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Old 09-16-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Moving to Modesto from Texas

.....after 9 months of searching for the right job in the right location. Tentative start date is December 1st.
Any fellow members in that area? How far to any decent wheeling?

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I'm in Mountain House~20-25mins away. Not much wheeling unless you go south an hour or two or up north 2-3 hours. At least I haven't been notified of any. Hopefully there's something better than Carnegie, it's a small wheeling spot, mostly atv/dirt bikes, in Tracy~20 mins west of you

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Rubicon is a ez two hours away
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Rubicon is a ez two hours away
That's good to hear. There's not a lot of serious wheeling where I'm at right now...actually there's none. One OHV park is 90 minutes away, others are even further.
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That's good to hear. There's not a lot of serious wheeling where I'm at right now...actually there's none. One OHV park is 90 minutes away, others are even further.
Rubicon is serious wheeling !
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That's good to hear. There's not a lot of serious wheeling where I'm at right now...actually there's none. One OHV park is 90 minutes away, others are even further.
When you get all moved and settled in....get in touch with the guys from the Hill Toppers ,Fresno 4 Wheeler's and Clovis 4 Wheeler's....I'm sure they be happy to show you around....
If you need links or numbers let me know.....great guys.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:25 PM   #7
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When you get all moved and settled in....get in touch with the guys from the Hill Toppers ,Fresno 4 Wheeler's and Clovis 4 Wheeler's....I'm sure they be happy to show you around....
If you need links or numbers let me know.....great guys.
Thanks, my next question was going to be about any wheeling groups in the area. Of course I just joined Lone Star Jeep Club last month and then find out about this job...and with all the moving preparations I don't think I'll have time to go off roading again before we move.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:46 PM   #8
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Thanks, my next question was going to be about any wheeling groups in the area. Of course I just joined Lone Star Jeep Club last month and then find out about this job...and with all the moving preparations I don't think I'll have time to go off roading again before we move.
The President of Cloves 4 Wheeler's is also the president of Cal4Wheel.
There will be a lot for you to do once you get settled....
You have the Dusy ,Swamp lake and Bald mountain close by ....along with a ton of other trails
Google them....
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^Will do, thanks!
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:34 PM   #10
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Welcome to California! The Sierras are a short drive from Modesto. There are lots of trails there. Personally I love the east side of the Sierras. Tons of places off of highway 395. Check out books from Charles Wells or Roger Mitchell for ideas where to go. You can get the Wells books on Amazon, but I can only find the Mitchell books in book stores at national parks. Too bad since I like Mitchell's books a lot better. As the snows close in you will need to go to lower elevations. Hollister Hills is open year round and has some fun places to play. Look them up on the internet. If you are looking for rocks you have come to the right place. Not a lot of mud here. I am in the Bay Area so you are an hour closer to the Sierras than I am. Make sure you check out your local minor league baseball team. They are the Modesto Nuts. I kid you not!
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:13 PM   #11
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Thanks for the reply. I'm already planning camping trips to Yosemite and the Sierras with my son for next year.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:23 PM   #12
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I'm in the Woodlands and I take a trip every year to the Sierra's. No worries dude. You will love it there!! Everytime I go hiking I think about how cool it would be to go wheeling there!
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I'm in the Woodlands and I take a trip every year to the Sierra's. No worries dude. You will love it there!! Everytime I go hiking I think about how cool it would be to go wheeling there!
That's cool that you get to go to the other Sierras in the world, I have only been to the one in California.
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:48 PM   #14
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.....after 9 months of searching for the right job in the right location. Tentative start date is December 1st.
Any fellow members in that area? How far to any decent wheeling?
Welcome to Cali! Congrats on the Job. You will be sitting about 2-3hrs from the Rubicon, slick rock is a couple hours, outside of Fresno you have Dusy Ershim which will give the Rubicon a run for it's money. You have Hollister for an enclosed park, like someone else mentioned, Carnegie SVRA is mainly for atvs/dirtbikes with a lame 4x4 section, 1hr or so from some other great trails. Seriously though, if you don't mind an 1hr to 3hr drive you are setting in a sweet spot with some awesome guys to meet up with and get off road with and some of the best scenary ever. I am in Concord, so about 1hr 15min from Modesto and I make it out quite a bit with a group of 25-30 jeeps. Of course, we also like to keep some trails to small groups like 3-5 jeeps. Hit me up when you are settled in and can touch base then about the trails and such.

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Old 09-20-2013, 07:06 PM   #15
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I live 13 miles east of modesto haven't did much wheeling since I got my jeep 2 years ago been working on it since I got it I live in Waterford what wheeling I have done has been around long barn
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:18 PM   #16
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well there r some trails in about 45 minutes east of modesto, what do u like rocks, mud, i live nearby modesto so welcome here
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:14 PM   #17
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I've done the mud thing here in TX. It's fun but a PITA to clean up afterwards. More mountainous terrain and some mild rock climbing is what I'm going to want to do when I get out there. Right now my Rubi is pretty much stock but that'll change within a year of getting out there I suspect.
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My JK is a virgin and I would love to head out with someone who knows what they are doing. (in Modesto)
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I'm just an hour or so south of you guys in Merced(originally from LA), still haven't found too many places to go so I'd be cool to get a run together for those new to the Central Valley or wheeling
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:16 PM   #20
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Well, I'm leaving TX on Black Friday, hope to be in Modesto on Sunday the first. Once I get settled in I'll definitely be looking to do some wheeling.
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My cousin and I are looking at going to Holister on Dec 14th?? I've never been. Nor do I even know where the trail(s) are.
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My cousin and I are looking at going to Holister on Dec 14th?? I've never been. Nor do I even know where the trail(s) are.
I've been there plenty of times just let me know when you guys go and I'll go too
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:51 PM   #23
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Hey everyone...new to NorCal after being gone for 19 years (originally from Sac). Living in Vacaville now and looking to meet so good folks for some wheeling....

Hope your trip to Modesto went well!
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Hey! I work in Modesto and live about 50 miles north/west.

There are a few OHV areas west (Hollister Hills, Frank Raines, and Carnagie) and another to the north (Prairie City) ; however, the best wheeling is up in the hills to the east.

Lots of great places. Dusy , Rubicon, and Fordyce on the harder side with stuff like SlickRock and Deer Valley that are less aggressive. Great Camping up in those forests too. One of my favorites is up past Jackson off 88 (PiPi).

What type of work brought you to Modesto?
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:29 PM   #25
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Hey! I work in Modesto and live about 50 miles north/west. There are a few OHV areas west (Hollister Hills, Frank Raines, and Carnagie) and another to the north (Prairie City) ; however, the best wheeling is up in the hills to the east. Lots of great places. Dusy , Rubicon, and Fordyce on the harder side with stuff like SlickRock and Deer Valley that are less aggressive. Great Camping up in those forests too. One of my favorites is up past Jackson off 88 (PiPi). What type of work brought you to Modesto?
I'm a physician assistant and took a job in an ER. Right pay right specialty and so far I like the area. As soon as the family moves out here (we're trying to sell the house in TX first) I'll upgrade wheels/tires and get a lift, then I'll be hitting some trails on my days off
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i assumed u should be living in modesto by now. have u wheeled out yet?
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i assumed u should be living in modesto by now. have u wheeled out yet?
Yeah I've been here a month now. Working quite a bit so I haven't made it out anywhere yet. I'm actually off work Mon and Tuesday and have been considering driving out to Yosemite just to see it. I've got Sun. The 12th an the 19th off if you or anyone else is free to go wheeling.
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Talking Formerly From Modesto

I lived there for 8 years between Jeeps before I moved to Las Vegas.

These guys are all right on.

There is a "back" way into Yosemite Park (not the valley floor itself) we did in a pickup. It's on the west side and gets you in the Park between entrance stations, but I had an annual Park pass anyway. Sorry I can't remember the name of the road, but you start by bearing straight and downhill east of Greeley Hill where the main road jogs uphill to the left.

Get on the east side of the Sierras and you're in Jeep heaven.

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