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Seven Days Five Trails Who is up for it?

Discussion in 'Offroad 4x4 Runs Planning and Discussion' started by RockRanger, September 17, 2016.

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      Took Bailey up wheeling Saturday to get one last run in before the trails close for the season on Monday. We went into Red Lake which is half way to Coyote. This is one of the optional lines on the trail. The rain the day before made it a bit slicker then it normally is.

      [​IMG]20161029_105314 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      This is one of squeeze points on Red.

      [​IMG]20161029_130444 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      After we came out of Red we went and ran Mirror Lake trail. On the way in I made a slight miscalculation on a line and put my truck at very questionable angle. The engine ended up loosing oil pressure while I was trying to figure out the best way to get out of it. Here is the view from the drivers seat. Notice the angle between the dash and the trees. I was able to back up and get a new line and made it without incident.

      [​IMG]20161029_143343 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      My friend Don decided to take a different line the wasn't near as "exciting".

      [​IMG]20161029_144552 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      We made it down to the lake to enjoy the view.

      [​IMG]20161029_151258 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Bailey and I decided to try a bit of fishing. 10 minutes later we had a fish.

      [​IMG]20161029_154902 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      We packed up and headed out. With the rain the wet rocks made the hill climb out that much more challenging.

      [​IMG]20161029_164051 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20161029_164241 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Then we went over and checked out West lake.

      [​IMG]20161029_171938 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Fun day wheeling. Can't wait till June 15th 2017 when these trails open back up.
       
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      Oh this is an awesome idea...I believe I was raised and currently live on the wrong side of the US...
       
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      I agree.
       
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      there are just a lot of stupid politics, environmental laws, and gun laws out here that make it less appealing to live here. Oh, and that whole house price thing. But we do have the best wheeling all in 1 state
       
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      CA, NV, AZ, UT, CO, NM. Best wheeling states in my opinion.
       
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      I will have to agree with ya. Kentucky and Tennessee have some really nice stuff right there in the Appalachian range, same as PA, but its only those spots. Out here its everywhere
       
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      If I start prepping now.... I might be able to do this! Would be a check on the bucket list.
       
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      San Diego to Shaver lake is a 7ish hour drive depending on traffic. Best to drive up the day before and stay at hotel or bed and breakfast in Shaver or Fresno. There are some awesome trails within 2ish hours of my house. It makes living in Fresno worth it. Hope you can make it.
       
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      I will more then likely have an open seat if someone wants to ride along. Bailey will be back in school and Tracy doesn't want to go. Must be willing to take pictures and have a good attitude. Bring your own sleeping gear. We can share my kitchen and cooler space. Split food costs as well.
       
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      Could convoy up there.

      that's not too bad of a drive. Not sure if Kristina will join me or not. Still too far out.
       
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      but we also have like 6 months before this trip, so we should be good. hopefully
       
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      I think it will get fixed fairly quick. Part of the reason I picked the dates I did was incase we got alot of snow the trails will have a good chance of being open. The biggest concern is Dusy. It is supposed to open August 1. However at 10,000 feet elevation it takes some time to clear the trails. I can't wait for this trip.
       
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      A second washout has hit the same road. This one on Dinkey Creek Rd has now cut off access to the Bald Mountain Trail till it is repaired. Bald Mountain is the only local 4wd trail currenty open. The back way is closed in the winter to 4wds and is used by snowmobiles. Dinkey Creek basically turns into McKinley Grove Road on the way to the Dusy Trailhead. I am glad we are getting the water to help fill the resivoirs.

      http://abc30.com/weather/runoff-fro...sing-road-washouts-in-mountain-areas/1698270/
       
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      we are definitely getting the water. lol

      I seen the most recent washout. Pretty nasty.

      Excited for this trip too. Wish I would have been able to join DB1 and you out at truckhaven
       
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      The snow fall has been amazing in the local mountains. The main road mentioned above is still closed for repairs. There is a back way into Bald Mountain trail head. A few locals when up there last weekend. This photo was taken at roughly 7000' elevation.

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      Keep in mind the trails we will be on are in the 8-10,000 foot elevation. The local ski resort is currently reporting 140" snow base. It is lower in elevation then all but one trail we plan on running. I am glad that we are scheduling for the end of August. Should give ample time for snow to melt off.

      Here is where the snow pack is currently.
      http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/snowapp/sweq.action
       
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      Crisp crunchy snow! I love snow. Anywhere, but here ;)
       
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      You love looking at pictures of snow, but not actual snow.

      Still planning on doing this run.
       
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      This sounds like a Fun thing to do. I do have to say though that Colorado also has A lot of trails to go on. I am super happy here in Colorado but I have seen some really nice trails out there in California also. I have a friend that live in Victorville, CA and he has posted some pics of him playing at Calico. Looks like a lot of fun. Some year I will come out to Cali to get some wheeling in.
       
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      If one has lockers front and rear, sliders, bumpers winch and a doubler, could he make through on 33" tires and a short wheelbase?
       
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      I would add some decent skid plates to the list as well. Otherwise what you listed with either a sport or a BII would be sufficient. Might take a bit more work but I see no problems. Lots of guys run jeeps on 33"s through these trails.
       
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      well then I could probably do it.... In 2018 :D

      but I have been thinking more and more about the doubler in the future plans of the B2. Since I already own it.
       
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      Bust out the Visa and make 2017 happen. :D I have a few other ideas for 2018. Need to see how this goes first.
       
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      Maybe I can join in along the way for a few days? Tires, gears, and lockers are already a lot to budget for.
       
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      That would work. Would be tough to say which part would be best. I like wheeling all the trails we are planning to hit.
       

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