hopped this ... if it wasn't for those red pieces of plastic.


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Originally Posted by betabob
Okay, I rode Redwood today from Skyline towards Castro Valley, to see if I could get past the area where the road caved in. Redwood is really nice and peaceful now since there is so little automobile traffic, and the roads are finally nice and dry as well. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it all the way to the damaged area, as I came across this ominous deterrent at the Marciel staging area:
I could have gotten around the fence on the righthand side, but decided against proceeding.
and the trail thr' the golf course is flush with squishy mud ... effectively i dont have a path from east bay to berkeley.... any suggestions?
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Originally Posted by betabob
Okay, I rode Redwood today from Skyline towards Castro Valley, to see if I could get past the area where the road caved in. Redwood is really nice and peaceful now since there is so little automobile traffic, and the roads are finally nice and dry as well. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it all the way to the damaged area, as I came across this ominous deterrent at the Marciel staging area:




I could have gotten around the fence on the righthand side, but decided against proceeding.
I would have gone around it if it were a Sunday, but during the week, it's possible they are working on it (though I highly doubt it). Does it look like others have started going around it? (Tire tracks/footprints)
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Originally Posted by cthenn
I would have gone around it if it were a Sunday, but during the week, it's possible they are working on it (though I highly doubt it). Does it look like others have started going around it? (Tire tracks/footprints)
i did go around this sunday. the road is "ridable", at your own risk, even saw 3-4 cyclists. There is lotsa dirt/branches/gravel on the road - so no super speed descents. The washed-out section has NO road, just a gaping deep ditch and you need to use the small remaining side of the road.
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Originally Posted by spdntrxi
Niles Cyn closed again and Calaveras @ welch closed too.
is Calaveras open yet? or do they have a plan for near future. might just ride by tomorrow.....
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Originally Posted by shrimp123
is Calaveras open yet? or do they have a plan for near future. might just ride by tomorrow.....
if you are unlucky enough to catch the ranger by the bridge just past welch they will tell you it's closed. I have a few friends that have rode it, but they start before the ranger gets there. One also ran into the ranger mid climb and they didn't say anything to him. Appears to be luck. I plan to ride it this sat as well.
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Originally Posted by shrimp123
i did go around this sunday. the road is "ridable", at your own risk, even saw 3-4 cyclists. There is lotsa dirt/branches/gravel on the road - so no super speed descents. The washed-out section has NO road, just a gaping deep ditch and you need to use the small remaining side of the road.
What’s the fencing like on the Castro Valley side? Is it easy to get around as well?
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Originally Posted by betabob
What’s the fencing like on the Castro Valley side? Is it easy to get around as well?
i rode from Castro Valley uphill towards Pinehurst. On the left side, there is a "path" over some brush and around the fence. not hard at all, but, needs a dismount and walk around. At Marceil, it is a slight detour into parking lot and done.
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Originally Posted by spdntrxi
if you are unlucky enough to catch the ranger by the bridge just past welch they will tell you it's closed. I have a few friends that have rode it, but they start before the ranger gets there. One also ran into the ranger mid climb and they didn't say anything to him. Appears to be luck. I plan to ride it this sat as well.
took Calaveras from Sunol to Milpitas.... there are road blockers, but is definitely ridable. There are some landslides and "gravel/dirt", watch your down hill speeds, but, was fun. no cars and lotsa water in the lake!
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The bay trail through Pinole has been a welcome bypass of San Pablo ave. The section between Pinole Shores and Tenant, near the sewer plant, will be closed for a while.
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Originally Posted by curbtender
The bay trail through Pinole has been a welcome bypass of San Pablo ave. The section between Pinole Shores and Tenant, near the sewer plant, will be closed for a while.
I guess there was no damage to the railroad bed, to the right of the photo?
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
I guess there was no damage to the railroad bed, to the right of the photo?
No, this section was cut and filled along a pretty steep cliff. I'm going to guess that culvert got overwhelmed and the pipe under the trail wasn't large enough. The drainage below has been in place for quite a while and drains into marshes along the waterfront.
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This was in our local news"paper":


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