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

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 2016 donors

The North District of the California Wheel Drive Association, Inc. (Cal4Wheel), 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 34th Annual 2016 Winter Fun Festival event. As a result of these generous donations, $10,500 was raised to support Cal4Wheel in its fight to keep the trails open for all to enjoy.

When making purchases, please give strong consideration to these vendors and thank them for standing behind our event. If they are recognized and their business is improving due to their support, they will be much more likely to provide donations for future events.

Additionally, I would like to specifically thank Buster Johnson of the Grass Valley 4 Wheelers for his considerable efforts in soliciting and collecting numerous raffle prizes again this year. Also, my fellow members of the Madhatters 4x4 Club merit sincere acknowledgment for tirelessly procuring raffle prizes, setting up/taking down the raffle booth, and managing yet another highly successful raffle for the benefit of Cal4Wheel.

 

OUTSIDE VENDORS

4 Wheel Parts Santa Rosa
4x4 Labs
ASAP
Auburn Riebes - Grass Valley Highway
Auto Zone - Grass Valley
B&C Lumber
Baer Brake Systems
Banner Electronics
BK Dittmer Service & Repair
Brocke Racing Enterprises
Cisco Grove Campground
Clayton Offroad
Colfax Riebes
DeMartini RV Sales
Eagle Quick Lube
Electronics Solution
Foothill Car Care
Grass Valley Riebes
Hard Core Trail Gear
Hatchette Book Group
Hellwig
IH Parts America
J&M Offroad

J&W Jeep Parts
KC Hilites
Magnussen's Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep
MG Industries
Monument Auto Parts – Livermore
Nevada City Plaza Tire
Nevada City Riebes
Northridge 4x4
Overland Journal – Chris Collard
Plaza Tire – Grass Valley
Red Peak Offroad
Ruff Stuff
SFK Manufacturing, LLC (Skid Row Offroad)
Snevey's Offroad
Solid Axle Industries
Steinjager
The 4x4 Shop
Top This Truck & Auto
Trucksmart
Vintage Transport
WFO Concepts
Wilco Offroad

 

CORPORATE SPONSORS

Advanced Adapters Inc.
ARB 4X4 Accessories
BF Goodrich
Bilstein Shocks
California Casuals
Extreme Terrain
Four Wheel Parts
Metalcloak

Randy’s/Yukon Gear
SpiderWebShade
Tom Woods Custom Driveshafts
Trail Gear
Tuffy Security Products
Warn Industries, Inc.
West Coast Differentials/Sierra Gear and Axle

 

CLUBS & INDIVIDUALS

4x4 in Motion
Art Stine – Madhatters 4x4
Ben Holland – Madhatters 4x4
Buster Johnson – Grass Valley 4 Wheelers
Cort Zimmerman – Madhatters 4x4
Craig & Carol Lemon – Madhatters 4x4
David Ainsworth – Madhatters 4x4
Diablo 4 Wheelers
Grass Valley 4 Wheelers
Jeff Blewett
Jo Snyder
Joaquin Jeepers

Joe & Nellie Malloy
Josh Ebel – Madhatters 4x4
Larry Holloway – Madhatters 4x4
Martin Maeding
Martin Ward – Grass Valley 4 Wheelers
Mudsuckers 4WD Club
Pat & Mike Bashore
Peety Woll
Phil Phillips – Madhatters 4x4
Sierra Treasure Hunters
Tom & Carmen Gunther – Madhatters 4x4
Women Out Wheeling

 

Tom was the raffle chair for the 2016 Winter Fun and is a member of the Madhatters 4x4 Club.

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

Panamint Valley Days

November 11-13, 2016 | Near Trona & Ballarat, CA
Information coming soon

By Andy Cunningham

We're celebrating 30 years of having fun in the Panamints with all your friends and family; all those great sunrises and sunsets. All those flyovers, the rain, the snow, and W, the great starfield at night, really seeing the Milky Way. All this makes Panamint Valley Days so fun and great to spend time with all your friends and family.

ALL THE GREAT MEMORIES:   Stone Canyon, and the stone face in Stone Canyon, Lemoigne Canyon and the Cabin, Tuber Canyon, Happy Canyon, Hall Canyon, the historical runs to the Charcoal Kilns and the run to Skidoo, breaking in of Isham Canyon, Surprise Canyon and winching up Surprise Canyon's waterfalls in the water, and spending the night at the site of Panamint City.       

The Food: Ruff Rock Run Café – the deep pit BBQ cooked meat, the omelets and the eggs cooked to order - and the coffee every morning (for 18 years) and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE AT THE RAFFLE !!

Ham Radio

Ham Radio operators:

The Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society is providing communications support for Operation Desert Fun.

Use 146.550 simplex or 146.670 - 103.5PL repeater

Contact "Net Control" on the above frequencies before your run departs and in an emergency.

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