Hi Desert Round-Up 2015 Schedule

The following is the schedule of events for Hi Desert Round-Up 2015. Please note that ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Friday, May 22

  • 7 a.m. – Camp setup may begin. Participants may begin arriving any time thereafter.
  • Noon – Registration & Safety Check opens for participants
  • 10 p.m. – Registration & Safety Check closed for the day

Saturday, May 23

  • 7:30 a.m. – Registration & Safety Check opens
  • 8:15 a.m. – Trail Leaders’ Meeting
  • 8:30 a.m. – Trail rides line up
  • 8:45 a.m. – Drivers Meetings
  • 9 a.m. – First of the trail rides begin to leave. 15 to 20 minute intervals.
  • 9:45 a.m. – Safety & Registration Closes
  • 3-4 p.m. – Trail rides begin to return to main camp
  • 6-8 p.m. – Dinner served (if applicable)
  • 8:30 p.m. – Best Equipped Game
  • 9:45 p.m. – T-Hunt (approximately 15 minutes after Best Equipped Game) (if applicable)
  • 9:45 p.m. – Night rides (approximately 15 minutes after Best Equipped Game) (if applicable)

Sunday, May 24

  • 8 a.m. – Games setup
  • 8-9 a.m. – Registration & Safety for games only (for late arrivals)
  • 9 a.m. – Adult games begin
  • 2 p.m. – Adult games end
  • 3-5 p.m. – Kids’ games
  • 6:30 p.m. – Awards for kids’ games
  • 7:30 p.m. – Adult games awards/raffle (kids’ first)
  • 11 p.m. – Official close of event (after raffle)

Monday, May 25

Break down camp and everybody heads home

Surrender Yer Booty at the Niagara Rim Poker Run

Ahoy ye land lubbers. Once again it's time to check the rigging, batten down the hatches, and make shipshape. The season is upon us to pillage and plunder. The letters of Marque have been issued; pieces of eight await those that are savvy to set sail and plow the bounty main.

Blimey, July 11 is not far off; mark ye calendars for the 24th Niagara Rim poker run. Last year’s Hawaiian theme was such a great hit; pirate antics will be the order of the day for this year’s event. Hosted by 4x4inMotion; July 11th in the year of our Lord 2015 will be the weekend to blow the man down. So; don your garb and join us for a weekend of Yo Ho Ho. As per past rituals; Friday night will start the event with the pirate social; grub and grog. Those buckos attending in pirate garb might win a prize. Meet and greet fellow buccaneers; spin tall tales but watch the sails. No three sheets to the wind; ye old sea dogs.

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Sierra Trek Driving Directions

Getting to the Sierra Trek Base Camp

  1. Exit I-80 in Truckee on Hwy 89 North (Toward Sierraville).
  2. Proceed North on Hwy 89 for 14.6 miles.
  3. Turn left on USFS Road 7 (toward Webber Lake and Jackson Meadows Reservoir). Note OHV staging area on right after turning off 89, this is the staging area for the Thursday SUV runs.
  4. Proceed west on for 9.5 miles.
  5. Turn left on USFS Road 86 (toward Meadow Lake). Pavement ends, its 10.9 miles to camp.
    • 0.6 miles, road forks, KEEP RIGHT.
    • 6.0 miles further, White Rock Lake turnoff, KEEP RIGHT
    • 2.0 miles further, KEEP RIGHT.
    • 0.6 miles further, KEEP LEFT & note OHV campground on right 0.1 mile further; this is usually empty and is a good camp area if you want to stay away from the crowd.
    • 1.6 miles further to Sierra Trek Base Camp.

Wed/Thurs Overnight SUV Historic Trip

The group will gather at the staging area at Highway 89 and Jackson Meadows Road.

Getting to the Thursday and Friday Fordyce Run Staging Area - Pierce OHV Trailhead

  1. 1. Exit I-80 on Eagle Lakes Rd: 24 miles west of Truckee (also about 1 mile west of Cisco Grove)
  2. Proceed north on Eagle Lakes Rd. Pavement ends 1.7 miles north of I-80.
  3. 0.4 miles after pavement ends, turn right following signs toward Pierce Creek Wetlands Trail.
  4. 0.2 miles further, turn left following signs toward South Yuba River
  5. Continue for another 0.6 miles to staging area (just across stream).
    • Do not camp on the gravel bar after crossing the stream, this is where we stage the runs. You can drive across the gravel bar and there is an OHV campground just passed the gravel area. You must come back to the gravel bar for staging.

Note: The road has been rerouted to the staging area (please follow our signs). This is to go around private property and a new home site. PLEASE respect the landowner’s privacy, keeping the noise down, and do not trespass. A poor relationship with this landowner could jeopardize our use of this area.

Friday River Run

The Friday River Run stages in main camp. Please park along the meadow road (behind the kitchen area) leading down to Winch Hill # 5.

Saturday River Run

The Saturday River Run will stage at the top of Winch Hill #5. Pease try to not block the road and park off to the side so as traffic may traverse.

Saturday ATV/UTV Run

The Saturday ATV/UTV Run will stage out of main camp in the meadow.

Saturday SUV\Historical Trip

The Saturday SUV/Historical trip will stage out of main camp in the meadow.

Saturday Outer Limits Run Staging Area

The group will stage at the large parking lot at Highway 89 and USFS Road 7 (Webber Lake and Jackson Meadows turnout off Hwy 89).


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Thank you to Winter Fun 2015 donors

The North District of the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, Inc. (Cal4Wheel), the Foresthill 4 Wheelers and the Madhatters 4x4 Club of Northern California would like to thank all of the vendors, clubs and individuals who donated raffle prizes to the 33rd Annual 2015 Winter Fun Festival event. As a result of these donations we were able to raise $7700 to support the Association in its fight to keep the trails open for everyone to enjoy.

Please give your business to these vendors and thank them for supporting our event. If they know that they are getting recognized and their business is improving as a result of their support of our event they will be more likely to provide support for future events.

Additionally, I would like to personally thank Buster Johnson of the Grass Valley 4 Wheelers for all of his help in soliciting raffle prizes and helping run the raffle and my fellow members of the Madhatters 4x4 Club who tirelessly helped procure raffle prizes, set up the Raffle on Friday and run the Raffle Saturday night.

OUTSIDE VENDORS

4 Wheel Parts San Jose
4 Wheel Parts Stockton
4Wheel Parts Oakland
4x4 in Motion
4x4 Labs
AGR Performance, Inc.
ASAP
Auburn Riebes – Grass Valley Highway
Auburn Riebes – Palm Ave.
Auto Meter Products, Inc.
Auto Zone - Grass
B&C Lumber
Banner Communications
BK Dittmer Service & Repair
Borgeson
Colfax Riebes
Cruco Trading Co
Daystar
Eagle Quick Lube
Electronics Solution
Engo
Foothill Car Care
Garvin Industries
Grass Valley Riebes
Harrahs
Hellwig
IH Parts America
InLine Tube
J&M Offroad
Jack-It

Kragen O'Reilly – Grass Valley
Line X Placerville
Little Passenger Seats
Magnussen's Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep
Marsh Racing Wheels
Monument Auto Parts
Mountain Offroad Enterprises
Mudsuckers 4WD Club
Nevada City Plaza Tire
Nevada City Riebes
Northridge 4x4
Northwest Fabworks
Off Road Only
Off-Road Motor Sports Hall of Fame
Overland Journal – Chris Collard
part catalog Car & Truck Accessories
Performance Stability
Rearend Specialties
Rebel Offroad
SFK Manufacturing, LLC(Skid Row Offroad)
Shingle Springs Collision
Snevey's Offroad
Steinjager
Thirty One - Kristen Rasmussen
Throttle Down Customs
Toms Bronco Parts
Top This Truck & Auto
Trucksmart
WFO Concepts

 

CORPORATE SPONSORS

Advance Adapters Inc.
ARB 4X4 Accessories
California Casuals
BF Goodrich
Four Wheel Parts
Metalcloak
Randys/Yukon Gear

Extreme Terrain
SpiderWebShade
Trail Gear
Tuffy Security Products
Warn Industries, Inc.
West Coast Differentials/Sierra Gear and Axle
Tom Woods Custom Driveshafts

 

CLUBS & INDIVIDUALS

Trisa O'Brien
Tom and Carmen Gunther
Sierra Treasure Hunters
San Joaquin Jeepers
Diablo 4 Wheelers
Joe and Nellie Malloy
John and Rene Allen

Hi-Landers
Buster Johnson Grass Valley 4 Wheelers
Pat Bashore
Bonnie Steele
Grass Valley 4 Wheelers
Al Carter Grass Valley 4 Wheelers

 

Tom was the raffle chair for the 2015 Winter Fun and is a member of the Madhatters 4x4 Club.

Convention Vehicle Show

convention-show-white-truckBring your rig to convention and show it off! Registration is only $10.

Show time is scheduled for 10:00am - 3:00pm
Awards to be given at 2:00pm

Voted on by participants:

  • People's Choice - this is the one you want in your garage
  • Best 4x4 - can be from any category must have 4 wheel drive
  • Best non4x4 - can be from any category no 4 wheel drive

Judged - All Categories "BEST"
Street legal

  • Full size 4X4
  • Short wheelbase 4X4

2wheel drive

  • Pre- 1970
  • 1970 and newer

Green Sticker

  • ATV/UTV
  • Buggy

Other

  • Ugliest
  • Trail Ready - vehicle prep, spare equipment
  • Slowest - how slow can a vehicle go at idle (no brakes) over a measured distance

For more information contact Dave Douglas at (916) 783-4678.

2014 Panamint Run Descriptions

FRIDAY RUNS

CUMMINS CUTOFF

CB Channel 5 — Limit: 30 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 30 vehicles that sign up. Vehicle requirements: Short wheel-base (less than 100"), 33" tires; Long wheel-base - 35" tires. All vehicles must have at least a rear locking differential. We will be taking the most challenging obstacles up the canyons to the Defense Mine. Undercarriage and body damage is possible. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. This run follows the Minietta Mine Road and two side canyons enroute to Stone Canyon until its closure just below Waterfall #1. The route provides several rocky and scenic miles with the challenges of Waterfall "Zero" and Cummins Cutoff. Just below Waterfall #1, we will make a sharp right onto the Defense Mine Road, which is scenic, historical and somewhat challenging. It will be the decision of the run leader whether to continue up to the Defense Mine.

Run Leaders: Art Stine - Mad Hatters 4WD and Kevin Maede - My Jeep Rocks
Line up: 8:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 9:00 AM

DEFENSE MINE

CB Channel: 11 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 20 vehicles that sign up. Participants will have ample time to complete mine exploration before leaving, giving them the option to visit Lookout City and/or other nearby routes. Due to weather and trail use, some of the obstacles have become more challenging. Stock and slightly modified vehicles may expect body damage and/or getting stuck in the rocks. Stock SUVs are not advised. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. Please remember that mine exploration is optional and at your own risk, and that this was an active mine operation, so, PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS. Bring flashlights. CHILDREN MUST BE WATCHED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AND PETS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN INTO THE MINE. From the entrance, it is an easy standup walk of about 300? to the first "explosive storage room" (empty except for work benches) and the first "ore chute" is beyond that. For the adventurous, there is a second entrance/exit climbing several well-built wooden ladders to several landing, where you change to the next ladder. (It is somewhat intimidating to stand at the bottom and look up at these ladders.) Caution should be exercised if you explore the mine and extreme caution should be used near the ore car platforms outside the main entrance. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MINE EXPLORATION IS OPTIONAL AND AT YOUR OWN RISK. Anyone not doing the mine exploration is free to take the short route back to camp (we'll point it out on the way in) and also may have ample time to explore nearby Lookout City if so desired.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: 7:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 7:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 8:00 AM

JAIL CANYON

CB Channel 6 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This is a Gear Grinders all-wheel-base run with good tires and a limited slip recommended. Rocky trail going into the canyon and to the mining works and cabin.

Run Leader: Jack Brown, Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45am; Leave: 10:00am

LOOKOUT CITY SUNSET RUN

CB Channel 4 — Limit: 25 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run. This scenic run will take you to the Lookout City ruins high atop the Argus Range for a spectacular sunset view of the Panamint Range and Valley. Cold temperatures can be expected, so bring your warm clothes.

Run Leader: Terry Burton - High Desert Four Wheelers
Line up: 1:30pm; Drivers' Meeting: 1:45pm; Leave: 2:00pm

PLEASANT CANYON

CB Channel 1 — Limit: 25 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run, however, it is recommended that stock vehicles have 31" tires and a limited slip diff. We will explore an old mining operation and the trail has a spectacular view of Death Valley from the top. You can expect this to be an all-day run.

Run Leader: Jerry Grimsley - Gear Grinders
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 7:45am; Leave: 8:00am

SNOW CANYON

CB Channel 2 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This is an all-vehicle run with 31" tires and a bit of a lift or skid plates recommended. The roads tend to change at the whim of Mother Nature, but there's always a few rocky sections and loose dirt areas. We'll see several different historic mining eras and structures in addition to different natural and geological zones. The Golden Lady and the St. George mines have extensive workings to see and there will be some opportunities to hike and explore. The run is planned to finish with plenty of time to make the Outlook sunset or other night runs.

Run Leader: Dick Sims - Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 10:00 AM

SOUTH PARK TO BRIGGS CABINS

Channel 8 — Limit: 30 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run, however, it is recommended that stock vehicles have 31" tires and a limited slip diff. We climb and cross the alluvial fan and enter the canyon and explore the lower canyon area up to the Brigg's cabins. This run does not go further than the cabins. The trail is not terribly hard, but is rough with some sharp rocks and soft sand. We will have lunch and exploring at the cabins.

Run Leader: Jim Kenney - Gear Grinders
Line up: 8:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45am; Leave: 9:00am

SATURDAY RUNS

CUMMINS CUTOFF

CB Channel 11 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 30 vehicles that sign up. Vehicle requirements: Short wheel-base (less than 100"), 33" tires; Long wheel-base - 35" tires. All vehicles must have at least a rear locking differential. We well be taking the most challenging obstacles up the canyons to the Defense Mine. Undercarriage and body damage is possible. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. This run follows the Minietta Mine Road and two side canyons enroute to Stone Canyon until its closure just below Waterfall #1. The route provides several rocky and scenic miles with the challenges of Waterfall ?Zero? and Cummins Cutoff. Just below Waterfall #1, we will make a sharp right onto the Defense Mine Road, which is scenic, historical and somewhat challenging. It will be the decision of the run leader whether to continue up to the Defense Mine.

Run Leaders: Joe Torres, San Diego 4 Wheelers
Line up: 8:00 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 8:15 AM; Leave: 8:30 AM

DEFENSE MINE

CB Channel: 6 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 20 vehicles that sign up. Participants will have ample time to complete mine exploration before leaving, giving them the option to visit Lookout City and/or other nearby routes. Due to weather and trail use, some of the obstacles have become more challenging. Stock and slightly modified vehicles may expect body damage and/or getting stuck in the rocks. Stock SUVs are not advised. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MINE EXPLORATION IS OPTIONAL AND AT YOUR OWN RISK, and that this was an active mine operation, so, PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS. Bring flashlights. CHILDREN MUST BE WATCHED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AND PETS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN INTO THE MINE. From the entrance, it is an easy standup walk of about 300? to the first "explosive storage room" (empty except for work benches) and the first "ore chute" is beyond that. For the adventurous, there is a second entrance/exit climbing several well-built wooden ladders to several landing, where you change to the next ladder. (It is somewhat intimidating to stand at the bottom and look up at these ladders.) Caution should be exercised if you explore the mine and extreme caution should be used near the ore car platforms outside the main entrance. Anyone not doing the mine exploration is free to take the short route back to camp (we'll point it out on the way in) and also may have ample time to explore nearby Lookout City if so desired.

Run Leader: Jack Brown - Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45 AM; Leave: 10:00 AM

GOLER WASH / MENGLE PASS

CB Channel: 1

This is an all-wheel-base, full day run with lots of history thrown in. Due to some erosion of the trail, it is advisable to have at least 31" tires and a traction aiding device of some kind in the rear, such as a limited slip diff, a selectable locking diff, or a full locked diff. The first stop will be at Ballarat Ghost Town to air down. Then its on to Goler Wash where you will get to see Newman's Cabin, over Mengle Pass into Death Valley where you will see Rustle Camp, Greater View Cabin, Striped Butte and the Geology Cabin. If time allows, we possibly could take a run into the Barker Ranch where the Manson Family lived and Manson hid.

Run leader: Gary Luckeroth - Gear Grinders
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting 7:45am; Leave: 8:00am

ISHAM CANYON

CB Channel: 5 — Limit: 12 Vehicles

Isham has been severely washed out over the past two years and this has significantly increased the technical nature of the run. It is more like a Hammers trail now. Given the current condition of the trail, the run is limited to 12 vehicles, not including trail leads. Minimum requirements: 35" tires, front and rear lockers, winch, body armor/rock sliders. Additional useful items: Spare parts as applicable to your vehicle (eg., u-joints, rear driveshaft), tire repair kit/spare tire. Long arm lifts will work far better than short arm. Longer wheelbase vehicles and rigs with hard tops are likely to have a tight fit in some places and those drivers MUST BE AWARE that some form of body damage is probable. All drivers/participants are expected to assist each other at obstacles with spotting and recovery (winching/tow straps/stacking rocks). Bring gloves, good footwear. Expect this to be a longish day, depending on the number of vehicles. Bring lunch as we will be out at least until mid-afternoon.

Run leader: Art Stine - Mad Hatters 4x4
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting 7:45am, Leave: 8:00am

JACK POT CANYON

CB Channel 8 — Limit: Unlimited Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run with at least 31" tires and a limited slip diff recommended. This is a fairly technical run with an experienced driver recommended. We will be running an old, non-maintained mining road that contains rocks, gravel, sand, steep climbs and descents, narrow roadways, shelf roads and some side hills. We will go up a rocky wash before climbing up the canyon. There are some great views of Panamint Valley and diverse terrain, finally arriving at an old mine. If there's time, we can visit another mine on the way back.

Run Leader: Jim Kenney - Gear Grinders
Line up: 8:00am; Drivers' Meeting: 8:15am; Leave: 8:30am

PLEASANT CANYON

CB Channel 4 — Limit: 40 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run, however, it is recommended that stock vehicles have 31" tires and a limited slip diff. We will explore an old mining operation and the trail has a spectacular view of Death Valley from the top. You can expect this to be an all-day run.

Run Leader: Terry Burton - High Desert Four Wheelers
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 7:45am; Leave: 8:00am

SLATE RANGE CROSSING HISTORIC

CB Channel 7 — Limit: Unlimited

This is an all-wheel-base run with plenty of history thrown in.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: 9:00am; Drivers' Meeting: 9:15am; Leave: 9:30am

SNOW CANYON

CB Channel 2 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This is an all-vehicle run with 31" tires and a bit of a lift or skid plates recommended. The roads tend to change at the whim of Mother Nature, but there's always a few rocky sections and loose dirt areas. We'll see several different historic mining eras and structures in addition to different natural and geological zones. The Golden Lady and the St. George mines have extensive workings to see and there will be some opportunities to hike and explore. The run is planned to finish with plenty of time to make the Outlook sunset or other night runs.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: 8:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 9:00 AM

INFORMAL SUNDAY RUNS

KEYSTONE/GOLER GULCH

CB Channel 8

This is a Gear Grinders casual fun run, not actually a PVD-sanctioned run. It may be combined with a longer run to the Barker Ranch. This is an all-wheel-base run with good tires and a limited slip recommended. Full size and very wide rigs not recommended further than the Keystone Mine. We will proceed to Ballarat and follow the historic Wingate Road to Goler Wash, then proceed up the canyon and turn off towards the Keystone Mine. This mining area traces its roots all the way back to the Lotus Mine of Carl Mengal. After exploring the Keystone, we'll cross over the crest to an older mine on the southern side of the mountain. If time allows, we could go in to the Barker Ranch.

Run Leader: Jim Kenney - Gear Grinders
Line up: 8:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45am; Leave: 9:00am

JAIL CANYON

CB Channel 6

This is a Gear Grinders casual fun run, not actually a PVD-sanctioned run. This is an all-wheel-base run with good tires and a limited slip recommended. Rocky trail going into the canyon and to the mining works and cabin.

Run Leader: Jack Brown - Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45am; Leave: 10:00am

SLATE RANGE CROSSING HISTORIC RUN

CB Channel TBA

This is an all-wheel-base run with plenty of history thrown in.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: TBA; Drivers' Meeting: TBA; Leave: TBA

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