TD 4 Wheeler’s Club News
September, 2017 Issue of the Tahoe Donner News
Submitted by Dean Eppley
The Tahoe Donner 4 Wheel Drive Club had two fun trail events in July: Taking the back dirt roads from Soda Springs to Cool and doing annual maintenance work on Pole Creek Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail just north of Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
Soda Springs to Cool: On July 15th eleven vehicles including Wranglers, a Grand Cherokee, a FJ Cruiser and a Tacoma with their adventurous Tahoe Donner drivers and riders ventured out via old Soda Springs Road. We climbedWabena Point overlooking the Royal Gorge of the North Fork of the American River thousands of feet below. From the overlook we had a short hike to view ancient petroglyph “rock art’ at Wabena Point. We continued on to the Duncan Peak Fire Lookout for 365 degree views of the American River Divide, Hellhole Reservoir, Granite Chief Peaks and down towards Auburn. The views were spectacular! From there we hit the pavement down to the town of Cool where we had a fantastic dinner at the Cool Beerwerks with the proprietors Steve and Rochelle Robello who had joined us on the ride with their now very dusty Jeep. Cool Beerwerks’ wonderful beer will be featured at the upcoming Trails and Ales Event at Northwoods Clubhouse on September 16th, but more about that latter. Thanks Steve and Rochelle!
Pole Creek OHV Trail Maintenance: On July 29th twelve vehicles and 20 hearty Tahoe Donner volunteers met Jeff Wiley, USFS OHV Program Manager for the Tahoe National Forest, to clean up the Pole Creek OHV trail. The trail is normally open Aug 1 – Nov 1 but not this year due to winter damage and lingering snow. The team cleared a huge tree fall and several other trees across the road on the way to the Sierra Club Bradley Hut. Van Trask even broke-in the winch on his new jeep to drag a coffee table sized rock out of the middle of the trail (and he swears he never took vector calculus). The vistas along the Pole Creek OHV trail and wildflowers were amazing. We were all humbled by nature and proud to do our part to tread lightly and ensure the trail is passable so people don’t make their own way around obstacles. Unfortunately, a large snow field on a side hill made continuing up the trail to the Tinker’s Knob saddle dangerous so we headed home after cleaning up at least half of the OHV route. A follow-up run from the Cabin Creek access is planned for August 12thto continue the job.
Coming Soon! Sierra Trails and Ales: On Saturday September 16th, the club is holding its 3rd annual Sierra Trails and Ales! The morning event is a guided trail run up the Bear Valley OHV trail to the east of Little Truckee Summit. This fun course has some rocky narrow sections and steep hill climbs all with by-passes. It is a fun trail for your short wheelbase, high clearance 4x4. After the run our wonderful Tahoe Donner catering team will provide a BBQ buffet at the Northwood’s Clubhouse tent. Cost is $40 per person. Register at www.td4wheelers.org under September events or just click on the big logo on our web site home page. Advanced registration is required by September 3rd.