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Rode the North leaf / South leaf trails today and have not been on it since 2001 and forgot how fun it was.

Seem to remember where that virginia mill bridge / creek crossing, the part where it starts to get really steep. There used to be no bridge and you had to actually ride the water, and climb up the super steep section.
Anyone remember this or am i smoking crack?:confused:
 

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Your memory is correct. It was a good day if you could clear the creek crossing and the climb on the other side:thumbsup:
 

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Close by there was another alternative. the Ariel tree, had to walk across a huge redwood tree across the creek, pretty darn high, a fall would not have been fun!

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Did we call that 914 or something like that? I remember that climb being short and very steep, yes cleaning it was a chore.
 

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Thanks for the confirm, was trying to find that section of the trail. The creek crossing looked familiar...

hey since were talkin old days, first time i was at Skeggs(must have been about 93-94) they had some man made log jumps on Giant salamander no?
 

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Did we call that 914 or something like that? I remember that climb being short and very steep, yes cleaning it was a chore.
Yes we did because the Porsche was a 914.
And I remember going the other way up that trail right?
Also remember getting ready go in from the "North" side of the park and seeing Neil Young often drive by, with one of his vintage cars, on his way out of the farm, give us the nod, and would say have fun.
Way cool!
That's when skaggs rocked.
1984-85
shoot, now I feel old. :sad:
 

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Yes we did because the Porsche was a 914.
And I remember going the other way up that trail right?
Also remember getting ready go in from the "North" side of the park and seeing Neil Young often drive by, with one of his vintage cars, on his way out of the farm, give us the nod, and would say have fun.
Way cool!
That's when skaggs rocked.
1984-85
shoot, now I feel old. :sad:
Haha that is pretty cool Neil Young being up there back then
 

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Yes, Salamander trail was steep and rutty at the top and the section after the little foot bridge had a log drop, broke the internals on an old rock shox on that thing. The drop would be nothing on todays bikes.
 

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While we have some Skeggs "old-timers" here, who remembers the time when that land was used by motocross bikers and what can anyone tell us about the back story of that one?
 

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I rode motos there starting around 1979 it was called the PITS Property back then. We would "patrol" all the trails, it was big fun while it lasted but like so many places I rode in my younger days they are all gone now. I enjoy riding my MTB there I'm glad its not closed like so many other places. Enjoy it while you can NOTHING lasts forever!
 

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I rode motos there starting around 1979 it was called the PITS Property back then. We would "patrol" all the trails, it was big fun while it lasted but like so many places I rode in my younger days they are all gone now.
Interesting. Thanks. And do you know what "PITS" stands for?

By the way, I was given the impression that the motocross days were back when it was still private property. Any idea what the exact arrangement was back then?
 

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Grew up on skyline and rode Pits and Purissima heavy for a few years, 77-80 on my CR250. Pits was crazy radical back then when Alan Hoskins was logging his land, not groomed like now. Pretty much anything went back then as it was basically a private riding park, but of course could not be a motorcycle park in the eyes of San Mateo County, hence the riders that paid Hoskins to "patrol" his property, that was one of Hoskin's scams...Of course being local, we didn't pay (my one friend worked off and on for Hoskins and sometimes also scored coke for him so we were golden). Sometimes some of the PITS members would actually get serious about chasing us out, lol.......like they were really patrolling???........At that time San Mateo County Sheriff Dept didn't have any offroad bikes and their helicopter wasn't very effective in chasing us out of the canyons. It really was pretty out of control and being 17 / 18 with smoking bikes, thousands of acres of trails to ourselves made for great times, especially in the winter in the mud. But like all good things, it came to and end and those days are LONG gone........Hoskins died last year.........Don't know for sure why it was called PITS (I always thought it was call that as Hoskin would sometimes refer to the western part of his property as a "pit" (or blah blah "down in the pit"). I do sometimes ride there now, and it is truly such beautiful property , but......
 

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PITS = Pacific International Trials Society. It was the Bay Area Chapter of the Trials club who "leased" the property from Hoskins. The Sacramento PITS club is still active putting on Trials Bike events in NorCal. Back in the 70's the members had a golden opportunity to buy the property from Hoskins but blew it squabbling over $$$$. I learned to ride at places like Purissuma Canyon, Bear Gulch, Alpine Rd & the PITS property so its pretty cool to return to the trails of my youth.
 

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Close by there was another alternative. the Ariel tree, had to walk across a huge redwood tree across the creek, pretty darn high, a fall would not have been fun!

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Someone actually has a picture of the old 914. Awesome!

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my dad rode there in the early 70s. had friends that lived at the top of Swett road. i think the dad had something to do with the fire dept. he had a honda scrambler 305, then moved on to the yamaha enduro bikes. that was a day or two ago. around 98 or so when i had been riding there for close to ten years, i found out that the guy who had made the original map was one of the guys my dad had ridden with. small world. good times. place still rocks. just kicks my ass way more than it used to.
 

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I love the stories. Many thanks!

that was a day or two ago. around 98 or so when i had been riding there for close to ten years, i found out that the guy who had made the original map was one of the guys my dad had ridden with.
That's interesting. Is there an "original" map of those trails? Does anyone still have a copy, and would it be too much to ask to post it here?
 

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Here is the old Fractal Boy map. I had a copy of this at one point I had marked up with all the trails not on this. In it's golden days there really was no better place to ride in the bay area.
 

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