Sunday, March 31, 2019

Got a post up at with pics from our latest visit to Hogan. Check it out HERE.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Map with most of the trails. New sections are being added constantly by a small group of dedicated wackos. 😈

Parking and trail update

We have many miles of trail at Hogan, starting at the Oak Knoll campground. Trailhead starts at site #19, although you can follow the road out to Coyote Point group campground if you'd like to ride the intermediate trail.

A mountain biker on (NorCal board) had questions about parking at Acorn East during the week, here are some of the answers, along with info on how to access the trails:

OneOnOne: I’ve been fortunate enough to have the time to ride mid-week and want to explore ride options other than the Granite Bay trails. New Hogan is within my work territory. My concern is with the parking and potential burglary and vandalism of my vehicle. Is the New Hogan location busy or dead late afternoons during mid-week? 

fred-da-trog: I've been riding Hogan averaging once a month for 25 years. The usual parking is at the Acorn East Campground entrance. I've never heard of break ins or seen broken glass . If you're really nervous, there is also a parking lot at the Acorn West entrance where a camp host usually resides. It's a short pedal on campground road to the trail head. 

Finch Platte: Like Fred, I've been riding and working on the trails at Hogan for decades. I have yet to have a problem with parking. Sure, there have been skeevy-looking characters hanging about (mostly mountain bikers, lol), but nary a problem so far.

Couple of notes:

Oak Knoll parking lot is better to access the trails (it's a wee bit more convienient- especially when you have a dog, like I usually do). But Acorn day-use lots are fine, too. Oak Knoll opens later in the season when Acorn camping lots start to fill up. Hogan has great camping, btw. They also have a huge camping area you can reserve if you have a ton of friends (Coyote Point).

The best trail starts from campsites 17 or 19. As you ride out on the trail, keep an eye on offshoots to the left- these trails are more advanced, and if you stay on the lower trail that is just above the lake, I garntee you'll be underwhelmed and will report back here with a shrug and an "itsallright". Upper trails are much more fun and hard. There are scads of them out there, and if you ride the trails often, you'll keep finding more and more to ride. Tour guides are nice, if you can find one.

Excellent winter riding- you can ride these trails during a downpour (yes, I've done it, unwillingly) and you won't hurt a thing. Summer? It's freaking hot, and you will be hard-pressed to find shade (or water, except for the lake itself).

There's a restaurant in town called Brew-gers. Yup. Brew-gers. πŸ‘²It used to be called Eddie's, and they had some really, really good food. I haven't checked out the food, yet, but they have some killer beers on tap!

Have fun! PM me and maybe I'll join ya sometime.

Edit: I just realized that map doesn't even have all the trails on it. Jeez.

Also, you can gain almost instant access to the upper trails by riding up to Oak Knoll's site 13, and riding back in to where the firefighters-in-training cut a firebreak that goes almost straight up. When you get to the top, you'll be at one of the highest parts of the trails. It's a grunter of a hike-a-bike, but it mixes things up a little, at least for me.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Welcome to the Hogan Lake Blog

I'm your host, Finch Platte, blogging all things Hogan, particularly mountain biking and hiking trails.

New Hogan Lake is located in the oak and brush-covered foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The 4,400 acre lake was created in 1964 with the completion of New Hogan Dam.

When full, the lake has 50 miles of shoreline and extends nearly eight miles upstream to the confluence of the north and south forks of the Calaveras River. The dam provides flood protection to the city of Stockton and water for irrigation, drinking and hydroelectric power.