All-purpose Lake Tahoe thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mike, Jul 11, 2019.



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  1. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    I think Big Chief Trail will be on the menu during the first week of September. This trail is new, and it's rad. Still being worked on. MTB-specific, solid black with almost no mandatory drops. Extra chunky with many, many features like rock jumps, berms, log ride, rock bridges, rolling rock drops (yep, lotta rocks). If you like that stuff with a little spice, remoteness, and views, it's a must!!!!!!!
     
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  2. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Oh.... Right now.... on this Monday morning at work? I lovingly hate you. :mad: (Heavier on the love! :inlove:)
     
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  3. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Save me some of that Big Chief!
     
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  4. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    FWIW, a short area trail list I can vouch for:

    Big Chief
    Armstrong Pass/Armstrong Connector/Corral
    Tahoe Rim Trail (a few sections between Big Meadow and Tahoe Meadows, and more up NW from Baldy Peak to Tahoe City/River Rd. Shuttle or not.)
    Clear Creek from Spooner Summit down
    Sierra Canyon to Genoa NV
    Saxon (Mr Toad's)
    Kingsbury Stinger

    I hear both Coldwater and Chimney Beach are fun ways down to the Lake from the rim. Notice...no mention of Hole in the Ground or the Flume. Good, but in context, overrated.
     
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  5. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    I was out there last week. Sorry I did not hit you up. Thought of you often and wish I could have shared some dirt and grass with you.
    My Best Friend's lil sister got married, and his son (my Godson) turned 1. So I had a full itinerary and had to get rides in when I could.
    I shuttled these two and they are both top notch!
    I also got some early morning pedaling in at a trail network behind my Air B&B in King's Beach. I love how you can finish a ride at the lake take a quick dip and skip the shower. The cold water is magical for muscle recovery.
     
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  6. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Ryan, I figured you were on a tight timeline – glad you got in some dirt anyway! We'll hit some stuff next time we're in adjacent counties or closer. Keep stoking the passion. :thumbsup:
     
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  7. kingaucho

    kingaucho Member

    Location:
    South OC
    Name:
    Lubo
    Current Bike:
    Giant Anthem 29er
    @mike, if you have the time get out to the Graeagle area some day. Some great trails and views to be had there. Mills Peak and lots of other trails in the Lake Basin there. About 30 miles from Downieville, too. Solid little brewery next door in Blairsden called The Brewing Lair.
     
  8. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Thanks for that nudge, L. It’s on the list!
     
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  9. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Looks like I have the haul pass for circumnavigating Lake Tahoe next weekend. :thumbsup: Planning three nights out. A lollipop from Truckee, enclosing the Lake at Martis Peak on the north rim. Mileage prolly 140.

    The Lake Trail last year and other exploits have informed me decently, so I’ll be following my nose along whatever way seems best. Really looking forward to the big east side stretch from Big Meadow to Rose. (Kind of a backwards Rose-to-Toads.) Probably resupply once around the south end of the lake.

    I’m superstoked, it’s been weeks since I’ve slept in the dirt; a year since I’ve bikepacked.
     
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  10. Luis

    Luis iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Check out some of the YouTube videos on Big Chief. You will see what the hype is about.
     
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  11. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Looks like a dump of rain starting after 11am today, and some lingering low pressure with chances of showers the rest of the week.

    The Tahoe Rim is the most likely place to get rain IME.

    @mtbMike, @pdqmach26 and @pperrelle, stay warm out there – Mount Rose is a local epicenter of wintry weather.

    A good sketchy-weather ride is to park at the bottom of Clear Creek Trail on Jacks Valley Rd, pedal up 14 mi to Spooner (or as far as you feel like), turn around and DH back to the desert and your car. A couple miles before Spooner it gets flat and downhill slightly on the way up. (Extra credit: From Spooner Summit TH, head south on TRT to the Bench ~6 mi then reverse all of it, ~20 mi DH.) You could also out-back Sierra Canyon Trail from Genoa NV the same way. Look for signs directing you where on the street to park for SCT (Trailforks). Probably 20 degrees warmer down there than on the rim, not as windy. East side base of the mountains (Carson Valley/Genoa) in the 70's this week.
     
  12. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo, Ripley V4 & DV9

    Rain, we didn’t hit any rain. Just a couple inches of snow! The pics below are before it got too cold to remove my gloves and take a picture. The snow got deeper. The last pic was us trying to warm up in a pit toilet before finishing the ride down to Spooner Lake.

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  13. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Excellent!!!!! No wetness, you guys hit that just right!!! :thumbsup:

    Just how much snow is in Mike's hood?!? :eek::cool:
     
  14. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo & Intense Primer
    @mike There was probably 3" on the ground as we climbed out of Marlett Lake towards Chimney Rock. By that turnoff, it was so deep that the climb up to the Chimney Rock DH was questionable so we played it safe and rode out to Spooner Lake. The owner of Flume Trail Bikes was nice enough to come out and shuttle us back and even brought hot chocolate.

    I also have no idea why we're smiling as we shared the trailside pit toilet. We were cold as hell and Bob had so much snow in his hair, it looked like dreadlocks.
     
  15. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Props to you badasses!!!! :thumbsup: Way to deal with it and not miss a vacation day :sneaky::cool:. I was looking outside thinking about conditions up there, sipping tea... :gotnothing: TFPU!

    Forecast looks decent :geek:
     
  16. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Kit for a lap around Lake Tahoe. It looks like a lot of stuff, but it's not much more than I take on any trail ride. (I probably take more than most or many riders.) Mostly add a sleeping bag, food and a stove.


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    My bike will look something like my previous Smash, plus a 22 l backpack, not full.

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  17. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
  18. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    She’s at it again...

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    We found some features on an alternate on (trail name). (@rossage and @Luis, we missed this by taking that vague right to connect the ST.)

    That rock drop had some buck to it, but the weez hung on like a champ. She might be a little drunk on 29er rollover...
     
  19. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower
    That's so cool. That rock drop pic you posted yesterday looked formidable as well. :thumbsup::thumbsup: :cool::cool:
     
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  20. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Thanks, bud. :)

    The divide between our abilities continues to shrink. She has always gone everywhere I have on MTB, but now she cleans almost everything. If I’m not on point I’ll get weezed at least once on every ride. It takes effort to reel her in on most terrain. Sometimes a little scary. Good team building, tho. :geek:

    No BS, the bike is helping. A bigger bike/wheel with aggro geo and tuned squish is a perfect platform for the skills she worked on the Bronson. The frame numbers comparatively are hugely different. She’s on a different size bike now and says it fits her perfectly. And the riding speaks for itself. We don't have the right fork on it yet but she’s riding harder terrain on this bike than the Bronson only four rides in. :inlove::thumbsup:
     
  21. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Drink em up, folks, head for the doors. Show’s over.

    The last squall spared Truckee, but Tahoe Rim is done. All white, with a new dump coming and cold temps. Winter is on its way.

    It was a fantastic season, if short due to melting out late. Riding and climbing (two separate things, yo) goals for meself and the weez were met if not exceeded. But missed Downieville.

    Great to see a couple of you up here, sorry I missed a couple more.

    PS: Any you want to smash South Mountain and other venues in Phoenix after Thanksgiving, LMK. Hope to see ya, @schillingsworth, @tortoise, @singlespeedrider.
     
  22. singlespeedrider

    singlespeedrider Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Irvine
    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    On One Lurcher Single
    Keep me posted and I’ll see what I can do. I have lots of family in town sucking up my free time.
     
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  23. schillingsworth

    schillingsworth Member

    Location:
    Queen Creek, AZ
    Name:
    John Schilling
    Current Bike:
    Motobecane Ti 29er
    @mike @singlespeedrider Sorry, been absent from this forum for a while. Been kinda off the bike way too much these past few months, but that's a whole nuther story. Not sure how much free time I'll have in the coming weeks, but I am planning to ride the AES Pleasantville event on Sat. Dec. 7th. 61 miler around Lake Pleasant, roughly 40 miles of it are singletrack trails. Shoot me a text if/when you're in town: 48Zero - 2ZERO3 - 18Zero4 (I think you can crack the code)
     
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