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Old 03-22-2016, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Committee Trail?

I'm planning a trip to Fordyce, and I've been having a hard time finding information on the Committee Trail "exit route." I'd like to drive in on Committee trail and take a look at the winch hills and hike the last bit of the Fordyce Trail.
My questions are as follows:
-Is Committee Trail open? I've seen posts on this forum about "keeping people off the old Committee Trail", but I got the impression that the trail was rerouted. Are there signs around the closed area? I do not want to drive in an area that is closed, so if someone could tell me exactly where the closed area is that would be great.

-How difficult is Committee trail? I didn't see anything about obstacles as difficult as the Fordyce winch hills on Committee. The least built rig in my group would most likely be on 33" tires, and unlocked in the front. How long would it take for us to drive to the intersection between Committee Trail and Fordyce trail? If someone doesn't mind posting pics of Committee Trail, that would also be very helpful.

-What is the camping situation on Fordyce Creek Trail? Ideally I would like to camp somewhere around the third water crossing or nearby the intersection between Committee and Fordyce. Are there any good camping spots?

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Only access right now is the Indian Springs side. If you're talking about Rattlesnake Road as the "Committee Trail" it's a road. It is not open at this time until the USFS says so.

Dropping down to the actual trail from Fordyce Lake is a quick 10 minutes for most.

33s coming out of Committee open in the front should be doable, just a lot of work. I wouldn't go without a winch.

Camping is everywhere; that's not a problem. Trail is easy to follow.



You can search youtube for vidoes to see the difficulty of the trail, but you're in the thread for this so just keep searching.

As far as hiking it I'm not sure why anybody would want do that.
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As far as hiking it I'm not sure why anybody would want do that.
Lots of good info in that post but this made me laugh out loud

I hike all over that place every time I am there.
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I probably read that wrong, but I was curious as to why run almost the whole trail, and hike the end of it instead of wheeling it. Exploring on foot everywhere, hell yeah.
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What I'm working off of is what Charles Wells calls "Committee Trail" in his book. This is an image I found on this forum of the map in that book.
https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/attac...ordyce-map.jpg

If I'm reading this map right, and nothing is closed off, that "Committee Trail" should dump us out in between WH1 and WH2. This might be the same as the Rattlesnake Road you mentioned. I would like to take that route in, camp along Fordyce Trail, and then take the same route out after hiking around and exploring.

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Rattlesnake and committee are the same. It will dump you between winch hills 2 and 3. Head down to the river and setup camp. Hike all over and check it out. Head out the same way you came in. Easy

Pay attention on here to when Rattlesnake opens. It is closed in the winter by a gate.
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