MUni Weekend returns
to its roots!
River Confluence in Auburn, then the Granite Bay area of Folsom Lake.
Auburn is where it all started in
1996. It's the place that gave me the idea, and the anchor location for
the first all-offroad unicycle event in the world. We came to Auburn for
the first three years, but haven't been back since '98, the year Kris
Holm first came, and blew us all away.
9:00 am at the Confluence. It'll be a busy day!
See the Maps page for directions.
Confluence Uphill Race:
This area is called the Confluence because it's the joining of the North
and Middle forks of the American River. Our meeting spot is the base of
the Stagecoach Trail. From this area, there is a short little trail going
down to the river. The Confluence Uphill Race, which we held at the first
three MUni Weekends, goes from just under the bridge, up to the point
where that little side trail connects to the main trail. Fastest rider
to the top, without a dismount, is the winner. Age groups TBA.
Aside from the 9:00 starting time and 7:30 dinner, the details are flexible.
The Confluence Uphill race may be held first, or saved for after we ride
the trails, to give people something to do while slower riders return.
After riding at Auburn, we will head to Granite Bay, for some riding on
the rocks along the edge of Folsom Lake. There will be time to shower
and change at the Hooten or Riegel homes, and then we'll head to Mark
& Monica's for our dinner and video fest.
How much time we will devote to the afternoon riding
will depend on what activities we come up with for that time. If we don't
have much, we can spend some more time on the Auburn trails.
My favorite trail in Auburn is the Confluence Trail, which is part of
a loop of trails called the Clementine Loop. This is a 7 mile loop that
starts and ends at the Confluence, and has about a 1000' climb. Much of
the climb is on a paved road, so we can also shuttle people up to a higher
point, at the end of the paved road, so they can save some time (and some
energy for Downieville!). See some images from that ride here:
You can either bring something and picnic at the Confluence, or drive
back up the canyon and to one of almost any fast food (or other) place
within a few miles of the area. Most of these are along I-80, between
Elm Ave. and Foresthill Road, two exits East.
Since time will probably not allow us to do two separate consecutive group
rides, people can do these alternates instead:
- Quarry Road Trail: This one goes on the opposite
side of the Middle Fork from the Confluence Trail, and was what we labeled
as our "novice" ride in '96-'98. Since then we've learned
that even if people consider themselves novices, they'd rather watch
the experts and walk over the technical bits of the trail. But for a
relaxing, more level ride, the Quarry is available. It's out and back,
however far you want to go. The first two miles or so are completely
- Stagecoach Trail: This is basically a fireroad
that goes down from town to the Confluence, coming out at the outhouse
where we start the day. You can ride up and then down, or I can provide
directions for you to park at the top and ride from there. This is an
easy ride, non-technical.
- Manzanita Trail, with option for "new"
Flood and Mossy Rock Trails: Manzanita is a more technical trail that
sort of parallels the top part of the Stagecoach Trail and then connects
to it. The Flood Trail branches off from Stagecoach near the top, and
leads to another trail called Mossy Rock. These two have not been a
part of past MUni Weekends. All three of these trails are singletrack,
with a couple of sections on Manzanita that I'm still chicken to attempt.
For these trails you can also park at the top (Russel Road). Maps should
provide the necessary info.
The location is the Granite Bay area of Folsom Lake. It's a boat launch
parking lot, where we might do some gliding (don't forget to stop before
you get your feet wet). Lloyd Johnson will bring some small Trials toys
he's made. Nothing huge, only what fits in a pickup. And we have a beautiful
location along the shore of Folsom Lake with all sorts of shapes made
out of decomposed granite. The rock is a little bit like the slickrock
of Moab, but has more of a texture and is more crumbly. We will set up
more games in the rocky area marked on the map. Another one of our challenges
will be to ride down what John Hooten calls the "Stupid Steep Trail."
I can't do it, but I'm sure some of you will!
Mark and Monica's is a sports bar in Granite Bay, between the Hooten home
and Folsom Lake.
We now have the Banquet Room reserved for
7:30. It will be a salad and pizza buffet, with all you can drink sodas. Plus
you can order whatever food and drinks you want off the menu, at your expense.
Since our time will be limited, I think we will do dinner and awards at the
same time, and follow that with the screening of Universe II. This will be
a not-quite-finished version of the video, which Dan Heaton is still working
on. It should be pretty amazing. The Banquet Room contains a giant TV projection
screen on which we will show the video. We will probably run some other video
clips as well. If you have anything interesting, please bring it along. No
guarantees we'll be able to fit them in though. VHA only for the restaurant,
but we can watch the DVDs at the Foss, Hooten, and Riegel homes.
It will be an early day on Sunday, so don't stay
up too late!