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November 5th, 2005, 08:34 AM   #1
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Riding in the California City area?

A friend of mine is coming over from Austria in a week, and since certain visa 'uncertainties' don't allow me to leave the country to go south and watch the Baja race ...
So we decided that we would spend a couple of days in Southern California. I read about Jawbone Canyon and Spangler Hill, and we plan to ride there.
My question: are there any places in this area that are not to be missed? Where would you go?

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November 5th, 2005, 11:23 PM   #2
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Re: Riding in the California City area?

Jawbone, Spangler Hills and CA City all have excellent riding available. My trailbike club (TBSA) will be camped at Camp "B" out of CA City over the Thanksgiving weekend. From here we ride through the Fremont Mtn, Rand Mtns, Spangler Hills, etc areas. Lots of open country, single track and hillclimbs galore.
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November 6th, 2005, 09:57 AM   #3
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Re: Riding in the California City area?

Teagle wash and Charlie's place are a good staging area as well for riding the Spanglers, and surrounding area.

You can also ride up to Randsburg from there. Randsburg is an old gold mining town that still has a few inhabitants, as well as a great old fashioned soda fountain where you can get something to eat and drink. It's really neat inside as there is a lot of memorabilia from the mining days. I think there might even be a little museum there too. I would definitely say this is a must see item.

The ride from Teagle wash to Randsburg and back is about 30 miles. You should be able to find maps of the area very easily. If you can't, call Scott's performance products in Montrose @ 818-248-bike (2453). They have the maps on the counter, they're cheap just a few bucks. They also have maps of the Dove Springs/Jawbone area as well. Eric Vargo, who works there is pretty familiar with the Dove Springs area. Myself personally, prefer the Teagle wash/Charlie's place area, otherwise known as Red Mountain.

There are three little towns within a couple of miles of each other, Red Mountain, so named because of the mountain of red volcanic pumice that is right next to it, Johanasburg about a mile west, and Randsburg.

To the north of this area is China Lake Naval Weapons test center. Don't worry, you won't accidentally stray into this area, trust me.

There is a lot of great riding in this area, some area's are open, those in the north. The area's in the south are restricted to designated trails only, or what we know as the "C" routes. Not to worry, you'll easily be able to tell where you can and can't ride in these area's.

The riding in this area varies from wide two track roads like the gas line road, smaller jeep type roads, twisty fun single track through the greasewood bushes, and some pretty technical rocky single track in the Fremont Mtn. area that Chas mentioned. Freemont mtn. is known to the ahhhhem, "older" desert riders as Government Peak as there are some repeater attenae's up at the top. Years ago we used to race in that area but, due to the plight of the not so endangered tortoise, one can only ride in that area now. But it is a great area to ride in. There's also some fast sweeping sandwashes in the area too.

If your friend from Austria has never been to the states before, especially riding in the desert he's going to be blown away by the openness of this riding area.

Any questions, feel free to shoot me a PM.
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November 6th, 2005, 10:18 AM   #4
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Re: Riding in the California City area?

Thank you for your extensive reply!

My buddy has been here before, and at that time we spent some days in the Stanislaus National Forest, around Crandall Peak, and about a week in Moab and the San Rafael Swell. Being from Europe, it is mindblowing what you can do here with a bike ...

We will take pictures ...

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November 22nd, 2005, 07:53 PM   #5
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The Report, or so ...

First the bad news: for a roll-in, we went to our riding area in Stanislaus National Forest on Sunday, and after about 2 hours, in the middle of nowhere, my bike (1997 FE501E) quit. First diagnosis: broken cam gear led to parts shooting cross the head, timing chain failure ... you get the picture.

On Monday, I was able to locate a rental company (www.eaglerider.com) in Fresno that had dirtbikes, and on Tuesday afternoon we picked up a somewhat beat-up '03 XR250R. They were nice enough to put fresh tires on, but no skid plate or hand guards ... Anyway, that night, we made it to Ridgecrest.

Wednesday: Jawbone Canyon area, we spent most of the day on trails and not in the open area, and we had to turn around once because I just could not get the little Honda up this one trail ...

Thursday: Randsburg area, really nice trails, especially challenging when you get higher up on them. A deja-vu from the day before: we had to turn around once ...

Friday: Spangler Hills: awesome!! We parked the car with the trailer, set a GPS point and did two really wide and long loops. Fast stuff, mixed with some pretty nasty hillclimbs and washed-out trails, perfect weather, and basically no traffic. The day before, we spoke with a guy from the BLM and he said that they would expect some 30,000 people for the Thanksgiving weekend.
Only downside: no hand guards on the bike, when I, due to whatever reason, overlooked that cactus! It took me some really bad words, a pair of pliers and about 1/2 an hour to get most of the needles that were buried between 1/8 and 1/4 inch deep in my left knuckle and fingers out again

Saturday: heading towards the Endurocross in Las Vegas, we stopped in the Razor Riding area. This is about 15 miles or so before Baker off I-15, and has some awesome sand dunes. Two of them were shaped like a half pipe, and we had a lot of fun playing around.
The endurocross in Las Vegas was well worth the detour, and it kept a tradition alive: every time Stephan was here so far, we made it to Las Vegas!

Sunday: heading back home.

Tomorrow, I will pick up the bike and check out what it needs to get fixed. Or, and that might be more likely, that it will make more sense to part it out. I'll keep you posted, most likely in the tech forum.

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November 22nd, 2005, 08:54 PM   #6
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Re: Riding in the California City area?

Sorry to here about your berg Franz, now the only two people in turlock who know what bergs are can't ride'em.... good luck on the bike...
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November 24th, 2005, 10:15 AM   #7
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Re: Riding in the California City area?

Hey Franz,

First of all, sorry to hear of your Berg's demise. I'm sure if you look around a bit you might be able to find used parts to get her going again to keep the cost down. Or, maybe just a good excuse to go and buy an 05 from Dan @ motoxotica, I hear that there are some good deals to be had on those.

Secondly, Man! You guys did some riding!! I'm glad you liked the spanglers, I thought you would. That area used to be a lot bigger before the eco nazi's shut down half of it. But, it's still great, just beat in some area's. How'd you like those whoops and cross grain at the base of the spanglers on the north side?

Other than your bike blowing chunks, it sounds like you and your friend had a successful few days of sport.
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