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Jaws
11-05-2009, 05:05 PM
Ok Guys, we are contemplating moving to SF. If the everything is right we might take the plunge, not too soon but maybe in 3 to 6 months or so. So how's the wheeling in the bay area? Is there anything, any good? Really looking for all sorts of info on SF and the Bay Area

Thanks!

Eugene
11-05-2009, 10:57 PM
There really no wheeling in the Bay Area. There are a couple of State OHV areas nearby, but they are nothing spectacular. However from the bay area you are only 5 hours from the Rubicon and Fordyce Creek trials. In 8 hours you can wheel anything from Sierra rockcrawling to desert exploring. As far other info the Bay Area consists of every possible climate and neighborhood.

Jaws
11-06-2009, 06:16 AM
Thanks but wow....that's brutal, 5 hours. uggh

chasinternet
11-06-2009, 10:17 AM
I live 25 miles south of San Franfreako. Born in NYC, grew up on Long island and Poughkeepsie.

Northern California is very different. Freeways work better here than what I was use to. In California we drive distances that I wouldn't think of doing back east.

There is nothing back east like the Sierras and California desert trails - you'll get use to the driving.

Not sure what you are use to wheeling in South Jersey. I didn't spend much time there and it was years ago but I seem to remember it being mostly flat. You probably head for the Appalachians? What is wheeling? Rocks and carnage - offroad trails - mud and ruts?

I would suggest getting books like:
http://www.amazon.com/Backcountry-Adventures-Northern-California-Ultimate/dp/1930193254/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257523060&sr=8-3
http://www.amazon.com/Northern-California-Backroads-4-Wheel-Trails/dp/0966497651/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

If you are going to live in the city of San Francisco and want carnage - its 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours depending on traffic to being on the Rubicon Trail or lots of other things in the neighborhood - Fordyce is more difficult.

Rubicon
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/Rubicon_Trail/320X240/Rubicon_10.jpg (http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/Rubicon_Trail/1024X768/Rubicon_10.jpg)http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/Rubicon_Trail/320X240/Rubicon_15.jpg (http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/Rubicon_Trail/1024X768/Rubicon_15.jpg)

Just some Sierra dirt trail stuff, nothing hard. You could head to Clearlake area - 2 1/2 hours but not wheeling.
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/sierras/0826-2708/320X240/sierra111.jpg (http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/sierras/0826-2708/1024X768/sierra111.jpg)http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/sierras/0826-2708/320X240/sierra092.jpg (http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/sierras/0826-2708/1024X768/sierra092.jpg)

Inyo County is where I love to go - 7 hour drive. Pics are Eastern Sierras, Ownes Valley (those are 12 to 14K peaks - Mounty Whitney is in first pic). I've been in snow and a couple hours later sweating in Death Valley. Just 76 miles between the highest and lowest points in contiguous USA. Welcome to California - Life is a highway, I wanna ride it, All night long.
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/Nov_Trip/320X240/Cerro_Gordo_Pan.jpg (http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/Nov_Trip/1024X768/Cerro_Gordo_Pan.jpg)
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/Inyo_3-2009/320X240/Tinemaha_Reservoir.jpg (http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/Inyo_3-2009/1024X768/Tinemaha_Reservoir.jpg)

Jaws
11-06-2009, 10:33 AM
Yeah, my wheeling is nothing like that. That looks freaking unbelievable!!

jkruss
11-08-2009, 06:19 AM
Yeah, my wheeling is nothing like that. That looks freaking unbelievable!!

I think driving through puddles all day has to be way more fun.Oh I'm being sarcastic.

Jaws
11-08-2009, 02:36 PM
I think driving through puddles all day has to be way more fun.Oh I'm being sarcastic.

How would you know? :thefinger:

jkruss
11-08-2009, 07:10 PM
Now that was just cold....:thefinger:

mmccurdy
11-08-2009, 11:09 PM
Hey... I grew up in NJ and moved out here after college. In terms of wheeling opportunities, there is no comparison between here (Bay Area, Nor Cal, or the West / Southwest in general) and the rest of the country.

Something that the other folks haven't mentioned, there is a state-run "Off Highway Vehicle" park called Hollister Hills less than 2 hrs. from San Francisco (and less from the south bay). Although this park alone will put many east coast destinations to shame (Four Wheeler runs their Top Truck Challenge there every year, etc.) it wasn't even mentioned by the other posts in this thread, since frankly we Nor Cal folks see it as a last resort or off-season destination where we go to shake down new gear.

Yeah, you may have to drive just a bit, but like others have said, you will not be sorry.

Here are some pics to whet your appetite:

One from a pick-up Nor Cal JK run at Hollister:
http://gallery.me.com/mmccurdy/100545/IMG_0037/web.jpg?ver=12501375980001

Place called Dumont Dunes in So Cal (think weekend trip):
http://gallery.me.com/mmccurdy/100545/DSC_0176/web.jpg?ver=12501380760001

Top of the Rubicon (4 hr. drive to the trailhead):
http://gallery.me.com/mmccurdy/100545/DSC_0145/web.jpg?ver=12501383060001

Another one of HH, area called the "jungle":
http://gallery.me.com/mmccurdy/100545/DSC03816/web.jpg?ver=12501381570001



See you soon ;) :beer: :beer: :beer:

chasinternet
11-09-2009, 12:29 AM
The SVRAs were mentioned in passing above - I immediately thought of Hollister and Carnegie, many people like them, but since I haven't actually been too either one I left it to others.

Carnegie is the closest to SF - 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hour depending on traffic. Carnegie is under the eviro-nazi litigation gun - so have to monitor what happens with all that.
http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1172
http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1179

I'm not a wheeler - if I was I would find a club and go in groups. My wheeling is from my old mines hobby - sometimes have to rock crawl up ancient mine roads. I enjoy groups but I'm much more of a loner and have to behave myself without another Jeep around.

http://www.cal4wheel.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64&Itemid=149
Cal4Wheel Panamint Valley Days is this coming weekend - I can't go but that is covering some of my favorite desert run territory. Done lots of Southern CA wandering - Dumont Dunes is great area - busy Thanksgiving week.

I like the pictures. Observation Point /Cadillac Hill is the traditional photo op. I need to edit this panorama and put arrows where the trail features are - Little Sluice, Big Sluice, Rubicon Springs below, etc. (all my posts, click on for large size)
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/Rubicon_Trail/320X240/Observation_Point_pano.jpg (http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff345/chasinternet/Rubicon_Trail/1024X768/Observation_Point_pano.jpg)

Eugene
11-09-2009, 07:47 PM
Thanks but wow....that's brutal, 5 hours. uggh

In 5 hours you are anywhere from 300-400 miles from home (depends on when you leave and traffic). Mostly on longer runs you spend a few days at your destination and make a 'weekend of it' so it's not that bad. A few weeks ago a few friends and myself ran part of the Lassen-Applegate Trail, part of the original immigrant trail. We ran over 120 miles and never saw pavement. Saw a lot of beauty but not much else. So basically the drive can be considered an investment. In some parts of the country people drive hours to wheel on basically a dirt lot.

09rubicon
11-20-2009, 08:45 AM
Well if anyone is up for Carnegie I live a grand total of 6 miles down the road. It really isn't all that great as anything but a motorcycle is limited to a small area. It is nice in the fact it is only $5 and its a great place to test out any new mods.

Marcy
11-20-2009, 12:42 PM
Well if anyone is up for Carnegie I live a grand total of 6 miles down the road. It really isn't all that great as anything but a motorcycle is limited to a small area. It is nice in the fact it is only $5 and its a great place to test out any new mods.

Dude you can count me in on a Carnegie trip anytime! I live in Livermore so it's just across town and down the road a little for me as well.

cruzcode
01-31-2010, 11:31 PM
Well if anyone is up for Carnegie I live a grand total of 6 miles down the road. It really isn't all that great as anything but a motorcycle is limited to a small area. It is nice in the fact it is only $5 and its a great place to test out any new mods.

Dude you can count me in on a Carnegie trip anytime! I live in Livermore so it's just across town and down the road a little for me as well.

I'm almost always up for Carnegie! I live in Brentwood, CA, and am only about 35 minutes away. Although I heard that they are shutting Carnegie down, I do know there was some protesting going on. Does anyone know the status?

RC :beer:

Eugene
01-31-2010, 11:51 PM
Hey cruzcode just responded to you in the welcome room. Welcome to NorCal. Yeah the enviro-Nazis want to close Carnegie, but have'nt heard the outcome yet. Like I said in the welcome room we will try to get a snow run or something together. If you got any ideas just chime in:)

09rubicon
02-01-2010, 07:36 PM
As of right now Carnegie is still open, I think they got a 2-3 month by at the moment. Still wainting to see how things will ultimatly turn out.

Funny thing is there is an aweome quarry that is no longer used about 5 miles down the road from Carnegie heading towards Tracy. I have contacted the company that owns it to see if they would let us play. Management seemed cool with it but said no because of inssurance issues. I asked to see if they would by off on a liablity waiver. Havent recieved an answer back yet, who knows, with as much as places are hurting they may see it as another source of revenue.

Eugene
02-01-2010, 10:32 PM
I think I know what quarry that you are talking about. If we can get a group together maybe we could get some event insurance to cover us/them for the day we use it. My son had a recital at a church and they required a one day insurance policy and it cost about $50 bucks for a $1,000,000 policy. Let me know if that sounds like a good idea.

cruzcode
02-12-2010, 11:07 PM
Hey cruzcode just responded to you in the welcome room. Welcome to NorCal. Yeah the enviro-Nazis want to close Carnegie, but have'nt heard the outcome yet. Like I said in the welcome room we will try to get a snow run or something together. If you got any ideas just chime in:)

Hi guys, I'm definitely down for some wheeling, as previously stated. Tomorrow morning I'm getting up early to install my full RROR skid plate system, the Viair Ultra OBA, and my sPOD. Assuming I get all of that going, Sunday could be a "wheelin" day for me.

Let me know what you guys are up to...

RC

JeepThing
02-26-2010, 11:55 PM
Hey ... just started a thread for a snow run next week, http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24238. :bounce: