The High Desert 4 Wheelers wanted to do a pre-Christmas weekend run but we were having a hard time deciding where to go. We finally settled on the Jack Rabbit trail out in Stoddard Valley. It is a Hi Desert Round-Up run that most of us have never been on since we are usually leading different runs or helping out with the articulation ramp during the event.
If you look up the Jack Rabbit trail online, you will find some videos and articles but that is not this trail. Online shows an easy beginner’s trail, but this Jack Rabbit is a rough and rugged, 35's, lockers, off-camber, loose, steep, hilly type trail. It follows a lot of the Achy Breaky trail with some fun off-shoots to tackle. We had a good group of rigs: all types of Jeeps, a couple buggies, and my SXS. We blasted through the trail quickly and some of us decided to go run Pumpkin Eater since we were in the area. Five of us made it all the way to the top and enjoyed the great view next to the Genright marker.
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