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Old 07-10-2017, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Slickrock and Deer Valley, CA

Slickrock is now open.
Deer Valley will officially open August 3rd.

There is nothing "normal" about this year as you know. Weather, snow, rainfall, flooding, lake levels, etc. Trail conditions even on the Rubicon Trail have caused delays in use. It's just the world we live in now. We have to wheel smart; and by the rules.

Your organizations and motorized recreation groups are working hard to keep some common sense into the whole land management/managed recreation process. Please continue to support them as best you can.

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Thanks Del,
Great news on both.
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Slickrock is now open.
Deer Valley will officially open August 3rd.

There is nothing "normal" about this year as you know. Weather, snow, rainfall, flooding, lake levels, etc. Trail conditions even on the Rubicon Trail have caused delays in use. It's just the world we live in now. We have to wheel smart; and by the rules.

Your organizations and motorized recreation groups are working hard to keep some common sense into the whole land management/managed recreation process. Please continue to support them as best you can.

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Del,

Will this be a full opening of Deer Valley, Hwy. 4 to Hwy. 88. I know that it had been shut down at the water crossings for several years.
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Old 08-01-2017, 04:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Will this be a full opening of Deer Valley, Hwy. 4 to Hwy. 88.
yes it will be open end to end on Thursday August 3rd
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Is the USFS El Dorado website not working for anyone else?
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been looking for fire restrictions, seems all forest websites aren't working
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I had a problem getting into the FS website yesterday as well.

currently Eldorado National Forest does not have campfire restriction (could change at any moment)

The Stanislaus National Forest has restrictions currently in the lower areas, not around the south end of the trail yet
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Has anyone run it yet?
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Has anyone run it yet?
I ran Deer Valley last weekend, I had not been on the trail before but had a great time. The scenery is epic. The 2 streams weren't too deep and none of the obstacles were overly hard- and there were mostly bypasses too.
I saw a group in a Lake Tahoe club and also the Motherlode Rock Crawlers out there-- the ML Rock Crawlers are getting ready to do trail maintenance in September too.
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I think the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo's were pre running for their upcoming poker run on Aug 19th.
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I just got back from Deer Valley! It was my first time...we ran trail all the way from Hermit Valley to Lower Blue Lake (?) then back in and did a few trail rides. It's in real nice condition, few spots in trees still mud so tread lightly. Trail has been cleared but we ran into a downed tree..no saw on board but a group coming in ended up clearing it...Otherwise it's dry and dusty.
First creek crossing(from 4 side) is low and slow. Second creek crossing is not too bad...bout halfway up to a 37" tire.

Really fun trail.

We ran into a group from San Diego the funny part actually. Far drive!
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The trail is nice. I ran 90% of it with just 4lo and a rear locker. Only used crawl box on a few rock gardens to slow me down honestly. Few areas I observed were getting dug out from rigs driven with poor skill or no gearing using wheelspeed but otherwise trail was pretty solid
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Thanks for the update guys! I am planning on running it next week.
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Ran Deer Valley again this week, trail still looks good. Few spots getting dugout but trail was clean. Only saw and picked up 2 small pieces of trash
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Guess I better run it soon before its ruined for the smaller rigs like mine.
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No worries,we take my pops flatty to SR and DV with 31s and have a blast!!!!
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Avoid Slickrock Blue Lakes Side in Sept

The weekends of Sept. 9, 16 and 23 the Motherlode Rockcrawlers, Cal4 and many volunteers will be laying rock, fixing erosion problems and generally getting SR for a full blown opening (hopefully forever!). As far as I know the trail will not be closed, just clogged up with work vehicles, rock hauling and volunteer laborers.

I would try to avoid the Blue Lakes side of the trail on those three weekends; and just realize that if you want to go all the way through from the Hwy 4 side, you might be delayed quite a bit on the 88 side.

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My son and I are heading up the 14th. Staying at Blue Lakes Dam the 14th, 15th and 16th. Will run the trail Fri the 15th and plan to help on the work weekend the 16th.
Anyone else planning to go?
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My son and I are heading up the 14th. Staying at Blue Lakes Dam the 14th, 15th and 16th. Will run the trail Fri the 15th and plan to help on the work weekend the 16th.
Anyone else planning to go?
I am planning to go this weekend with some other Hi-Lo's. Anyone know if they need trailers this weekend, or is the rock haul the 14th?
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I am planning to go this weekend with some other Hi-Lo's. Anyone know if they need trailers this weekend, or is the rock haul the 14th?
Get in touch with Ron Delaney. He seems to be spearheading these work days. I understand the rocks are being hauled on the 16th.
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From another thread:
The actual article from the June/July 2017 In Gear on Pg. 15:

https://cal4wheel.com/phocadownload/...jul-17-web.pdf

NORTH DISTRICT
CONSERVATION PROJECT
This summer the Deer Valley 4wd Trail (19E01) will be reopened immediately six weeks after the snow melts. Last summer the Motherlode Rock Crawlers hosted a work party on the Blue Lakes side of the trail to start working on the corrective actions needed to get the trail back into S&G 100 compliance.
Three more work parties are planned for this summer to continue with the trail repairs. What we need is clubs and individuals to come out and help get the trail back open. Please put these dates on your schedule and try to attend at least one of the weekends. Here are the scheduled work weekends:

September 9-10 - Align trail location/Tree removal
September 16-17 - Rock delivered/Armor first river crossing and other trail sections
September 23-24 Wrap-up project
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