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« on: March 04, 2013, 02:24:56 pm »

How about some ideas on rides around Weaverville ...  Bigsmile



I am thinking this might be my Sunday loop ... Weaverville to Hayfork to Platina (burger) and back to Weverville skirting Redding and Whiskeytown Lake.

Thoughts and feedback welcome.


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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 06:55:46 pm »

Just FYI...that is a full day's loop...so make sure you are ready for it.  And watch out for cops on 299.
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 09:55:22 pm »


Just FYI...that is a full day's loop...so make sure you are ready for it.  And watch out for cops on 299.


Good point and have ridden the area. I need to fix the map. I had not intended to go that far on 36 but head north from Platina on Platina Rd .... fix it in the morning. My Ipad don't like edits like this ..

I am hoping for a shorter ride than that ...  Thumbsup
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013, 10:00:30 pm »

That's a great day ride.   Cool   I wish that's what I was doing this weekend instead of working...   Bigsmile   Shrug  
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 10:29:01 pm »


That's a great day ride.   Cool   I wish that's what I was doing this weekend instead of working...   Bigsmile   Shrug  


I fell in love with the area about 8 years ago when we drove our Westfalia to Lassen, Whiskeytown and Weaverville. I had been to Whiskeytown lake years before, in one of those post adolescent hazes. So many good roads and as I google the smaller roads I see many of them paved.

Croak and I did 36 late last summer for the first time and loved it very much. I especially loved the roller coaster out of Red Bluff. Platina was an awesome stop for me. I did oogle the menu, the oddly distant proprietress and a local. Some gas for Croak's thirsty Aprilia and some air conditioning for over heating me after wrestling the guzzi.

 I thought Platina was kinda charming at close to 105F ... I have a pic somewhere. ... I see on the google earth that they what looks like a pool.  

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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2013, 12:04:24 am »

I feel in love with the area in 2003 when I first went through it.  I had to change my underwear about every mile
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2013, 12:17:46 am »

Here's a good loop. Callahan-Cecilville is a Top Rd.  Bigsmile


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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2013, 12:33:19 am »

Just so you know the gas station / store in Platina burned down last year.
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2013, 12:39:46 am »


Just so you know the gas station / store in Platina burned down last year.


Crap. I was there late August/Sept last year.
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2013, 04:26:53 am »

I dare you to attempt this one...  Lol . No doubt it would be the longest (all-paved) 300 mile ride of your life, with an uncountable number of turns. Probably undoable in early June due to snow blockage for the Forest Rd. 1 bit. Though you could still head up as far as you can go till snow blockage (There's some great views up on that road following the ridge), and then go back down and catch 299 back to Weaverville. Google maps not quite up to speed in this area for labeling Forrest 1 all the way through. I think the route is close to correct and it's much easier than it looks, when you're on the ground, to not get lost....



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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2013, 04:57:36 am »


Just so you know the gas station / store in Platina burned down last year.


Sounds like it was the Wildwood Store that burned down , not the Platina Store with gas. Not that I know much about either, never stopped at either on multiple passes, always seem to be on the throttle and making time when I pass by... Shrug

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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2013, 05:36:31 am »


Just so you know the gas station / store in Platina burned down last year.



Crap. I was there late August/Sept last year.


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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2013, 09:05:13 am »

Wildwood store burned?  Crazy Hadn't heard that news. That was a cool place. Very MC friendly.

Callahan-Cedarville loop is very nice. Some of the roads are a bit rough but still easily done, even by FJR drivers.

If you're planning a Weaverville-Hayfork-Redding loop avoid Platina Road. It's nice enough but you miss the best part of 36 into Red Bluff.
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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2013, 09:17:28 pm »


Wildwood store burned?  Crazy Hadn't heard that news. That was a cool place. Very MC friendly.

Callahan-Cedarville loop is very nice. Some of the roads are a bit rough but still easily done, even by FJR drivers.

If you're planning a Weaverville-Hayfork-Redding loop avoid Platina Road. It's nice enough but you miss the best part of 36 into Red Bluff.



I hadn't heard this either so did some searching and found this.
http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/threads/128172/

I guess it's gone.  Man, that's a shame.
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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2013, 11:56:29 pm »


I hadn't heard this either so did some searching and found this.
http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/threads/128172/

I guess it's gone.  Man, that's a shame.


We were just there last summer on our way back from Canada... the two brothers that were running the place were really cool and it was a nice spot midway to stop... but they did say it was tough going... Sad

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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2013, 12:11:42 am »

Here's a preview of CA3 north of Weaverville:
 
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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2013, 02:17:15 am »

HWY 3 north of Weaverville is very nice. A good all day ride is 3 up to Yreka, slab maybe 10 miles up to 96 and follow the Klamath back down to Willow Creek and 299 and back to Weavervillle. Fuel is good in Yreka and Willow Creek but of dubious quality at various spots in between if you need premium.

If you want an extended seat-time day ride take 299 out to the coast, have something to eat in Eureka or Fortuna, then 36 back to Red Bluff, 30 miles of I-5 to Redding, then 299 back to Weaverville and dinner.

Notice that these are pretty much the main highways of the area. They're well maintained and regularly traveled, though not heavily. If you want to get off the beaten path and don't mind some bumps, Deliverance locales and unique discoveries (somebody up there has Alfa Spiders littering their front yard but you'll have to find it) break out a detailed map and have at it.

HWY 299 NOTE: Caltrans is continuing it project of straightening the climb up the east side of Buckhorn Summit. That's west of French Gulch to the Trinity/Shasta County Line. It's sad but probably necessary as there have been to many trucks and cars going off the road and down into the canyons in poor weather. 299 is the major tie between the coast and central valley and is heavily traveled.
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2013, 02:13:05 pm »

Might also consider Titlow Hill Rd. (NF-1) that runs between 299 and 36... Donna and I did that on our way home last year... it's some stunning scenery and off the beaten path... you do need to stay on your toes for dodging potholes in a couple of places...





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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2013, 02:21:49 pm »

Ooooo... me likey this one... haven't ridden 96 in ages and it is extremely tasty!! And Callahan-Cecilville too but a different kind of tasty...  Wink


Here's a good loop. Callahan-Cecilville is a Top Rd.  Bigsmile


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« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2013, 08:29:26 pm »


Here's a good loop. Callahan-Cecilville is a Top Rd.  Bigsmile


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« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2013, 08:43:31 pm »

Ya might have company Squeezer   Rolleyes

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« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2013, 10:21:29 pm »

This is my planed route from the Bay area, to Weavervill. Once past the GGB it will be all two lane and fire roads all the way their. I'm leaving San Jose at 4AM, to avoid all the commute traffic in the city. All are wellcome to ride up in parts or the whole way.

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Ya might have company Squeezer   Rolleyes

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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2013, 01:19:52 am »


HWY 3 north of Weaverville is very nice. A good all day ride is 3 up to Yreka, slab maybe 10 miles up to 96 and follow the Klamath back down to Willow Creek and 299 and back to Weavervillle. Fuel is good in Yreka and Willow Creek but of dubious quality at various spots in between if you need premium.

If you want an extended seat-time day ride take 299 out to the coast, have something to eat in Eureka or Fortuna, then 36 back to Red Bluff, 30 miles of I-5 to Redding, then 299 back to Weaverville and dinner.

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I dunno.  Jeff N once told me that 36/3/299 stuff gets old.   Bigsmile



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It was only 2pm when I sat down to a sublime macchiato at Case Coffee in Ashland, Oregon.  I was still feeling pretty frisky so what the heck, I rode back to Seattle and arrived promptly at 10:20pm.


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Highway 299 from Weaverville to Willow Creek was much better than expected.  Good pavement, big sweepers, Tuono!!  Saturday morning at 10am there wasn't much traffic, and in any case there are plenty of places to pass.   I didn't remember it like that.   And I didn't see one LEO, much to my surprise.

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« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2013, 07:23:55 pm »

Tasty, tasty, tasty.... Explorer - I am considering your route back to SoCal.  Thumbsup

We were denied Forest Road 1 at WCRM 2011 - the gang o' six (Andrew, endo, M.Brane, Rob707, Cvergi01, and myself) ran into a large amount of snow just after Titlow Hill Road becomes Forest Road 1. Definitely on our list.

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« Reply #25 on: June 02, 2013, 07:41:04 pm »

We had that same problem with Forest Service Road 1 at the WCRM II in 2005!



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Tasty, tasty, tasty.... Explorer - I am considering your route back to SoCal.  Thumbsup

We were denied Forest Road 1 at WCRM 2011 - the gang o' six (Andrew, endo, M.Brane, Rob707, Cvergi01, and myself) ran into a large amount of snow just after Titlow Hill Road becomes Forest Road 1. Definitely on our list.

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Yep was a wet and cold WCRM that year, I think this year might be a bit warmer

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« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2013, 08:54:12 am »

As it's likely to be hot as heck, you guys may want to see the coast for some relief.  I rode this yesterday--take 299 over Oregon Mountain to Willow Creek (clickable map link):



There's some dirt, but not nearly as much as there used to be--just 8 miles of it now on top of Bald Hills, mostly looking like this:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/melvillelgz868/BaldHills_zps2703e8e8.jpg

Smooth and relatively speedy on my gooshy gooshy Airhead.  YMMV.

Here's the weather effect--looking West from the Redwood Creek Overlook:

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That's the 58F and foggy that keeps me comfortable and pale out on the coast.  You'll feel a sweet cool change in the weather over the last ten miles.  If your ride is German and air-cooled, it will be happier as well.

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