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By Mr. Stevens
From Boulder, CO
May 10, 2013

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.


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By Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
May 14, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Kali. Alabama Hills, CA.

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.


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By Brian Prince
From morro bay, ca
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)


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
May 15, 2013

Brian Prince wrote:
(road is already open)

Really? I heard rumors that they might not even open it this year.


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By Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
May 15, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Kali. Alabama Hills, CA.

Brian P. so you drove the dirt road to the start of the hikeing trail?

This year?

Jeep? Van? Prius?


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By Brian Prince
From morro bay, ca
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.


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By Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
May 23, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Kali. Alabama Hills, CA.

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.


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By Brian Prince
From morro bay, ca
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.


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By Michael Schneiter
From Glenwood Springs, CO
May 25, 2013
Goofin' on the Grand after soloing the Upper Exum with my wife.

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.


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
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.


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By TeleRoss
From San Diego, CA
May 28, 2013

and...?


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
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.


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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
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.


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
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.


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