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Big Bear Jan 2016 snow trip report Print E-mail
Written by ShowStop   
Monday, 11 January 2016 00:00

It was a great day in the snow last weekend. Lots of deep snow make for a challenging and fun day. Props to Mike, Ken, Mark, and Dawson for making it out to the run even if everybody but me was late.

After waiting for everybody to make it through the traffic up the hill, we got on the trail about 10:30am. We started with 5 vehicles and it didn't take us long to get our first stuck. We got everybody moving and made it further up the trail behind another group. They were stuggling too and finally after a couple hours, we got a 3rd group in the lead and they plowed a trail for all of us.

We eventually made it all the way east on 3N16 to Polique Canyon 2N09 and took that south toward Fawnskin. We turned off on 2N71 and headed along that trail to find fresh snow. We had success after about 1/4 mile...

We were able to make fresh tracks for another mile or so before we hit some deeper drifts. I got stuck then let Mark take the lead before he got stuck. Ken helped get us all free. After that, we turned around and headed back to the trailhead and eventually home.

Hopefully we'll see plenty more snow this season. See y'all at the next run.


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2016 15:52
Anza Borrego 2015 trip report Print E-mail
Written by Sparky   
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 18:25

I decided to take it easy this time around for Anza. Last year we did a difficult loop up Diablo Dropoff, through Pinyon Mountian and down Heart Attack Hill. This year we visited the Calcite Mine, Font's Point and the Pumpkin Patch.

I arrived at the trailhead just before 9:30 with a buddy who hadn't had the chance to put his XTerra in 4wd yet, let alone ANY vehicle in 4wd. Ken was there waiting and we all went down to the open wash area where it was better suited for everyone to gather. Slowly, the other rigs started showing up along with an addition they recruited at the campsite. We aired down, made short introductions, went over the game plan and headed up to the calcite mine.

We were moving pretty slow due to our newbie driver in the XTerra. It wasn't long before he got himself into trouble. He nearly put himself over the edge by not paying attention to both sides of his rig. A quick tug back and he was back in business. I had to get out and spot him a few more times but you could see his confidence building. We only ran into a group of 2 Jeeps going the other direction. The Calcite Mine Trail isn't technical and it doesn't change much from year to year. We arrived at the turnaround point and took the short hike up the the mining area. Calcite was used for optics in some of the weaponry for WWII. It lasted only a few years because a superior synthetic substitute was invented. We turned around and headed back. This time, things went smoother and a little faster.

We hit pavement and traveled over to Font's Point Wash which takes you to . . . wait for it . . . . Font's Point! The group made the first mile or so go by fast. It's good to get the skinny pedal bug out every once in a while. Font's Point is named after a padre, in the expedition group of Juan Bautista de Anza (Anza Borrego), who marveled at the views from this area. The landscape here changes with every rainfall but still remains, in my opinion, as one of the best vistas in Anza Borrego.

After a short lunch we shot back down Font's Point Wash to Short Wash and began our adventure over to the Pumpkin Patch. From what I remember, Short Wash took us to Palo Verde Wash which took us to Cut Across Wash which took us to Tule Wash which took us to the Pumpkin Patch. There may or may not have been a u-turn involved. The Pumpkin Patch is a geological site. Dense, sticky sediment formed in a round shape and was concreted over millions of years. As wind and rain erode the landscape, these concretions become exposed. The area is protected so only foot travel is allowed. It was neat and something to check off my list.

We then decided to make our way over to the campsite. Our newest addition recommended Crossover Trail which had a challenging section of tight twists and turns with a steep climb out. We then turned onto Shell Reef Expressway which took us all the way to the 78. We said goodbye to Ken and Will who decided to make their way home. The rest of us went to the campsite.

It was a very successful run! The only thing that happened resulted in a torn mudflap. Thank you to everyone who made this a very fun day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015 18:26
Corral Canyon Sept 2014 trail report Print E-mail
Written by Sparky   
Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Corral Canyon was a good time as always! We had a good group of guys which made the day that much better: Michael, Garry, Eddie, Leon, Brandon, Ken and Bob. Bob just made it my the hair of his chin. We were just about to roll out at 10 when he popped into the staging area.

The only carnage of the day was Sparky's broken CV axle on Sidewinder. He had just recently swapped gears and a front locker into my truck in preparation for this trip. He had a couple obstacles in mind that he couldn't tackle last year. The last one still got the best of him and then some. Thank you to all who provided assistance, tools, moral support and documentation of the incident. Especially to Leon who sat right beside him getting his hands dirty, too. The axle swap was a completed in record time: just under 40 minutes! Thank you to everyone for your patience. Everyone else made it through with flying colors.

Sidewinder dumped us out to our lunch spot just after 1. Everyone else had something to eat during the repairs. Ken, Leon, Brandon and Eddie took off and, after a little relaxing, Garry, Michael and Bob headed over to Bronco Peak. Garry's offset diffs provided for some amusement at one obstacle but it wasn't anything we couldn't get him out of. We made it to the peak and turned around. Garry's land-yacht isn't able to make it through a particular obstacle without some body damage.

We called it a day after Bronco Peak. After airing up, we were out of there around 4:15. Not a bad day at all. Some rain tried to make it's way on us at Bronco Peak but we only ended up with some sprinkles. We wanted to visit the lookout tower again this year but we didn't have time. You have quite the view up there and the "fire look-out", Norm, always enjoys company.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:02
Big Bear Dec 2014 snow trip report Print E-mail
Written by sparky   
Monday, 22 December 2014 00:00

Overall we had a good trip. We had 4 vehicles in our group. Lots of snow on the east side. There was more than we had expected, which was a good thing. The snow really died out after leaving Delmar, though. The water holes on the way to our campsite were very full. We were the first to break through the ice. Sparky stalled twice in the bigger one and had to lock the rear and put in low to get out. The hillside on Delmar Mtn has been fenced off. It looks like people have already been tampering with it. Nobody broke down or had to be rescued. Leon threw a misfire code after going through the last water crossing but that was it. We got to the Crab Flats intersection around 1:30 and decided to call it a day.


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