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Chapter news report - Nov 2010 Print E-mail
Written by ShowStop   
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 17:19


  • This weekend is the final scheduled event for 2010. Be sure to join us this weekend November 6-7 for our annual Anza Borrego run. As in prior years, the group will be camping at the Fish Creek campsite. Full GPS coords, directions and further details about the run are available on the Socal TTORA forum thread here:
  • After a tenure of almost two years, our current chapter president Rick Pray will be stepping down. During that time, Rick has helped refine the image of the Socal chapter and greatly increased run participation. Last year the chapter launched a new website, added more staff members and hosted a full line-up of events throughout the year. This year the chapter the chapter hosted the national TTORA Takeover event, on top of the normal full schedule of events. Rick has been instrumental with his leadership to help organize all the events. The Socal TTORA chapter appreciates all the hard work he has contributed to the club and thanks him for all his hard work. Rick will still remain on staff as a trail leader.

  • Inauguration of our new chapter president, Michael Ramos (sparky), will take place this weekend at the Anza Borrego run. Michael has been a Socal TTORA member for many years and has offered to take over the duties with Rick stepping down.

Michael offered these words to our outgoing president:
“I believe you are the epitome of what a TTORA chapter president should be. You always have a great attitude and good sense of humor. You know when to let people have fun but always remind everyone of Tread Lightly principles. You've orchestrated your leadership team beautifully. I don't know anyone who hasn't enjoyed the pleasure of meeting you. You will be missed as president and, as usual, I hope to catch you out on the trails. Thank you for your time and commitment to the chapter!!”

In acceptance of his new position with the club, Michael said:
“TTORA is the only club I belong to and I really have no interest in joining any others. You all are the type of people I have fun wheeling with and I enjoy all the runs I've been able to attend. My off-road heart is here and will continue to be for as long as the chapter exists.”

Congrats to Michael on the new position with the club and good luck!

  • Next year’s run schedule will be discussed later in the year by the staff. If anybody has some suggestions of places/trips/runs they would like to see added to the schedule, please send an email to Tyler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Thanks to all the Socal TTORA members for another great year!  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. We look forward to seeing everybody on the trails in the New Year.

SoCal TTORA is home to the 2010 Takeover! Print E-mail
Written by Pray4Surf   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 11:48
Takeover 2010
Big Bear Lake/Johnson Valley, CA
August 6,7,8, 2010

The Southern California chapter of TTORA is very proud to announce that the 11th annual TTORA National Takeover event will be held in Big Bear Lake / Johnson Valley, CA.


Popular and challenging trails such as John Bull, Dishpan Springs, the Hammers trails highlight some of the best wheeling that SoCal has to offer.  












Centrally located in Southern California, Big Bear Lake is located in the San Bernardino National Forest. The San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) covers approximately 676,000 acres of mountainous region and is home to miles of OHV trails for 4x4, ATV and motorcycle use.  

Just down the north side of mountain, lies the Johnson Valley OHV. The Johnson Valley OHV area covers almost 200,000 acres of desert land in the Mojave Desert. Johnson Valley offers a variety of terrain from dry lakebeds, sand dunes and of course the world famous Hammer trails.

Additional information will be forthcoming in the next few months such as a list of trails, information on lodging and camping opportunities, etc.

With such an expanse of off-roading options, Takeover2010 will offer something for everyone. So whether you wheel a stock 4x4, a fully built rock-crawler, or something in between – there is a trail with your name on it.

Miller Jeep Trail run - June 19, 2010 Print E-mail
Written by ShowStop   
Monday, 21 June 2010 00:00

Arrived at Flying J's just before 10am and joined up with 9 other vehicles. We headed off to the trailhead about 10miles away. A group of Jeeps already there started up the trail when we arrived. Everybody aired down, we had a drivers meeting then we started up the trail about 10:45.


Many of the uphill sections on Lockwood Valley trail are much more rutted and difficult this year. Several of the steeper sections would be very challenging for a vehicle without a locker. The switchback section was also very rutted at each of the turns. Several of us had wheelstands due to the ruts on the inside corners. Some sections near the 3point turn and Kabob hill were very off camber and leaned us over into the brush on the side of the trail. The rest of Lockwood trail was about the same as previous years. We finished up that portion around 12:30pm when we arrived at our lunch spot.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 July 2010 10:56
Anza Borrego Run - Jan 23, 2010 Print E-mail
Written by SAR_Squid79   
Monday, 25 January 2010 00:00

Today's plan was to meet and run Coyote Canyon, and then maybe Calcite Mine, and maybe OWSVRA. Our group consisted of: Pray4Surf, SAR_Squid79, Misfit Toy, rivethead, skywalker82

Anza Group shot

We attempted Coyote Canyon, and with all the SoCal storms this week, that trail is completely messed up. You can no longer get past the 3rd water crossing. As a matter of fact - 3rd water crossing is pretty much nonexistant right now. In the past a Subaru Outback could have made it up to the 3rd crossing, but now you would need 33's and a locker just to get up to that point. I feel bad about Coyote Canyon. That's one of my favorite SoCal trails, and one of my favorite camping spots. That trail is going to be inaccessible for months and possibly until next year.

After that - we decided to head over to the BLM trails over by the dump. The trail became very muddy, so we detoured through the open desert, to try to cut over to the back of OWSVRA. That's when we just happened to come across these 3 Ford guys out in the middle of nowhere - literally. We were on the open BLM land, not on a trail, and just happened across these guys in the open desert.

There was a late model Exploder (bone stock 4WD), a F-150 (bone stock 2WD, No recovery points), and an F350 SuperDuty CrewCab Diesel (4WD) - ALL STUCK!

After a 2 1/2 hour recovery of those guys, we found our way on to San Felipe wash, and followed it to Blow Sand Trail, and ran that out to HWY-78, where we aired up, and headed home at about 4:30.

Anza trail

It was a very interesting run. VERY MUDDY! ...especially for SoCal - but I think we all had a lot of fun.

Big Bear Snow Run - Dec 12, 2009 Print E-mail
Written by ShowStop   
Monday, 14 December 2009 00:00

The group all met up at the junction of 3N16 and 3N61. We waited for one more vehicle to arrive then we hit the trail at 10:20am. A tractor had passed the group earlier and left some rough trail in front of us. It didn't take long for the first issue to come up. Saphteemon had his swing out tire carrier rip apart and fall down behind his rig. I loaded up his tire, he strapped the carrier to the roll bar and we moved on. The tractor headed out 3N02 and tracks were faint going into Holcomb Valley on 3N16, so we kept heading west. Came up to 3N32 and then headed north to the east entrance to John Bull (3N10). There was some reasonable snowfall coming down at this time.

Once we got to the beginning of John Bull, there was tracks leading up about 50ft past the first boulder field. Erocker drew the short straw and gave it a shot. He made it as far as the existing tracks, but coming back down off the rocks proved to be a bit more difficult then getting up. First he planted his axle on a rock, then slid back into a rock and could not go forward. So with the help of Oldschooltoy, we practiced our recovery techniques.

Once Eric was free and clear, we headed back 3N32 to 3N16 to Holcomb Valley. We stopped for a group shot at 3N16 and Van Dusen. From there we headed to 3N07 and to the area behind Holcomb campground to play in the flat areas and break for lunch.

Holcomb  group shot

After lunch, we decided to head for 3N12 and go up Delmar Mountain. We got as far at the trail junction when we spotted some vehicles performing a recovery. The Jeeps said they couldn't make it up the trail, and turned around when they came upon this Dodge owner that got in over his head. Everybody in their group seemed very inexperienced with recovery techniques, but in the end they all made it back on the trail.

With the trail now clear, we planned our approach, and had Oldschooltoy take the lead followed by Saphteemon, Monkeyproof and the rest of the group. That put the most well equipped vehicle in the lead to cut tracks. On we went...

It was pretty slick and there was an average of 2-3ft of snow on 3N12 as we neared the top. That proved to be pretty difficult to cut through, so Oldschooltoy, Saphteemon with Monkeyproof and myself as shovel crew built a line to push the final few hundred feet to the top.

OldschoolToy leading the way

By the time we had the rest of the trail cut, the rest of the group had caught up and we finished off the trail without incident and got down to Fawnskin by 4:30pm.

We aired up in Fawnskin and started to head down Hwy 18. We got 3 miles past the dam when the Caltrans crew turned everybody around due to rock slides. We turned around, dodged a few 2ft boulders on the road and most of the group headed down Hwy 38.

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