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Old 05-26-2018, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hoping to run Fordyce June 17-18

Was hoping to get an update from someone on Fordyce trail conditions as of Memorial Day weekend. We are coming down from Oregon and wanting to run the trail Sunday and Monday, June 17-18. We know to check dreamflows for overall water flow rate, but would also like to know general trail condition and how the crossings actually are. After Fordyce we are headed to Rubicon for three days. Thanks in advance for any information!
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Old 05-26-2018, 01:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just saw previous post on water flow for this weekend so not sure there will be much feedback from folks. Any information over next couple of weeks will be appreciated too
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Old 05-31-2018, 01:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The trail is most difficult in the early season.
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just had our group meeting this weekend. Looks like we are moving our trip out to June 20-21 midweek. Reserved some spots at Cisco Grove Campground and RV Park. Hoping water crossings cooperate. If not, after reviewing many posts it looks like we could switch up and go in the meadows lake side to run at least part of trail. We are a group of experienced wheelers with a lot of capable rigs, but still want to be smart about running the trail. Biggest rigs are Broncos on 42’s, a few Broncos and CJ7 on 37’s, and one LJ on 35’s. Doing Rubicon first, then hitting Fordyce, and finishing up with a trail in Reno. Any insight into the crossings would be great. Also, which winch Hill is generally considered the hardest? Best to run out to WH5 and then come back to Comittee trail to get back to campground versus running all the way out and taking 89 back around?
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Old 06-03-2018, 09:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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3 is the only hard one.
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Old 06-04-2018, 07:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Plug...did you mean WH3 or river crossing 3 (or both&#x1f92a?
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey Eric. I’ve been poking around on Instagram and saw a couple post from Memorial Day weekend it looked fine. Maybe there’s a way to look back at what the flow was to see what it will look like. On Instagram search #fordyce and you’ll see a couple videos of river crossings and the date it was posted. I even replied to them.
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I meant winch hills, but there is a bypass on 3, though its been getting nastier over the years.

the water crossings are totally flow dependent. Dream flows will let you know the current and expected flow rates.
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Old 06-05-2018, 11:53 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If you can I would camp on the trail. There's plenty of spots along the way, especially during the week.
You should at least be prepared to spend the night.
It's about a 1.5-2 hour drive from Meadow lake (end of trail) back to Cisco on the road/highway.
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Old 06-05-2018, 06:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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OP, with the winter we had, you will more than likely be fine on the crossings. Unless we get some random big storms, I'm guessing it will be in the 30-100 cfs range, which is no problem.

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the water crossings are totally flow dependent. Dream flows will let you know the current and expected flow rates.
Where is the expected flow function? I've never seen it and have long wished I could see that.

Fordyce Creek - Below Fordyce Dam - river flow graph

OP, click 3 years at the bottom. Last year in mid june it was pretty cool to see it at 1200cfs. I got a pic of that and have a pic of 30cfs in the same spot. It's deceiving. Last year was an incredibly heavy winter and I wouldn't worry about this year's for your trip.
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LOL I love how the Fordyce map has "easy" and "difficult" as the same thing.
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LOL I love how the Fordyce map has "easy" and "difficult" as the same thing.
I'd bet the original was in color.....
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I know. I just found it funny on here.
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Old 06-08-2018, 09:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the input guys. Agreed that we picked a good year to hit the trail in June and crossing our fingers PGE doesn’t open the flood gates so hopefully will have decent river crossings. We’ll scout WH3 before hitting it and looking forward to a great trip. Some pics will be posted after!
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Thanks for all the input guys. Agreed that we picked a good year to hit the trail in June and crossing our fingers PGE doesn’t open the flood gates so hopefully will have decent river crossings. We’ll scout WH3 before hitting it and looking forward to a great trip. Some pics will be posted after!
WH3 is pretty gnarly, basically you have to beat the shit out of your rig to get it through. Have you watched videos?

Luckily the bypass in only like 8' to the left.
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Luckily the bypass in only like 8' to the left.

I herd from a friend today that the bypass is getting pretty beat up too
Will have to make a run up there and check it out
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Yep watched a bunch of videos on WH3. I’d say about 1/2 our group will probably try it and the rest of us will do bypass option.
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I herd from a friend today that the bypass is getting pretty beat up too
Will have to make a run up there and check it out
its getting tore up and requiring alot of ground clearance to make it up
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As I recall, the bypass has a bypass on #3 doesnt it?
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As I recall, the bypass has a bypass on #3 doesnt it?
No, not a legal one
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Went last weekend and it is knarly but made it through on 33"
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Went last weekend and it is knarly but made it through on 33"
but did you get drunk and get left behind?
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If any of you experienced guys have pointers on where not to go when making the river crossings let us know. Thanks!
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If any of you experienced guys have pointers on where not to go when making the river crossings let us know. Thanks!
Kind of hard to describe, it will be easier to see where to go once there.
You can get an idea of the crossings on Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...creek+crossing
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