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Offline willbill15

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Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« on: July 19, 2012, 10:04:12 AM »
Wondering if anyone could tell me how difficult the route is from either rock creek or tobin into grassy lake? Thanks

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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 09:46:12 AM »
Rock Creek to Tobin Ridge is about 26 switchbacks quite easily do-able by nearly anyone in nearly any vehicle, providing it isn't blocked by down fall or rocks.

From Tobin Ridge to Grassy Lake has a bit more challenge, ( some say quite a bit more challenge.  I say more fun ) It may not be as agreeable to full sized rigs
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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 05:15:42 AM »
Last fall when I tried to go up the Rock Creek switch backs they had just been covered by a couple of feet of rock in the 6 to 8 in. size making it very difficult I was on a motorcycle and gave up after about a mile and it wasn't EZ going back down ,I've been ridding bike my entire life so I'm no beginner,the Tobin switch backs only had a few rocks on it but there were big pile of rock at the bottom that they may have put up there by now,maybe the rocks have settled in some since last fall ,I know the new rock pits at the Hi Lakes were harder than the ones that had been there for awhile

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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 08:58:53 AM »
The Tobin switchbacks, aka Jackass Creek, is blocked to all but motorcycles due to 2 huge rocks blocking it.

I'm trying to get it re-opened.
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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2012, 08:39:37 AM »
is the blockage the same as it was last fall? or is there a new area? thanks

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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2012, 10:07:41 AM »
is the blockage the same as it was last fall? or is there a new area? thanks

Last I heard there was a room-sized rock pushed against a house-sized rock and that some vehicle trying to get around, caused an oil spill, and a spew of some metal parts trying to get around it.  Plumas County Sheriff picked up the metal,

I have found the right person in the Plumas Forest to get something done about it... I wrote to her several months ago, she is "looking into it".  I wrote a week ago asking about status..  no reply. (yet)
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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2012, 12:07:07 PM »
I rode my bike down the Tobin switchbacks the rocks are still there a jeep could almost get by but its lose sandy decomposed granite and up hill,on the way up I ran into the kid in the red Cherokee working on the trails went and checked out "Hippie Camp" I took the Highway back to Concow Rd and ran into him again he turning onto the highway,I don't know if a 4X4 can make it up the Rock Creek switchbacks the rocks are so deep and 4 and 5 in. I can see people have tried I don't know how far they made it
 


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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2012, 12:37:37 PM »
I know the guy in the red Cherokee, he is part of our student work crew ..  and he called me from Oroville, so I know he's out and safe.

I have notified Plumas National Forest, several times about the Jackass switchbacks blockage...   they have their hands full this week,  but have known abut it for several months.

Are you saying Rock Creek from Power Station under railroad bridge to Tobin is blocked, now?  We know Jackass, the one coming from Injun Jims to Tobin is blocked.
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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2012, 07:56:57 AM »
hope the forest service doesnt need to race to the top of the switchbacks only to come across this blockage that has been there since last october!   

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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2012, 09:55:44 AM »
Plumas N/F. and specifically Mt. Hough District have bigger issues ( a near 10,000 acre fire that is growing by 1/3 to 1/2 daily )  than  that rock right now...  I have reminded them, there is still an issue....
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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2012, 10:27:32 AM »
really ! you think that i dont know about the fire? im very woried about that fire and what will happen to the high lakes.   

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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2012, 04:48:42 PM »
The High Lakes is now totally closed from all access po9ints in all directions.

Forest order on the way...

Fire has broken over Chips canyon
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Re: Coming in from 70? Rock creek or Tobin
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2013, 04:32:51 PM »
Both switchback routes are open, sort of.  The route from Tobin, with the big rock, takes a pretty good rig to get up and over, but as you can see, there is lots of room, and not much pucker.  Crawling didn't work, just spun on the sandy granite.  Had to use momentum like in snow.


Coming up:


Going down:


Both ways have a dozen or so switchbacks that require a jockey.  The Rock Creek way only has the bad gravel in the bottom mile or so.  It is not that settled in.
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