Yep, it's my photo. It was taken by ChrisM (and I'm not even sure if he's a member of this forum since he's a Polaris guy), as I started across. It's one of the crossings of Fordyce Creek, so very good!!! I don't remember which one, but it wasn't the first I don't think. It's been about a year since we did that ride...
I'm glad my memory still works, its been 4 or 5 years since I've been on Fordyce. I never made it much past the first crossing with the warrior I was riding at the time. Coming back up was a wild hang on ride. I'm going to have to take the whole trail now that I've got the Grizz. Did you take the trail both ways?
We only did the trail one way... from Cisco Grove to Meadow Lake. We staged an elaborate shuttle system by taking Chris' truck and ATV trailer out and dropping it at Meadow Lake the day before (which took forever on the crappy dirt roads -- if we did that again we'd park farther back at Webber Lake). Then the next day we took my truck and ATV trailer and drove it out to Cisco Grove. We rode the trail, then loaded up on his truck and trailer and drove back around to pick up my truck and trailer. Took all freakin' day... about 10 hours to do just the trail itself one-way.
Fordyce is WORK on an ATV. Definitely the most difficult trail I've ever done, and that includes some of the toughest trails in Moab and the Rubicon (which is cake my comparison).
I might be interested in running it in the opposite direction, but there's supposedly only one month of the year when the water in the streams is low enough to get an ATV through, and that's October. If you wanna run it that way, lemme know and maybe we can get a small group together. I'm sure Chris would be up for that.
Right now I'm trying to put a small group together for a midweek Rubicon Trail ride in early-mid October. With the way the weather has been lately (especially the snow over the weekend) I'm hesitant to try to plan something past mid-Oct. The idea of getting stranded at 7000+' out there on an ATV in a snowstorm is intimidating. We wouldn't get the quads out until Spring!
Let me know if you plan on a weekday trip to the rubicon.I'd be game if I was'nt on call and had enough notice to get the time off.I've only done the full rubicon on a bike.We've had a bunch of fun on the loon lake side in the snow. It acually smooths out the trail quite a bit.I agree with you about Fordyce, from the little I saw, it was alot more challenging than most parts of the rubicon. Don't know if theres anyone else on this list who might like to come but I've got a buddy with a foreman that might be up for it.
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