As previously noted, the November trip is planned for Thanksgiving week (Nov 22-28) to base camp at Calico Ghost Town campground in Yermo (just outside of Barstow) and do day trips around Calico, Stoddard Valley/Wells OHV area, and maybe venture as far south as Cougar Buttes outside of Lucerne Valley. There’s also areas to do old mine exploration, fossil deposits and target shooting if folks are interested. There are trails for all levels of drivers, including for motorcycles and side-by-sides. Some of the more extreme trails have bypasses, others don’t. We can evaluate which runs to do depending on who shows up and what they’re interested in. Info on camping at Calico can be found at: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/parks/calicoghosttown.aspx
For hotels, there is a good place near Calico: http://oaktreeinn.com/hotels/yermo-california/
John & Rene are planning to show up Nov 21 (camped in C-13) and Lisa & I will be there on the 22nd (in C-15 and C-16).
If you want more info, let me know.
The Madhatters club roster has been updated with the August meeting’s new member, Scott. The roster is available in both PDF and XLS formats. Please let me know if you have changes for your entry (address, email, phones, rig picture, ham info, rig mods, etc).
Find the updated roster in the Madhatters web site’s Members section. Sign in using your Madhatter web site credentials. If you don’t remember your credentials then send Art or Darrel an email and one of us will get you setup.
Due to some unavoidable circumstances yesterday (can explain later), I will not be able to make the 7 am departure today. My jeep is unfortunately/fortunately having new tires installed first thing this morning. At best I’ll be leaving Tracy by noon today. I apologize for any inconveniences.
I’m leaving from the Manteca Wendy’s on Hwy. 120E. @ Hwy. 99 around 7 am on Friday Oct. 9. For those who would like to meet me there please let me know before Friday so I know who to wait for. For every one else coming up at later time I ask that you let me know when to expect you. We are going to be camping at Utica Reservoir in one of the two established camp grounds at the lake (Sandy Flat or Rocky Point). The forest service started charging per night for each site. I believe it’s $16 a night. For any one planning on coming up Saturday morning and meeting us at camp, please be there no later then 8:00 AM. I’m going to hold a drivers meeting in camp and most likely we’ll “air down” there.
Depending on the size of our group my plan for the trail is to run it from Utica up to the water slides for lunch and back down to camp.
As always all guests are welcome to join us on our runs.
Carol & I drove our Beamer right to the Barrett gate yesterday. Beautiful drive. I walked 50 feet up the trail and found this is probably not a trail for stock rigs. We picked up a map to share. It’s easy just keep going straight when you get to the stop sign @ Wrights Lake and it’s at the end of the road.
Craig & Carol
Its getting close to Thanksgiving week (Nov 22-28) and the plan this year for a trip to the desert is to base camp at Calico Ghost Town campground in Yermo (just outside of Barstow) and do day trips around Calico, Stoddard Valley/Wells OHV area, and maybe venture as far south as Cougar Buttes outside of Lucerne Valley. There’s also areas to do old mine exploration and target shooting if folks are interested. There are trails for all levels of drivers, including for motorcycles and side-by-sides. Info on camping at Calico can be found at: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/parks/calicoghosttown.aspx
If you want more info, let me know.
You can read their response here: http://madhatters4x4.com/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/PGE-Reply-to-Protests-of-AL-4687-E.pdf
Essentially, it still leaves the Committee Trail in limbo, since its at the whim of the Bear-Yuba Land Trust folks to determine whether its in compliance with the terms of their easement and doesn’t create an formal ‘right to use’. Next steps are being explored with Cal4 and CORVA.
Hi all – just sent out an email to get a head count/rig count for this run. Please let me know if you are interested in joining us. Contact me if you have any questions. Rene
Hi everybody – I have sent an email out to see who will be attending our annual club picnic, combined with our adopt-a-trail maintenance on the Rubicon. We will be having base camp at Airport Flat Campground. The club will be providing the meat for dinner Saturday night, please respond to the email of what side dish you plan on bringing. Please contact me if you have any questions. Rene
This weekend is Cantina on the Con. It is held at the Loon Lake spillway. There is no need to have a 4×4. Carol and I have helped our friends at Foresthill 4×4 the last few years cook in the kitchen. We have had a great time helping them. If you would like to help us please let me know ASAP. It’s a good time and a great cause . We will be working the 9am to 1pm shift on Saturday .
Hope you all have a great weekend!