Committee trail access / crossing tips - Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum
 
Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum  

Go Back   Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum > Land Use and Trails > Fordyce Creek
Notices

Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-01-2008, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
patfo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Member # 31612
Location: Livermore, CA
Posts: 149
Committee trail access / crossing tips

Hey guys,

I've never used the committee trail or the crossing. With the flow expected to be around 80 for July I was thinking of heading in this way.

Can anyone provide any tips or instruction about going in this way? I know it's off the Cisco exit to the left and up the ridge. Looking at maps that part looks pretty basic. But what about turning off to head down to the creek? And then crossing the creek itself?

ps. I've done the trail numerous times crossing the other crossings at flow levels up to 280 cfs.

Thanks.
__________________
Pat
___________________________________
With great power comes great responsibility

98 TJ, 60/44, 37" Iroks, ARB's, 5.13's, blah, blah, blah, etc.
patfo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2008, 03:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Member # 18776
Location: Grass Valley, CA
Posts: 153
Just follow the signs to Fordyce Lake, then follow the road along the lake(the lake will be on your right), then take the next left(almost directly across from the last lake side camp sites). The road to Fordyce lake is 2wd, and the trail down to the crossing is 2wd/4wd. The trail splits just above the river, to the right is the easy way, straight is harder. Crossing the river isn't bad, basically take a straight shot across to the the trail on the other side. There is a good size hole to your left when crossing, but not likely very big w/only an 80cfm flow. The crossing (including the hole) usually isn't as deep as the first crossing is coming in from Eagle Lakes, sometimes you can just about walk across it without getting wet, at other times it can be deep and fast enough enough to float a rig, as was my first experience at crossing it back in '90.
__________________
More than tread lightly, leave it like
you were never there, nor anyone
else.
CA_Snowtoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 07-01-2008, 03:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
WeBilt 4x4
 
JDunn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Member # 33065
Location: Colfax CA
Posts: 1,531
If you take the road just before the Cisco Grove camp ground on the left and follow it about 8 miles you will be at Fordyce lake. On the way in the is three y's in the road. The first two have signs that say Fordyce lake go left (at both). The last one is not marked and you need to go right if you go left you go up to signal peek. About 100 yards after the last one you hit the top of the hill and start dripping down to the lake. If you keep going up you went the wrong way.

After driving next to the lake for awhile you will see the trail on the left. It's just before the PG&E building. If you make it to the dam you went too far.

Follow the trail down to the river crossing. I was up last weekend and the water just hit my hubs.

Hope this makes sense.
__________________
79' CJ7 Buggy
KI6TLZ

WeBilt 4WD Club
JDunn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2008, 03:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
Registered User
 
patfo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Member # 31612
Location: Livermore, CA
Posts: 149
Quote:
Originally Posted by CA_Snowtoy View Post
Just follow the signs to Fordyce Lake, then follow the road along the lake(the lake will be on your right), then take the next left(almost directly across from the last lake side camp sites). The road to Fordyce lake is 2wd, and the trail down to the crossing is 2wd/4wd. The trail splits just above the river, to the right is the easy way, straight is harder. Crossing the river isn't bad, basically take a straight shot across to the the trail on the other side. There is a good size hole to your left when crossing, but not likely very big w/only an 80cfm flow. The crossing (including the hole) usually isn't as deep as the first crossing is coming in from Eagle Lakes, sometimes you can just about walk across it without getting wet, at other times it can be deep and fast enough enough to float a rig, as was my first experience at crossing it back in '90.
Or even turn it over. Thanks for the info.

I'm fairly confident 80 cfs shouldn't be a problem but better safe than sorry.

fyi - flow is measured in cfs not cfm. 80 cfs = 4,800 cfm
__________________
Pat
___________________________________
With great power comes great responsibility

98 TJ, 60/44, 37" Iroks, ARB's, 5.13's, blah, blah, blah, etc.
patfo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2008, 03:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
Registered User
 
patfo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Member # 31612
Location: Livermore, CA
Posts: 149
Quote:
Originally Posted by JDunn View Post
If you take the road just before the Cisco Grove camp ground on the left and follow it about 8 miles you will be at Fordyce lake. On the way in the is three y's in the road. The first two have signs that say Fordyce lake go left (at both). The last one is not marked and you need to go right if you go left you go up to signal peek. About 100 yards after the last one you hit the top of the hill and start dripping down to the lake. If you keep going up you went the wrong way.

After driving next to the lake for awhile you will see the trail on the left. It's just before the PG&E building. If you make it to the dam you went too far.

Follow the trail down to the river crossing. I was up last weekend and the water just hit my hubs.

Hope this makes sense.
Thanks JD. Makes perfect sense and matches up to what I can see on maps.

Any additional info on the crossing? Or with a Jeep on 37's is any flow below 100 not even going to be an issue?

Thnaks again
__________________
Pat
___________________________________
With great power comes great responsibility

98 TJ, 60/44, 37" Iroks, ARB's, 5.13's, blah, blah, blah, etc.
patfo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2008, 04:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
FOF Director
 
RCKRATZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Member # 2485
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Posts: 3,236
Send a message via Yahoo to RCKRATZ
below 100 is no issue
__________________
Keith Ratzburg aka "El Rolo"
Ratz Racing
Goatbuilt 4 seat chassis build
RCKRATZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2008, 04:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
WeBilt 4x4
 
JDunn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Member # 33065
Location: Colfax CA
Posts: 1,531
Quote:
Originally Posted by patfo View Post
Thanks JD. Makes perfect sense and matches up to what I can see on maps.

Any additional info on the crossing? Or with a Jeep on 37's is any flow below 100 not even going to be an issue?

Thnaks again
I wouldn't even think about it until it's 300+.
__________________
79' CJ7 Buggy
KI6TLZ

WeBilt 4WD Club
JDunn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2008, 09:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
Rock God
 
Diablo169's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Member # 63382
Location: Los Gatos, Ca
Posts: 1,025
Send a message via AIM to Diablo169
Just came through there on Sunday, Barely any flow at the crossing, didn't come close to budging my Jeep, it's maybe 30"s deep.

We ran it from Eagle Lakes to committee crossing and ended up back at our tow rigs at Cisco.

A badass trail, next trip we'll plan more time and run the whole trail.
__________________
--- 80 Proof --- TJ Juggy Build


"14 Bolt don't give a shit. It takes what it wants."
-Little Sluice Memorial Weekend 2012
Diablo169 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2008, 11:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
FOF Director
 
RCKRATZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Member # 2485
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Posts: 3,236
Send a message via Yahoo to RCKRATZ
Quote:
Originally Posted by JDunn View Post
I wouldn't even think about it until it's 300+.
With a small rig I would actually start to worry at about 200, but I guess it depends on the rig/driver/etc.

Videos of me crossing at 250 cfs last yr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQI34Zi8c7A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoWFj...eature=related
__________________
Keith Ratzburg aka "El Rolo"
Ratz Racing
Goatbuilt 4 seat chassis build
RCKRATZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2008, 08:42 AM   #10 (permalink)
Registered User
 
patfo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Member # 31612
Location: Livermore, CA
Posts: 149
Quote:
Originally Posted by RCKRATZ View Post
With a small rig I would actually start to worry at about 200, but I guess it depends on the rig/driver/etc.

Videos of me crossing at 250 cfs last yr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQI34Zi8c7A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoWFj...eature=related

Thanks Keith.

Don't know you personally but I know your reputation so your opinions count for a lot with me.

Thanks for the videos too as they show the line to take. But if the flow is below 100 then it probably won't matter much how we cross.
__________________
Pat
___________________________________
With great power comes great responsibility

98 TJ, 60/44, 37" Iroks, ARB's, 5.13's, blah, blah, blah, etc.
patfo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2008, 11:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
FOF Director
 
RCKRATZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Member # 2485
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Posts: 3,236
Send a message via Yahoo to RCKRATZ
Quote:
Originally Posted by patfo View Post
Thanks for the videos too as they show the line to take. But if the flow is below 100 then it probably won't matter much how we cross.
Exactly
__________________
Keith Ratzburg aka "El Rolo"
Ratz Racing
Goatbuilt 4 seat chassis build
RCKRATZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.