2015 BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails Winners!Posted in Off Road Expo: 2015 on October 3, 2015
The BFGoodrich Outstanding Trails program awards trails from North America for their uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following. This year, in a collaboration with 4Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, the Blue Ribbon Coalition and the Off-Road Business Association, the BFGoodrich Outstanding Trails Award was given to four awesome trials.
For 2015 there were plenty of great nominations for the BFGoodrich Outstanding Trails, but there can only be four winners and those winners, in no particular order, are:
Applegate-Lassen Wagon Trail, Nev., High Rock Trekkers
This is the last part of the original Wagon Wheel trial where you can still see the historic artifacts from our nation’s history. Nominated by the High Rock Trekkers Club, who have worked with federal agencies on many projects to keep this trail in historic shape. They plan to update Steven’s cabin with the grant they receive.
Bald Mountain OHV Trails, Sierra National Forest, Calif., Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers
These trails offer trail riding throughout the year with terrain that features varying levels of difficulty but are still easily accessible and reach a mountain lookout tower, which stands 7,862 feet in elevation. The Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers group keeps the trail in great shape and plans to use the grant to complete road and trail maintenance by removing hazards and maintaining drainage structures.
Barrett Lake Trail, El Dorado National Forest, Calif., Hi-Landers 4WDC
The Barrett Lake Trail is a High Sierra rock crawling trail that isn’t for rookie wheelers, but the campground at the end of the trail is quite the treat. After being closed for several years and reopening after some major work, the Hi-Landers Four Wheel Drive Club nominated this trail. They intend to use their grant to improve the trial and campground while keeping it open to the public throughout the year.
Black Bear Pass, Silverton, Colo., Creeper Jeepers Gang of Durango
Black Bear Pass features some of the most adrenaline pumping wheeling. With a very tight trail, infamous switch-backs and the “Steps”; this route is not for the faint of heart with 900-foot drop offs a common occurrence: but the views are worth it and they are spectacular. The Creeper Jeepers Gang nominated this trail and are going to use their funds to help with erosion control and install signage to prevent off-trail driving while supporting the Alpine Loop Patrol to help law enforcement.
BFGoodrich Tires brand communication manager Duane Thomas said, “The Outstanding Trails program promotes getting out and challenging the four-wheel drive culture to prove they are driver enough to explore their world. After receiving more than 150 nominations, we are proud to recognize and reward these four clubs and their efforts to enhance their trails.” The winning trails are awarded grants of $4,000 each to continue their efforts to preserve and protect their local trails.
Now in its 10th year, Outstanding Trails has awarded over 36 off-road trails and provided more that $140,000 in grants to support trail conservation efforts. During the upcoming year, BFGoodrich will be at club events put on by the winners to highlight each location, educate off-road enthusiasts on responsible trail use and to present each club with their oversized check!