Sierra Trek 2018

Forging Our Way Across Fordyce

Harry WagnerPhotographer, WriterLindsay EaglesPhotographer

Whether the topic is wheeling trips or public education, typically the larger the group is, the lower the bar is set. There are no participation trophies at Cal4Wheel’s Sierra Trek though. Held on the brutally difficult Fordyce Creek Trail, Sierra Trek is one of the most challenging events we have ever attended. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone.

One of the biggest natural barriers on Fordyce are the water crossings, which can be deep enough to sweep away a vehicle. Cal4Wheel coordinates with Pacific Gas & Electric to close the hydroelectric dam and lower the water during the event. Volunteers who are members of Cal4Wheel clubs lead small groups of vehicles through the trail (typically two committee members for every dozen vehicles), man winch hills to get through the hardest sections of the trail, cook dinner, and even provide hot showers.

Not ready to tackle Fordyce Creek Trail? Sierra Trek also offers trips out of Meadow Lake that cater to SUVs and UTVs and provide amazing scenery and information regarding the rich mining history of the area. Cal4Wheel hosts events all over the state of California all year long. From Panamint Valley Days to Winter Fun Festival, these events are a great way to make new friends and support land use causes and education.

James Davidson—Gone but Not Forgotten

On Thursday, August 9, 2018, James Davidson of the NorCal Crawlers hopped into his Jeep to reposition it at Winch Hill 2. Little did anyone know that this simple act would cost him his life when the vehicle rolled over. Davidson didn’t have his seatbelt on and was ejected from the Jeep in a split second. He wasn’t drinking, he wasn’t new to rockcrawling, he simply made a mistake. One that we have all made at one time or another. We ask that you don’t let his life be lost in vain. Please buckle up any time you get in your vehicle.