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What's the scoop on this new Oljon extension trail? Pics? Test rides? Elevation plans? More fun than riding Bear Gulch or, uh... up Springboard?

How long will Giant Salamander be closed? What happened there? Water damage?

RIP Steam Donkey. I will never forget foolishly climbing you the wrong way, one quiet evening, when I thought I'd try something new.
 

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GS is still closed. I believe a tree crushed the bridge that's why it is taking so long.
I saw them working on Oljon during the winter but the connector they were working on is not open as far as I can tell.
SD is still open. Did you hear something about it closing?
 

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GS is still closed. I believe a tree crushed the bridge that's why it is taking so long.
I saw them working on Oljon during the winter but the connector they were working on is not open as far as I can tell.
SD is still open. Did you hear something about it closing?
nice to hear the details on GS, thanks

from the ECdM page (click "Trails"):
"The Eastern portion of the Steam Donkey Trail will be closed for removal starting May 1, 2019. Please plan your trip accordingly."

The map linked off the Trails section of that page shows the part of SD that will be removed permanently (between Skyline and Oljon)

Looks like they are trying to route folks away from Skyline & Bear Gulch, and keep them in the preserve, which works for me, if the trail is reasonable.
 

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Here is a great ride I did yesterday:

Park at the paved parking lot with bathrooms (CM00)

Take Sierra Moreno all the way up
Now come back down it
Down Olijon
Down Steam Donkey
Up Gordon Mill

1,200 feet of climbing, going quite easy (still getting back in shape) it was 1.5 hrs, a fit rider would probably be closer to 1 hr.

What this does is give you a lot of miles of uninterrupted single track downhill - awesome experience.

You could also do this from Skeggs parking but I like breaking up all the uphill into two chunks instead of all at the end.

Olijon is awesome, and I actually like how rough/unimproved the trail is. Feels like the older days before things have been ‘sanitized’.
 

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I think and hope that what the message on Steam Donkey is *not* the awesome downhill portion, but rather if you look at the map there is a 0.6 mike section between a trail intersection and Bear Gulch Road - the ‘eastern section’. But I have no idea, that is an interpretation. Removing the main portion of Steam Donkey would be a significant negative hit to ECDM.

(I didn’t highlight/link the phrase ‘the map’ above - that is some automatic incorrect advertising artifact from the website for some book on Amazon, really weird.)
 

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I think and hope that what the message on Steam Donkey is *not* the awesome downhill portion, but rather if you look at the map there is a 0.6 mike section between a trail intersection and Bear Gulch Road - the 'eastern section'. But I have no idea, that is an interpretation. Removing the main portion of Steam Donkey would be a significant negative hit to ECDM.
Edit: oops, misread your post. Yes I am pretty sure the eastern section is what is getting removed:
Red White Colorfulness Line Carmine


(I didn't highlight/link the phrase 'the map' above - that is some automatic incorrect advertising artifact from the website for some book on Amazon, really weird.)
Yeah, isn't that super annoying?! I went back and put a link to the pdf in my earlier post with that phrase so that it wouldn't turn into an amazon link.
 

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It is clear from the map that the good part of Steam Donkey is to remain (for now, at least). That's the 0.5mi segment that starts right next to Gordon Mill trail. I'll gladly trade the section they're removing for the new Oljon extension. That red section has a lot of steep ups and downs, making it not fun in both directions.

Hopefully Giant Salamander opens up again soon.
 

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If climbing is a concern, you have no business being in Skeggs in the first place, lol :)

LOL, that is a good point. I always try to nip and tuck the climbing routes so I can get in 12-15 miles and less than 3k if possible. I'm always looking for the lazy way out, but have yet to find it at Skeggs.
The 'lazy way out' is CM08 to Star Hill Road to Swett and then down Skyline back to parking. Not very glorious, but once when I was really pushing the downhills my hamstrings kind of eventually gave up and I had to limp out. It is still biking out, but much, much easier.

Conversely, have a friend pick you up down there :). The road is a bit tight and has a large cliff on one side.
 

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I gave the top of steam donkey a farewell ride today. It's not part of my normal routes, so I hadn't ridden it in years. This is what used to be "upper totem", am I right? It seemed less raw and more sanitized than I remember. Couple that with the nasty climb before it gets to Oljon, and I think I'd rather have the proposed extension to Oljon.
 

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I ran into a couple of rangers with a radar gun yesterday on sierra Morena.I stopped and asked about oljon and salamander.They said they are starting on the giant salamander repairs next week and oljon extension is likely to open in august.
 

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Drove past the top of Steam Donkey on Sat. There was a ranger truck parked there, and a bulldozer/bobcat sitting on the trail. My guess is that the upper part is now closed, and they're going to put up a berm or some other obstacles to make it even more obvious that that's the case.
 
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