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Old 06-12-2016, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone been thru Old Sluice yet this season? Wondering how it's looking for 37s...


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Got a group of 5 heading in thursday all on 37s so we'll let ya know!
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Anyone been thru Old Sluice yet this season? Wondering how it's looking for 37s...

We had a group ranging from 40"-42" and had no problems. It looks rough as usual but always fun. Hope you have lockers and a winch!
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a lot depends headed east or west?
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a lot depends headed east or west?
I've only ever gone west (toward loon) on Old Sluice...
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I've only ever gone west (toward loon) on Old Sluice...
Is there any other way???
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Is there any other way???
uphill? trail warriors!


Edit: will be there for Rubithon and plan to get a then/now of the historic pic of the old studebakers driving along the granite wall. Part on an ongoing project.
Aside: we get used to riding over big rocks on big tires. I hiked thru old sluice and let me tell ya, those rocks are a LOT bigger when on foot! Whole new perspective.
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I'll be driving the old S10 out there from Tulsa next month to run the trail and I to am on 37's now.
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Edit: will be there for Rubithon and plan to get a then/now of the historic pic of the old studebakers driving along the granite wall. Part on an ongoing project.
Aside: we get used to riding over big rocks on big tires. I hiked thru old sluice and let me tell ya, those rocks are a LOT bigger when on foot! Whole new perspective.
I'd like to actually see someone brave enough to bring an old studebaker out there today! With some planks and a winch, I think it's possible still to not destroy it. I had a buddy try to wheel a model T on the eldroado back roads, but the reproduction parts just couldn't hang and he melted not one but all of the coils I heard. Disappointing for a vehicle built before most roads were paved!

Someone PM me when they have a stock studebaker project to wheel the con, I'll come lend a hand!
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Is there any other way???
Lol - I was actually with you and Zack Merrill & Aaron a few years ago after Jamboree - that was the day I shredded my already failing rear locker going up Old Sluice :-)
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Only been through headed west. Done it several times. Last year was a challenge but done. I was the little guy on 36" Iroks.
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Worked my way up old sluice Saturday. New rock in Boulder patch making it tricky. Digouts just above downed tree tough (wrong spacing for 110 wheelbase) . Running water on most of the hill.
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I'm guessing my little 35's would be a bad Idea? lol
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Nah 35s are fine but only if you post pictures after.
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maybe...just maybe ok if headed east bound toward buck, using downhill gravity to help your controlled avalanche thru the chute.
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I'm guessing my little 35's would be a bad Idea? lol
I made it down with no issues in my XJ on 33s during a rainstorm the week before Memorial Day. Lots of fun. I say do it.
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We went threw it last year going toward buck but one guy was on 37's and my buddy I rode with was linked on 42's. It was a blast!
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Nah 35s are fine but only if you post pictures after.
ha....but the trail is paved.

In 1990, I did the Rubicon "backwards" and I accidentally missed the turn, and took Old Sluice uphill. No winch, CJ-2A on 31" Armstrong Tru-Traks with limited slip front/rear...by myself.

About 1/2 way through, I realized what I had done....and THEN I got nervous. But I made it. I can not lie...some liquid courage may have been involved.
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Just came back last night, made it through perfectly fine on 35's. Body damage is expected, all 3 of us have the same kiss in the rear from a rock.
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I'm guessing my little 35's would be a bad Idea? lol
been down it on 35s several times...last year the latest...a challenge? you bet but no issues other than having to winch myself off a rock
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I'll post up here since you guys already have a post going on Old Sluice.

To anyone who has not been on this section of the the trail:

This is probably the hardest section of the trail, just my opinion. Expect to use winches or get pulled up/down some of the more difficult/technical areas of this section of trail. I'm on 40s and had to winch up one section this last weekend.

Do NOT bypass, or create a new bypass for the areas you can't make it through. Either winch, get pulled up, or turn around. There are NO bypasses around the difficult areas on this trail. Don't make any. Cutting a bypass is not an option.

If you are a new wheeler or haven't been on this section, do a little research and know what you're about to get into.

Our club is the part of the El Dorado County Adopt A Trail program, and Old Sluice is the section we have adopted since the program started. We do our best to keep it maintained, but difficult as it should be. Please don't make more work for us than need be.

With that being said, it's an awesome section. We had a blast this weekend running down, then back up it while we did some maintenance along the way. Have fun and play smart.

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Do NOT bypass, or create a new bypass for the areas you can't make it through. Either winch, get pulled up, or turn around. There are NO bypasses around the difficult areas on this trail. Don't make any. Cutting a bypass is not an option.

If you are a new wheeler or haven't been on this section, do a little research and know what you're about to get into.
Excellent advice Edwin. The first 30 feet (headed down) is your guide. If you think that's hard or too hard, it does NOT get any easier toward the exit.

Going up....when you get to the first hard part....know it gets MUCH more difficult exiting uphill.

And no creating bypasses....there is a bypass already..it's called the Slabs or Indian Trail.
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Couldn't have said it better. Thanks Ken.
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I may get out there this coming weekend and take a look see. Are we talking about the two areas I marked with arrows in this picture?

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Hard to tell, but looks about right. You can't miss it. I'll send you some pics when I find some of us going through.
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