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Leisurely drive or tough rock crowd, 4-wheel trips offer fall color views

The leaves are beginning to turn but, never fear, two more four wheel drive events are scheduled in the Sierra before the muddy season strikes.

On Oct. 13, riders can choose from an easy historic tour of back roads in the foothills or a rock crawling adventure near the Feather River.

Women Out Wheeling, a member club of the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, will hold its second annual narrated historic drive into the foothill back country.

The trip considered good for novice riders raises money to build Easter baskets for children of inmates at Folsom prison.

On the same day, a more technical crowd will flock to trails near the Feather River for a Fun Day held as a substitute for the 41st annual Sierra Trek, which was canceled this summer because of extreme fire danger.

The California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs is hosting the event that will include off-road trails, vehicle games, a poker run, mud pit runs and a giant raffle.

Women’s ride in the foothills

This trip will begin with breakfast in the historic Gold Rush town of Colfax and continue up You Bet Road in Nevada County to observe several mining districts and abandoned mining sites.

“We will also be searching for fall colors along the supply lines that were used by the 49ers,” said Claudia Smith, one of the event’s organizers. Jim Bramham, one of the women’s spouses, will narrate the ride by citizen band radio. The day will conclude with lunch at the Washington Hotel along the banks of the South Fork Yuba River.

For Smith, who grew up camping in the Sierra, driving a four wheel drive vehicle onto back country roads brings her closer to the natural world.

“I love looking at the scenery and seeing all the out-of-way places you can’t see from the pavement,” Smith said.

The cost of the trip is $50 for adults, $25 for children 8 through 15 and includes both meals. For more information and to register, e-mail Smith at chuckandclaudia@wildblue.net or call 620-0914.

Rough and tumble

The Feather River Fun Day is designed for veteran four-wheelers and stock sport utility vehicle owners who missed the annual Sierra Trek this year. Rigs will meet along the Feather River, two miles south of Oroville. At a separate site, organizers will set up a challenging course named Turtle Rock and Samurai Hole.

Nearby sights include the Oroville Dam, the highest earthen-filled dam in the United States; Feather Falls, the sixth-highest waterfall in the country; and the Sutter Buttes, the smallest mountain range in the world.

Cost for registration for the Feather River Fun Day is $35 per person; children under 10 are free of charge.

To register for the Feather River Fun Day or for more information contact Bob Reed at (925) 447-3142 or e-mail robertreed5@comcast.net.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@theunion.com or call 477-4231.

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