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Old 12-31-2012, 08:53 AM   #31
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Calico is so far my favorite trail. I love doing the canyons. I feel all Indiana Jones in there.

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That's some of the hearder stuff there. I've lead many runs through Calico. If you want to do those trails, I highly recommend a lift, sliders, 33's and under armor. At least 1 locker is helpful, but many can do the trails without them. Worst case scenerio, you stack a lot of rocks or get a strap/winch in certain spots.

There's a lot out there where you can go bone stock..and just go tool around. It is pretty out there. I guarantee you though, once you go to the rocks, be prepared to start dishing out the "Jeep Mod" cash.
I agree with these requirements. I did it the first time with a lift, 33's and some armor. I struggled in many sections, but made it.

You mentioned liking Calico more than BB. Calico is a lot of fun, but seems like a lot more variety in Big Bear. In Calico, you have the Doran/Odessa loop, but is there any other hard stuff there? Plus there doesn't seem to be much moderate stuff. At least none that I know of.

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Calico is a great place to wheel, very high on my list as well! This was probably best trip out because we got to see more than just the Doran loop and Odessa, Scott showed us Wall St which is awesome and we got to do some trail exploring! Great trip!
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I agree with these requirements. I did it the first time with a lift, 33's and some armor. I struggled in many sections, but made it.

You mentioned liking Calico more than BB. Calico is a lot of fun, but seems like a lot more variety in Big Bear. In Calico, you have the Doran/Odessa loop, but is there any other hard stuff there? Plus there doesn't seem to be much moderate stuff. At least none that I know of.
There's a ton of easy and moderate stuff out there. I get lost Doran and Odessa are the toughest out there, but you can tool around the canyons for hours. Phillips Loop is less difficult ands pretty cool and Wall Street is somewhere we always go.

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Calico is a great place to wheel, very high on my list as well! This was probably best trip out because we got to see more than just the Doran loop and Odessa, Scott showed us Wall St which is awesome and we got to do some trail exploring! Great trip!
Wall Street is awesome isn't it? If you take that left early, you'll hit a pretty good wash that takes some technical skill; up and down it. Last Calico run I put on, one of the guys broke his axle on it and I ended up winching him up it backwards, so it's not anything to sneeze at, but then that's calico If you pass that first left and go around, that's when you see the Stone cabin.
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There's a ton of easy and moderate stuff out there. I get lost Doran and Odessa are the toughest out there, but you can tool around the canyons for hours. Phillips Loop is less difficult ands pretty cool and Wall Street is somewhere we always go.

Wall Street is awesome isn't it? If you take that left early, you'll hit a pretty good wash that takes some technical skill; up and down it. Last Calico run I put on, one of the guys broke his axle on it and I ended up winching him up it backwards, so it's not anything to sneeze at, but then that's calico If you pass that first left and go around, that's when you see the Stone cabin.
Yeah we went down and back through that section you mentioned and I can see how he broke an axle Scott also showed us an extra credit area that you showed him...I believe it's your avatar
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Yeah we went down and back through that section you mentioned and I can see how he broke an axle Scott also showed us an extra credit area that you showed him...I believe it's your avatar
OOhh..you went with Kaisertod Scott?!! Miss you buddy!

And ya, that's a nice little bonus point section there. Real challenge for me with my rig being a 4 banger with 4.56 gears..and a manual. The Rubicons and other rigs with 4.1 gear ratio or better sort of make it look real easy.....altho, right after I did it, a friend (who I won't mention has a Rubi and I ended up having to strap him up it
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Great video Rick.
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I had a fantastic time wheeling with you that day.

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There's a ton of easy and moderate stuff out there. I get lost Doran and Odessa are the toughest out there, but you can tool around the canyons for hours. Phillips Loop is less difficult ands pretty cool and Wall Street is somewhere we always go.



Wall Street is awesome isn't it? If you take that left early, you'll hit a pretty good wash that takes some technical skill; up and down it. Last Calico run I put on, one of the guys broke his axle on it and I ended up winching him up it backwards, so it's not anything to sneeze at, but then that's calico If you pass that first left and go around, that's when you see the Stone cabin.
I've been all over Calico but I don't think I've done Wall Street yet. If we end up out there together sometime, you can lead the way!
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I've been all over Calico but I don't think I've done Wall Street yet. If we end up out there together sometime, you can lead the way!
Looking forward to that Jerry! Disclaimer***I don't have GPS so I usually get lost at least once BUT, it's Always a great time, we always find what I'm looking for and we always make it back to camp Gimpy or broke.

Wall Street is extraordinary. There's a couple mines at the top you can explore..and as you look down into Wall Street from the mines, it's breath taking. A lot of history there and you can almost see how much work it took for the miners to get it done. Calico is just awesome and is why I spend a lot of time there. A lot of wheeling can be covered in one weekend and you still haven't been everywhere. And, I continue to get lost So, I figure as long as I still get lost, I need to go more so I can learn it all hehehe
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I agree with these requirements. I did it the first time with a lift, 33's and some armor. I struggled in many sections, but made it.

You mentioned liking Calico more than BB. Calico is a lot of fun, but seems like a lot more variety in Big Bear. In Calico, you have the Doran/Odessa loop, but is there any other hard stuff there? Plus there doesn't seem to be much moderate stuff. At least none that I know of.
I love Big Bear, it's beautiful and always a good run, but you pretty much *have* to stay exactly on the trail, and exploring is pretty limited. Calico (for me) is a much more freeing experience; go where you want, as fast as you want, and challenge yourself as much as you feel like being challenged. We came off the trail at 4:30 yesterday, not because we were out of stuff to do, but moreover it was getting cold and the beer was calling... Truthfully could have run trails for many more hours and probably found a ton of more ways to entertain our crazy minds... It was a ball!
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OOhh..you went with Kaisertod Scott?!! Miss you buddy!

And ya, that's a nice little bonus point section there. Real challenge for me with my rig being a 4 banger with 4.56 gears..and a manual. The Rubicons and other rigs with 4.1 gear ratio or better sort of make it look real easy.....altho, right after I did it, a friend (who I won't mention has a Rubi and I ended up having to strap him up it
Yeah, I flew back two days early so I could get one more calico trip in this year ;D

It was a great day, showed the gang all the stuff we ran last time. When we drove into Wall Street, I pulled off to the side and walked the road that drops right off into the canyon as if it was our next obstacle... Shoulda seen the faces! It was fun. I just couldn't believe I could find all those spots again... I kept saying 'last time it was dark, and we were going the other direction with a disabled Jeep, but this looks like the same path!' And it WAS!!!

It was a good day, glad I cut my trip to Oklahoma,ashort... This was a much better way to spend some vacation time
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Yeah, I flew back two days early so I could get one more calico trip in this year ;D

It was a great day, showed the gang all the stuff we ran last time. When we drove into Wall Street, I pulled off to the side and walked the road that drops right off into the canyon as if it was our next obstacle... Shoulda seen the faces! It was fun. I just couldn't believe I could find all those spots again... I kept saying 'last time it was dark, and we were going the other direction with a disabled Jeep, but this looks like the same path!' And it WAS!!!

It was a good day, glad I cut my trip to Oklahoma,ashort... This was a much better way to spend some vacation time

BADASS Scottie!! And FWIW, wheeling is ALWAYS better than any other trip you're on IMHO.

I am Dying! I miss Calico So bad!
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I love Big Bear, it's beautiful and always a good run, but you pretty much *have* to stay exactly on the trail, and exploring is pretty limited. Calico (for me) is a much more freeing experience; go where you want, as fast as you want, and challenge yourself as much as you feel like being challenged. We came off the trail at 4:30 yesterday, not because we were out of stuff to do, but moreover it was getting cold and the beer was calling... Truthfully could have run trails for many more hours and probably found a ton of more ways to entertain our crazy minds... It was a ball!
I guess I need to go there more and see the other areas. I hear what you're saying about being easier to explore. Big Bear is more spread out.
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Great video Rick.
Thanks for posting.
I had a fantastic time wheeling with you that day.

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That was a fun run! I was surprised that you didn't have more trouble on some of the obstacles without a locker.
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That was a fun run! I was surprised that you didn't have more trouble on some of the obstacles without a locker.
I'm open Diffs, and I've only needed a tug or two at Calico. And then only because I forgot to Disco. Lol. I Love Calico!!!
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That was a fun run! I was surprised that you didn't have more trouble on some of the obstacles without a locker.
It is more fun that way. You challenge yourself more. To be fair I do have limited slip in the rear and open in the front .
I've done many trails, including John Bull with this set-up, but definitely no gatekeeper for me at Calico.

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Great video Rick! I have about 400 photos from the weekend and will post a few shortly. Great to meet you!
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It was great meeting you Jim.
I'm looking forward to those pics.
I hope to see you soon on the trails.

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Great video Rick! I have about 400 photos from the weekend and will post a few shortly. Great to meet you!
Great meeting you too Jim! Love that Orange JK. Also looking forward to any photos you have. Calico is a great place to take pics with all the cool rocks.

Hope to see you on future runs. There's another Calico run on Jan 12th if you're up for going again.
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Three days of fun in Calico. We had fun camping with you Bill. Glad Jim and Debra could join us! Thanks for making a day trip Rick, Joe, and Scott. What a way to end a year. We took a few pics. check them out:

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Whoo hoo!! Nice!!
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Three days of fun in Calico. We had fun camping with you Bill. Glad Jim and Debra could join us! Thanks for making a day trip Rick, Joe, and Scott. What a way to end a year. We took a few pics. check them out:

Nice pics and video Dan. Wish I could have made this one, I really wanted to watch your jeep. At least you guys know all he good trails out in calico now, lets do another trip there.
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Dan's new suspension works great.

Joe wins for most hang time this weekend.
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More Calico photos.

Thanks to JPi for installing several items that helped protect my rig. I marked a few more spots for proper location of some new added protection.
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As always, the good days are always too short. Mybe if I add some good lights we can stay out all night!
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As always, the good days are always too short. Mybe if I add some good lights we can stay out all night!
Nice pics Jim. A night run would be good, I want to try out my LED headlights and Rigid floods.
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Great vids & pictures Rick, Dan and Jim! and great music Great time, people and place! Soooo the next trip??
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Nice pics and video Dan. Wish I could have made this one, I really wanted to watch your jeep. At least you guys know all he good trails out in calico now, lets do another trip there.
Thanks Stan. Wish you could have made it too. We got lots of wheeling in. No rain but it was cold. I found some good places to test my articulation. Really incredible how much flex I had. The rear corner will need some trimming. The shocks are breaking in nicely. It's so much fun to carry speed through the desert. I know we will be back to Calico soon, but Bill and I are jonesing to go back to Parker.
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Nice pics Jim. A night run would be good, I want to try out my LED headlights and Rigid floods.
Hah you night wheeler guys are nutso in my book. I have enough trouble during the day, I can't imagine making it even harder by going at it at night. Besides, night-time = cocktail time in my book.
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Calico is so far my favorite trail. I love doing the canyons. I feel all Indiana Jones in there.
If you love Calico you must plan a trip to Parker. Parker is Calico times 5!!!

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