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Let's say you had to pick one spot to put down roots in NorCal where would it be? Assuming you like riding everything from XC/AM to DH and DJ. And you wanted everything to be within a short driving distance, with tons of single track to choose from for a home trail that can be reached without putting your bike in your truck. Such a place exist?

Looking for ideas on a new place to call home.
 

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Way before I got into mtb I lived in Granite Bay by Folsom lake and worked out of Newcastle.If I were able to up and move,I would probably go back.It gets hot in the summer and does rain quite a bit sometimes,but there are tons of things to do and places to go.

There are also a lot of smaller towns on the outskirts of the greater Sacramento area that are closer to trails and wilderness.One of the biggest benefits of living in that area is the ability to take the 50 or the 80 to south or north Lake Tahoe,only a few hours away.

As I said before,I wasn't riding back then so I wasn't looking for places to ride,but I know there's got to be quite a bit.
 

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Tahoe and Truckee. Auburn to a slight lesser extent for epicness and slightly better for year round. Avoid the city imo, it means significant drives to pretty much all trails.
 

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Tahoe and Truckee. Auburn to a slight lesser extent for epicness and slightly better for year round. Avoid the city imo, it means significant drives to pretty much all trails.
Yeah I was thinking near the Tahoe area myself. I like the proximity to Northstar. I will have to take a closer look at Auburn because year round biking is definitely on my list. Another important note is that I've never been in or driven in snow or ice conditions so I'd prefer someplace in or near the foothills as opposed to the actual mountains.
 

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Auburn has a lot of merit based on your criteria. Pretty decent trail system with some very nice residential neighborhoods within a few blocks of the trail heads. Close enough to Sacramento that whatever your gig is you can probably find work doing it. On an average winter there's probably 10, 2-3 day windows during and after a big rain when you should not ride to help preserve the trails while its very wet soft. Technically with a little bit of weather gear and a love of mud you could ride those days, but good trail stewardship demands a little restraint.

Auburn just has the best package of trails, weather and employment that I can think of.

Tahoe is great too, but you'd have to hang up the MTBs at least 4 months a year; of course those are the months when the skiing is best so there's a fair bit of consolation action happening.

Downieville has more modest weather issues than Tahoe, there's nothing to do there to earn a living.
 

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Are these all the trails in Auburn:Mountain Bike Trails Near Auburn, CA || SINGLETRACKS.COM

When looking for trails in the Bend, OR area on Singletracks in only showed about 8 or 9 if I recall. In actuality I found out there are literally hundreds and hundreds of miles of single track in and around the city. Is it the same story in Auburn? More trails than advertised? Are there any actual dirt jump spots?
 

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Are these all the trails in Auburn:Mountain Bike Trails Near Auburn, CA || SINGLETRACKS.COM

When looking for trails in the Bend, OR area on Singletracks in only showed about 8 or 9 if I recall. In actuality I found out there are literally hundreds and hundreds of miles of single track in and around the city. Is it the same story in Auburn? More trails than advertised? Are there any actual dirt jump spots?
Not really, thats why i was suggesting truckee/tahoe. You can ride all the auburn trails in a day, not to mention its just not as epic as other places with thousands (instead of 1000) vertical, much longer trails, etc. Traffic into Sac or on 80 anywhere can be bad, and there are other places that have cooler summers or more open winter riding. In the greater sac area, Auburn is the place to be, and kinda close to Downieville/Tahoe, but the highway corridors don't have as many trails as you'd think, and Tahoe is a few steps above Auburn for sure. If you are considering auburn, probably look into Mendicino Ct, Shasta/Redding and a bunch of other places that have great trails. Be careful tho, CA is kind of weird, some places you'd think would be perfect can have nothing nearby.
 

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Not really, thats why i was suggesting truckee/tahoe. You can ride all the auburn trails in a day, not to mention its just not as epic as other places with thousands (instead of 1000) vertical, much longer trails, etc. Traffic into Sac or on 80 anywhere can be bad, and there are other places that have cooler summers or more open winter riding. In the greater sac area, Auburn is the place to be, and kinda close to Downieville/Tahoe, but the highway corridors don't have as many trails as you'd think, and Tahoe is a few steps above Auburn for sure. If you are considering auburn, probably look into Mendicino Ct, Shasta/Redding and a bunch of other places that have great trails. Be careful tho, CA is kind of weird, some places you'd think would be perfect can have nothing nearby.
I'm thinking Auburn just might not have the quantity I'm looking for. I'm not sure I could live in a legit mountain town. Not just because of having to hang the bike up for several months out of the year, but the idea of driving on snow and ice covered roads in the mountains freaks me out. Also I'd imagine it gets harder and harder to find jobs the farther up in the mountains you go. Unless you work at the ski resorts.

Singletracks is only showing 2 trails in the Redding area.

Does SoCal have any bike parks?
 

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Redding is sick with trails. Can get crazy hot in the summer, but hundreds of miles of trails there, plus easy access to all kinds of outdoor activities minutes from the front door in any direction. The trails at Whiskeytown come to mind first, but the locals are building more trails every year, at a silly rate - something like 30 miles a year. The town is really improving too. Too hot for me, I'm a coastal boy, so I live over the mountains from Redding, but it sounds like you should take a look.
 

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Redding is sick with trails. Can get crazy hot in the summer, but hundreds of miles of trails there, plus easy access to all kinds of outdoor activities minutes from the front door in any direction. The trails at Whiskeytown come to mind first, but the locals are building more trails every year, at a silly rate - something like 30 miles a year. The town is really improving too. Too hot for me, I'm a coastal boy, so I live over the mountains from Redding, but it sounds like you should take a look.
What's your idea of hot? What is the weather like there other than hot? Do they get a lot of rain? Snow in the winter?

I've heard they are putting a bike park in at Shasta, any truth to this?
 

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Hmm...

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Considers New Gravity Trails

Posted: May 2, 2012 at 8:57:04 AM
In: bike park | Mt. Shasta Ski Park | IMBA Trail Solutions
By: Chris Bernhardt
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.To better serve riders in California, Mt. Shasta Ski Area is considering developing a lift-accessed bike park. Trail Specialist Jason Wells recently visited the site to consult with the resort managers on building flow-based, gravity-assisted trails for beginners through expert mountain bicyclists.

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Considers New Gravity Trails | International Mountain Bicycling Association
 

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If you want to get close to the snow line there's Grass valley. It was only 100 degrees here the other day. Very little snow driving and close to great riding near Donner summit and N* of course. Downieville is a reasonable drive also.
I'm moving to Truckee or Tahoe to get better riding and cooler temps.
 

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santa cruz hands down
 

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I'll look more into Santa Cruz.. although it doesn't look like there'd be a bike park anywhere near it?

I know these aren't Cali cities, but what about Reno or Carson City? Still in the Tahoe area and would be a relatively short commute to Northstar.
 
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