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JKRay
05-02-2012, 04:39 AM
Well today was my day off and wanting to do something other than the normal stuff I decided to plan a trip from Rancheria Rd to Keysville near lake Isabella. Doing this I did not plan on what crazy trail I would of battled through the middle :crazyeyes: but I learned a lot from it, also what a mostly stock JK can do and I am very impressed! Even though I didnt get any damage just scrapes after this trip I now know I am in dire need of a winch and rocker guards...:yup: Heres a few pics of the trip sorry not much action shots.

The start of Rancheria Rd.

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A gopher snake that I almost ran over on the road... :shock:

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Some beutiful flowers I spotted...
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A little ways up the road

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I had planned on taking a small side rout up to a U.S. forest watch tower but it was closed :grayno:


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JKRay
05-02-2012, 04:44 AM
A fork in the road :hmm:

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One of many meadows

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Entering National Forest and then Black Gultch 4x4 trail

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Some of Black Gultch 4x4 trail and senery

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Stopping for a pose...

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The trail ahead. :crazyeyes:

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Going down a very steep wash out and bottoming out, lets just say my skids are no longer new. :synister:

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JKRay
05-02-2012, 04:50 AM
Stopping for lunch

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Taking in the scenery and the high winds while eating

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After lunch and the last pose just before finishing the trail

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and finally making it to Keysville and off to do some fishing at Lake Isabella. :clap2:

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Overall a very awesome wheeling trip, I had a lot of fun and it was quite a challenge with all the deep washouts and ocasional rocks. I cant wait to go on this trail again hopefully with a lift and some newer tires to compare. :beer:

MTG
05-02-2012, 05:33 AM
Very nice! I just love seeing these little short trip reports with great pictures. Honestly, they make my day. :thumb:

kaptkrappy
05-02-2012, 11:18 AM
^^^^^^^^^^^
What MTG said;
We have nothing like that around here, so thank you for letting me live (for a few minutes) through your lens. :clap2:

wayoflife
05-02-2012, 01:40 PM
wow, looks real pretty up there right now. glad you had a fun time out on the trail :thumb:

JKRay
05-02-2012, 08:12 PM
Very nice! I just love seeing these little short trip reports with great pictures. Honestly, they make my day. :thumb:

Thanks Im glad they make your day! I love seeing adventures as well. :D


^^^^^^^^^^^
What MTG said;
We have nothing like that around here, so thank you for letting me live (for a few minutes) through your lens. :clap2:

Thanks, yea its very beutfiul and a great experience.


wow, looks real pretty up there right now. glad you had a fun time out on the trail :thumb:

Yea it is, and it was a nice day to have the top off on the trail. Even though the inside of my jeep is coverd in dust and leaves I dont care one bit. :brows:

BTkillerr
05-03-2012, 12:36 AM
Hey Ray,
Sorry I didnt get to talk to you and your dad much at the last Suds-n-grub. I have finals the next 2 weeks and then I'll have some more time so let me know when you have a day off and want to hit a trail up your way. I'm only a couple of hours south of you...and I have a winch!! lol
Nice trail...looks beautiful up there!

BTKillerr
<Bob>

JKRay
05-03-2012, 12:50 AM
Hey Ray,
Sorry I didnt get to talk to you and your dad much at the last Suds-n-grub. I have finals the next 2 weeks and then I'll have some more time so let me know when you have a day off and want to hit a trail up your way. I'm only a couple of hours south of you...and I have a winch!! lol
Nice trail...looks beautiful up there!

BTKillerr
<Bob>

Hey Bob, no worries I wasnt much of a talker at the meet and greet I was a little tired from working the night before. :doh: Anyways next time I should be a lot more talkative haha. Yea that sounds awesome, I agree Im gonna have to wait a few weeks as well same thing finals :icon_crazy: but hopefully by the next meet and greet I should have rocker guards and a winch so Ill be able to hit the trails with ya. It would be a lot more fun with a second jeep. haha :yup:

Drumr90
05-03-2012, 02:10 AM
Geat pics man definatley an example on the jeep way of life.

JKRay
05-03-2012, 03:28 AM
Geat pics man definatley an example on the jeep way of life.

Thanks I agree!!