Skyline Drive / Clarke's Summit

Saturday, June 29, 2013 8:30am


Description

 

An easy trail for everyone in the club to enjoy.

This is a very scenic drive for any stock 4x4.  We will climb Radford Truck trail (2N06) up to Skyline Drive (2N10).  This is a shelf road with beautiful views.  On Skyline Drive we will stop and walk (1/4 mile round trip) up to Snow Summit for views of Big Bear Lake. We will stop for lunch along Skyline Drive before heading down Clark’s Grade (1N54). Clark’s Grade is rated moderate and is a little rocky but no problem for a stock 4x4. Next we will head down to Seven Pines before heading back toward the trail head.  Along the way we will stop at the head of the Santa Ana River.  During the trip we will climb from a little over 6000 feet to over 8000’ then down to about 4000’.  Along the way there will be 8 to 10(count ‘em!) water crossings. We may also see plenty of California natives, including quail, hawks, deer and speeding mountain bikers!

We will leave from Stater Brother’s in Mentone at 0830.  There is a McD’s there for breakfast and you can get really good deli sandwiches at Stater Brother’s.  Please be there with a full tank of gas.  The trailhead is at 38N and Front Line Road (34°10'14.42"N, 116°49'34.26"W).  We should be at the trailhead between 0915 and 0930.

Officially an Adventure pass is required if we recreate like stopping for lunch along the trail and hiking. I keep a couple of day passes in my Jeep in case someone comes by and checks.  You can get an Adventure pass at any Ranger station, Big 5, Sports Authority or Sport Chalet store. A day pass is $5.  The annual pass is $30 and good in all National Forests.


Rig & Run Details

The Run Liability Release Waiver must be printed, signed, and handed to the Trail Boss at the start of the Run. Click Here to Download

Ensure that your driving abilities and Rig meets the below requirements and recommendations.

Communications

  • CB Radio on Channel 4
  • HAM Radio on Frequency 146.550

Requirements

  • 4HI Minimum Transfer Case
  • Roll Cage
  • Tow Hooks (D-Shackle)

Always required for any Run:

  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Tow Straps
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes

Difficulty: 1+


1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained and possible erosion; 33" tires, Anti-sway bar disconnects, Rear hard locker, Off-road driving experience, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case strongly recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage

Map & Driving Directions

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Rendevous at: Stater Brothers in Mentone

91E to 215N to 10E to University St exit

turn left onto N University St for about a mile then right on E. Lugonia Ave for about 1.6 miles to Stater Brothers on the right.  There is a Circle K at the corner just beyond Stater Brother’s.  ARCO and Vallero are a little farther up on the left.

From Stater Brother’s it’s about 27.5 miles up 38N to the trailhead.


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Participants (13 of Unlimited spots filled)

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thumbnailX Man
TJ
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thumbnailCharlie
Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
05/13/13Trail Head11 
thumbnailZep
Grand Cherokee
05/28/13Rendevous10 
thumbnailBuccaneer
TJ
06/02/13Rendevous10 
thumbnailFordGuy
Cherokee
06/08/13Trail Head20 
thumbnailGuest
Luke Blackamore
CJ5
06/17/13Rendevous12 
thumbnailGuest
Cole Blackamore
XJ
06/17/13Rendevous14 
thumbnailGuest
John Casperson
94 YJ
06/18/13Rendevous22Looking forward to finally making a trip with the club.
thumbnailMADGAS
TJ
06/24/13Rendevous10 
thumbnailRattlesnake
TJ
06/24/13Rendevous10 
thumbnailfuelrod
Rubicon
06/26/13Rendevous01 
thumbnailGuest
Neal Hunstein
FJ Cruiser
06/27/13Rendevous14Friend of Wells
thumbnailDesertGuy
Rubicon
06/27/13Rendevous10 
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