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Old 09-19-2012, 04:26 PM   #1
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Went to Cleghorn yesterday - Lots of Pictures!

Had the day off today and decided I'd give Cleghorn a try. I bought a new lens for my camera and was dying to go shooting. What a better day off than combining Jeeping and photograpy? I took my friend and his wife and their daughter for a fun day out in the sun.

Anyway, the trail was easy. Mainly a dirt road with a few rock climbing splits that you can easily decide whether or not you want to try the trail. A few were obvious that a stock Rubicon wasn't going to make it up that wall (or maybe I'm just not seasoned enough). It took about an hour to get up to the Cleghorn exit off the 15 from El Monte. We went to McDonalds for a quick lunch and hit the trail. We took probably about 3 and a half hours going all the way to Silverwood Lake with plenty of stops to keep their 2 year old entertained.

We took a ton of pictures and I just can't quite get the same Jeep response on facebook as I would here





Amazing views, and we're not even close to the top yet





Love what this thing is capable of



Sorry it's a little dark, but it's still a beautiful view

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Old 09-19-2012, 04:27 PM   #2
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More pics



A little bit of light climbing. The Jeep handled it with ease



I couldn't figure out how to get the sway bar disconnected and we couldn't get past this point. Ended up teetering on 2 wheels at one point

Got hung up on the rocks at the top of the picture







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Old 09-19-2012, 04:27 PM   #3
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When they say Do Not, they mean Do Not. I went down a little bit to check out the trail and it gets EXTREMELY narrow. Probably the only side trail that a Jeep of ANY kind can't get through.

My friend and his daughter are loving it



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Old 09-19-2012, 06:49 PM   #4
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Looks like a great time and some good wheeling. Thanks for posting up the pics!
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Nice photos. Gecko seems to be a tough color to shoot, you did a great job. I have a hard time getting my Crush to not look yellow, the lighting has to be just right.

What's the lens you got?
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Looks like a great time. Give it a bit of time to get to know the Rubi and you will be suprised that it can do every offshoot of Cleghorn in stock form. Not sure where the Do Not sign was at, but I may have to look for it, haha.

Oh, and welcome to the Forum. A lot of geat guys and gals on here.

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Welcome and thanks for sharing some great pics with us. The gecko rubi looks awesome.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:56 AM   #8
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Nice photos. Gecko seems to be a tough color to shoot, you did a great job. I have a hard time getting my Crush to not look yellow, the lighting has to be just right.

What's the lens you got?
I made a rookie mistake and didn't put it on RAW. The JPEGs were terrible because I have my camera set to oversaturate. I'll go up in a few weeks with a friend who's also a photographer and I'll get some better pics then. The lens was a Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6. I work at Best Buy and it got returned. I threw it on a 5D mkii and fell in love. It's not as nice on my 30D, but it works for me. It's definitely the best quality lens I have now.

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Looks like a great time. Give it a bit of time to get to know the Rubi and you will be suprised that it can do every offshoot of Cleghorn in stock form. Not sure where the Do Not sign was at, but I may have to look for it, haha.

Oh, and welcome to the Forum. A lot of geat guys and gals on here.

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I figured so. The only part I got hung up on, I could have cleared had I disconnected the sway bar, but I couldn't figure it out and once I got back down, I didn't have the heart to try it again. The Do Not sign lead into a canyon that got too narrow. I could have made it down the hill without an issue had I been able to squeeze through the wall.
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One of the coolest things about this trail was that we all had service the entire time. The built-in navi didn't have the trails mapped (which concerns me in a Jeep), but my iPhone had no problem finding us and the satellite view showed us the trails clearly.

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