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TOPIC: NCLR/SCLR Dusy Ershim 4x4 Trail 2017

NCLR/SCLR Dusy Ershim 4x4 Trail 2017 2 months 2 weeks ago #14328


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Well its been a few years and time to hit one of the best trails in California.Looking at Second week of September 7-10. This should give everybody time to fix there trucks after Rubicon :). This would be a four day long adventure 3 on trail. Limited to 5 trucks but if we get more interested we can split into two groups.I'm sure a few SCLR members would like to go.


​Interested (list will be updated)Limited to 5 trucks

Don -D1 NCLR
Stefano NCLR
Conal-p38 SCLR
Chris SCLR



Overview: A very scenic trail that climbs to 10,000 feet at Thompson Lake, then rarely drops below 9,000 feet after that. You’ll pass several excellent lakes offering good camping and fishing. Almost the entire trail passes through wilderness, which is just 300 feet on each side of the trail. Stay on designated routes at all times. Do not camp within 100 feet of lakes and streams. Carry a fire permit and fishing license if applicable. No target shooting anywhere along route. Pack out your trash. Trail is for summer use only and is approved for ATVs and dirt bikes. Make sure you have plenty of mosquito repellent in the warm summer months. Located in Sierra National Forest


Quick List of vehicle mod req (and given your vehicle is in mechanical tip-top shape):
1) Solid recovery points both front and back,
2) Enough lift to run 33s/aggressive tires,
3) Sliders and Diff Guards,
4)Front and rear lockers, HD axles
5) Upgrade rear trailer arms (D90s/D1/RRC) if applicable
6) HD bumpers
7) Winch. optional be recommended
8)Ham operator a plus.
9) 5 gal spare fuel can
10)spare parts (will discuss this as trip planning)
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Info about Trail

Difficulty Rating: MOST DIFFICULT.

Recommended for advanced drivers. A route requiring a high degree of skill and challenge to travel.
Not recommended for full-size pickups long wheel base vehicles or for traveling alone.

Directions to Route:

From Fresno:

Take Highway 168 toward Shaver Lake.
Turn right on Dinkey Creek Rd. (next to the Shell Station).
At Shaver Lake Once you reach Dinkey Creek (about 10 mi) turn right on McKinley Grove Rd.
Follow this for another 13 miles and turn left on Courtright Rd.
Follow the road 8 miles, turn left to Courtright Reservoir.
Cross the dam on the east side of the lake and stay on the road to the Dusy‑Ershim OHV Route sign.

Courtright Reservoir is 32 miles south of Shaver Lake in the Sierra National Forest.
Shaver Lake is 45 miles east of Fresno.

The route begins at 8,400 feet elevation with many open rocky areas. Be aware that portions of the trail cross large granite slabs and are marked with rocks. Elevation rises to 10,000 feet at Thompson Lake, remaining at the 9,000 to 10,000 foot range for the rest of the route.

The Route:

The first mile of the route is shared with foot and horse traffic. Please be considerate of other users and allow them safe passage.

Voyager Rock Campground has fire grates and tables and is a popular camping area for fishing Courtright Reservoir. Leaving the campground keep to the left as the "fun" begins at Chicken Rock, a definite attention getter. The panoramic view of the Le Cords Divide from the top is breath taking. The route wanders on to Dusy Creek where 4WD enthusiasts built the crossing over the creek.


Three hours ahead, is the very challenging stretch of road known as "Thompson Hill". Vehicles should have a body lift, running fairly cool and hitting on all cylinders. Even tires with aggressive tire tread will benefit with reduced air pressure. Even with all of this preparation, several stops may be necessary to throw a few rocks in the right places for traction. Access into Thompson Lake is closed at the wilderness boundary. A camping site with room for a few vehicles and tents is available here. The walk to the lake is short and easy.


Continuing on the route, Summit Lake is about an hour from Thompson Lake. Summit Lake does not have a defined camping area, so please use care in choosing your site away from the meadow area.

The next stop available is East Lake, which is not visible from the route making it easy to miss. It's only a short walk to good fishing and an excellent photo spot with picturesque Dogtooth Peak in the background.

Ershim Lake is next with lots of space for camping and parking. Follow signs to campsites. The route from the top of Thompson Hill to Ershim Lake is fairly tame. However, the scenery becomes more interesting than the challenge of the route. This will soon change.

It will take about three hours to cover the four miles to Lakecamp Lake. Rainbow Trout make Lakecamp unique as the other lakes along this route have Brook Trout. Another fishing spot, Mallard Lake, is an easy 20 minute walk beyond Lakecamp.


The next four difficult miles to Whitebark Vista will test driving skills, but the panoramic views make it worth the effort. The route ends at Whitebark Vista. Many people prefer use this White Bark Vista as a starting point. Huntington Lake is about 30 minutes away.
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RTE 4in custom rock sliders,maxyedor HD heim-joint steering
Front&Rear ARB with Ashcroft axles
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NCLR/SCLR Dusy Ershim 4x4 Trail 2017 2 months 1 week ago #14333


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definitely interested, been thinking about doing this trail later this year in the P38. its been a while since our last Northern California trip.
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NCLR/SCLR Dusy Ershim 4x4 Trail 2017 2 months 1 week ago #14364


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right on will put you down
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Front&Rear ARB with Ashcroft axles
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NCLR/SCLR Dusy Ershim 4x4 Trail 2017 1 month 3 weeks ago #14448


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So, I curious. Are all your restrictions for older rigs? I have an '11 RRS with a set of 30-in tires; no sliders yet, no winch, no bumpers, but smart differentials. I do have Ham, and discrete recovery points fore and aft.

I was out with Conal a week ago to Dedeckera Cyn in DVNP. Do you have photos of the restricting challenges? Is my rig really too soft for this?

Ray
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NCLR/SCLR Dusy Ershim 4x4 Trail 2017 1 month 3 weeks ago #14450


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Yes they are the same for all land rovers and that is minimum equipment.Most will be on 35inch tires.This is one of the most difficult trails in California due to it length and long rock sections.Even with protection you are likely to get body damage on this trail.

This is part of Thompson hill one of the hardest part on Dusy. Its a mile of large rock and steep incline.
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NCLR/SCLR Dusy Ershim 4x4 Trail 2017 1 month 3 weeks ago #14452


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Ray wrote:
So, I curious. Are all your restrictions for older rigs? I have an '11 RRS with a set of 30-in tires; no sliders yet, no winch, no bumpers, but smart differentials. I do have Ham, and discrete recovery points fore and aft.

I was out with Conal a week ago to Dedeckera Cyn in DVNP. Do you have photos of the restricting challenges? Is my rig really too soft for this?

Ray

Ray,

Having seen a lot of the videos from the Dusy runs I'm going to say yeah.. your truck in current trim is waaay too soft.

Sliders are a must
Winch and requisite bumper are right behind that.

Conal will probably be dragging his P38 through there if I know him at all.

On par of difficulty I think it ranks up there with the Rubicon in places. The main thing about the Dusy is that once you're in you're committed. IIRC it's around 30 miles in length. If you break in the middle you have two options - go back the way you came or go forward out the other end. There are no bail out points on the Dusy. It runs in a narrow corridor between two wilderness areas.

The other thing of note is that The Dusy is VERY narrow in places, IE your chances of some sort of body damage range from highly probable to almost certain. I don't recall if there hasn't been a run in recent years where someone hasn't popped a window or dented a panel pretty good. Lutzi popped an alpine window on his D2 the last time through. The run before that Colin from NCLR popped a rear window on his RRC if memory serves me correct.

I'd say as a litmus test for vehicle preparedness if you wouldn't be willing to run John Bull in your truck then I'd say pass on Dusy.

If you do want to go and not subject your truck to the trail, you might be able to ride shotgun with someone heading up. The scenery up there is great, up in the high granite domes and meadows of the Sierra.

Jake
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