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Old 03-09-2009, 09:21 AM   #1
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Bronco Peak - San Diego, CA

A group of us went out this weekend to run a trail down south of San Diego called Bronco Peak. Wow - what a nasty trail. Got to the first obstacle and realized that the recommendation of 33s and front and rear lockers was not a joke – so I parked at the campgrounds there at the trail head and rode along with whoever would let me.

We had a 4-door JK on 35s, an LJ Rubicon on 35s and 2 CJ-7s on 37s (both running long armed link suspension with coil-overs). The CJ-s did nice, the LJ hit on his armor a few times (but no damage) and the JK received a little body damage.

Hit the trail at around 4:30 and figured we would be getting off after dark – but not too much after. That was before the LJ started dripping tranny fluid after the first few sections. Common sense would have turned us around. But really – where is the fun in that? Went up farther along the trail and it just gets nastier and nastier as you go up the hill towards the peak. And the LJ starts leaking more and more. We finally get just shy of the peak on a really hard section. The LJ is almost to the point of no more moving under his own power. So one last run up the really hard spot in one shot. Amazing. It took one the CJ-7s 30 minutes to get up that one section next. Once we cleared that – we had to tow the LJ the rest of the way. Finally got off the trail and back to four-corners at around 9:00. And back to our friend’s house in Jamul around 11:30 for several well earned beers.

Any one down in So Cal that has not run this trail – I would highly recommend it. Very fun trail. But – 33s would be pushing it – doable though. Anything smaller, ride shotgun with someone else I would say. Especially at night!

I left my camera in my Jeep - so no pics from me. But I will see if I can round a few up from some of the other guys and post them here.

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hope you cleaned up the lost fluid?

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Yes - as well as we could.
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Here is the best I got as far as pics go. It got dark quick after that - so not good pics.









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I'm running that trail before much longer, I keep hearing about it but just haven't had the chance on the right weekend to run it. How you described it as being pretty nasty is what I keep hearing but my buds all say it's really more for 35" and bigger tires with f/r lockers and plenty of armor is the key to making it. Members of my club (Geared4Fun in north SD county) had a particularly bad night there last year, several ended up having to spend the night up there while awaiting parts to get them back down.
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I'm running that trail before much longer, I keep hearing about it but just haven't had the chance on the right weekend to run it. How you described it as being pretty nasty is what I keep hearing but my buds all say it's really more for 35" and bigger tires with f/r lockers and plenty of armor is the key to making it. Members of my club (Geared4Fun in north SD county) had a particularly bad night there last year, several ended up having to spend the night up there while awaiting parts to get them back down.
Jerry, I've run that trail a few times. I'm only a 20-25 minute run from there, so if you feel like it, please invite me along.

Oh, and 33's (with lockers) make that trail. I've got a buddy whose done it on more than a couple of occasions
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Does look like a fun little trail.
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35s and lockers should make it pretty easily. 33s, lockers and a good driver should get through too. The two CJ-7s on 37s with us walked through most of it. The LJ on 35s didn't have too much of a problem - except for the whole loss of his transmission. The JK on 35s had a tougher time - but he is a pretty good driver and made it through all but one spot that he needed a winch for.

I am on 31s and only one locker. Even with lots of armor - mine stayed at the trail head. Probably a very good choice.
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Jerry, I've run that trail a few times. I'm only a 20-25 minute run from there, so if you feel like it, please invite me along.

Oh, and 33's (with lockers) make that trail. I've got a buddy whose done it on more than a couple of occasions
Will do Larry, probably in another month. I need to restore my account with my wife for the next month or so, I'm overdrawn on my weekend pass allotment. I've been gone wheeling three two-night weekends out of the past six.

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