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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:33 am 
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Four Jeeps and eight guys left Wednesday afternoon headed to Fordyce Creek trail in Northern California Sierra Nevada’s.


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We made it about 75miles out of town and then this happened……

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By this time it was almost 7pm and no tire stores were open we needed a third spare because the first spare was used for the original flat we then noticed that a second tire was separating as well. The second spare on the trailer hadn’t been off in years when we tried to remove it the stud broke the weld on the back side so it wasn’t coming off. Next option start scanning Craigslist…..we scored a wheel and tire same size and bolt pattern 8 miles outside of Eugene pulled into the guys neighborhood changed a tire in front of his house, borrowed another neighbors grinder cut the second spare off and we were on our way again.








We stayed at the super8 in Yrekia Wednesday night.

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An obligatory In and Out Pic……


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We got to the trailer parking spot about 4pm Thursday and had about a 40min drive on a pretty rough gravel road before the start of the trail. We had decided to park and enter the trail in the middle at the Cisco Grove Campground and go down and back one day and up and back the second day.

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Camp down by the Fordyce Creek



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Night #1

We did a quick little exploring trip. We camped on one side of the creek and the main trail was on the other, so with a quick dip we were on the trail.





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Later that night stuff started going down…….. Broc broke his draglink in half about 3/4mile from camp… so we attempted to improvise with a couple of ratchet straps, duct tape and a high lift handle.

That was wildly unsuccessful. We decided that towing him backwards while 4 of us manually steered the tires was our best bet. About 3hrs later we were back at camp by 11pm




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The next day we got up and on the phone. I called Mathews @ about 8am got John Herricks number by that time JM had already talk to "H" and said we were going to be calling for parts. I call, he answers “Joe's Jeep parts how may I help”. I got Jon got all the pertinents, talked to Larry at Vegas 4x4 they had the draglink in will call at Crown automotive “H” picked it up and drove 70 miles one way to meet us back at the trailers. Who says web wheeling isn't important. Thanks again John!!!!!

New draglink….with a little shameless advertising.


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We were back to camp and on the trail by 1pm that afternoon. We headed down the trail to winch hill #1 (the hard spots on the trail are labeled winch hill #1-5).


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There are 3 water crossings on the way down to winch hill #1. Lots of the trail is in the shade/trees the weather was perfect.



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Winch Hill #1



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Winch Hill #2



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We got back to camp and did a little more playing in the creek.




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That night not a lot of wheeling mostly just hanging out in camp…..some how an entire ½ gallon of fireball went missing……but then a bit of it turned back up the next morning if you catch my drift.


Day 3 up the trail to winch hill 3,4 and 5.









I had broke an axle that AM so Broc and I took it easy on our way out ahead of the group.

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We ended up back at a buddies house in Sacramento Saturday evening watched some throwball and we called it a night. We needed to head home Sunday AM.



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Only one more blown trailer tire and we were all home.

For those keeping score that was :
1 broken Yukon 44 shaft
1 broken longfield joint
1 broken draglink
3 trailer tires


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So all and all not to bad as far as carnage goes.

I will have a few more pics and videos to add later.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:34 am 
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A few randoms……
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:25 pm 
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I've debated this too long, think I'll be doing this trip next year fo sho! Great pics!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:30 pm 
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I've debated this too long, think I'll be doing this trip next year fo sho! Great pics!



If it is any consolation 8 of your tires made the trip..... :f2:
Besides Moab with just the shear number of trails, the Sierra Nevada's are the very best!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:35 pm 
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Great pics Kyle! Fordyce is one of my favorites. Makes you work hard the whole trail.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:44 pm 
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Undoubtedly the most fun seems to be in the Sierras if you want to wheel/camp/repeat. I ran part of Fordyce backward a few weeks ago and that's barely an hour from the house. Where Kyle and these guys started is about 70 miles, maybe 90 minutes towing to the top of Donner Pass. All accessible to either Reno or Sacramento, spare parts are close and people to get them are too.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:01 pm 
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Props to H, love our community. :cheers:

Great report, looks amazing! :rock:


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For those keeping score that was :
1 broken Yukon 44 shaft
1 broken longfield joint
1 broken draglink
3 trailer tires
158 Bud Lights
Looks like it took 4 just to change the trailer tar! :roflmao: :f2:

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:28 pm 
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I will have to do some high education math to figure out the beer consumption........

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:51 am 
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Thanks for the Report! Very fun read! :thumbsup:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:01 pm 
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Thanks to this trip report, Fordyce just moved a few spots higher on my bucket list. :rock:

Nice report. :thumbsup:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:43 pm 
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Thanks to this trip report, Fordyce just moved a few spots higher on my bucket list. :rock:

Nice report. :thumbsup:



IMO if the Rubicon is on that list make sure that you do Fordyce first. The Rubicon is cool (Ive done it multiple times) and has great history. However, if you want the same atmosphere, more challenging trail, less people, and 3+ days of time then Fordyce is for you.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:41 pm 
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I'm doing the rubicon next summer and I think you're right. There are better trails that don't seem to have the recognition. I guess that's good though - keeps the crowd down on these kind of trails.

Thanks for the report! Moved up on my list as well


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Deffinatley on my list to do. Great trip report!

Was the steering on the red TJ stock?

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Thanks for sharing Kyle. Fordyce looks even more picturesque than the rubicon.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:03 am 
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Deffinatley on my list to do. Great trip report!

Was the steering on the red TJ stock?



Stock as a wheelbarrow........

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