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Old 09-02-2014, 05:50 PM   #1
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Snake Lake Trail and Fender/diff damage

I took the Jeep and Teardrop out to Snake Lake Trail in the Sierras of Northern California last weekend.

We went here: Gentry Off Road - California - Tahoe National Forest - Snake Lake OHV - By Ryan (cachief) (8/10 difficulty)

Maps: 4x4TrailMaps - Snake Lake Trail

Getting to the campground was this gnarly (but very level) road. There was basically no parking near the entrance, which caused significant problems to a group that brought a couple of off-road only Jeeps towed on a flatbed behind a pickup. There wasn't any place for the pickup/flatbed trailer to park, and that vehicle couldn't make it to the campground. I'm not sure how they solved it (I didn't ask) but they did figure it out and make it in.

As for us, we aired down, 4wd-lo, disconnected the sway bar, and towed the teardrop to the campsite, unhooked and set up without much fuss.

Much of the trail was relatively easy, with awesome landscapes all around:

I had trouble in two places. The first was right near one of the lakes, the trail got really skinny with a rock wall on one side, and a bunch of scraggly thorn bushes on the other. Since I didn't want to cut the brush, we wound up going over a big rock on one side, then another on the other, essentially a spine breaker obstacle. After a couple of tries, we were able to get through while keeping all 4 wheels on the ground.

Coming down off that rock was done very slowly.

We then got to the hill, which has a 30 degree (according to the app on my phone) incline on a bunch of loose-ish rocks. We went down that *Very* slowly. Luckily there wasn't anyone around to see how slowly we went down this.

We managed to get high centered on a rock on the way, and in the process of getting ourselves out I banged my passenger side rear fender on a rock and now it has a big gash on the side of it. I also banged up my diffs on a bunch of rocks on the way down. They have a bunch of scratches on the bottom of them now.

I knew I should have used my winch to pull myself out for extra control, but I didn't. Lesson learned I guess.

Overall, it was a very fun trip and I recommend it for anyone who is in the area and wants to check it out.

I don't have a photo of the gash on the fender yet as the camera died and was still charging when I left for work this morning.

Anyone have any suggestions for what to do about the damage? I'm pretty sure it is all cosmetic since the Jeep drove fine on the way home, but I've got an appointment later to get it checked out by a pro.

I could just leave it, but the Jeep was very cherry before this so it's the first damage it's gotten.
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Looks like big fun. That's the kind of country my wife and I love to go to and why we got a small off road rated camper.

Looks like a great trip and the scratches are good memories..
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