Ranger Greg will be leading a black diamond 4x4 run behind locked gates on Sunday, August 30th. Leaving Big Bear Discovery Center at 0900. Driving up and over 2N93 (Wildhorse Meadows) down to Highway 38, we'll catch 1N02 at Heart Bar Campground and then explore 1N37 (Bean Flats Road-Black Diamond) onto 1N05 (Fish Creek Road) and turn on 1N05C (Cabazon Overlook) for a view of Palm Springs and Salton Sea (based on good visibility) . Much of this drive is located within the Lake Fire area. This will be a preliminary recon to assess fire damage and basic Adopt-a-Trail road conditions.
If you have the driving skill and have a vehicle capable (4x4 with 2" lift and one locker) of negotiating a low end, black diamond road, feel welcome to join in on this adventure. All of the usual required items will be expected of you on this run. Lots of drinking water, leather gloves, good running vehicle (fuel too), two meals, dress in layers and bring a camera just in case.
This update below from ranger Greg:
Thank you all for the good response to tomorrow's 4x4 tour and training run.
We (for those that are interested) will be taking a short hike (10 minutes one way) to Fish Creek Aspen Grove. This is an easy hike and should be worth the effort to check out how this rare Aspen Grove is recovering from the fire.
If you have any hard hats, please bring them. Parts of the fire area we'll be visiting may have some hazards that require we wear these when we're out of our vehicles.
Looking forward to our trip together,
Rendezvous @ Big Bear Discovery Center
114 miles From San Clemente. Get on I-5N, to the I-55N, to the I-91E, to the I-215N, to the I-10E, to the CA-330 N/City Creek Rd (also I-210).. Take exit 81 (CA-330 N) which becomes CA-18 to CA-38W and turn left along the North side of the lake to the Doscovery center.