2024 Annual Meeting recap

The club meeting Tuesday, January 2, 2024 for our annual meeting. We elected a new board and began event planning for 2024. Please save the dates for the following events:

May 29 – June 2: Rock Junction in Grand Junction hosted by Grand Mesa Jeep Club
June 8: Old Fulford trail maintenance
July 19 – 21: Campout along the Colorado at Rancho del Rio
August 9 – 11: Flat Tops Overlanding
August 30 – September 2: Labor Day in Moab hosted by Red Rock 4 Wheelers

There will be plenty more events to come. This is just a preliminary list of anchor events that you’ll hear a lot more about in the coming months.

As always you can stay up to date on the Facebook group.

October meeting recap

The club met Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at the Avon library.

We have tentatively have scheduled a ride-along with USFS staff to review this year’s work on Old Fulford Rd, and to discuss potential work for next year. This ride-along will be subject to any snow this week.

Starting next year we will likely be requiring an active club membership to participate in club trail rides. Those interested in learning more about the club will be welcome on at least one trail run as a guest before being required to join as a member. We’ll be reviewing this requirement as a future meeting over the winter.

We will be discussing dues for next year at our next meeting. Current dues are $100 for a voting member, and $50 for an associate member. These are subject to change for next year based on a membership vote.

If you are voting member, you should have access to the voting members only Facebook page. That page is used to discuss official club business. Please contact a board member if you need to be added.

Potential new trips discussed for next year:
– Moab
– San Juans
– Benson Cabin

Effective today, all of the trail guides on the website will require you to log into your account with an active membership.

Campout report

Thanks to everyone who came to our Campout and joined on the trail rides. As a recap of trail activity this weekend:

1) The club cleared brush back from the edge of Wearyman on Wednesday and opened the gate on Friday afternoon. We finished the run out Ptarmigan Pass which is now clear for the season.

2) Saturday we participated in the Gypsum Daze parade, and completed Trail Gulch to Agnew Gulch to the Big McClosky.

3) Sunday we ran the Sheephorn loop. We attempted to head up to McCord Pass to run Piney Ridge, but the ascent to the pass is block by snow and debris in two spots in the avalanche chute. It’s going to need more time.

We also received a report that the drift on the Lake County side of Hagerman Pass is still several feet deep. That drift usually doesn’t melt until August, so it’s going to be some time still. In the past the Ivanhoe water bandits have cleared the road. Based on our chat with them a couple months ago, that is a thing of the past. There is an illegal bypass through the tundra that has formed around the drift. Please do not use it. This is something that we are going to have to address in coordination with Two Mile High Off-Road Club.

We have a meeting Thursday, 7/20, 6pm at the Eagle library. We’ll put some more trail runs on the schedule as we go. Our next organized event in August 5-6 overlap trip across the Flat Tops.

Trail run schedule added for our July campout

We have posted a preliminary trail run schedule for our Campout on the Colorado, July 14-16. We will add additional trails if necessary due to attendance. No pre-registration for trails is required as these are optional free activities. You can register online for the campout.

  • Friday:
    1pm depart Minturn Shell (401 Main St, Minturn) for McAlister Gulch
    6pm depart Rancho del Rio for Sheephorn Sunset drive
  • Saturday:
    10am depart Ranch del Rio for Crescent and Mackinaw Lakes (difficult), or Big McClosky and Gypsum Hills (stock-friendly). Pick your trail run.
    6pm dinner at Rancho del Rio
  • Sunday:
    10 am depart Rancho del Rio for Red and White. Finish in Vail.

Old Fulford Rd opening

Enjoy the warm summer heat with snow bashing and possibly tree clearing. This will be one of our yearly events starting this year. Join us up Old Fulford Road and go as far up New York Mountain. We will meet first at Sinclair Gas Station in Eagle before heading up. Hope to see you there!
May 27, 2023. 9:30am at the Sinclair Gas Station in Eagle. Coordinates: 39.659259, -106.825920
Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/3wSXUlSJc

May 2023 meeting scheduled

Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 6pm. We’ve reserved the big conference downstairs at the Eagle Library.

We’ll be hosting special guest Trish Barrere from the White River National Forest. She’ll be discussing projects on FSR 779, Metcalf and FSR 759, Holy Cross City. Plus she’ll give an update on FSR 747, Wearyman.

April 2023 meeting recap

The club met April 12, 2023 at the Avon Library. Here’s a recap…
Our spring cleanup event will be Saturday, April 15, 9am – 3pm. Meet at the Dotsero truck parking area. We’ll have an opening safety briefing and disperse from there. Please bring a sack lunch, water, shovel, rakes, buckets, appropriate shoes, long pants, and gloves. This event is cosponsored with Hi County 4 Wheelers from Glenwood and the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt.

We’ve scheduled a two-day intro recovery training from Bill Burke for May 6-7 in Grand Junction. The fee will be $325 for the vehicle and driver, and $125 per additional passenger. Preference for registration was given to those in attendance at the meeting. The remaining 2 vehicle spots will be first-come, first-served on the website. Registration will open later today and will be posted on the Facebook page. Membership is required to participate.

We’ve reserved the group camping pavilion at Rancho del Rio for the nights of July 14 & 15. Registration will be posted soon. The fee will be $85 for the weekend which includes camping (tent, RTT, or truck-bed camper), usage of the resort facilities (boat launch, picnic pavilion, etc), and a Saturday night cookout. You’ll need to book your own site if you are bringing an RV or tow-behind camper. During the day the group will self-organize for trail runs. More details to follow.

The club approved the purchase of D&O insurance based on the provided quote once the funds are verified to be available.

A follow-up chat thread will be created to refine our waiver ASAP.

A members-only Facebook group has been created for internal club discussions. Please contact a board member if you are not added and have a current membership.

Going forward club meetings will be the 3rd Thursday of the month, with the goal of alternating between the Eagle and Avon libraries. Once we have reserved the room, the USFS Holy Cross office will be invited to the next meeting.