: A premier hard-core trail. First-time users should consider driving this trail during the annual Sierra Trek event sponsored by the California Association of 4WD Clubs in early August. At that time, CA4WDC arranges with Pacific Gas & Electric to restrict water flow in Fordyce Creek to passable levels. Expert spotters and winches are provided at five critical points and no vehicle is ever left behind. Other than during this special period, water levels can drastically rise without warning, leaving vehicles stranded between stream crossings. Your best chance of a low flow rate, other than during the Sierra Trek, is in late September until the first snow fall.
Difficult. Tight maneuvering over miles of large, steep and awkwardly positioned boulders. Deep water crossings at low water flows; impassable during high water flows. Mechanical or body damage a frequent occurrence for all but the most aggressive modified vehicles. Rollovers are not uncommon. Minimum 33-inch tire size and one locker almost a necessity. Two lockers with very low gears recommended. Travel in a group with at least one winch-equipped vehicle.
We ran this trail during the Sierra Trek when water levels are reduced. Water levels may be too deep to cross at other times.
Trail conditions can change without notice. FunTreks, Inc. and its owner and employees are not responsible for injury, death, or vehicle damage as a result of using this guide. The content of this guide is the property of FunTreks, Inc. and is made available to the user pursuant to EveryTrail’s Terms of Service (http://www.everytrail.com/tos.php)
After coming down a very steep obstacle called "Sunrise Hill," you encounter first water crossing. This water crossing can be extremely deep. Water flow is reduced during the annual Sierra Trek to make it possible to cross.
Look for a rusty boiler, which marks location of an early exit route on the right. It curves around and heads south along Fordyce Lake and returns to Interstate 80 near Cisco. To continue on trail, stay left.
Summit City Historic Site alongside beautiful Meadow Lake. This is base camp for the end of the Sierra Trek. To exit the area, continue right on Meadow Lake Road along the lake. It runs into smoother F.S. 86 after 4.3 miles. Stay left and go another 6.6 miles to paved F.S. 07. At 9.5 miles go right to reach Highway 89.
Pictures in this guide taken by:
FunTreks, FunTreks, FunTreks, Inc.