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Offline cgarch

Pac Coast: CA Park Closures Slated for later 2011
« on: May 13, 2011, 05:47:20 pm »
This is rather sad news that I suspect we all knew was coming. There will be a substantial number of CA Parks closed starting this fall. See this article for the scoop. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/05/california-officials-70-state-parks.html#ixzz1MHB8eV3h Parks that would affect the Pacific Coast route (going south) would be Westport-Union Landing, Manchester Beach (at least what's left of it), Samuel P. Taylor and Limekiln. I suspect S.P. Taylor is the one that would affect touring cyclists the most. There really isn't another spot to camp between Bodega and SF.

Craig
Santa Rosa, CA

Offline tsteven4

Re: Pac Coast: CA Park Closures Slated for later 2011
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2011, 06:01:07 am »
Other pacific coast route parks on the closure list include Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP near Crescent City, Standish-Hickey SRA near Leggett, Russian Gulch SP near Mendocino, McGrath SB near Ventura.

Offline johnsondasw

Re: Pac Coast: CA Park Closures Slated for later 2011
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2011, 05:38:17 pm »
Hey, get used to it.  No one wants to pay taxes any more, so we can expect more of the same.  A truly civilized society with services requires sacrifice for all, and that includes taxes to support same.  Oh well.
May the wind be at your back!

Offline happyriding

Re: Pac Coast: CA Park Closures Slated for later 2011
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2011, 04:12:28 pm »
Westport was a key camping spot for me--it was after the very tough climbing in the vicinity of Legget(going South).  However, I don't see how you can close Westport.  It was just a hardscrabble strip of land on the ocean with a pit toilet and a drinking fountain surrounded by a swamp.  You should still be able to camp there--although you probably won't have a toilet, or water if they shut it off.  However, there is a small store to the south of the campground(20-30 minute ride?) where you can resupply.

McGrath is a key one--it is close to LA (in Ventura).  But the hiker/biker site in McGrath was a shithole.  I hated McGrath.

As for Limekiln, I rode in there and checked it out.  It was $35/night, the campsites were right on top of each other, and the scenery wasn't that great.  Oregon had some better hiker/biker sites for $5/night.  I kept on riding south.

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S.P. Taylor is the one that would affect touring cyclists the most. There really isn't another spot to camp between Bodega and SF

There's the hiker/biker site at Mt. Tamalpais(near Mill Valley) but it is off route and up a big climb.  I couldn't find the start of the climb, and because it was alread 10pm and all the hotels were booked, I ended up camping in a city park in Mill Valley. 

I heard rumors of a hiker/biker site in the Presidio(just south of the GG bridge) that is on the low down.

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Offline PeteJack

Re: Pac Coast: CA Park Closures Slated for later 2011
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011, 01:58:31 pm »
I'm hoping to do the Sierra Pacific route later this year. Is there anything I should know?

Offline Bicycle Rider

Re: Pac Coast: CA Park Closures Slated for later 2011
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2011, 01:19:21 pm »
Great idea for a state that relies heavily on tourist dollars.  ::)
May you always have the winds at your back, and a low enough gear for the grades