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Old 09-04-2011, 08:29 PM   #1
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Talking Anyone for some NorCal stock JK fun??

Hello everyone, I just made my account here and I'm looking for a couple of people to have some weekend adventures. I'm from the Bay Area and my family owns some land near Grass Valley, I've driven the trails I know of and need to find some more and some interesting people to show me around; grass valley, auburn, Sacramento or wherever you know of. Let me know if you're interested in meeting sometime I have a stock JK X model

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Old 09-14-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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I too have a stock JK and live in Sacramento. I'm currently out of town, but please post about any trails in the area. I am a new Jeep owner and curious about trails that are close by.

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Old 12-06-2011, 06:48 PM   #3
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Here is a fun little trail that a stock 4x4 can do. It is a drive along the old rail tunnels starting at a tunnel at Sugarbowl ski resort.


sugarbowl, california - Google Maps
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:19 PM   #4
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I read somewhere there is a gathering in January in Grass Valley at the Nevada County fair grounds.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:28 PM   #5
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Cal 4 Wheel Winter fun fest

You can check out the Winter fun fest Run on the Cal 4 Wheel site. Lots of runs for all different choices. Trails go up through the Tahoe National forest, just need more snow for now. Always a good time.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:53 AM   #6
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Welcome. There are many places to go wheeling and exploring in Norther California. Some good resources are Backcountry Adventures Northern California and Guide to Northern California backroads & 4-wheel drive trails. These two books cover most of the trails in the area and provide good maps, gps waypoints, and trail descriptions.

This web site is also a good resource: California Trails

I just got a tj not long ago and getting back into wheeling. Always looking for new people to go wheeling with. My old rig was a mostly stock 4Runner and I have ran several of the trails in this area.

The area around grass valley and Nevada city are awesome for exploring. Bowman lake, Jackson Meadow resevor and such.

Looking to go do some snow wheeling next month, shoot me a PM if you are interested.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:12 AM   #7
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we are brand new owners of our first jeep. it's a JK and we are planning on doing a few mods to get it trail ready. my gf and i have done quit a bit of exploring through northern cali though and i know of a few great spots that range from easy to hard out here. try googling strawberry pass, fordyce, barney riley trail, corral hollow, genoa peak, the deer valley trail and of course the rubicon. these are all east of sacramento and go into the mountains and range from easy (barney riley) to not for the weak of heart (rubicon, fordyce). you can also head south of the sacramento area for a few OHV's which are pretty fun. frank raines park toward stockton, and hollister hills. hollister is way better than frank raines but it is down toward gilroy. we cant wait to get a set of lockers and rock sliders for our JK, we will then be ready to hit a few of these trails in 2012.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:16 AM   #8
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Welcome. There are many places to go wheeling and exploring in Norther California. Some good resources are Backcountry Adventures Northern California and Guide to Northern California backroads & 4-wheel drive trails. These two books cover most of the trails in the area and provide good maps, gps waypoints, and trail descriptions.

This web site is also a good resource: California Trails

I just got a tj not long ago and getting back into wheeling. Always looking for new people to go wheeling with. My old rig was a mostly stock 4Runner and I have ran several of the trails in this area.

The area around grass valley and Nevada city are awesome for exploring. Bowman lake, Jackson Meadow resevor and such.

Looking to go do some snow wheeling next month, shoot me a PM if you are interested.
i havent been to bowman lake or jackson meadow yet. i know where grass valley is, but do you think you could give some directions coming from the bay area driving up 80? also, how hard are the trails? can a stock JK make it through, or should i be bringning the locked sport trac for these trails? thanks!
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:53 AM   #9
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If you search bowman lake on google maps, the directions will get you there. Jackson meadow is east of bowman. Most all the roads up there show on the map. That whole area is fine for a stock rig unless there is snow. One of the books i suggested has a real good description of all the trails up there. Several days worth of exploring out there.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:10 PM   #10
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The book i was thinking of was Backcountry Adventures Northern California

Starting on I80 east.
4. Take exit 161 to merge onto CA-20 E toward Nevada City/​Grass Valley
4.4 mi
5. Turn right onto Bowman Rd
7.1 mi
6. Slight left onto Bowman Rd/​Forest Route 18
0.3 mi
7. Take the 1st right to stay on Bowman Rd/​Forest Route 18 Continue to follow Bowman Rd
6.6 mi
8. Turn right to stay on Bowman Rd
0.7 mi
9. Turn right onto Meadow Lake Rd
1.1 mi
Bowman Lake
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:08 AM   #11
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My girlfriend and i just moved to jackson and i have been wanting to go trail riding since we moved here from wisconsin. Im looking for some trail buddies and someone to show me around would be awesome. Anytime you all decide to set up a date to ride you should let me know or post it on the forum.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:32 AM   #12
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im going to be taking a trip up north probably the 3rd weekend of january. Anyone interested?
and thanks for all the info guys, should make things interesting
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:10 AM   #13
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thanks for the directions jon, much appreciated. now, i just got to find some time to get up there. probably wont happen during the holidays baing that 800 relatives are flying in for xmas!
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:17 AM   #14
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Meadow Lake rd goes all the way to Jackson Meadow Reservoir and then Hennesy pass rd to Hiwy 89-which goes straight down to TRUCKEE (I80)-

--google the area--

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The book i was thinking of was Backcountry Adventures Northern California

Starting on I80 east.
4. Take exit 161 to merge onto CA-20 E toward Nevada City/​Grass Valley
4.4 mi
5. Turn right onto Bowman Rd
7.1 mi
6. Slight left onto Bowman Rd/​Forest Route 18
0.3 mi
7. Take the 1st right to stay on Bowman Rd/​Forest Route 18 Continue to follow Bowman Rd
6.6 mi
8. Turn right to stay on Bowman Rd
0.7 mi
9. Turn right onto Meadow Lake Rd
1.1 mi
Bowman Lake
Off Meadow Lake Rd., just East of Bowman, which, by the way, has some killer climbs and camping firerings, is Sawmill Lake/ Faucherie Lake and these have some great rocky drivig and camping/fishing-

Some pics

Sawmill





Bowman Lake





Some climbs are pure shale and full lockers insure-

Jackson Meadow and Bowman have some killer Brown trout and Sawmill has good rainbow-

The road from Nevada city, N Bloomfield/ Graniteville/ Meadow Lake roads- long and slow, but beautiful, from lower I80 is not to bad and scenic--

I go from TRUCKEE, because my jeep lives in Nevada-and it's quick/gas/food-

All ofit is truly beautiful



And snow shows up OFTEN



Better plan on several days for any trip, otherwise-you'll miss-and there's snow all over now so use caution-

The CBs work in the summer cause there's some people around, but not now-NOBODYs there--cept me and I ain't now !!

Most of the area (google Truckee, ca and look north around Jackson Meadow Reservoir), is closed now and if you get stopped by a Ca. ranger--listen to him, some trails are officially closed to ONLY SNOWMOBILES and if you get caught trying your jeep--expensive !

As a final note, there are some easy trails that pickup trucks, logging trucks have used and some RUBICON style trails--if you break down---better have company, to help you !

Good luck

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Old 12-21-2011, 12:06 PM   #15
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jimbox, those pictures are awesome! we will probably wait until the spring to get out there to camp, but i might get out there in the next few weeks to check it out a bit. i live about 1.5 hours away, but ill have to take the sport trac and not the jeep since theres snow and the jeep doesnt have lockers yet. thanks again for all the info and the pics. cant wait to get out there!
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If you're coming from Calif. and going to TRUCKEE, you come down the hill (I80), after Donner Pass, there's a Union 76 station right at the first overpass (Donner Pass rd.) and then, back on I80 East, take the hiwy 89 (Sierraville), North turn off, about 5 miles later-


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jimbox, those pictures are awesome! we will probably wait until the spring to get out there to camp, but i might get out there in the next few weeks to check it out a bit. i live about 1.5 hours away, but ill have to take the sport trac and not the jeep since theres snow and the jeep doesnt have lockers yet. thanks again for all the info and the pics. cant wait to get out there!
Then you can take Hennesy Pass rd (17 miles, I think) and turn West--great things await--



The road didn't open untill late July this year, so I imagine it'll be better in 2012-

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My girlfriend and i just moved to jackson and i have been wanting to go trail riding since we moved here from wisconsin. Im looking for some trail buddies and someone to show me around would be awesome. Anytime you all decide to set up a date to ride you should let me know or post it on the forum.
You may want to check these people out.

http://cal4wheel.com/north-district-...e-rockcrawlers

They are a 4 wheel drive club out of Jackson. Clubs are not for everybody. Just giving you options.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:47 PM   #18
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The book i was thinking of was Backcountry Adventures Northern California

Starting on I80 east.
4. Take exit 161 to merge onto CA-20 E toward Nevada City/​Grass Valley
4.4 mi
5. Turn right onto Bowman Rd
7.1 mi
6. Slight left onto Bowman Rd/​Forest Route 18
0.3 mi
7. Take the 1st right to stay on Bowman Rd/​Forest Route 18 Continue to follow Bowman Rd
6.6 mi
8. Turn right to stay on Bowman Rd
0.7 mi
9. Turn right onto Meadow Lake Rd
1.1 mi
Bowman Lake
I attempted to go check this out today since there's been hardly any snowfall/rainfall this year. Apparently there was enough because FR-18 had some snow on the edges up through Fuller Lake. I would have gone farther since the road looked pretty clear but the sign on the side of the road on a pole saying "closed to wheeled vehicles through May" made me decide to turn around. Didn't really want to get in trouble with the ranger. I did stop and take a few pics of Fuller Lake from the dam side since it was all frozen. Had a little fun with it in Photoshop too by doing an infrared conversion with a bit of color...........

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Old 02-26-2012, 08:58 PM   #19
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Brrrr! Nice pic!
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Hello everyone, I just made my account here and I'm looking for a couple of people to have some weekend adventures. I'm from the Bay Area and my family owns some land near Grass Valley, I've driven the trails I know of and need to find some more and some interesting people to show me around; grass valley, auburn, Sacramento or wherever you know of. Let me know if you're interested in meeting sometime I have a stock JK X model
Conjarr, your family has land in the Grass Valley area. Have you been to Malakoff Diggings above Nevada City?? I've got a cabin up in PLumas County in the town of La Porte and we do (when the snow's gone) a lot of wheeling up in that area and if a group wanted to get together with a meet and greet. It could be kept close enough where some could motel/hotel/camp for a week-end. There's a lot to see up there and quite a history (mining, gold rush days) and would be an interesting run.

It might be worthwhile for a meet & greet @ first and kick something around.

Anybody in N. Cal interested??
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Grass valley is about a 2 hour drive for me. If we were to make it into a weekend thing I'd be down. either motel or camping once it warms up a bit

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