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Old 05-14-2015, 10:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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easily accessible lakes?

Hey guys. Ive never been to fordyce and have been wanting to go last couple years just havent gotten a chance. I have some buddies who would like to go up there and camp, preferably by a lake if possible. Problem is they dont have rigs that can do the trail. So is there a way to any of the lakes on the trail that a 4wd truck can make it to with relative ease?
Me and one friend have rigs that would like to go into the trail while we are up there but would like the others to be able to join as well even though they have nothing to drive. So camping is the best of both..
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Something similar to how loon lake is, easily accesable to camp at for people without rigs but theres the trail for those of us who would want to wheel?
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Old 05-15-2015, 01:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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fordyce lake is exactly what youre describing
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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or meadow lake
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Alright so they are both pretty mellow to get to? Happen to know which roads you would take to get to each? Been trying to look it up on a map but shows a couple of ways and am not sure
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Meadow Lake has some really nice camping. Go 89 north out of Truckee then take a left at Little Truckee Summit on the 07 Road. Then make a left just past webber lake on meadow lake road.
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Another for Meadow.
More exploring to be done in a stock 4x4 around Meadow as well.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Awesome thanks guys. I have a built 4runner.and have 1 friend with a decently built 85 extra cab So we will be able to go into the trail and check stuff out. But everyone else would be driving pretty much stock pickups. Heres what i would be in
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hows fordyce lake? As i see its closer to 80, i would be coming from bay area. Looks like a 4+ hour trip to meadow lake. But in my runner prob another hour haha
Is fordyce lake quicker coming up 80 or probably not. Either way a 5 hour drive is worth it im sure
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Both Lakes are accessible by 2wd vehicles with decent enough clearance. I wouldnt take a lowered car into either area.

Fordyce lake can be accessed via Cisco Grove access, Camping by the lake is great

Meadowlake can be accessed via Little Truckee Summit on the 07 Road between SierraVille and Truckee.

Both might be a bit low :-)
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You sound like a good candidate for Sierra Trek. You get to run the trail with guidance and your buddies get to stay in camp and get wasted. Win win
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fwiw Fordyce Lake is almost full. Meadow is low.
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Except i wont pay over a 100 to run a trail thats free haha. I have some buddies that run it i just never have the time. If it wasnt so expensive for sierra trek though it is a win win haha
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Fees go towards your chow, entertainment and Cal4wheel. Win, Win, Win

If your looking to camp by a lake to do a little bit of fishing then stay away from Meadow.
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Except i wont pay over a 100 to run a trail thats free haha. I have some buddies that run it i just never have the time. If it wasnt so expensive for sierra trek though it is a win win haha
I think the food, bar, entertainment are well worth the money but what do I know
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I guess id have to look more into sierra trek before i make that kind of statement. I usually waste that amount doing something else anyways so if i can make it i should try to since im sure some $ goes to keeping trails open and thats whats important. Not good fishing at meadow?
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I told you fordyce lake earlier goof
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:00 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Yea yea i know haha
I might try to get up there next weekend just to check stuff out. Never been up there. Just drove past cisco on my way to northstar.. i do wanna hook up later in the year and run the trail. Its been on my list a while
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Fordyce Lake or Sterling Lake if you want to be a bit further from wheeling are just what you are looking for.

I believe Sterling is easier to get to road wise.

The road to Fordyce is rougher than the usual logging/forest road.
Stock vehicles with good ground clearance will make it no problem (although it will be slow going at times).

I wouldn't recommend any types of sports cars or non SUV on it (nor trailers will low clearance).
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Driving to Fordyce is shorter and quicker than to Meadow. The road to Meadow is a little more car friendly. But if your friends have 2wd pickups they will make it in and out of Fordyce. Excellent camping right on the lake at Fordyce. If camping at Fordyce there are no toilets, so plan on packing in/out your chit. Wag bags and a PETT toilet are best. Don't know about the fishing but I see fishing boats in there all the time. Meadow is a little more remote but has more campsites right on the lake as well as pit toilets.

As far as Trek goes, yes it seams like a lot of $$ but remember this. You are getting all of your meals, plus access to the base camp luxuries like toilets, showers, a bar, dancing, live band, vendors, and a bunch of like minded fun people. Also while on the trail you will have help spotting and traversing the trail. For someone who doesn't have a good group of prepared rigs to to wheel with this is a good option. If for nothing else you will learn what you are getting into without risking getting stranded out on the trail. But most importantly Trek is a fund raiser, so your donating to Cal 4 wheel, who's sole purpose is to protect your access to all trails.
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Let me see if i have this right. Its 175 for full experiance plus some if i want to do an additional run. Ok
But if i am registering my gf as well its an additional 175 if shes going on the run in my vehichle? Or am i registering her wrong? I guess im just not understanding why its so much for an additional person if they are going to be in my camp site and in my vehichle? Extra for meals is an obvious one.
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Let me see if i have this right. Its 175 for full experiance plus some if i want to do an additional run. Ok
But if i am registering my gf as well its an additional 175 if shes going on the run in my vehichle? Or am i registering her wrong? I guess im just not understanding why its so much for an additional person if they are going to be in my camp site and in my vehichle? Extra for meals is an obvious one.
Passengers are $125 for camping, run, & food.
http://www.cal4wheel.com/phocadownload/trek-15-reg.pdf
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Yea i understand fundraiser. But i was thinking of registering her the wrong way. Looks like mocha mike is right with the 125 not the full 175 which makes more sense. I didnt mean to come off as being a dick about the cost, im all for raising money to keep trails open, just had a feeling i was going about it wrong when my driver fees were the same for a passenger. But the camp/food/run one would make sense for passengers
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Quick question. If i drove my car up to fordyce lake (a subaru imprezza) how far of a hike am i looking at to get back to the lake from where i should park my car?
Not wanting to drive the runner up this weekend to just check stuff out. Was thinking i could day trip it in the car. Hike back and check some stuff out and then drive home later
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