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Old 09-11-2020, 12:53 PM   #1
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Mines Road report 9/11/20

Rode Mines to the Junction. In surprisingly good shape following the fire. No evidence of fire north of Alameda Co. mile post 17. Between there and Santa Clara mile post 23 it was confined to the east side of the road. Further south, it jumped the road and both sides are burned. They saved every structure that I could see, including Ruthie's Barn, the Junction, etc.. Amazing work. Trees don't look that badly burned so, hopefully, things will bounce back. Have at it. The Junction will be open starting tomorrow, according to their Facebook page. - K^2
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Old 09-11-2020, 02:30 PM   #2
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Can you get past the Junction in either direction? Caltrans is still showing Hwy 130 closed from Quimby to the Stanislaus county line.
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Old 09-11-2020, 05:14 PM   #3
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Can you get past the Junction in either direction? Caltrans is still showing Hwy 130 closed from Quimby to the Stanislaus county line.
At the Junction there is a Caltran sign saying that you can take 130 from there west over Hamilton, but "expect up to 1 hour delay". Apparently there is a section of road that is only being opened periodically. I turned around and headed home, so I can't confirm this. - K^2
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Old 09-11-2020, 07:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for the update. I'll probably ride Mines through to 680 Sunday AM if nothing else pops up...
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Old 09-12-2020, 06:44 AM   #5
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Thanks for the update. I'll probably ride Mines through to 680 Sunday AM if nothing else pops up...
How does that work? Mines starts at Tesla Rd to the Junction (Hwy 130). I 680 runs along Pleasonton and San Ramon.
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:45 AM   #6
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How does that work? Mines starts at Tesla Rd to the Junction (Hwy 130). I 680 runs along Pleasonton and San Ramon.
Well clearly he means to go down Mines Road until it ends, then make a hard right at The Junction and off-road across the terrain and private property directly to 680 from there.

There's no way he is implying that he'd continue on 130, pass the Lick Observatory, make a left on Alum Rock Ave., and reach 680 in San Jose that way, right? Nobody would make the assumption that he'd continue on the literal only road leading to 680 from that area, right?

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Old 09-12-2020, 09:20 AM   #7
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Well clearly he means to go down Mines Road until it ends, then make a hard right at The Junction and off-road across the terrain and private property directly to 680 from there.

There's no way he is implying that he'd continue on 130, pass the Lick Observatory, make a left on Alum Rock Ave., and reach 680 in San Jose that way, right? Nobody would make the assumption that he'd continue on the literal only road leading to 680 from that area, right?

C'mon, brother. Don't ask for spoon feeding.
Can you please post a google map, I've only done it about 50 times and may get lost. Since 130 is closed at Grant park (at least 1/2h ago when I checked Caltrans) I'm still wondering where he wants to ride? I'm thinking to ride Mines, Mt. Hamilton for some time now but since 130 is closed taking 680/580 all the way from San Jose and back doesn't really look like so much fun. Sure, Calaveras may be an option, haven't checked if its open though.
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Old 09-12-2020, 10:04 AM   #8
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Well clearly he means to go down Mines Road until it ends, then make a hard right at The Junction and off-road across the terrain and private property directly to 680 from there...
Hey! Don't underestimate the versatility of the GS!

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Can you get past the Junction in either direction? Caltrans is still showing Hwy 130 closed from Quimby to the Stanislaus county line.
Unfortunately the checkpoint is still up at Quimby; where Gary took the below picture 2 weeks ago, there are two concrete barriers and a big electronic sign (PG&E Base Camp - Expect 1 Hour Delay) and No Thru Traffic, Local Residents Only Enforced by the same CHP Charger Pursuit patrol.



Traffic was excellent on Calaveras, closure of the Sunol Wildness Park might have contributed to it. Rode Felter Rd. all the way thru Sierra Rd, good news is Cal Trans must've repaved the whole section after the fire trucks since all the sketchy tar snakes on the summit are gone. Bad news is they are either chip sealing or half way done, because there is gravel every where (with mandatory 25MPH/SLOW/Gravel signs every couple hundred feet).

Mines from Livermore to the Junction is indeed open, excellent traffic and minimum debris on the road. Have to say the closer it got to the Junction, the more it felt like going toward the epicenter of a nuclear bomb explosion aftermath. There were hills (toward Del Puerto direction) as far as the eyes can see that were barren, with charred earth, dead trees and thick smoke still lingering in the air...


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Old 09-12-2020, 01:46 PM   #9
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Can you please post a google map, I've only done it about 50 times and may get lost. Since 130 is closed at Grant park (at least 1/2h ago when I checked Caltrans) I'm still wondering where he wants to ride? I'm thinking to ride Mines, Mt. Hamilton for some time now but since 130 is closed taking 680/580 all the way from San Jose and back doesn't really look like so much fun. Sure, Calaveras may be an option, haven't checked if its open though.
Calaveras is open; was rather surreal riding (last week) through the charred terrain, though.

Some spots have burned all the way down to the reservoir and the air was still filled with ash/smoke.

I cautiously stopped at a couple spots to snap some shots but none of my pics captured the devastation

The whole ride I kept shaking my head in disbelief; brought very vivid memories of when I worked the Tubbs fires in Santa Rosa. Very apocalyptic seeing the firsthand affects and sheer power of wildfires during that time...

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Old 09-13-2020, 07:38 AM   #10
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Well clearly he means to go down Mines Road until it ends, then make a hard right at The Junction and off-road across the terrain and private property directly to 680 from there.....
I hadn't thought of that!! Might be fun on my KTM, well except for all that private property...

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Can you please post a google map, I've only done it about 50 times and may get lost. Since 130 is closed at Grant park (at least 1/2h ago when I checked Caltrans) I'm still wondering where he wants to ride? I'm thinking to ride Mines, Mt. Hamilton for some time now but since 130 is closed taking 680/580 all the way from San Jose and back doesn't really look like so much fun. Sure, Calaveras may be an option, haven't checked if its open though.
Take Mines from Livermore, and keep going straight at the Junction. The road does change names, but you'll hardly notice it. The road gets a lot tighter passed the observatories and some of the road is beat up, but awesome views up there.... and assuming no closures, you'll hit 680 eventually. Fun ride if you like 1st and 2nd gear stuff...
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Old 09-13-2020, 08:20 AM   #11
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Thanks David. I have done Mt. Hamilton and Mines indeed 50 - 100 times. I used to ride it everyday after work for some time, just for fun. I was replying to cheez, obviously there is still a closure at Grant county park. Was thinking of riding to the junction, the air here in San Jose is not good, but not too smoky either right now. After seeing the pictures of the ash and smoke from yesterday I decided to postpone it.
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Old 09-13-2020, 09:27 AM   #12
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I really want to ride out there but don’t want ashes forced into my face at speed. Unhealthy air today, and last weekend it was 105 degrees. Sheesh!!
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:47 PM   #13
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Went today, Junction was closed, temp around 93. Still some road work going on, flaggers. One took a little, between Mt. Hamilton and Grant park. They were cutting and shredding the trees so the don't fall into the road. Had to ride through some wood chips for a couple feet. Otherwise nice, looks they even swept the road. Expect junk in the road once the leaves/needles fall off or it starts raining. Look pretty unreal in places.
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Weather is cooler, smoke is gone, time for a ride. I think I’ll go out there tomorrow
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Calaveras is open; was rather surreal riding (last week) through the charred terrain, though.

Some spots have burned all the way down to the reservoir and the air was still filled with ash/smoke.

I cautiously stopped at a couple spots to snap some shots but none of my pics captured the devastation

The whole ride I kept shaking my head in disbelief; brought very vivid memories of when I worked the Tubbs fires in Santa Rosa. Very apocalyptic seeing the firsthand affects and sheer power of wildfires during that time...
There are 2 houses near the dam, up top on the flat area just south of it... do you know if they're still there?
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