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Old 09-19-2017, 08:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Planning Fordyce run next week

I'm heading out to the Rubicon trail on Thursday from the Houston area and I want to hit Fordyce while I'm out there. My buddy has a JK and I have a JKU both built on tons and 39 stickies. We will probably be getting to Fordyce on Wednesday and don't want to mess with high water crossings. So it looks like we want to drop in from Meadow Lake and run down to the 3rd crossing and back up. Is this a good plan?

Where is the best place to park the tow rig and 32' trailer? What are the best roads to get there? I'd like recommendations on where to camp, drop in the trail, etc.




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Old 09-19-2017, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm heading out to the Rubicon trail on Thursday from the Houston area and I want to hit Fordyce while I'm out there. My buddy has a JK and I have a JKU both built on tons and 39 stickies. We will probably be getting to Fordyce on Wednesday and don't want to mess with high water crossings. So it looks like we want to drop in from Meadow Lake and run down to the 3rd crossing and back up. Is this a good plan?

Where is the best place to park the tow rig and 32' trailer? What are the best roads to get there? I'd like recommendations on where to camp, drop in the trail, etc.




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The water flows yea can be a crap shoot - its plenty low to cross right now (153cfs) but that could change ... if you were going to try that, parking at Cisco Grove for $10/day is a good safe bet and then either going in the Eagle Lake entrance ...

otherwise for Meadow Lake, go grab a campsite up there somewhere (the PG&E campground with the pit toilets charges something per day, but is negotiable to some extent) or park/camp outside their area. You can tow in the road, but its a long dusty tow depending on whether its rained or not recently. Pretty time of year to hang by Meadow Lake. Just note that its getting chilly up there and you could get a bit of snow.
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Old 09-19-2017, 08:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Art. The forecast for Truckee and Tahoe look nice and clear next week albeit cold at night. Should I expect the weather to be any different in the mountains?


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Follow truckee weather it's close to the same.
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Plan for crazy hard thunderstorms they can come out of nowhere.
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Plan for crazy hard thunderstorms they can come out of nowhere.
Id second this last month has been pretty noisy
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It was high 30's at night and low 60's this past weekend. Didn't rain but puddles everywhere. The road past White Rock lake turn off is kinda rough with a trailer. With the flow below 200 I would just park at Cisco and take yhe $5 trail to Eagle lakes staging area.
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With the flow below 200 I would just park at Cisco and take yhe $5 trail to Eagle lakes staging area.
This, outside of some heavy rain, the flow shouldn't rise enough to cause an issue w/water crossings on 39's.

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It was high 30's at night and low 60's this past weekend. Didn't rain but puddles everywhere. The road past White Rock lake turn off is kinda rough with a trailer. With the flow below 200 I would just park at Cisco and take yhe $5 trail to Eagle lakes staging area.

Cool, is there a good way to loop around back to the trailer or do you run the trail backwards? I didn't want to hit the highway much on stickies.


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It's one mile.
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Cool, is there a good way to loop around back to the trailer or do you run the trail backwards? I didn't want to hit the highway much on stickies.


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If you make it all the way to Meadow Lake you just go back down to Committee crossing and take a dirt road to Cisco Grove. From Meadow Lake to Cisvo on paved roads is a trek. If you make it to Meadow and need a ride back to your tow rig hit me up.
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Old 09-25-2017, 10:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info guys. We parked at Cisco this morning, took the highway to The trail head and ran all the way to Meadow Lake. We didn't feel like running back to committee crossing so looped around bowman lake and down to scenic 20. The drive out sucked and we should have back tracked. It's a great trail and you are lucky to have it in your backyard.




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