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It's been several years since I've been back to Coe and am thinking of doing a trip down to revisit Middle Ridge trail, and climbing out China Hole. If i remember correctly, the connector trail between Poverty Flat and China Hole to climb out is right on the creek. I just wondered if there are issues making this connector this time of year due to water levels? Also if anybody wants to recommend any interesting extensions to this loop that don't turn super epic, I'd love to hear.

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You can hike-a-bike along the Creekside "trail" through there, but it's not a good idea if you are allergic to poison oak.

You can climb Poverty Flat to the west, then descend to Los Cruceros, climb up Lost Spring Trail, and descend China Hole east trail to China Hole. This is quite a bit more climbing, but you get the great China Hole east descent (long, flowing, great trail).

You'll get a little bit wet at the bottom of Middle Ridge, and it's easy to get very wet on the deeper-than-it-looks creek crossing on Poverty Flat road before you can cross the creek (wet again) to get on the Creekside trail.
 

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that's what I'm talking about! I like your route extension recommendation too, Loco...just checked the map and it looks right :)
 

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The climb out of Poverty Flat is pretty steep - a lot of people don't get it clean the first time (or two or three).

If you want to stay somewhat dry (as in not have sopping wet feet), at the Poverty Flat road creek crossing you can hop rocks on the downstream side of the hole. If you ride the road across, your feet will get drenched. Your feet will probably only be a bit wet from the two rocky (but shallow) creek crossings at the bottom of Middle Ridge.

Approaching Los Cruzeros, if you go down the Mahoney Meadows road to the creek you can stay fairly dry by heading just to the right of the creek crossing - you go through small rivulets and gravel bars and bushes, instead of the deep water of the crossing.

If you take the Schafer Corral trail, you can do a fairly shallow crossing, scramble over some rocks (rideable by some, but very technical with slick moss), and it stays to the left of the stream (on some really cool, narrow singletrack) the rest of the way.

Either way, don't go up the very steep road on the south side of where the Mahoney Meadows road crosses the creek. Take the singletrack to the right instead, and you go around the hill with cool riding instead of up then down a pointless steep short hill. The singletrack branches, stay left (the right goes into a gravel stream bed that leads nowhere). The left goes to the sign at Los Cruzeros. Then there is another sort of deep water crossing right before the Mahoney Meadows wall, but again if you cross just to the right it's pretty shallow (you'll get wet feet going straight across on the road).

The Mahoney Meadows wall is short, but steep. The steepest part is fairly muddy right now.

And if you forget all the other advice, remember this: take the Lost Spring trail, NOT the road - the road is ugly steep, and the Lost Spring trail is a fun singletrack trail that's not too bad going up. There is a restroom at the top where it intersects with the China Hole trail, so you can't miss that intersection.
 

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Thanks again Loco! I used to do runs down Middle Ridge and also bike camp at various lakes out there a long time ago, but have not seen big chunks of what you are talking about here. I'm looking forward to it.
 

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Either way, don't go up the very steep road on the south side of where the Mahoney Meadows road crosses the creek. Take the singletrack to the right instead, and you go around the hill with cool riding instead of up then down a pointless steep short hill.
It's funny that in 20-something years, the top of that hill is one of few places in Coe I've never been.
 

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Yes

Biker_Scout_Sparky said:
is it too early to talk about the Henry Coe 'spring' circus?
come do the winter version on Sunday lazy man
 
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