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JohnX
May 13th, 2012, 14:36
Not local, have no idea where deer valley is and the only thing that comes up from google is park city UT, pheonix AZ, and Canada....i'm assuming its not one of those. :D

Map?? Campground info??

Thanks.

ocean_jet
May 13th, 2012, 15:21
Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=212769370061827413019.00046170268275712bcb 2&msa=0


Hermit Valley Campground is at south end of Deer Valley Trail (yellow markers on this map).

XJensen
May 13th, 2012, 17:45
Deer Valley - currently closed
http://4x4trailmaps.com/4x4Trails.php?Trail_ID=1

The other trails are on there too, just to lazy to link.

Jeep450r
May 13th, 2012, 20:22
When will we know what trails we are running each day, and the minimum requirements? In the past years we have been fairly organized with breakdowns of each run and information, etc.

Im trying to tell my friends about this, but telling them that I dont know what/when we are running makes it challenging lol

XJensen
May 13th, 2012, 22:14
I am not really involved this year but you can see write up from the trails mentioned they plan to run on my site. We ran them two years ago for SierraFest.

Not sure if I will make it up at all, new job/family stuff.

the_weirdo
May 14th, 2012, 15:28
When will we know what trails we are running each day, and the minimum requirements? In the past years we have been fairly organized with breakdowns of each run and information, etc.


I know everyone is excited, but we still have 3 months until the run and details will be finalized well before then. But the trails are likely the same ones that we usually run: Deer Valley (if open), Slickrock, Corral Hollow, etc.

We're hoping to hear from the judge about the 42 route closure in Eldorado National Forest so that we know which trails are available. I talked to the Ranger's office last week and they were expecting to hear from the judge in early May; their best guess is that we find out in another 2 weeks or so.

Assume minimum requirements are the same as last year:

Safety Items:
a. Visibly charged fire extinguisher (BC or ABC)
b. First aid kit
c. Adequate spare tire, jack and lug wrench
d. Safety belts for driver and any current passenger
e. Adequate attachment points in the front and rear of the vehicle:
- 1 Acceptable forms of attachment points: (All Items must be mounted in a manner to provide adequate strength and integrity)
- 2 Tow hooks of OEM or greater integrity
- 3 D-Rings
- 4 Shackle/Clevis
f. 20ft 10,000lb snatch strap without any metal hooks
g. Secured battery (no bungee cords)

Highly recommended:
3" of lift and 31" tires minimum
Rock sliders
Diff guards
Tcase skid

NorCalChris
May 15th, 2012, 20:00
DO NOT FORGET A FIRST-AID KIT! as well as your common sense

Jeep450r
May 15th, 2012, 21:51
DO NOT FORGET A FIRST-AID KIT! as well as your common sense

X eleventybillion

A few years ago on Deer Valley, I ripped the back of my leg open on some barbed wire on the side of the trail. All I had was a mini first aid kit, which got the job done. But now I have a fairly large kit, and I actually have an extra if anyone would like to buy it.

cencal96xj
July 22nd, 2012, 18:17
not gunna have time or money for t case skid and diff covers butbi am for sure gunna have rock sliders will that be okay for all the trails? i have 3.5" lift and 32s

the_weirdo
July 22nd, 2012, 22:21
You can probably get away without a Tcase skid, though it is recommended (that being said, I don't have one unless I get off my duff and install it). I would call diff guards HIGHLY recommended for playing in the rocks, though not mandatory. One good ding, or one peel of the cover and your fluid is lost.

cencal96xj
July 23rd, 2012, 16:08
You can probably get away without a Tcase skid, though it is recommended (that being said, I don't have one unless I get off my duff and install it). I would call diff guards HIGHLY recommended for playing in the rocks, though not mandatory. One good ding, or one peel of the cover and your fluid is lost.

thanks for the reply. i will see if i can get some diff covers but i doubt it. ill just have to be extra careful and not do anything crazy

Skipper51
July 24th, 2012, 21:21
You can probably get away without a Tcase skid, though it is recommended (that being said, I don't have one unless I get off my duff and install it). I would call diff guards HIGHLY recommended for playing in the rocks, though not mandatory. One good ding, or one peel of the cover and your fluid is lost.

Thanks Weirdo for the info on HIGHLY recommended to have differential guards. I just ordered SOLID covers for the front and back.

cencal96xj
July 24th, 2012, 23:47
couple more questions, what is the closet town to trailhead that would have a hotel?
and is anyone flat towing? thats what i think i will be doing and need a bit of info like do i need to disconnect the front and/or rear drivelines? i know ill have to put the t case and tranny in neutral with the key on...

the_weirdo
July 24th, 2012, 23:58
couple more questions, what is the closet town to trailhead that would have a hotel?
and is anyone flat towing? thats what i think i will be doing and need a bit of info like do i need to disconnect the front and/or rear drivelines? i know ill have to put the t case and tranny in neutral with the key on...

The closest town might be Dorrington or Arnold which are 45-60 minutes south on Hwy 4. There are a few guys that flat tow up. If you disconnect the drivelines, you don't have to worry about the Tcase or the tranny. If you leave them connected, I think you want to be in Park with the Tcase in Neutral (check your manual or google it to be sure).

I recommend camping at the site with us. Times for the trail runs can vary somewhat depending on how fast/slow people are waking up and getting ready. Not to mention, the nightlife at the campsite is not something you want to miss.

Edit: looking on google - it appears there is a lodge at Bear Valley which is probably only 20 minutes from the campsite: http://www.bearvalleylodge.com/. Another option is the Lake Alpine lodge: http://www.lakealpineresort.com/accomodations.html.

I still recommend camping with the group.

cencal96xj
July 25th, 2012, 00:06
oh i plan on camping no doubt. me and my pops were thinking about getting a motel the night before (the 8th).
so best thing to do would be to disconnect both?

the_weirdo
July 25th, 2012, 00:21
Tim (knucklehead_61) and I might come up Weds the 8th also. If we do, you should come camp with us.

On flat towing, here's what I found on the interweb:
1. Shift the transfer case of the Jeep into neutral. This will keep the drive shafts from spinning the transfer case gears or the transmission while towing the Jeep.
2. The Jeep owners manual recommends shifting the transmission into "Park" (automatic transmissions) or fifth gear (standard transmission) for towing purposes. Neutral works just as well in practice, however, and many experienced towers prefer it.
3.Put the key into the ignition and turn it to unlock the steering. If you attempt to tow the Jeep with the steering locked, it will not track properly behind you and the towing will be extremely labored.

cencal96xj
July 25th, 2012, 00:25
awesome thanks man. anyway you wanna pm me your number? i would like to camp up the day before. figured if we talked via text it would be easier haha

NorCalChris
July 30th, 2012, 23:16
not gunna have time or money for t case skid and diff covers butbi am for sure gunna have rock sliders will that be okay for all the trails? i have 3.5" lift and 30.25's Fixed it for ya!

Mike1331
July 31st, 2012, 09:21
I tried searching but must have missed it... is hermit valley still going to be the designated campground since DV is closed? If not which one is it? There seems to be a few spots to camp but alpine camp looks big.

SharkXJ
July 31st, 2012, 09:48
Hermit Valley is still the place. There isn't enough room for all of us at Alpine (if you are referring to Alpine Lake) and there is a noise restriction.

Hermit Valley is plenty big and even with the trail closed we can still get to the other trails and the Lake fairly quick.

See ya up there.......



I tried searching but must have missed it... is hermit valley still going to be the designated campground since DV is closed? If not which one is it? There seems to be a few spots to camp but alpine camp looks big.

Mike1331
July 31st, 2012, 12:43
great thanks fella

cencal96xj
July 31st, 2012, 13:01
Fixed it for ya!

at least mine runs

SharkXJ
July 31st, 2012, 14:06
Yup....

great thanks fella

Johnnie Walker
August 1st, 2012, 19:56
Fixed it for ya!

at least mine runs

HAHA! This!

cencal96xj
August 8th, 2012, 17:45
so whats the easiest way to get there. never been

the_weirdo
August 8th, 2012, 18:16
From San Jose we go:
680 North
580 East
205 East
5 North for just a second
Yosemite Ave (120 East)
In Escalon we turn Left on Escalon Belota Road
Right on Hwy 4 East
Drive a long time
Campsite is about 7-10 miles past Lake Alpine

We're leaving San Jose at 10am Thursday morning if you want to caravan with us.

Hoooper
August 9th, 2012, 11:27
I would think its faster and easier to just stay on 5 north after 205 and follow the signs to HWY 4 east (5 north, exit hwy 4 east, 99 south/4 east, 4 east), but Ive never tried taking the 120 to Escalon route

NorCalChris
August 9th, 2012, 12:11
Im coming from the south. I can just take 4 off the 99 correct?

Hoooper
August 9th, 2012, 12:32
yep, youre heading up 5 and 99?

NorCalChris
August 9th, 2012, 12:38
I'm gonna cut over to 99 and head up.