Sierra Trek’s Summit City basecamp, which rests along the alpine shores of Meadow Lake, is a hub of activity. During the 4-day event participants canoe or fish on the lake, relax along its shores, or hike in the local mountains. Each night after the bonfire is lit, the Wild West chuckwagon crew serves up country-style meals, a band takes the stage, and night owls kick up their heels on the dance floor.

The Fordyce Creek Trail is the original Sierra Trek route and traces the old Summit City Road from Cisco Grove to Meadow Lake. Although it was once traversed by ox-drawn wagons, it is now highly challenging and reserved for experienced drivers with modified four-wheel drives. There are a total of five “winch hills,” each of which is staffed by a team of skilled guides to help participants along.

Back in 1964, a small group of Jeepers got the idea of creating a fundraising event for the newly formed California Association of 4WD Clubs (CA4WDC). It would need to be a first-rate event similar to the then-famous Jeepers Jamboree on the Rubicon. Sacramento Jeepers member Ed Dunkley, an encyclopedia of knowledge on Sierra Nevada history and old mining routes, gathered a few folks and began searching for a suitable trail. The chosen route was a long-abandoned wagon road from Cisco Grove, California (near Truckee), to the shores of Meadow Lake and the 1860’s mining camp of Summit City. It had been decades since the “road” had been used, and Mother Nature had played her hand at reclaiming the land.

Bi-State-Sage-Grouse-Decision-Off-Road-6-1-16BOISE, ID — Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, recently slammed the decisions that would severely restrict off-highway vehicle (OHV) events and trail improvements in many areas in eastern California and Nevada.  The changes, in the name of sage grouse management, were demanded by a handful of preservationist special interest groups.

Some of the many historic OHV routes in the Pine Nut Mountains BRC’s concerns focus on final decisions announced late last week related to the Greater Sage-grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS), involving public lands in Nevada and eastern California.  The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Plan amendment includes approximately 426,809 acres of bi-state DPS habitat managed by the Forest Service.  The BLM’s Nevada California Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA)/Record of Decision (ROD) includes about 280,000 acres of public land located in Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, and Mineral counties in Nevada and Alpine and Mono Counties in California.

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The Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC) works to elect federal candidates who will support legislation and policy promoting and protecting responsible off-highway vehicle recreation on public and private lands.  TPAC is proud to announce its official endorsement and support for Joe Heck running for election to the U.S. Senate in Nevada.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Not a day goes by at ShareTrails (Sharetrails.org) that we fail to discover another issue of access that could benefit from our involvement. Since we do not have unlimited resources we must prioritize. We do this by looking for issues in which we think we may play a useful role and are likely to prevail. There is a plethora of such issues out there and we’d really like to be able to get after more of them.

If we are going to prove to the world of access advocacy that we are a force to be reckoned with we need to increase our presence in the ring. In a normal month our legal bill, by itself, is around $5K. When we are actively involved in litigation our bill can amount to many multiples of that. Figuring out ways to pay for all of that while keeping the rent paid and the lights on occupies most of my time. Failing to do so is not an option. We do not exist simply to perpetuate our own existence. We’re here to fight and win.

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– Omix-ADA recently announced it will continue grant funding for its popular Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program for the 2016 calendar year. The program makes grants of up to $5,000 available to organizations helping to advance the off-road hobby.

Magellan-eXplorist-TRX7-10-26-15 Santa Clara, CA – Magellan recently unveiled its new off-road vehicle navigation solution, the eXplorist TRX7, for the 4×4 and Powersports vehicle consumer markets at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida. Designed specifically for the off-roading enthusiast, this navigation device offers improved driver safety, a superior user experience including detailed 3D maps and community generated trail data, all at an exceptional value right out of the box.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition is asking for comments from OHV enthusiasts regarding the Ten Lakes Travel Management Project in Montana. See below for more info.

The Fortine Ranger District of the Kootenai National Forest has developed a proposed action for the Ten Lakes Travel Management Project. The project area is located north and east of Eureka, Montana and includes 64,177 acres. The project boundary contains the Ten Lakes Wilderness Study Area (WSA).

Proposed activities include designation of over-snow motorized use areas and non-winter trail management. There are two proposed seasons of motorized over-snow vehicle travel. Season One (December 1 – March 31) would allow travel on over 36,000 acres and approximately 12.5 miles of designated over-snow motorized vehicle routes. Season Two (April 1 – May 31) would allow travel on over 4,000 acres and approximately 32.9 miles of designated over-snow motorized vehicle routes. Non-winter trail management proposals include designating trails that allow hiking, stock, or mechanized use.

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This August 6-9 near Truckee, California, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) will host the 48th annual Sierra Trek, one of the West’s premier four-wheel drive events. Sierra Trek offers some of the best four wheeling in the country and has a long-standing reputation for great family fun.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Las Vegas area is currently fronting a draft plan that could eliminate or greatly restrict both casual and event-based OHV recreation on approximately 3 million areas in Southern Nevada.   The draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) creates an unjustified risk that might preclude “dry washes” from being designated as OHV routes.

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Signing ceremony in 1990 establishing Tread Lightly! as a non-profit.

Salt Lake City, Utah – July 7, 2014 – Tread Lightly!, the nation’s leader in promoting responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs, is kicking off its 25th year anniversary celebration as a non-profit in conjunction with a historic Land Rover charity auction fundraiser on eBay.com.