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  • An early CA4WDC membership booth displayCal4wheel was formed in 1959 by some four-wheelers who were getting tired of their trails being closed. They also wanted to host good quality events for their fellow four-wheelers, and to provide education in safe four-wheeling practices and trail conservation. Fast forward 50+ years and the battles are the same. The desire to play on public lands is as strong as ever, and more people than ever before have some form of off-road vehicle. Our opponents have also been busy those 50+ years and are just as strong now as they were in 1959.

    The bottom line: We need your help. We need your dollars to fight the legal battles. We need your time to help with events, committees and access issues. Dues are still only $45, which amounts to less than $4 per month for the benefits that we provide.

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Friends of the High Lakes Fall Work Party September 26

Friends of the High Lakes Fall Work Party is September 26, 2015

Our only fundraiser of the year is the Fall Work Party and will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, in conjunction with National Public Lands Day. Headquarters will be at Spring Valley Lake and volunteer sign-in begins at 9 a.m.! Volunteers will spend the day maintaining trails and 'cleaning up' so that the High Lakes Area can remain as beautiful as nature intended it! A dinner/raffle will be held at Spring Valley at 5 p.m. for those interested.

Who We Are
Friends of The High Lakes (FOTHL) is a grass-roots organization comprised of individuals, local businesses, recreational clubs, and user groups who love to recreate in The High Lakes Area in the Lassen National Forest. FOTHL is comprised of a growing number of outdoor recreationalists, who consider themselves to be environmentalists and conservationists rather than preservationists. We believe that public lands should be FOR the people to use and enjoy. That includes the pursuit of whatever activities people choose, such as fishing, camping, hiking, exploring, picnicking, hunting, rock hounding, geocaching, etc. while using a motorized vehicle. Our goal is to assure that these lands remain open for our use by bringing together those who responsibly use the land and wish to improve recreational opportunities through support and volunteerism while caring for the environment.

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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

Surrender Yer Booty at the Niagara Rim Poker Run

Ahoy ye land lubbers. Once again it's time to check the rigging, batten down the hatches, and make shipshape. The season is upon us to pillage and plunder. The letters of Marque have been issued; pieces of eight await those that are savvy to set sail and plow the bounty main.

Blimey, July 11 is not far off; mark ye calendars for the 24th Niagara Rim poker run. Last year’s Hawaiian theme was such a great hit; pirate antics will be the order of the day for this year’s event. Hosted by 4x4inMotion; July 11th in the year of our Lord 2015 will be the weekend to blow the man down. So; don your garb and join us for a weekend of Yo Ho Ho. As per past rituals; Friday night will start the event with the pirate social; grub and grog. Those buckos attending in pirate garb might win a prize. Meet and greet fellow buccaneers; spin tall tales but watch the sails. No three sheets to the wind; ye old sea dogs.

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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 2015 donors

The North District of the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, Inc. (Cal4Wheel), the Foresthill 4 Wheelers 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 33rd Annual 2015 Winter Fun Festival event. As a result of these donations we were able to raise $7700 to support the Association in its fight to keep the trails open for everyone to enjoy.

Please give your business to these vendors and thank them for supporting our event. If they know that they are getting recognized and their business is improving as a result of their support of our event they will be more likely to provide support for future events.

Additionally, I would like to personally thank Buster Johnson of the Grass Valley 4 Wheelers for all of his help in soliciting raffle prizes and helping run the raffle and my fellow members of the Madhatters 4x4 Club who tirelessly helped procure raffle prizes, set up the Raffle on Friday and run the Raffle Saturday night.


4 Wheel Parts San Jose
4 Wheel Parts Stockton
4Wheel Parts Oakland
4x4 in Motion
4x4 Labs
AGR Performance, Inc.
Auburn Riebes – Grass Valley Highway
Auburn Riebes – Palm Ave.
Auto Meter Products, Inc.
Auto Zone - Grass
B&C Lumber
Banner Communications
BK Dittmer Service & Repair
Colfax Riebes
Cruco Trading Co
Eagle Quick Lube
Electronics Solution
Foothill Car Care
Garvin Industries
Grass Valley Riebes
IH Parts America
InLine Tube
J&M Offroad

Kragen O'Reilly – Grass Valley
Line X Placerville
Little Passenger Seats
Magnussen's Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep
Marsh Racing Wheels
Monument Auto Parts
Mountain Offroad Enterprises
Mudsuckers 4WD Club
Nevada City Plaza Tire
Nevada City Riebes
Northridge 4x4
Northwest Fabworks
Off Road Only
Off-Road Motor Sports Hall of Fame
Overland Journal – Chris Collard
part catalog Car & Truck Accessories
Performance Stability
Rearend Specialties
Rebel Offroad
SFK Manufacturing, LLC(Skid Row Offroad)
Shingle Springs Collision
Snevey's Offroad
Thirty One - Kristen Rasmussen
Throttle Down Customs
Toms Bronco Parts
Top This Truck & Auto
WFO Concepts



Advance Adapters Inc.
ARB 4X4 Accessories
California Casuals
BF Goodrich
Four Wheel Parts
Randys/Yukon Gear

Extreme Terrain
Trail Gear
Tuffy Security Products
Warn Industries, Inc.
West Coast Differentials/Sierra Gear and Axle
Tom Woods Custom Driveshafts



Trisa O'Brien
Tom and Carmen Gunther
Sierra Treasure Hunters
San Joaquin Jeepers
Diablo 4 Wheelers
Joe and Nellie Malloy
John and Rene Allen

Buster Johnson Grass Valley 4 Wheelers
Pat Bashore
Bonnie Steele
Grass Valley 4 Wheelers
Al Carter Grass Valley 4 Wheelers


Tom was the raffle chair for the 2015 Winter Fun and is a member of the Madhatters 4x4 Club.

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

  • Buggy


  • 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.


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Membership Chairs

North District
Troy McClintock
Central District
Bob Wagers
South District
Terry Dean
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