Let me start by saying WOW. The Shasta-Trinity Alps region is a recreation wonderland just emerging from the winter freeze. Snow hangs around above 4200ft and some impressive snowbanks melt along the curves. Signs posted along the creeks mark out mineral claims to the waterways for various individuals and companies. The campsites are plentiful and private.
Boating, hiking, skiing and cycling are all available sports in these mountains. My mind mulls over a future trip to this region in a,van or wagon. Maybe someday.
FS12 goes through on the map but after negotiating rockslides and precipitous cliffs, snow drifts without a mark in them meant the remainder would have to wait for next fall. Fortunately I had plenty of fuel to backtrack.
The mountainous terrain was unrelenting on La Tortuga but it faithfully chugged over multiple 4500-5000ft passes without a break. I logged some seriously long days and the broken wire fix is the only weak point bugging me at day's end.
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 69'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.