Sierra Trek Run Descriptions

Wednesday/Thursday Overnight SUV Historic Trip: A narrated historic tour of the back roads and trails above spectacular Lake Tahoe that is designed for all four-wheel drive vehicles. Learn about the Donner Party tragedy and take in a bird's-eye view of Lake. The group will stage in the Truckee area, camp along the trail, and be to Base Camp for Thursday dinner. Six meals included. 25 vehicle limit.
Thursday Fordyce Run This run traverses the Fordyce Creek Trail from Indian Springs to Meadow Lake. Stage at 5:30 am, depart at 6:30 am. This is a highly technical trail with a rating of 9. One locking differential and 33" tires are required. A 3" lift is highly advised. Six meals included. 50 vehicle limit.
Friday Fordyce Run This run traverses the Fordyce Creek Trail from Indian Springs to Meadow Lake. Stage at 5:30 am, depart at 6:30 am. This is a highly technical trail with a rating of 9. One locking differential and 33" tires are required. A 3" lift is highly advised. Five meals included. 50 vehicle limit.
Friday River Run Run the trail backwards from Meadow Lake to Fordyce Creek, then back up the trail to Base Camp. Coffee and staging at 5:00 am at the top of Winch Hill 5, depart at 6:00. Five meals included. 35 vehicle limit. Add this as a second run for $50 per vehicle (don't send money now). Be sure to check the proper box on the registration form.
Saturday River Run Run the trail backwards from Meadow Lake to Fordyce Creek, and then back up the trail to Base Camp. Coffee and staging at the top of winch hill 5 beginning at 8 am. Three meals included. 50 vehicle limit. You may add this as a second run for $50 per vehicle (don't send money now). Be sure to check the proper box on the registration form.
Saturday ATV/UTV Run This run will follow roads and trails in the Meadow Lake area and will include 4-5 hours of history, scenery, and ATV/UTV fun. Departs Meadow Lake at 10:00 am. No camping or meals included. No vehicle limit. You may add this as a second run for $20 per vehicle (don't send money now). Be sure to check the proper box on the registration form.
Saturday SUV/Historical Trip

A narrated tour of historic Summit City, the Miner's Cabin, Hartley's grave and Meadow Lake area that is designed for all four-wheel drive vehicles. Departure time TBD from Meadow Lake. Three meals included. 25 vehicle limit. Add this as a second run for $35 per vehicle (don't send money now). Be sure to check the proper box on the registration form.
Saturday Outer Limits Run Experience the High Sierra on this guided run through the Gold Country. This is an intermediate run designed for slightly modified 4x4s. Depending on conditions, this trail will be challenging in a stock vehicle. Departs Meadow Lake at 8:00 am. Three meals included. 50 vehicle limit. You may add this as a second run for $35 per vehicle (don't send money now). Be sure to check the proper box on the registration form.
Camping & Entertainment only Includes in-camp activities and camping (excludes PG&E campground). No meals or runs included.
Camping, Food & Entertainment only Includes six meals, camping (excludes PG&E campground), and all in-camp activities.

Additional Notes:

  • The Fordyce Creek is a challenging trail, requiring precision driving skills and a well-maintained vehicle. Trail crews assist where needed. They DO NOT carry spare parts for your vehicle.
  • PG&E camping not included.
  • Sierra Trek in camp activities include vendor show, kids games, in-camp poker run, lake activities, Sierra Trek Saloon, DJ, RTI ramp, our famous raffle, and fiesta-style camping (camp anywhere you want).
  • Spaces for second runs are based on the post date of your registration form and will be posted at the registration booth. 
  • Six meals includes: Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast.
  • Five meals includes: Friday breakfast, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast.
  • Three meals includes: Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

Noxious Weeds

usfsThe USDA Forest Service has requested that all vehicles that would run on the Fordyce Jeep Trail be washed immediately prior to the event. This is a preventative measure to help prevent the introduction and spread of noxious weeds such as yellow star thistle. Vehicles can spread weeds from one site to another by carrying plant parts and seeds.

When a vehicle is driven through a weed-infested area, weed seeds may become lodged between the tire treads, in the coils of a winch, behind the license plate, or in cracks and crevices on the underside of the vehicle. Seeds may travel hundreds of miles before becoming dislodged in an area where the weeds were not previously found. The source of many weed infestations has been traced to roads, trails, railroads, and other travel ways.

To prevent the spread of weeds from vehicles participating in the Sierra Trek event, thoroughly wash the undercarriage and tire-tread of the vehicle to remove seeds and bits of vegetation. This material may have been picked up during the last run or from where the vehicle was last parked. Noxious weeds such as yellow star thistle are common in urban areas and along the highways leading to the Sierra Trek event.

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