High Rock Trekkers celebrate 20th Lassen-Applegate event

Four-wheel drive owners invited to relive early pioneer wagon trail adventures

As early as the 1840’s, farmers and gold seekers loaded their possessions, a few women, children, dogs and cats in covered wagons and began what would become an arduous journey toward the Pacific Ocean. The trickle of emigrants beginning in 1841 would turn into hordes of dreamers after the discovery of gold in California in 1848. The overland emigrant trek would take five to six months crossing mountains, deserts, rivers, and some of the most hostile country in the world.

Now SUV and other four-wheel drive owners can relive the gold rush era as they travel the famous Lassen-Applegate Emigrant Trail, marveling as such sights as the beautiful Black Rock Desert, the majestic High Rock Canyon, Double Hot Springs, Soldier Meadows and so much more.

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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

Panamint Valley Days

November 13-15, 2015 | Near Trona & Ballarat, CA
Registration information coming soon

By Dave Henry

In my last article, which seems like it was just a couple of days ago, I talked about some of the runs. This article I will try to give a brief description of a few more. Darwin Falls is an all-vehicle run down an easy dirt road to a small parking lot. From there it's about a 30-minute easy hike up to the waterfall. Unlike most of the falls in the area, this has real water. Be sure to wear good shoes or boots as you will have to go over some slippery rocks and cross the stream a couple of times to get to the falls.

We also have the full Darwin run that continues from the parking lot on up to China Gardens. This is a great place for lunch. You can sit under the Cottonwoods, have lunch, and watch the big Goldfish in the pond. There is also an old mill site there to occupy some of your time. From China Gardens, it's back to the road and on up to the town of Darwin. Darwin, like Johannesburg, is best described as a living ghost town.

The Isham Canyon run will be available on Friday and Saturday, as well as a Friday night run. Isham is limited to 20 vehicles that are locked front and rear, have a working winch, and minimum 33" tires. Although the run has been changed, vehicles with a long wheelbase and a hard top MUST BE AWARE that body damage is possible. All participants on this run are expected to help each other.

We will also be offering the Full Defense Mine run, which is limited to the first 40 vehicles that sign up. This run is so popular that in past events, we have had to an early bird run and followed that up with a later run. Either way, there are some difficult spots and stock vehicles could suffer body damage. Stock SUVs are not recommended for this run.

This run follows the Minietta Mine Road and two side canyons on its way to Stone Canyon until its closure at waterfall #1. This trail provides several rocky and scenic miles with optional challenges along the way. Zero Fall and Cummins Cutoff are two of the obstacles on this run that will test your ability. Once at the top, you have the option to take a guided mine tour of this old Tungsten Mine. Be sure to bring flashlights and please keep hold of small children at all times, as there are many ore chutes in the mine. Mine exploration is at your own risk. This mine has multi-levels, and if you choose to explore it all, it requires climbing several well built wooden ladders that bring you out about 200? above where you originally went in.

We also offer an express run to the Defense mine, which bypasses the canyons and take a direct route to the mine. This run is also limited to the first 40 vehicles to sign up. Stock SUVs are not recommended on this run. This run gives you plenty of time to explore the mine and run across the canyon to explore the ruins of Lookout City.

Panamint is a great place to take a staycation! It?s relatively close to L.A./O.C. and has hundreds, if not thousands, of places to explore. The nearby town of Trona is more than a wide spot in the road. How many small towns like Trona have four museums? That's right, there are four museums in Trona. There is the History House, the Trona Railway Museum and Caboose, the Argus Fire Station, where they are refurbishing a 1924 Stutz, and they have a 1938 Ahrens that is used in parades. To add one more, they also have the Guest House Museum. More info on these and other places of interest will be in your registration program.

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.

ODF Runs

4X4 RUNS

Note: Run information is a sample only. Actual run choices will vary.

tds-odf-250We have several diverse trails for you to explore on your visit to our beautiful desert. Whether you decide to “Knock on Wood,” or try to “Squeeze” through, your day will be packed with adventure! The flash floods left their mark on the landscape again this year, and we ask that everyone be careful as well as respectful of the terrain. Please  leave nothing behind but tire tracks, and haul out what you haul in. We would also like to remind you that this is a family event, so watch out for exuberant kids, and try to keep the CB chatter clean! Each run has been given a color. Each run will have a flag that color at the place where you will line up on Saturday morning. These colors have nothing to do with the difficulty of the run. They are only meant to help you find the starting point for the run you have selected.  The Trail Boss and crew will fly the color of the run they are working so you can keep track of them throughout the day.

Start times and details subject to change. Please check the run boards before signing up.

KNOCK ON WOOD - Orange Flag
This run leads to a narrow rock canyon over at Superstition Mountains. At least one locker required and at least 33" tires. Tow point each end. Due to some tight areas and turns, long wheelbase vehicles not recommended. Body damage and mechanical breakage is very possible. This trail is for experienced drivers who don’t mind a little “vehicle modification” from surrounding rocks and brush!

  • Time permitting, we will run a second trail.
  • Start time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Joe Holden - Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club


PUMPKIN PATCH - Blue Flag
We will take you to an area that has a large concentration of sandstone globules that resemble a pumpkin patch. Along the way there will be driving in deep sand, rocky hill climbs, and winding, twisting trails with some off-camber sections along with a drop off or two. Bypasses are available for most of the more challenging sections. There are lots of strange rock formations and erosion patterns throughout the trail. Run time 4 to 5 hours. Open to all 4 wheel drive vehicles.

  • Start time: 9:15 a.m.                                                                             
  • Trail Boss: Eric Dahl - On the Edge 4WDC


THE SLOT - Purple Flag
Open to all 4-wheelers. A family run, with places to go and people to see. The route is a follow-the-leader run that features alternate, color-coded spur routes to challenge the most experienced wheeler. Expect to be returning to camp by 3 p.m.

  • Drivers’ Meeting: 8:45 a.m.
  • Start time: 9 a.m. SHARP!!!!!
  • Trail Boss: Curtis Grinnell - San Diego Outbacks 4X4 Club


POWDER PUFF - Pink Flag
The Trail Boss will choose trails based on the capability of the rigs that sign up. The twist is that to drive this run, you either have to be female, or DRESS LIKE ONE! We will have a brief contest before the raffle on Saturday night to judge certain drivers to see who truly is the “Ugliest Broad in the Desert”!! [WARNING: Those with weak constitutions, or strong morals might want to miss this part of the festivities...]

  • Start time: 10 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Mark Geletzke - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC


THE SQUEEZE - Yellow Flag
Highway run to Pinyon Mountain where you will go through The Squeeze, known for its ability to snag fenders. We will continue down Heart-Attack Hill, a very steep, slippery and rocky decent. We then continue through Fish Creek and out Split Mountain. This is a fun run, but definitely not for those concerned with paint or body damage. There are NO by-passes! One locker is recommended, wide-bodied vehicles not recommended, body damage possible.

  • Start time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Mark Chiesman - San Diego 4 Wheelers


TECTONIC GORGE - Green Flag
Moderate challenging run thru sand dunes, mud hills, and rocky trails in an area less traveled. Suitable for mildly modified vehicles with some extra clearance, larger tires (31+) and one locker. Some minor damage possible. Beginning and end of ride will be on highway roads. No facilities so bring plenty of water and lunch for a picnic on the trail. May also take in some great nearby vista sights if time permits.

  • Start time: 8:15 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Duane Hartle - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC



MOTORCYCLE & ATV RUNS

To start the day off we will be offering a kids’ ride on trails around the Main St. area that should last an hour or so. Parents are welcome to join.

At the conclusion of the kids’ ride we will hold the MC/ATV runs. These runs will visit notable sights such as Pumpkin Patch, Gas Domes, and Artesian Well. We will use a variety of trails and roads to access these areas as well as some technical trials. We will separate into groups based on vehicle and rider ability to ensure all have a great time. Please see sign up sheets for start times and location. Rides led by the Ocotillo Anytimers.

Subcategories

  • Club Events
    Information about four-wheel drive events hosted by our association clubs.

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