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The Trinity Alps are a mountain range in Siskiyou County and Trinity County, in Northern California. They are a subrange of the Klamath Mountains and located to the northwest of Redding. Our Trinity Alps Wilderness covers 517,000 acres, making it the second largest wilderness area in California.

Now as a motorcyclist, translate that....

If you are a rider, it translates like this: It means deserted roads in remote areas that follow rivers, creeks, and streambeds. It means mountain peaks that frame the horizon, roads that carve around peaks, up and over, curves that last for miles gently arcing along rushing rivers that flow into wide valleys of farmland framed by more mountaintops.

You have to experience it ... and if you like mountain riding, keep reading...Our destination is


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Foothill Gold....

Just northeast of Red Bluff is a region of rolling hills. You have to experience it. No book or description, no pic set nor program will supply you the true sensation of the California Foothills. And this tour sets off to provide you a quick taste. Remember that reason you bought the motorcycle in the first place. Thatís our destination. I want to go there!

But first... letís cover some basics.

If you know anything about California and its role as thee premier motorcycle destination- the reason is found in the terrain.

See, we have this handy 400-mile-long mountain range in our backyard. There are so many roads to ride; we here at Pashnit Motorcycle Tours have split up the mountain range into five separate guided tours. North. Central. South. And, two tours for the mountain passes & Eastern Sierra. You've got some ground to cover. After all, the goal has always been to ride them all!

Now where were we? Ah yes, the ride!

The tour group gathers on the very edge of Red Bluff and within a few miles, the elevation begins to climb as we head into the Sierra Nevada Foothills. The Foothills are an elevation band that climbs up to about 3000 feet and the roads this region produces are ripe for the pickin'! This route rises and falls over mountainous fingers that lazily extend from the Southern Cascades into the Central Valley. The destination is in the west however and we want to ride one of NorCal's best gems- Hwy 36, and its 140 mile long orgy of curves often found at the top of the list of must-ride roads in NorCal.

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Does Hwy 36 ever get old? Not likely, but we'll make things a bit more interesting and throw in a few backroads, like Gas Point and Platina, as we make our way west, then northward over Hayfork Pass towards the Trinity Alps and to the edges of Trinity Lake- one of the largest lakes in the state.
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The Racetrack...

Day 2 begins with Scott Mountain Summit bumping over 5000 ft and we'll make a beeline for a road we affectionately call, "The Racetrack". There's a reason for that title, but you have to see it to believe it. Why is this road even here? We don't know either.

But it was built for riders, swooping & bending up and over 6100 ft and across the range pushing deeper into the Trinity Alps range and into the Marble Mountain Wilderness all leading to the Etna Mountain Summit at nearly 6000 Ft.

You can't have mountains without valleys and our ride dumps us into the Scott Valley, a narrow but lengthy valley full of bucolic cattle ranches dating to the 1860's. These flat mountain valleys are connected by rivers and the Scott River allows our escape to our next destination.

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The Mighty Klamath

Hwy 96 is one of the longest river roads in the state, spanning over 150 miles of non-stop curves, it hugs the banks of the mighty Klamath River across a very sparely populated region of the state curving around the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Originating in Oregon and at a total length of 257 miles, the Klamath River drains 16,000 square miles. It's one of the few rivers that flows towards the mountains, rather that out.

Plans were proposed in the 1950s to reverse the flow of the Klamath River and send the water via a tunnel under the mountains into the Sacramento Valley and on to Los Angeles. Thankfully that idea never gained much traction and we're left with a motorcycling destination unlike any other in the state. We'll follow it for 2/3rds its length out to the Pacific Ocean through the heart of Bigfoot country, there's even an entire museum dedicated to this creature along our trek.

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Universal Truth...

Thereís a universal truth to every rider we've ever met. Show us a mountainous ridgeline, slap down a paved ribbon of black across its spine and we'll deliver you a crate full of smiles. Not too complicated. The road home climbs through ancient redwood trees up and over two ridgelines out to the Pacific Ocean. No towns, few people, and not much of anything out here. Everyone has since gone home and left us some fantastic riding to round out our weekend.

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But wait! There's more...

We love our ocean. We really do, The NorCal coastline has been compared to various other ocean coastlines around the world. There are many like it, but this one is ours. We've been riding along its shores for 15 years and we never tire of those endless waves, cool temps and magazine cover vistas. Regardless of the direction you choose to head home, there'ss a sense of camaradrie and new friendships established on Pashnit Tours that make us conclude every tour by asking each other, "So what tour are you doing next?".

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April 2019

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Hampton Inn & Suites
520 Adobe Rd
Red Bluff, California

Next Tour:
April 26, 2019
Meet 7:00, Safety Brief 7:30,
Depart 8:00 AM

Contact Info:
Tim Mayhew : 530-391-1356


Riders are expected to have 5+ years of enthusiastic experience on their motorcycle along with at least 5000+ miles of concurrent recent experience.

This tour starts from Red Bluff, CA and finishes up near Trinadad, CA.

Book early - this ride will sell out.

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