The “official” 2015 Muni Weekend, carrying on the annual series I started in 1996, took place in the Seattle area on August 7-9 and was hosted by Noli Ergas.
But many of us California-dwellers were unable to attend. Because I’ve recently moved to a new house that’s closer to the local Foothills trails, I wanted to invite people out to a smaller, more intimate Muni Weekend and a visit to our new place. Riders from anywhere are welcome, but this will probably be a small group.
The dates are October 24-25. Rides will be flexible, but one of them will be what I call the Salmon Falls Shortcut. This is a variation of the Sunday ride from the original (1996) MUni Weekend. Instead of starting that trail from the beginning, we jump-start it by crossing the Old Salmon Falls Bridge, which has spent most of its life underwater since the creation of Folsom Lake in 1955. That lake is now mostly river, and at historic record lows. Anyway, this route brings us to the middle of the trail, where we can ride its second half with a shortcut. This might leave us with more energy to ride out onto the penninsula, at the center of Folsom Lake, and see land that hasn’t been above water level in 60 years.
Or we might visit the foundations of Mormons Island, a little gold rush town that was flooded when the reservoir was created. There are walls, foundations and lots of artifacts out there.
The other day’s ride is TBD, but will likely be either a long, downhill shuttle ride of Auburn trails, or possibly Stevens Trail in Colfax. Or, if people are more ambitious, a drive up to the Tahoe area for Mr. Toads Wild Ride. Maybe even Downieville, though those two involve much longer drives.
Guests are invited to stay at my house if they RSVP before we get too many people. There will be a hot tub, and a patio that overlooks Sacramento and Folsom Lake.
Interested? Let me know if you’re thinking of coming, especially if you would like to stay at our house (Fri. & Sat. nights). Details to follow!
Here are some Salmon Falls Shortcut pictures (from 2009). Picture even less water in the river/lake. More pictures later, once we have a better idea where we’re going to ride.