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Trail Rating Guidelines

Trail conditions change, and something what is hard for one driver might be easy for another, even if they are driving the same vehicle. A rainstorm might make an easy trail impassable, or a hard trail easy.

Rating trails is tough and subjective. Be aware that conditions can change and the experience level of the person doing the rating may be different from yours. While we've tried to make this system useful, take these or any rating methods with a grain of salt - use our ratings as guidelines only.

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Rock Racing to Benefit Funding for Rare Childhood Cancer

Rock Racing to Benefit Funding for Rare Childhood CancerBand of Parents

Xtreme Rock Racing Association (XRRA) and World Extreme Rock Crawling (W.E.Rock) will be holding a Rock Crawl and Rock Race fundraiser on July 18th-20th in Truckee, California and August 16, 2008 in Badlands, Indiana.

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Good Driving Ethics Help Keep Trails Open For All

Good Driving Ethics Help Keep Trails Open For All

Summer is here, and for many off-road enthusiasts, that means spending even more time on the numerous trails and paths available to us. This is a good time to review the code of ethics that all conscientious drivers live by. Sometimes we become a bit complacent, and forget the fundamentals that have guided drivers for years.

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Sierra Trek keeps getting better

Sierra Trek keeps getting better
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.
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SWAP MEET AND BIKINI RIG WASH! -- Hosted by the Nor-Cal Rock Zombies and Dynamic Detail

SWAP MEET AND BIKINI RIG WASH! -- Hosted by the Nor-Cal Rock Zombies and Dynamic Detail Rocklin, CA: May 29th, 2008. The Rock Zombie's May 18th fundraiser was a huge success, raising over $2,000 for The Friends of Eldorado National Forest (FOE) and other land-use efforts. The Rock Zombie gals did the head-line car-wash, but their guys were there backing them up, assisting and managing the wash, and staffing a swap-meet and raffle. Together, they made a strong statement of awareness of the issues, and show a clear desire to keep public lands open to the public. Dynamic Detail (www.dynamicdetailingonline.com) generously provided the site in Rocklin, and the following suds-fest and swap meet ran through 2pm, with vendors and land-use activists on hand to answer questions -- the day was crowned by a raffle with prizes donated from a variety of businesses including Fishmouth Fabworks and Contra Clothing. Here are a few photos: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t6673627 There are more photos here, as well: http://www.myjeepspace.com/blog/view/id_1387/ The Rock Zombies work hard and play hard -- their motto is that "Rock Crawling is life... the rest is just details!!!!" Founded in 2000, the ROCK ZOMBIES 4x4 Club has 16 active members from the greater Sacramento valley, centered around the Orangevale area. They are a regular presence on the Rubicon Trail, Fordyce Trail, and occasionally the Hammers in Johnson Valley. They are always looking to make new friends, party hard, wheel harder and lend a hand to all the organizations fighting to keep the trails open. More information is available at www.rockzombies4x4.com. Friends of Eldorado National Forest (FOE) works closely with the Eldorado National Forest to maintain our forest trails and campsites, ensuring continued access via motorized vehicles for all types of people to recreate in the forest, including campers, fisherman, hikers, horseback riders, hunters, bird watchers, miners and the like. There are more than 1,300 people added to the FOE Myspace page and 350 supporters registered on the mailing list, which is growing daily. With support from both the Forest Service, and the OHV community, FOE is growing in influence and effectiveness. FOE proves its effectiveness with work projects like the 2007 effort near North-South Road, logging more than 800 volunteer work-hours into their forest clearing miles of roadside brush, cleaning up abandoned automobiles, and removing appliances and scrap. More than just a light pick-up – winches and heavy trailers were required to load and haul off illegally dumped household garbage, furniture and construction debris.

FOE has also hosted ride-alongs to get Forest Service staff on the trail to experience responsible recreation in person, and become more familiar with the routes that provide motorized access to Eldorado National Forest. Our educational efforts extend to the public, as well, with letter-writing seminars and informational booths at CalROCS events, Rock-N-for-the-Kids Rockrace, Hangtown Extreme, Cal4Wheel headquarters, as well as at multiple members' homes and local club meetings. FOE is committed to maintaining and improving the relationship between forest users and forest managers, and helping to maintain and retain access to our Forest. The mission of FOE is to actively maintain trails, campsites, and similar resources, support other organizations with similar goals, and to both educate forest users in responsible use of our National Forests -- and educate the public that the vast majority of OHV users DO care about our forest and are working to maintain it for future generations. More information is available at www.friendsofeldorado.com or www.myspace.com/friendsofeldorado. # # # If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kurt Schneider from The Friends of Eldorado, please call 925-596-0432 or e-mail Kurt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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