Written by Jack Raudy
Just when you thought that Sierra Trek couldn’t get any better, starting this year, it will!
The 41st annual Sierra Trek, hosted by the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs will be held Thursday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 9, with a new base camp at Cisco Grove Campground.
Dave Douglas, this year’s Trek chairman, explained that in addition to the great wheeling on the Fordyce Creek Trail, the family-oriented historical SUV adventures, and the many camp activities for children and adults, this year’s Trek will feature a new base camp at Cisco Grove with easy access off Interstate 80.
“We are absolutely thrilled about the changes we are offering this year,” Douglas said, “and we feel confident that our participants will be equally thrilled.” The Cisco Grove Campground offers easy accessibility for all types of vehicles as well as water, power, showers, and full RV hookups.
The 41st Sierra Trek will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 7 with a short-wheel base run on the Fordyce Creek Trail. Limited to 50 vehicles, the trip will traverse both the lower and upper portions of the trail with participants expected back in camp by late afternoon or early evening.
Douglas said that participants would be on their own for all trail lunches for all runs during Trek. Other changes this year include elimination of the Thursday SUV run and the nighttime Star Trek run.
The Friday and Saturday short-wheel base runs on the Fordyce Creek Trail will each be limited to 125 vehicles. Participants will be offered a choice of the lower or upper portions of the trail and all wheelers should be back in base camp in the afternoon.
For those choosing to run the lower portion of the trail, they will enter through the off-highway vehicle staging area at Indian Springs and exit through what is traditionally called the “shortcut” below the Fordyce Dam. Four-wheelers opting for the upper portion of the trail will enter through the Forest Service roads from the Cisco Grove Campground. They will then climb winch hills 3, 4 and 5 and complete the trail at Meadow Lake. It is estimated that it will take approximately four to six hours to complete this run.
Trek officials will also offer two additional trips on Saturday. The first is classified as an intermediate run which will include a stop at Signal Peak. This run is limited to 50 vehicles. The other Saturday trip is a historical trip designed for sport utility vehicles and it will provide participants an opportunity to observe interesting sites in the Cisco Grove area.
“We have always provided technical four-wheeling challenges for our veteran drivers and scenic adventures for our SUV guests,” said Douglas, “however our goal in recent years has been to provide a wide array of camp activities for the adults and their children.”
While the list of activities continues to grow, Douglas said it is confirmed that this year’s Trek will offer a climbing wall and many games for the kids, a vendor show and a live band will perform in main camp on Friday and Saturday evenings.