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Old 08-26-2008, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fordyce & Rhino's

Was thinking about heading up this Saturday. Can anyone tell me how a Rhino will do on this trail? Anything I might need to know
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Better have a winch and a snorkel!
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Better have a winch and a snorkel!

Agreed. The river crossings are gonna be a pain in a Rhino.

Since a stock Rhino has likely a similar wheelbase to my flatty, you're probably going to need a winch as well.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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With the water flow this weekend I would bring your snorkel and mask with you also. It is projected to be deep.
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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At 400 a Rhino would be come a uboat pretty quick.


Fordyce Creek (Fordyce Lake to Lake Spaulding)
August 29th Recreation Flow 400 cfs
August 30th Recreation Flow 400 cfs
August 31st Recreation Flow 300 cfs

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Old 08-27-2008, 03:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply's, I have no idea. Never been up there. I dont know if you could wade across and winch them through? I dont even know if they will float like an wheeler will. We are just doing a day trip. How far do you go before you have to cross water?
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If you go in on the Eagle Lakes staging area side I think it is about 4 to 4 1/2 miles before the first water crossing.
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Old 08-27-2008, 06:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info, I guess we will head up and try to winch across.
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I'd go into meadow and head down the trail. You will not be able to cross at 400 cfm
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I would only run the trail with a good skid plate. That red RZR in the pics in mine, the green one is my uncles. This is the 2nd RZR Iam on. I did the rubicon with the first on and the stock skid, but it beats the hell out of everything on the under side. With the lackof ground clearance you have you throtal over alot. I made 1/2" UHMW skids for the old one and the new one and now it just slides over the rocks. My uncle ran fordyce with the stock skid and no rock sliders and it is pretty tore up on the underside.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info, I guess we will head up and try to winch across.
I recommend you do NOT attempt to cross the creek if the flow is above 300. Which, by the way you have to do three times if you run the entire trail. Or 6 if you go across the 3 crossings and then turn around.

It's not so much just the depth, which will cause you problems as the creek will be around three feet deep or more, but the flow. We're talking 300+ CFS, thats cubic feet per second. They're 40-50 ft. across

You cannot walk across this and trying to swim is very dangerous too. You'll end up a lot farther downstream than from where you entered. Small vehicles get flipped over and pushed downstream.

Go in via Eagle lakes to the first crossing as suggested or go to Meadow Lake and go in as far as you can there. Where the committe trail intersects is alway a good place for lunch. It's where you first get to see Fordyce Creek up close. There's a crossing there too - see if you can spot it....lol. The trip in from Meadow Lake is the more difficult of the two.

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I recommend you do NOT attempt to cross the creek if the flow is above 300.
I agree 100%.

You will need CF numbers because you will stopped by the Sacramento River Patrol .

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yea, i want to see some vid too, lol
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hahah I'm not swimming. I'll make my kid and dog swim across and tie up to a tree. We are going to go ahead and head up and check it out. Thanks Guys.
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:49 PM   #16 (permalink)
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We are not kidding about the swiftness of the water....real death potential here.
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Post some pics of those Jeeps that were rolled over by the current.
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We are not kidding about the swiftness of the water....real death potential here.

got ya, if it is to high we will not try to cross.
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