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Big Bear with Ranger Greg

August 30th 2015


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,


Run Checklist

Always Required

  • HAM Radio on 146.550 MHz
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points

Run Requirements

  • 3+ Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Transfer Case
  • Rear Axle Locker
  • Roll Cage

Run Recommendations

  • Front Axle Locker

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 4+

Difficulty Level: 4+

Trail Rating 1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
Trail Rating 2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
Trail Rating 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
Trail Rating 4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained; 33" tires, sway-bar disconnects, Rear locker, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
Trail Rating 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


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. 


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