View Full Version : Spring Creek Father's Day Run

06-15-2008, 06:28 PM
We had a wonderful trip today. 13 rigs ranging from 40s, 60s, 80, 100, runners and mini trucks. All experience drivers with well set up rigs. No rolls, no breakage, a couple minor stucks in the Rock Garden. Lots of kids, Fathers, wives, a wonderful family day! Got out of the heat up into the high country and had a great time. Made it to the Garden by noon, Meadow by 2:00 and back on pavement shortly after 3:00. There was some traffic on the highway and my son and I took the frontage roads, but as usual it pretty much cleared out after potato springs. Photos and more narrative shortly after I upload them to the computer, cut them down to fit here, then upload them here. Happy cruisin'!

06-16-2008, 12:09 AM
Thanks Jeff, great run and an awesome trail! :risingsun:

Sorry no pics from us today. :rolleyes: batteries were dead in the camera.

06-16-2008, 12:42 AM
Did anyone do the first obstacle?

06-16-2008, 08:16 AM
Everybody did (except our fearless leader).
It is quite different from before, and the hole in the middle of the rock is actually convenient now.

Drew cleaned it in his 40, open with stock gears. :thumb: Drew is getting all that opportunity to become a superior driver.

The rocky ledge (the first difficult obstacle on the trail proper) is extremely different; I didn't even need to pull forward, reverse in a turn, and line up. Nope, just turn into it and drive. It is no longer a ledge. That original obstacle claimed the control arms on Red Chili 1 many moons ago, after which I drove home (25mph) in front wheel drive with a floppy rear axle.

The trail is much easier now, kinda good, kinda bad. I don't know if Brant et.al. made the changes or not.

06-16-2008, 08:53 AM
The run was a blast. I'm still getting used to the different feel of the 80 from the 60 but I'm lovin' it. The lower obstacles are still quite fun if not quite as difficult as they used to be. The rock garden was a hoot. This was the first time I've tried the main route rather than the bypass. It definitely took my rig, (and driving skills) to the limit as I clogged up the trail for quite a while. A big thanks to the Morgans for the excellant spotting effort and to Adrian for stacking a ton of rocks for me. Unfortunately I didn't get to take any pictures. I am interested in seeing some of my white whale floundering in rock garden.

06-16-2008, 09:16 AM
Great run! Thanks Jeff. My family had a great time. I took the 100 on the trail and it did great. I sure got good use out of the sliders (thanks Christo).

06-16-2008, 10:10 AM
Couple More Pics.

06-16-2008, 06:56 PM
Everybody did (except our fearless leader).

Our fearless tailgunner, CJ Bowen did too.

Once again, thanks to everyone who came on this trip; when I did the final tally in Downieville at 13 rigs I was worried we'd be in for a REALLY long day, but everyone was experienced and came in well prepared rigs, and it turned out just fine!

06-16-2008, 07:18 PM
Haven't been on a trail in over a year I sided with conservatism....next time I will be there on the first obstacle........

06-16-2008, 07:44 PM
Here's Bill Morgan coming up the first obstacle in his Red Chili

06-16-2008, 07:46 PM
Bruce Lawson in his new-to-him 80.

06-16-2008, 07:48 PM
Mike Brown in his 3rd gen runner

06-16-2008, 07:50 PM
Drew Frazer and his open/open 40 were fun to watch! He may have been the only rig without a locker, but I was the only one without power steering :-)

Either way, it's great to see the old school rigs rock!

06-16-2008, 07:53 PM
Leif Snapp-Cook and his family came in his (wifes!) UZJ100, and even with street tires, he made the trail look easier than it was.

06-16-2008, 07:55 PM
Nick Ferguson drove everywhere in his runner. Yes, he had permagrin - we all did!

06-16-2008, 07:58 PM
Marco Capote's V8J60 was very nicely set up, and super-quiet. He just drove up everything in his path!

06-16-2008, 08:00 PM
Drew expertly pilots his 40 up the rock hill.

06-16-2008, 08:02 PM
Justin Morgan made light work of the rock hill in his bobbed and SAS'd mini truck.

06-16-2008, 08:04 PM
Chuck and his sprung over 60 made the trip up from CLCC in Colorado Springs to join in the festivities.

06-16-2008, 08:07 PM
Bill Moragn's Red Chili is soooo photogenic as he makes light work of the Rock Garden in double super-low-low :-)

06-16-2008, 08:10 PM
You can't see it from this angle, but Bruce's diff is on a VERY large rock, starting a series of several stuck-stucks in the Rock Garden. After a bit of high-lift work, he was back on his way.

06-16-2008, 08:13 PM
This photo does not do justice to what we saw with our eyes, but there's about 43 feet of air under Bruce's 80 as he delicately finds his line from those rocks in the garden.

06-16-2008, 08:16 PM
Truman's V8J60 works it's way over some rocks in the Garden.

06-16-2008, 08:19 PM
Leif's wife is having a GREAT time at the meadow at the top. I was really impressed with both his 100's stock capability and with Leif's driving skill. Land Cruisers rock!

I think everyone's kids had a great time too!

06-16-2008, 08:21 PM
The view from the meadow at the top is just wonderful! What a great way to spend Father's day!

Nick F.
06-17-2008, 07:11 AM
Great run!

06-17-2008, 08:55 AM
You guys took that right hand line on the first obstacle!? I saw a J**P flopped on that line last summer, and it looked WAY too tippy for my tastes. Nice work, I wish I could have seen it. Looks like a good group and a fun day!

06-17-2008, 09:07 AM
The first obstacle is nothing like it was before (rock aside of course). The right-ish line is not bad, and if you turn such that your driver's front goes in the hole, you actually go up quite level.

I've seen a Heep flop taking the left line, which is pretty much how it always was (since it is mostly rock). He dropped his passenger front in the aforementioned hole. Not a good plan.

06-17-2008, 11:38 AM
Yep I do remember that, keep that pass. side out of the hole. Interesting, maybe I'll have to try it this summer. I got a winch ;)


06-17-2008, 12:28 PM
We had a great time as well. That's to Jeff for setting this up again. The kids had fun and therefore so did Dad. Our group consisted of built rigs and\or experienced drivers so the run went smoothly. The first obstacle has changed and slightly easier with a new bypass half way up near the tree. IMO everyone intent on taking the whole trail should take this obstacle since it isn’t any tougher that any of the others mandatory obstacles. I had the kids watching from the sideline and took the middle rock slap line without issue.

The next little obstacle on the shelf road is usually a non issue. So I didn’t pay attention to taking the correct line and I somehow got hung up on the front and rear and had to be strapped back off. Like Bill mentioned, the next switchback obstacle is opened up and I was able to just turn through it and go without having to back up. In the rock garden I picked a line through the middle and once I got up over the first rock I was able to clean the rest of it. That was fun.

I just took a few pictures of us in the rock garden since I was pretty busy with the kids with all their snacks requirements and needs. Sorry I missed saying farewell to everyone at the top. I took the kids into the wood to pee, came back and most everyone was gone. Mike, CJ and I took a left at the top and I found the quick way down to the service road past the tourist mine. Home by 3:30. It was a super Fathers Day indeed.

06-17-2008, 01:00 PM
Looks like a great day. I have to admit, I bailed out of the run largely because I thought it was going to be way too crowded and a really long day. Looks like I was wrong - oh well....

06-17-2008, 01:58 PM
Awesome trip report guys!

06-17-2008, 04:34 PM
Looks like a great day. I have to admit, I bailed out of the run largely because I thought it was going to be way too crowded and a really long day. Looks like I was wrong - oh well....

Yeah, it was quite the pleasant surprise! Maybe next year eh?

06-19-2008, 06:14 AM
Well, it was just the launch of my birthday week celebration! I had a great time Jeff!

I have been buried at work, so this was my first significant wheeling...since CruiseMoab 2007!!! Holy cats, I need to get out more!


06-20-2008, 09:37 AM
On a side note. A few of my co-workers with jeeps asked me if I wanted to run Spring Creek with them Wed. night. So I said sure. It was Matt in his 79 CJ7 (open, 31” MTR’s) and Tony in his Rubi, with new 6 “ lift, with stock 31” MTR’s. Several other co-workers rode along with all of us. Tony didn’t have a spare because he had a blowout Sunday on Kelly Flats and was expecting his new wheels and tires to arrive any day. I gave him a hard time about doing a run without a spare on several occasions. But he went anyway.

We get to the first obstacle, I churped up the middle slab line again. Didn’t make it and had to back up a little and get a little run at it to get up. Tony in the Rubi tried the same line, his rear tires slid down into the holes. He punched it, did a several major wheel stands and got up. He was a little out of control and I thought he was going to flip it. He got lucky. Then the CJ7 dies at the bottom of the hill. After trouble shooting it for a while we concluded the fuel pump was out, even though he just replaced it. I went back to Colfax Ave. and came back with a new pump. We got it on, it fixed his problem and he easily did the bypass part of the obstacle and we continued on. It was dark by then.

I was planning to just take them up a little ways past the next shelf road obstacle. This is the one where I fell into the holes\rocks and got hung up on Sunday. This time I stayed up on the rocks with no issue. I spotted them up the same lines with no issues. Then just before the next switchback Tony hit’s some timbers on the uphill side of the road and has a sidewall blowout. We got it off the trail at the switchback to jack it up. But he doesn’t have a jack. I politely gave him a hard time again and got mine out. They got a spare out my other co-workers jeep back in town that night and went back up the next morning to retrieve his jeep. It was quite a quite exiting for trip for all these guys and I’m sure they all leaned a few lessons. I wasn't in the picture mood.

06-20-2008, 10:46 AM
wow, sounds like quite an adventure!

Sorry it took me so long to chime in, but I had a great time! Thanks Jeff for leading and to all for a great time!

Thanks for the pics!


06-20-2008, 06:44 PM
Sorry it took me so long to chime in, but I had a great time! Thanks Jeff for leading and to all for a great time!

Thanks for the pics!


You're welcome! It was pleasure having you along! You rig is very capable, and more importantly, you are an excellent driver and a great person to be around!

Scott, sorry to hear about your j**p friend's travails; experiences like that make us appreciate Rising Sun and TLCA all that much more, don't they? Not trying to be smug here, stuff happens to everyone. But when you are more prepared (once a Boy Scout, always a Boy Scout), things are often less of a hassle than they would be otherwise. I'm glad it worked out in the end.

Quick story: We did a Rising Sun run on Hackett Gulch the Friday after turkey day in 2001, shortly before the Hayman fire closed the trail. It was muddy, snowy, but it's good November trail because it is lower in elevation and isn't choked by snow in the winter.

Open/open on 31s, I made it up Hackett rock, only to pop a tire on the way up. Linda :Princess: (this was her first 4 wheeling trip with me) was astounded that I didn't freak out, cuss and throw a fit. I turned to her calmly as I got out the jack and said "that's why we carry spares". The spare was on and the popped tyre was on the back before the rest of the group made it over the rock.


Happy cruisin'!