View Full Version : Grizzly Lake 9/5/10

09-06-2010, 11:09 AM
If you read the Wells books this trail is under represented....hard trail. This first feature is a beast! Followed by a loose hill climb I had to engage the front locker to prevent death hop near the top. Worth the trip once you reach the top to view the lake.

Random photos

09-06-2010, 11:11 AM
More pictures.

09-06-2010, 11:13 AM
Few more pictures

09-06-2010, 11:15 AM
RIP B Mule 2F

Trail jinks got it! It was mentioned at the lake that "so far no carnage". Those words will get you every time!

09-06-2010, 01:00 PM
great pictures, looks like a real good time (other than the apparent loss-of-motorvation??)

thanks for posting!

09-06-2010, 02:23 PM
RIP B Mule 2F

:confused: -what happened?

09-06-2010, 02:43 PM
:confused: -what happened?

Mule came down over the rock in the last picture and by dumb luck the point of that rock hit the oil pan skid/drain plug creating a crack in the pan just below the plug leaking a good bit of oil. We managed to drain the oil, fix the crack with I believe was some type of gasket sealer and then will filled er up. No leaks, but either the oil pump was damaged or some of the goo from the gasket fixer up stuff clogged the pump causing an oil starved engine. Mule made it 5-8 miles before the dreaded bearing throw.....at least that's what I gathered at dinner with Dee and Randy.

Air Randy
09-06-2010, 04:52 PM
Yep, it was knocking pretty bad when I loaded it on the trailer last night. Funny thing though, I started it this morning to unload it, fired right up with 40 psi pressure and no knocks. Actually drove it to Castle Rock & back, but on the way back the pressure started dropping and it started knocking again.

I'm dropping the pan today, Schlegs has another oil pan and oil pump I'm going to throw in it. I'll check the rod bearings too while I'm at it. Heck, this ol' thing may not be dead just yet.

But I'm going to have to give in pretty soon and stick the new motor in it.:hill:

09-06-2010, 08:04 PM
Never been up there - looks like a fun trail. Bummer about the carnage.

09-07-2010, 12:55 AM
After running Iron Chest, everyone was ready for Grizzly Lake. The trail heads of the two trails are about 1/10 of a mile apart, so there was not much delay in getting on our second trail of the day.

Here are a few things about Grizzly Lake:

The big obstacle is a true gatekeeper. It's right at the beginning of the trail, and it's a doozie. Both Brady and I had to pull cable to get up.
Once you're past the obstacle, the rest of the trail isn't hard, but it's insanely rocky and bumpy. It's slow going even with coil springs. I can't imagine doing this trail in my 40.
Beautiful scenery and the lake is gorgeous.


Kim takes the far left line up the obstacle and spanks it.

FJBrady goes up the middle...

Winch assist to get off the belly pan. Solid supporting evidence for bigger tires?

Randy drove Meanie up the obstacle with ease. Dee had a huge smile on her face the whole time.

I tried several lines with no success on any of them. Eventually, I was high centered over towards the right side.

Sliders and skid plates: worth every $.

At one point, I actually broke off part of the rock in my attempt to climb this sucker. Shortly after this, I winched up. My whale of an 80 required two 40s as anchors to drag my heavy butt up the obstacle. It was a wretched sound as the 80 scraped along the rock.

Here's Grizzly Lake, the end of the trail.

Looking back from the lake.

Scenery on the way back down.

Grizzly Lake is a great trail, but that first obstacle is a nightmare. This is not an appropriate run for most of the vehicles in our club currently, IMO.

We had a great day. After getting the Blue Mule patched up, our family headed south and went to Amica's in Salida for some pizza and microbrews. Thanks for a great day, Randy and Dee (and Nick and Kim)!

09-07-2010, 09:45 AM
Nice job on the Grizzly Lake photo Matt. I like how you framed that one.

So the big issue with the gatekeeper obstacle was the break over? Kinda looks like the obstacle is a mini hog back.

Air Randy
09-07-2010, 10:54 AM
We also had the pleasure of having a large tree fall across the trail just a few minutes before we arrived (according to a hiker that saw it fall) not too far from the lake. Since we weren't going to be turned back at this point (and we heard there were vehicles on the other side that needed rescuing :D) we decided to clear the trail. Steve & Matt starting hacking away at it with a small but effective hatchet while Nick and I rigged a snatch block and chain to the Mule's winch. We used the winch to snap the tree in half where the cut was started, then we re-rigged the snatch blocks and pulled the large piece off of the trail. Great fun and good practice.

09-07-2010, 11:27 AM
It was cool to see what you can do with a winch and a couple of snatch blocks. The trunk of the tree only needed to be moved about 5 feet, but it was too heavy to lift.

09-07-2010, 01:08 PM
Great pictures! Looks like a great time, other than Randy's break, sorry to here that man:(.

That's a trail i've always wanted to do. Think next year i'm gonna make it a point to get out and ride along as much as possible:blah:.


09-08-2010, 09:52 PM
How interesting that Grizzly is now worse than Iron Chest. Gatekeepers have a way of growing larger over time, really want to run this trail and camp at the lake.

Great shots :cheers:

09-08-2010, 11:39 PM
How interesting that Grizzly is now worse than Iron Chest. Gatekeepers have a way of growing larger over time, really want to run this trail and camp at the lake.

You could probably get up the obstacle, Dave. You have more than 4" of lift and bigger than 35" tires, right?

09-09-2010, 06:51 PM
so did you guy s think grizzly was harder then ironchest? i ve found the key to getting up the first obstacle is in the middle to the right, place your tire on the big rock on pass side get your other tire up the ledge and dont stop all one hit you have to be lined up or youll bang your driver side rear control arm im unlocked also. Believe it or not but there is a old man that drives a 2wd chevy luv from the 80 s up that, havent seen him this summer, but have the last 2, said he s been driving this road forever and just goes up the far right? crazy to see it up at the lake

09-09-2010, 10:56 PM
Now it looks like I'd go "belly up" for sure.

It looks like the top of the obstacle is dug out more. Plus there are usually a medium amount of rocks already stacked. I suppose that's whats gotten me over pretty easily in the past.

09-10-2010, 07:39 PM
You could probably get up the obstacle, Dave. You have more than 4" of lift and bigger than 35" tires, right?

I have 37's, but my lift is right at 4". Looks plenty doable, but pics are like that :hill:

I've wanted to run this trail for awhile, I like the fact that the gatekeeper is growing. That means better camping opportunities at the lake without risking as much rednecking.

09-10-2010, 11:58 PM
Great thread, looks like you had a great time minus one aw $(-)!#. I think I will leave that run for you all for another year or two. lilred may not do so well.

08-16-2011, 12:42 AM
FWIW we took two 80's on 33's with 2" lift up there this weekend with no problem. Lots of rocks stacked @ gatekeeper and we added a few more. When you come to the creek just before gatekeeper you can approach it from the left or right. Right side will give you a better line.

08-16-2011, 12:50 AM
Great photo!