Created: Tuesday, 20 May 2014 20:18
Written by Jack Raudy
- Participants spot the famous Black Rock and entrance to Black Rock desert.
- Participants gain a better understanding of the pioneers' wagon train difficulties.
- Lassen Applegate Emigrant Trail participants set up camp.
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.
Created: Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:25
Written by Doug Barr
Event is August 16, 2014
For almost 30 years, the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s have put on a four-wheel drive Poker Run in the Sierras. This one day tradition brings together many clubs and families for a trip through the mountains, good food and a hearty raffle.
Participants usually arrive at the camp area at Wolf Creek on Highway 4 outside of Markleeville, CA on Friday afternoon. Some flat tow their rigs behind motorhomes, some trailer behind a pick-up and some drive to and from the event.
The Hi-Lo’s offer a simple but awesomely delicious chicken rice bowl for a Friday night dinner that is not part of the Poker Run package.
Saturday morning, there are muffins, coffee, orange juice and bottled water for the participants. For those who didn’t check in Friday afternoon, the registration table opens around breakfast time to check in. From there, each rig must go through a safety check that checks for the Cal4 requirements as well as checking for leaking fluids and loose equipment.
The rigs start lining up along the edge of Highway 4 early. We send groups of ten rigs at a time, every fifteen minutes, starting at 8am to prevent a ‘parade’ through Markleeville that could disrupt the quiet sierra town.