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May 10, 2013
Just a little overhanging....
I know, I know - there's the new website for mountain biking, but I couldn't really find any good info.

I'll be climbing in The Needles and am wondering if I should bring my mountain bike along as I've heard there is some fantastic riding in the Sequoia National Forest - can anyone attest to that? Any info would be greatly appreciated; trail suggestions, where to get trail maps, good bike shops in the area that might provide me some info. In terms of trails, I'm psyched on anything from single track to super-techy stuff.
Mr. Stevens
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 22, 2011
251 points
May 14, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Ka...
Do bring your bike....

Don't know if the road is going to open up this year.

Dirt roads go everywhere up in that part of the world.

No shops, just the Ponderosa.... warm beer and cold food but a good bar.
Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Joined Mar 1, 2008
187 points
May 14, 2013
The Seward Highway is really beautiful.
If anything, definitely bring your bike for the needles approach. Although be careful, either I stashed mine too good or not good enough and it got jacked. Either way, on our last day coming back out it wasn't where I swear I left it... freaky as we didn't see anyone else all weekend...

(road is already open)
Brian Prince
From morro bay, ca
Joined Mar 30, 2010
683 points
May 15, 2013
Brian Prince wrote:
(road is already open)

Really? I heard rumors that they might not even open it this year.
Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Joined Nov 9, 2007
137 points
May 15, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Ka...
Brian P. so you drove the dirt road to the start of the hikeing trail?

This year?

Jeep? Van? Prius?
Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Joined Mar 1, 2008
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May 21, 2013
The Seward Highway is really beautiful.
Guy Keesee wrote:
Brian P. so you drove the dirt road to the start of the hikeing trail? This year? Jeep? Van? Prius?


Yeah, drove the road to the picnic tables/bathroom/trailhead from the Western divide hwy.

10 days ago. Minivan. Only one real rough spot but we made it after a few tries.

Call the ranger station guys! I called the day before we left, and the lady I talked to said it was closed but would be opening up by memorial day. We were just going to bike all the way but when we got there it was open.
Brian Prince
From morro bay, ca
Joined Mar 30, 2010
683 points
May 23, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Ka...
and the lady I talked to said it was closed but would be opening up by memorial day. We were just going to bike all the way but when we got there it was open.

Thank you for the response.


Lots of confusion when dealing with the Forrest service about road closures.

When last season ended, it was really tough driving out, took a long time cause of big washouts on the downhill sections...I reckoned the road would need some fixing.
Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Joined Mar 1, 2008
187 points
May 25, 2013
The Seward Highway is really beautiful.
Guy Keesee wrote:
Lots of confusion when dealing with the Forrest service about road closures. When last season ended, it was really tough driving out, took a long time cause of big washouts on the downhill sections...I reckoned the road would need some fixing.


Yeah, I guess I shouldn't give the rangers too much credit. The road didn't seem like it had had any maintenance done, but it's good enough.

op, saw you got your answer in the other thread. Have fun.
Brian Prince
From morro bay, ca
Joined Mar 30, 2010
683 points
May 25, 2013
Goofin' on the Grand after soloing the Upper Exum ...
Sounds like you got your answer but I did a sweet ride while climbing at the Needles on the opposite side of the highway. Super fun downhill single track. Michael Schneiter
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined Apr 3, 2002
7,375 points
May 25, 2013
I'll be up there this weekend (albeit with a 9 and 7 yr. old in tow, so no climbing). I'll suss out the road conditions and report back. Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Joined Nov 9, 2007
137 points
May 28, 2013
and...? TeleRoss
From San Diego, CA
Joined May 6, 2007
82 points
May 28, 2013
Sorry. I was up in the general area (Camp Nelson, which is about a half hour down hill from the Needles) but didn't get a chance to drive by and check it out. Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Joined Nov 9, 2007
137 points
May 28, 2013
OTL
Its gotta be dry. Only question is car or higher clearance.
Gonna be warm enough this weekend to melt anything left for sure.
Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Joined Oct 20, 2010
368 points
May 29, 2013
It definitely looks dry enough. Normally, the north side of Slate Mt. still has some residual snow this time of year, but was bone dry this weekend. That bodes pretty well for the crags. It was only about high 60s/low 70s at Camp Nelson, which is a good 2,500' lower though, so unless it heats up this weekend it may be a little chilly. Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Joined Nov 9, 2007
137 points


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