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Hi Desert 2015

Hi Desert 2015

Photo by Cliff Rourke
Hi Desert 2015

Hi Desert 2015

Photo by Cliff Rourke
Hi Desert 2015

Hi Desert 2015

Photo by Cliff Rourke
Hi Desert 2015

Hi Desert 2015

Photo by Cliff Rourke
Hi Desert 2015

Hi Desert 2015

Photo by Cliff Rourke
Hi Desert 2015

Hi Desert 2015

Photo by Cliff Rourke
Kids game winners 2007

Kids game winners 2007

Photo by Erik Schreiner
Articulation

Articulation

Seeing how far they can stretch at the 2006 event.
Turkey Ranch

Turkey Ranch

The vehicle games were at the turkey ranch during the Randsburg Roundup in the early 1970s.
Randsburg Roundup

Randsburg Roundup

Carole Harris (aka Miss Demeanor) competes in the blindfold race in the early 1970's when the event was still known as the Randsburg Roundup.
Hi Desert vehicle game

Hi Desert vehicle game

Downtown Randsburg

Downtown Randsburg

Round-up participants head down the main drag in Randsburg. Circa 1973.
Hi Desert 2013

Hi Desert 2013

Hi Desert 2013

Hi Desert 2013

Devil's Loop Run 2005

Devil's Loop Run 2005

Photo by Ken Cooke
File photo

File photo

Don't know what year or who the photographer was.
Ice Cream!!

Ice Cream!!

At the 2013 event.
Hi Desert 2016

Hi Desert 2016

Photo by the Weaver Family.
Hi Desert 2016

Hi Desert 2016

Photo by the Weaver Family.
Hi Desert 2016

Hi Desert 2016

Photo by the Weaver Family.
Hi Desert 2016

Hi Desert 2016

Photo by the Weaver Family.
Hi Desert 2016

Hi Desert 2016

Photo by the Weaver Family.
Hi Desert 2016

Hi Desert 2016

Photo by the Weaver Family.
Hi Desert 2016

Hi Desert 2016

Photo by the Weaver Family.
Hi Desert 2016

Hi Desert 2016

Photo by the Weaver Family.
  • Hi Desert 2015
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  • Hi Desert 2015
  • Kids game winners 2007
  • Articulation
  • Turkey Ranch
  • Randsburg Roundup
  • Hi Desert vehicle game
  • Downtown Randsburg
  • Hi Desert 2013
  • Hi Desert 2013
  • Devil's Loop Run 2005
  • File photo
  • Ice Cream!!
  • Hi Desert 2016
  • Hi Desert 2016
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  • Hi Desert 2015

    Photo by Cliff Rourke
  • Hi Desert 2015

    Photo by Cliff Rourke
  • Hi Desert 2015

    Photo by Cliff Rourke
  • Hi Desert 2015

    Photo by Cliff Rourke
  • Hi Desert 2015

    Photo by Cliff Rourke
  • Hi Desert 2015

    Photo by Cliff Rourke
  • Kids game winners 2007

    Photo by Erik Schreiner
  • Articulation

    Seeing how far they can stretch at the 2006 event.
  • Turkey Ranch

    The vehicle games were at the turkey ranch during the Randsburg Roundup in the early 1970s.
  • Randsburg Roundup

    Carole Harris (aka Miss Demeanor) competes in the blindfold race in the early 1970's when the event was still known as the Randsburg Roundup.
  • Hi Desert vehicle game

  • Downtown Randsburg

    Round-up participants head down the main drag in Randsburg. Circa 1973.
  • Hi Desert 2013

  • Hi Desert 2013

  • Devil's Loop Run 2005

    Photo by Ken Cooke
  • File photo

    Don't know what year or who the photographer was.
  • Ice Cream!!

    At the 2013 event.
  • Hi Desert 2016

    Photo by the Weaver Family.
  • Hi Desert 2016

    Photo by the Weaver Family.
  • Hi Desert 2016

    Photo by the Weaver Family.
  • Hi Desert 2016

    Photo by the Weaver Family.
  • Hi Desert 2016

    Photo by the Weaver Family.
  • Hi Desert 2016

    Photo by the Weaver Family.
  • Hi Desert 2016

    Photo by the Weaver Family.
  • Hi Desert 2016

    Photo by the Weaver Family.
  • Hi Desert 2015
  • Hi Desert 2015
  • Hi Desert 2015
  • Hi Desert 2015
  • Hi Desert 2015
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  • Kids game winners 2007
  • Articulation
  • Turkey Ranch
  • Randsburg Roundup
  • Hi Desert vehicle game
  • Downtown Randsburg
  • Hi Desert 2013
  • Hi Desert 2013
  • Devil's Loop Run 2005
  • File photo
  • Ice Cream!!
  • Hi Desert 2016
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Molina Ghost Run

Hollister Hills SVRA

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Sierra Trek Driving Directions

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Meadow Lake
Near Truckee, CA
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Meadow Lake
Near Truckee, CA
39.408333, -120.503528

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Bill Ellis
707-344-7010
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  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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2014 Panamint Run Descriptions

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Please note: These run descriptions are from the 2014 Panamint Valley Days event and are only a sampling of what will be available. Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis when you arrive at base camp.

Friday Runs

Click on each run name for a full description.

Cummins Cutoff

Cummins Cutoff

CB Channel 5 — Limit: 30 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 30 vehicles that sign up. Vehicle requirements: Short wheel-base (less than 100"), 33" tires; Long wheel-base - 35" tires. All vehicles must have at least a rear locking differential. We will be taking the most challenging obstacles up the canyons to the Defense Mine. Undercarriage and body damage is possible. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. This run follows the Minietta Mine Road and two side canyons enroute to Stone Canyon until its closure just below Waterfall #1. The route provides several rocky and scenic miles with the challenges of Waterfall "Zero" and Cummins Cutoff. Just below Waterfall #1, we will make a sharp right onto the Defense Mine Road, which is scenic, historical and somewhat challenging. It will be the decision of the run leader whether to continue up to the Defense Mine.

Run Leaders: Art Stine - Mad Hatters 4WD and Kevin Maede - My Jeep Rocks
Line up: 8:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 9:00 AM

Defense Mine

Defense Mine

CB Channel: 11 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 20 vehicles that sign up. Participants will have ample time to complete mine exploration before leaving, giving them the option to visit Lookout City and/or other nearby routes. Due to weather and trail use, some of the obstacles have become more challenging. Stock and slightly modified vehicles may expect body damage and/or getting stuck in the rocks. Stock SUVs are not advised. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. Please remember that mine exploration is optional and at your own risk, and that this was an active mine operation, so, PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS. Bring flashlights. CHILDREN MUST BE WATCHED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AND PETS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN INTO THE MINE. From the entrance, it is an easy standup walk of about 300? to the first "explosive storage room" (empty except for work benches) and the first "ore chute" is beyond that. For the adventurous, there is a second entrance/exit climbing several well-built wooden ladders to several landing, where you change to the next ladder. (It is somewhat intimidating to stand at the bottom and look up at these ladders.) Caution should be exercised if you explore the mine and extreme caution should be used near the ore car platforms outside the main entrance. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MINE EXPLORATION IS OPTIONAL AND AT YOUR OWN RISK. Anyone not doing the mine exploration is free to take the short route back to camp (we'll point it out on the way in) and also may have ample time to explore nearby Lookout City if so desired.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: 7:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 7:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 8:00 AM

Jail Canyon

Jail Canyon

CB Channel 6 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This is a Gear Grinders all-wheel-base run with good tires and a limited slip recommended. Rocky trail going into the canyon and to the mining works and cabin.

Run Leader: Jack Brown, Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45am; Leave: 10:00am

Lookout City Sunset Run

Lookout City Sunset Run

CB Channel 4 — Limit: 25 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run. This scenic run will take you to the Lookout City ruins high atop the Argus Range for a spectacular sunset view of the Panamint Range and Valley. Cold temperatures can be expected, so bring your warm clothes.

Run Leader: Terry Burton - High Desert Four Wheelers
Line up: 1:30pm; Drivers' Meeting: 1:45pm; Leave: 2:00pm

Pleasant Canyon

Pleasant Canyon

CB Channel 1 — Limit: 25 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run, however, it is recommended that stock vehicles have 31" tires and a limited slip diff. We will explore an old mining operation and the trail has a spectacular view of Death Valley from the top. You can expect this to be an all-day run.

Run Leader: Jerry Grimsley - Gear Grinders
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 7:45am; Leave: 8:00am

Snow Canyon

Snow Canyon

CB Channel 2 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This is an all-vehicle run with 31" tires and a bit of a lift or skid plates recommended. The roads tend to change at the whim of Mother Nature, but there's always a few rocky sections and loose dirt areas. We'll see several different historic mining eras and structures in addition to different natural and geological zones. The Golden Lady and the St. George mines have extensive workings to see and there will be some opportunities to hike and explore. The run is planned to finish with plenty of time to make the Outlook sunset or other night runs.

Run Leader: Dick Sims - Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 10:00 AM

South Park to Briggs Cabin

South Park to Briggs Cabin

Channel 8 — Limit: 30 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run, however, it is recommended that stock vehicles have 31" tires and a limited slip diff. We climb and cross the alluvial fan and enter the canyon and explore the lower canyon area up to the Brigg's cabins. This run does not go further than the cabins. The trail is not terribly hard, but is rough with some sharp rocks and soft sand. We will have lunch and exploring at the cabins.

Run Leader: Jim Kenney - Gear Grinders
Line up: 8:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45am; Leave: 9:00am

Saturday Runs

Click on each run name for a full description.

Cummins Cutoff

Cummins Cutoff

CB Channel 11 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 30 vehicles that sign up. Vehicle requirements: Short wheel-base (less than 100"), 33" tires; Long wheel-base - 35" tires. All vehicles must have at least a rear locking differential. We well be taking the most challenging obstacles up the canyons to the Defense Mine. Undercarriage and body damage is possible. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. This run follows the Minietta Mine Road and two side canyons enroute to Stone Canyon until its closure just below Waterfall #1. The route provides several rocky and scenic miles with the challenges of Waterfall ?Zero? and Cummins Cutoff. Just below Waterfall #1, we will make a sharp right onto the Defense Mine Road, which is scenic, historical and somewhat challenging. It will be the decision of the run leader whether to continue up to the Defense Mine.

Run Leaders: Joe Torres, San Diego 4 Wheelers
Line up: 8:00 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 8:15 AM; Leave: 8:30 AM

Defense Mine

Defense Mine

CB Channel: 6 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 20 vehicles that sign up. Participants will have ample time to complete mine exploration before leaving, giving them the option to visit Lookout City and/or other nearby routes. Due to weather and trail use, some of the obstacles have become more challenging. Stock and slightly modified vehicles may expect body damage and/or getting stuck in the rocks. Stock SUVs are not advised. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MINE EXPLORATION IS OPTIONAL AND AT YOUR OWN RISK, and that this was an active mine operation, so, PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS. Bring flashlights. CHILDREN MUST BE WATCHED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AND PETS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN INTO THE MINE. From the entrance, it is an easy standup walk of about 300? to the first "explosive storage room" (empty except for work benches) and the first "ore chute" is beyond that. For the adventurous, there is a second entrance/exit climbing several well-built wooden ladders to several landing, where you change to the next ladder. (It is somewhat intimidating to stand at the bottom and look up at these ladders.) Caution should be exercised if you explore the mine and extreme caution should be used near the ore car platforms outside the main entrance. Anyone not doing the mine exploration is free to take the short route back to camp (we'll point it out on the way in) and also may have ample time to explore nearby Lookout City if so desired.

Run Leader: Jack Brown - Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45 AM; Leave: 10:00 AM

Goler Wash / Mengle Pass

Goler Wash / Mengle Pass

CB Channel: 1

This is an all-wheel-base, full day run with lots of history thrown in. Due to some erosion of the trail, it is advisable to have at least 31" tires and a traction aiding device of some kind in the rear, such as a limited slip diff, a selectable locking diff, or a full locked diff. The first stop will be at Ballarat Ghost Town to air down. Then its on to Goler Wash where you will get to see Newman's Cabin, over Mengle Pass into Death Valley where you will see Rustle Camp, Greater View Cabin, Striped Butte and the Geology Cabin. If time allows, we possibly could take a run into the Barker Ranch where the Manson Family lived and Manson hid.

Run leader: Gary Luckeroth - Gear Grinders
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting 7:45am; Leave: 8:00am

Isham Canyon

Isham Canyon

CB Channel: 5 — Limit: 12 Vehicles

Isham has been severely washed out over the past two years and this has significantly increased the technical nature of the run. It is more like a Hammers trail now. Given the current condition of the trail, the run is limited to 12 vehicles, not including trail leads. Minimum requirements: 35" tires, front and rear lockers, winch, body armor/rock sliders. Additional useful items: Spare parts as applicable to your vehicle (eg., u-joints, rear driveshaft), tire repair kit/spare tire. Long arm lifts will work far better than short arm. Longer wheelbase vehicles and rigs with hard tops are likely to have a tight fit in some places and those drivers MUST BE AWARE that some form of body damage is probable. All drivers/participants are expected to assist each other at obstacles with spotting and recovery (winching/tow straps/stacking rocks). Bring gloves, good footwear. Expect this to be a longish day, depending on the number of vehicles. Bring lunch as we will be out at least until mid-afternoon.

Run leader: Art Stine - Mad Hatters 4x4
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting 7:45am, Leave: 8:00am

Jackpot Canyon

Jackpot Canyon

CB Channel 8 — Limit: Unlimited Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run with at least 31" tires and a limited slip diff recommended. This is a fairly technical run with an experienced driver recommended. We will be running an old, non-maintained mining road that contains rocks, gravel, sand, steep climbs and descents, narrow roadways, shelf roads and some side hills. We will go up a rocky wash before climbing up the canyon. There are some great views of Panamint Valley and diverse terrain, finally arriving at an old mine. If there's time, we can visit another mine on the way back.

Run Leader: Jim Kenney - Gear Grinders
Line up: 8:00am; Drivers' Meeting: 8:15am; Leave: 8:30am

Pleasant Canyon

Pleasant Canyon

CB Channel 4 — Limit: 40 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run, however, it is recommended that stock vehicles have 31" tires and a limited slip diff. We will explore an old mining operation and the trail has a spectacular view of Death Valley from the top. You can expect this to be an all-day run.

Run Leader: Terry Burton - High Desert Four Wheelers
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 7:45am; Leave: 8:00am

Slate Range Crossing Historic

Slate Range Crossing Historic

CB Channel 7 — Limit: Unlimited

This is an all-wheel-base run with plenty of history thrown in.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: 9:00am; Drivers' Meeting: 9:15am; Leave: 9:30am

Snow Canyon

Snow Canyon

CB Channel 2 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This is an all-vehicle run with 31" tires and a bit of a lift or skid plates recommended. The roads tend to change at the whim of Mother Nature, but there's always a few rocky sections and loose dirt areas. We'll see several different historic mining eras and structures in addition to different natural and geological zones. The Golden Lady and the St. George mines have extensive workings to see and there will be some opportunities to hike and explore. The run is planned to finish with plenty of time to make the Outlook sunset or other night runs.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: 8:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 9:00 AM

Informal Sunday Runs

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Keystone/Goler Gulch

Keystone/Goler Gulch

CB Channel 8

This is a Gear Grinders casual fun run, not actually a PVD-sanctioned run. It may be combined with a longer run to the Barker Ranch. This is an all-wheel-base run with good tires and a limited slip recommended. Full size and very wide rigs not recommended further than the Keystone Mine. We will proceed to Ballarat and follow the historic Wingate Road to Goler Wash, then proceed up the canyon and turn off towards the Keystone Mine. This mining area traces its roots all the way back to the Lotus Mine of Carl Mengal. After exploring the Keystone, we'll cross over the crest to an older mine on the southern side of the mountain. If time allows, we could go in to the Barker Ranch.

Run Leader: Jim Kenney - Gear Grinders
Line up: 8:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45am; Leave: 9:00am

Jail Canyon

Jail Canyon

CB Channel 6

This is a Gear Grinders casual fun run, not actually a PVD-sanctioned run. This is an all-wheel-base run with good tires and a limited slip recommended. Rocky trail going into the canyon and to the mining works and cabin.

Run Leader: Jack Brown - Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45am; Leave: 10:00am

Slate Range Crossing Historic

Slate Range Crossing Historic

CB Channel TBA

This is an all-wheel-base run with plenty of history thrown in.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: TBA; Drivers' Meeting: TBA; Leave: TBA

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Panamint Valley Days

Panamint Valley Days

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November 10-12, 2017

Slate Range Road
Near Trona, CA
36.12925, -117.342222

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Panamint Valley Days Camp
Slate Range Road
Near Trona, CA
36.1300993, -117.3410254

EVENT CHAIR
Andy Cunningham
909-792-5454
310-590-8573
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By Andy Cunningham

This year looks to be another Great Event, including a new run into Death Valley National Park – an overnighter!! It will be a historical run, running the Death Valley Escape Trail, the route of the Arcane-Bennett families who entered Death Valley in the winter of 1849-50 and “escaped” via Warm Springs Canyon, Butte Valley, Panamint Valley and Fish Canyon. This run will start at Death Valley Junction on Wednesday morning, November 8, 2017. This run will make a stop for the night at PVD camp, then on Friday, November 10 the last of the run will be completed.

This year Casey’s Steaks & Barbecue will again be catering the Saturday night dinner. The cost will be $20 per person. We will be taking orders up to 9:30AM on Saturday during the event. Last year we had almost 200 people for dinner. Here is the menu:

  • Hickory smoked tri-tip
  • Teriyaki chicken
  • Steamed chef cut vegetables
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Pasta salad
  • Dinner roll
  • Soft drink

We will have all the same runs for you people that are set on doing the same run year after year. Or you might want to try a new run this year and get a little more body damage on your rig, or just come and enjoy the peace and quiet that Panamint Valley has to offer: the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and the wonderful colors of the mountains on both sides of the Panamint Valley.

Panamint Valley Days 2012
Kevin on the Isham Canyon V-notch
Brennan Riddle

Escape from Death Valley

We'll retrace the path of the 49ers during our "Escape from Death Valley" run, which will start on November 8 and end just in time for the start of Panamint Valley Days.

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4X4 Runs

Note: Run information is a sample only. Actual run choices will vary.

tds-odf-250We have several diverse trails for you to explore on your visit to our beautiful desert. Whether you decide to “Knock on Wood,” or try to “Squeeze” through, your day will be packed with adventure! The flash floods left their mark on the landscape again this year, and we ask that everyone be careful as well as respectful of the terrain. Please  leave nothing behind but tire tracks, and haul out what you haul in. We would also like to remind you that this is a family event, so watch out for exuberant kids, and try to keep the CB chatter clean! Each run has been given a color. Each run will have a flag that color at the place where you will line up on Saturday morning. These colors have nothing to do with the difficulty of the run. They are only meant to help you find the starting point for the run you have selected.  The Trail Boss and crew will fly the color of the run they are working so you can keep track of them throughout the day.

Start times and details subject to change. Please check the run boards before signing up.

KNOCK ON WOOD - Orange Flag

This run leads to a narrow rock canyon over at Superstition Mountains. At least one locker required and at least 33" tires. Tow point each end. Due to some tight areas and turns, long wheelbase vehicles not recommended. Body damage and mechanical breakage is very possible. This trail is for experienced drivers who don’t mind a little “vehicle modification” from surrounding rocks and brush!

  • Time permitting, we will run a second trail.
  • Start time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Joe Holden - Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club
PUMPKIN PATCH - Blue Flag

We will take you to an area that has a large concentration of sandstone globules that resemble a pumpkin patch. Along the way there will be driving in deep sand, rocky hill climbs, and winding, twisting trails with some off-camber sections along with a drop off or two. Bypasses are available for most of the more challenging sections. There are lots of strange rock formations and erosion patterns throughout the trail. Run time 4 to 5 hours. Open to all 4 wheel drive vehicles.

  • Start time: 9:15 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Eric Dahl - On the Edge 4WDC
THE SLOT - Purple Flag

Open to all 4-wheelers. A family run, with places to go and people to see. The route is a follow-the-leader run that features alternate, color-coded spur routes to challenge the most experienced wheeler. Expect to be returning to camp by 3 p.m.

  • Drivers’ Meeting: 8:45 a.m.
  • Start time: 9 a.m. SHARP!!!!!
  • Trail Boss: Curtis Grinnell - San Diego Outbacks 4X4 Club
POWDER PUFF - Pink Flag

The Trail Boss will choose trails based on the capability of the rigs that sign up. The twist is that to drive this run, you either have to be female, or DRESS LIKE ONE! We will have a brief contest before the raffle on Saturday night to judge certain drivers to see who truly is the “Ugliest Broad in the Desert”!! [WARNING: Those with weak constitutions, or strong morals might want to miss this part of the festivities...]

  • Start time: 10 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Mark Geletzke - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC
THE SQUEEZE - Yellow Flag

Highway run to Pinyon Mountain where you will go through The Squeeze, known for its ability to snag fenders. We will continue down Heart-Attack Hill, a very steep, slippery and rocky decent. We then continue through Fish Creek and out Split Mountain. This is a fun run, but definitely not for those concerned with paint or body damage. There are NO by-passes! One locker is recommended, wide-bodied vehicles not recommended, body damage possible.

  • Start time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Mark Chiesman - San Diego 4 Wheelers
TECTONIC GORGE - Green Flag

Moderate challenging run thru sand dunes, mud hills, and rocky trails in an area less traveled. Suitable for mildly modified vehicles with some extra clearance, larger tires (31+) and one locker. Some minor damage possible. Beginning and end of ride will be on highway roads. No facilities so bring plenty of water and lunch for a picnic on the trail. May also take in some great nearby vista sights if time permits.

  • Start time: 8:15 a.m.
  • Trail Boss: Duane Hartle - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC

Motorcycle & ATV Runs

To start the day off we will be offering a kids’ ride on trails around the Main St. area that should last an hour or so. Parents are welcome to join.

At the conclusion of the kids’ ride we will hold the MC/ATV runs. These runs will visit notable sights such as Pumpkin Patch, Gas Domes, and Artesian Well. We will use a variety of trails and roads to access these areas as well as some technical trials. We will separate into groups based on vehicle and rider ability to ensure all have a great time. Please see sign up sheets for start times and location. Rides led by the Ocotillo Anytimers.

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Note: This information is from previous events and is provided for informational purposes only.

Friday night “Fun Card Stop” Run

At 7 p.m. on Friday, stop by the run description boards to pick up the map and the paper you will use to make your “game” hand. Visit each of the “Card” Stops and do whatever each hosting club requires of you to get your card! Each Stop will mark your paper with the card you chose. At the bottom of your paper you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite “Card” Stop. This game is open to all vehicles. A prize will be awarded to the winner with the best “card” hand, and a trophy will be given to the club with the “Card” Stop that gets the most votes. Oh yeah, one more thing. The Ocotillo Anytimers will be on motorcycles as a Bonus Stop. If you want one more chance at a good hand, find them - if you can…..

  • Woman in charge – Shelly Dunn - Geared 4 Fun 4 Wheel Drive Club
  • [EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we may hold the card run in main camp. Instead of driving around the desert, you might have to hoof it around main camp! Details to be posted when you check in at registration. Maybe we will call it the “Get Some Exercise” Run!!!]
Friday night “real” 50/50 “Card” Run

While the Fun “Card” Run is going on, we will also offer a $5 donation per hand “card” run.  Come to registration to buy your “Card” Hand(s). Follow the same map that you received for the Fun “Card” Run. For a $5 donation (per hand) you have a chance to win half of the proceeds from the sales/donations of “game” hands! The PVA will receive the other half of the proceeds. This game is open to all vehicles.

Scott Clark competes in the ugly contest
"Ugliest Broad in the Desert”

The Powder Puff Run is back by popular demand. To drive on this run you have to be female or dress like one! Before the raffle starts on Saturday night, each “lady” will have a chance to strut “her” stuff for the judges. (It’s getting harder and harder to find folks willing to judge this contest. We don’t offer any compensation for the therapy they wind up needing afterwards!) Last year we had some actual women drivers, and they had a great time. We have a first-time “lady” leader this year—Mark Geletzke. I guess Scott can hang up his curlers this year!

 
Saturday Fun Run

We are bringing back the Fun Run this year. On Saturday afternoon, a Trail Boss will lead the group through a scenic loop. At various points on the trail, you will stop to take a challenge. Each person will do the challenge, the volunteer will log each score, and the group will move on to the next stop. The person with the best score will receive a prize. All vehicles are welcome to take part in this Sunday-drive run.

  • Woody Glass and Lorrac Craig are running this show.
RC rock crawlers at ODF
RC Truck Challenge

After you get back from your run/ride on Saturday, stop by main camp with your RC monster. We will have a mini rock crawl set up for those of you with radio controlled vehicles up to the challenge.

  • Big kid with the kool toys - Scott Bradley - Geared 4 Fun 4WDC
 

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