I planned to run Isham Canyon with my buddy John (LJ) during this year’s Panamint Valley Days, but it came to my attention that the run was cancelled due to the fact that nobody was willing to lead. So, even though I've never finished the trail, I decided to step up and lead the run; I have the tracks downloaded on my iPhone, so why not.
An issue came up with my rig and I was unable to drive it but decided to ride along with my friend Travis (TJ) and lead the run anyways. This trail is awesome! Rocks, dry waterfalls/ledges, body damage, parts carnage, winching... everything I love about wheelin’ in SoCal. We had a couple major failures, but everyone came together, got the situations handled, and we all made it back to camp together. Another great weekend of off-roading at Panamint Valley Days in the books.
Stanislaus National Forest, CA
TA, 6000 E Frontage Rd, Mill City, NV 89418, USA
In search of the Forty-Niners – This is a guided 4-wheel drive tour of the 1849 wagon route used by thousands of emigrants from Gerlach, Nevada to Surprise Valley, California. Superb desert and mountain scenery with many historical points of interest, led by experienced guides. All quality meals and basic camping facilities are provided. Limited to 25 vehicles.
This is a 4WD trip for high clearance 4WD vehicles only. The route used will follow the same trail heavily used during the Gold Rush (1849-1852) with exception of a few areas where the original trail still remains in relatively pristine condition and needs to be preserved. The condition of the road ranges from maintained county roads to un-maintained 4WD trails.
The Emigrants wrote in their diaries such a good description of this trip that we can identify all of the key points of interest in the history of the route. It is not a difficult trip but there are places where 4WD will be required or where trail committee instructions must be followed.
The price is $275* for adults and $150* for children age 7 to 14. Children under 7 are free. Bring your own tent, chairs, sleeping bags, snacks, refreshments and plenty of drinking water. A travel guide with a map will be provided for each vehicle so that you may keep track of your progress and learn what the emigrants wrote down about their harrowing experiences.
More information available at http://www.highrocktrekkers.com/lassen-applegate-emigrant-trail-ride/
*Prices are subject to change.
Jami Walker (916) 806-6121