Trip Report: Sierra Trek
Aug 8-12, 2018
Trip report by Mike
Members attending: Mike, Brandi, Sami, Doug, Matt Chatman, Jeff Wells, Jorge Barrera, Jim and Cristy Whitley
Mike, Brandi, Sami, Doug, Matt Chatman, Jeff Wells, and Jorge Barrera met at Safeway in Prunedale at 0700. After getting ice and other
necessities we headed to Meadow lake. Robin, Bill and his friend were
already in the sierra's camping and would meet up with us at meadow lake
later that evening. Tori arrived around 7-ish from Winemucca and John
arrived late that night. We arrived in Auburn around 1 for a drink, ice
and fuel up break. We arrived and met with Jim and Cristy Whitley, who
were holding spots for our campers about 50 feet from the lake. After
everyone got situated we went to check in and grab dinner. We found out
that there was a death on the run (winch hill #2)earlier in the day and
everyone doing the full run will now be lumped in with the river run.
The river run starts from meadow lake and goes down to the river just
past winch hill 3, turns around and heads back to meadow lake.
The food was great. Both of the breakfasts and the 3 dinners were great.
Thursday dinner was hamburgers, friday was pork loin with baked potatoe,
salad bar and saturday was tri-tip with a salad bar. The breakfasts
consisted of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and fruit. The portions were
generous and no one went away hungry.
Later that night we had a fire, refreshments and camp fire banter.
We woke up around 6-ish, checked in and got in line for the river run
(and combined full run) with the other 175 people. Jim and Cristy were
going into Truckee for the day and were gracious enough to take Bill's
flat trailer tire in for repair. We had time to grab breakfast and we
left around 0745. We all tried to stick together on the trail but were
separated because the organizers placed committee members between us. We
made it to the river crossing around 10:30 and waited there until all the
rigs made it down. Jeff Wells broke a drive line on the way down (fixed
on the trail) and John's center pin for his front leaf spring was
missing and replaced it with a bolt. Everyone made it back to camp
around 4:30. We grabed some beers and went to the water to cool off
Dinner was great along with the bar and band.
Saturday was a relaxing day at the lake with games, paddle boarding,
canoeing, and extreme "tree to tree to jeep winch" hammock. Bill and
Robin went on the historic run and saw the old towns cemetery and other
artifacts. They were high enough to see several other lakes and gorgeous
views. Dinner was again great and they were shooting shirts and other
items into the crowd. The raffle was that night and a couple people won
some cool items and gift certificates. The band was again playing into
the early morning. Sierra Trek greatly appreciated the raffle prizes
from the club and All Jacked Up 4X4.
Half of the group got up early and left around 0630 while the rest of us
left around 9-10-ish. It sounds like everyone made it home without
My $.02 on the trip. I haven't been to Sierra Trek or the Fordyce trail
since 1993. The trail seams much harder now (but 25 years of rain, snow
and constant use will do that to a trail). The price for Sierra Trek
seams high but after seeing the entertainment, food, raffles, band I
would say the money was worth it. I plan on doing the Fordyce and not
the Sierra Trek next year and will suggest it on the run meeting for
2019. I would like stay at meadow lake and do day runs into the Fordyce.