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Mountain Biking to South Colony Lakes

Postby Beaker » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:22 pm

Has anyone done this or know if it is even legal to do?
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Re: Mountain Biking to South Colony Lakes

Postby bking14ers » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:30 pm

From the road to the trail head would be OK. It's about 3 miles in. Not bad for a bike. From the trail head to the lakes, I think most of it would be a nightmare. There are a tremendous amount of the rocks they call "baby heads". It is an old 4+4 road.
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Re: Mountain Biking to South Colony Lakes

Postby cbrobin » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:38 pm

Once you get to the old trail head it's a wilderness area. No bikes allowed.
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Re: Mountain Biking to South Colony Lakes

Postby tlongpine » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:53 am

It's great from the parking lot to the gate closure at the trailhead. You shave off the worst part of the approach.

You can't ride beyond the old TH because it's designated as wilderness.

The descent is wonderful fun, and really saves a significant amount of time.
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Re: Mountain Biking to South Colony Lakes

Postby lackerstef » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:57 am

How far up the road can you get with a 2 Wheel Dr. vehicle?
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Re: Mountain Biking to South Colony Lakes

Postby Tornadoman » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:19 am

lackerstef wrote:How far up the road can you get with a 2 Wheel Dr. vehicle?


There is no parking allowed on the first 1 1/2 miles of the road after the low 2WD trailhead as it is private property. When I was there a few weeks ago, I wouldn't have wanted to take a 2WD up that far.
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Re: Mountain Biking to South Colony Lakes

Postby MUni Rider » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:49 am

Aren't emergency vehicles still allowed to open the gate and continue up to the upper (old) 4x4 trailhead? I thought they closed the upper portion of the road to private vehicles to lessen the impact to the basin around the lakes beacause it was getting trashed. I don't recall the wilderness lines being redrawn.
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Re: Mountain Biking to South Colony Lakes

Postby Tornadoman » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:59 pm

MUni Rider wrote:Aren't emergency vehicles still allowed to open the gate and continue up to the upper (old) 4x4 trailhead? I thought they closed the upper portion of the road to private vehicles to lessen the impact to the basin around the lakes beacause it was getting trashed. I don't recall the wilderness lines being redrawn.


Yes, I am quite sure that emergency vehicles are still able to access the old 4WD trailhead.
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Re: Mountain Biking to South Colony Lakes

Postby Tommy Dorr » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:20 pm

I'm curious about this now as well. Were the Wilderness Boundary Lines moved? I was under the assumption you could still ride to the Old TH where that log bridge is at. Here's a map from one of my mountain bike guide books. I thought it was just the parking lot, gate, etc that had been moved and the first mile had been graded out a little. Does anyone on have confirmation that it isn't legal to ride to the Old TH where the log bridge is?
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Re: Mountain Biking to South Colony Lakes

Postby cbrobin » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:06 pm

I was there on Sunday. When you start on the trail toward Humboldt (100 yards past the old trail head) there is a wilderness sign stating no Bikes or Hang gliding ect. .

Also I've seen Emergency vehicles on the trail/road.
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