|This ride has been on my mind for a while. I have wanted to figure out how to reach Mosquito Ridge Road which is known as a twisty route into the back country all the way to Frenchmen’s Meadow. For some reason, I never got up there with my KLR 650 which seemed the perfect ride for exploring back there.|
The heat of yesterday dropped quite a bit with a strong breeze so I headed out about 10:30 and filled my tiny tank which would be enough to get me to at least Forest Hill and probably back to Auburn if I didn’t do much more exploring first. Taking Fair Oaks Blvd that time of day I guessed the traffic would be relatively light but I was wrong on all counts. I just took my time and let those big trucks and nearly empty SUVs roll by. The heavy traffic continued on Madison & Greenback all the way up to Folsom. Once I got on the Auburn Folsom road traffic was much lighter but the pavement was recently trenched and there was often a wide patch of fresh asphalt to deal with as the road twisted up to Auburn. Downtown Auburn is a maze and it took me a couple of passes through the historic section and finally stopping in the shade of a church parking lot before I figured out my mistake. Several of the streets I was looking for have multiple crossings but a quick look at Google on my iPhone straightened me out. A snack and cold water helped too.
After a couple of miles on Lincoln Way I turned off for the last stretch of about 18 miles on Foresthill Road. Not a slow, twisting route like I imagined, this is a fast, roller coaster ride at 55 mph plus. Luckily there are passing lanes and the traffic was fairly light and not moving that fast either. I reached the small town of Foresthill quicker than expected and even passed the two small gas stations I knew were available. I stopped for a break in front of the Forest Hill Divide Museum which didn’t look open. The shade and light lunch were all I needed and it was satisfying to have made the whole route as planned with only a couple of minor errors. I headed back with the plan to gas up in Auburn which I did. First, I stopped at the Foresthill Rd/Mosquito Ridge intersection for a quick photo. I don’t know much about that road except that it is much more twisty, narrower two lane and some stretches might not be paved. I’ll save that for another visit.
The ride back was easier in part because I knew the road and connections better and the traffic was lighter in that direction late in the afternoon. The temperatures never felt too hot and there was a strong breeze most of the time. The small scooter did fine too.
The ride was approximately 200 KM (125 miles)
Backroad Trip to Foresthill Route & Map
Forest Hill seems to have several spellings as well as at least one museum I didn’t check out.
Mosquito Ridge Road. Next time!
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