Had to just get away and drink a couple beers around a campfire in the snow. Sometimes a last minute trip with a good friend is the best.
This is up near Dorington off of Highway 4 in CA (just north of Arnold). Great spot.
We got to the end of the plowed road and started heading down into the canyon through relatively deep snow. Stopped and hiked a little to make sure we weren't being too stupid to continue. Confirmed we were and kept going. Checked out one forest road, but ended up being blocked by a funky tracked vehicle that was abandoned with a broken track.
We turned around and managed to get back up to the main road, then continued down to the Stanislaus river. There is a trail just on the other side I've been down a few times. We disconnected the sway bar and headed in. There were some signs of others that had ventured back for a ways, then they stopped at a tree obstruction. A little sawing to clear the trail and on we went on virgin snow.
I'm continued to be amazed what this van will get me into and out of. I do wish I had lockers a few times, but in the end we made it all the way in and out without having to winch or shovel. Only damage was a minor ding to the rear bumper and a little fender flair rip from the new 35" tires.
I know that had I aired down the going would have been easier (C. Thwaites), but I was too lazy and the new 35" Toyo M/T's would chew their way through the snow as you can seldom get the vehicle to "float" on the snow.
Almost a full moon and rather mild temps made for a great night. Can't wait to get out again.
Anybody know what this is?
Yep, this is the trail.
It took throwing a couple rocks in a hole to get me out of this spot.
Aren't bears suppose to be hibernating? This was about 20' from our camp.
This was a cool spot. Looked tropical.
... and also got a little snow shoeing in!
A great little get away. Can't wait for the next.