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2017 November newsletter

 | Published on 11/6/2017
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club Newsletter
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club
P.O. Box 1716 * Longmont, CO 80502

  November 2017 Newsletter

Club forum, email to, which will go to all TRR members
Club Business
Club Meeting
Wednesday November 8th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm - Meeting, Moose Lodge #1548, 2200 Pratt Street, Longmont, CO 80501. Open to all members and guests.

The lodge is one street west of main, between 21st and 23rd on Pratt Street. We'll be in the north hall. Folks who arrive early will need to enter at the main entrance, take the 2nd left, off the lobby, enter the middle hall and continue north to the north hall. The front door is a key card door but there is a button for the bar tenders to open the door. Those that arrive early can prop the door open on east side of the north hall so folks can park on the east side of the building and enter through that door.

Next Meeting:
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Social Time
6:30pm to 9:00pm - Meeting
  • Welcome guests.
  • Treasury amount and Fund amount.
  • Accept nominations for club officers.
  • Vote in any new members.
  • TRR Club Express update.
  • Need trip pictures for the 2018 wall calendar.
  • Review of the COA4WDCI 4th Q meeting.
  • New/Other business.
  • TRR Trivia.
  • Update calendar of events. Leaders to inform club on changes made to the online calendar.
  • Planning for the Moab Thanksgiving trip.
  • Planning for the Middle St. Vrain and Coney Flats seasonal road closure trip.
  • Planning for the Christmas Caravan.
  • Planning for the Club Christmas Party.
  • TRR Trivia results.
  • Planning for 2018 trips.
  • Close meeting.
Past Meeting Minutes
  • Welcomed new members Mike and Lynn Cohan.
  • Treasurers report was read. Fund report was not available.
  • Club Express update. To send emails to all TRR members who have signed up for forums email to
  • Nomination of officers for 2018.
    • Pres – Greg Beery
    • Vice – Richard Harmon
    • Treas – Laddie Hanus
    • Sec – Adam Mehlberg
  • Debbie made a motion, seconded by Wanda to have a taco bar, including coffee, tea and water to be provided by the Moose Lodge for the November meeting at a cost of $6.00 per plate. Motion passed. Paulette and Larry will bring desserts.
  • Debbie discussed the Club Christmas party. There was no objection to the plan of holding the Christmas party at the Moose Lodge at 5:00 PM on December 2nd. Attendees can not bring alcohol. The Moose lodge has gotten a permit from the city which will allow attendees (over 21) to order drinks individually at the bar. Paulette volunteered to head the Christmas party committee. She passed around a sign up list, and will send an e-mail to members.
  • Christy asked for pictures for the 2018 calendar. Deadline will be the Nov meeting. Her email address is:
  • New Business: Gordy provided a receipt for parts he used to tune-up the Club generator for $29.16 for reimbursement.
  • Update on Calendar of events. Ray discussed Mountaineers First Annual Toy Drive on Nov 18th. Will discuss again next meeting, did not add to events calendar at this time.
  • Sixth TRR Trivia done at the meeting by Mike Moore. See article.
  • Planning for the Miller Rock project. (Canceled. Planned for spring of 2018.).
  • Planning for the COA4WDCI 4th Q meeting in Berthoud.
  • Planning for the Red Cone and Radical Hill trip.
  • Review of the Buena Vista trip.
  • Review of the Rollins Pass trip.
  • Review of the Red Cone and Radical Hill trip.
  • Motion to close meeting by Wanda Comeau and second by Vic Walter. Meeting adjourned.
Club News

Dan LeMaster

It is with profound sadness and a heavy heavy heart that I let you all know that Dan LeMaster unexpectedly passed away this week. He was a member of the Trailridge Runners several years back. His brother David is still a current member of the club. Some of our long time members will remember him. The family asks that they be allowed time to mourn Dan’s passing and begin healing. Please send your prayers to the family as they work their way through this loss.
I will miss you my friend. You will always hold a special place in my heart. Love you always...Gail


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Club Refreshments

The following people are signed up to bring refreshments to the club meetings.
  • Nov – Paulette and Larry McGimsey (salad)
  • Dec - Marc and Jennifer Dominguez

TRR Trivia – November 2017

Last months TRR trivia was presented by Mike Moore, who is in a second place tie for the most points.

Question: There are two differences between the USA model Wrangler and the Canadian model. What are they? One point for each correct answer.

Answer: 1. The Canadian model has daytime running lights (lights are always on); 2. Canadian speedometer shows major increments in kilometers per hour (US model shows miles per hour).

Although the presenter hoped that everyone would get this question correct, it proved to be a bit of a stumper for some, especially the obvious kph/mph answer for the second part. Several people got one part correct, but only a few got both points for the two correct answers. Congratulations to Greg B, Laddie H, and Kevin B for two points each. One correct answer and one point each went to Gary B, Gordy H, Linda T, Vic and Debbie, Ray C, and CarolAnn S.

Other interesting guesses: In Canada there is no place for your guns, Canadian has Canada license plates, Canadian says TJ on the side.

Laddie H continues to hold a strong lead in the points total with 6 points. Vic and Debbie are in second place with 4 points. Jim C, Mike M, Greg B, and Gordy H are tied in third place with 3 points each.
Next month’s trivia will be brought to you by Vic and Debbie.

For Sale

Manual Hoist for a TJ Hard Top $125.00.
Contact Judy Turner. 303-776-2942

Trip Pictures

Please bring digital copies of your 2017 trip pictures to the November meeting. Christy and Gordon will need these to do the 2018 club wall calendar.

Recent Trip Articles

Pass Hoppers Trip

by Adam Mehlberg
photos by Adam Mehlberg, Ray Comeau, Jeff Teebken

This years Pass Hoppers trip was through some areas around where we have been in the past, but have not visited. On September 2nd our group of adventurers met up at the Golden, CO. meeting place and headed up I-70 to go over Guanella Pass to start our trip. Guanella Pass is now fully paved. Heading up from Georgetown there were a lot of people in the area. As we climbed higher there were more people camped along the road in places that I don’t recall as camping sites. Past the Forest Service campgrounds there were even more camps just off the road. As we headed up to the last switchback before the pass, cars were now parked along the side of the road. The pass was crammed with vehicles from all the people hiking into the Mount Evans Wilderness on this nice sunny day. Once we passed over to the south side of the pass the volume of people and cars dropped considerably.


Our first destination was the road into Lost Park which is south of Lost Creek Wilderness. Rock Creek Trail Pass road is a maintained two lane gravel road for the most part. We stopped for lunch at one of the only empty camp spots we had seen. It was just below the long switch back before the actual pass. Once over the pass we followed the road down into Lost Park, and connected with the Wallace Gulch road. This was an old logging road that was easy. It headed up into the forest climbing toward Topaz Mountain. After looping around the head of Bonis Creek we tied in with the Topaz Mountain road and crossed the east side of the mountain before dropping down to cross Beaver Creek and then tie back into the Rock Creek Trail road.
Wallace Gulch

Wallace Gulch

After backtracking we jumped onto the Rock Creek Hills road and then turned off onto Weber Gulch. All along this easy road were dispersed camp sites full of camp trailers. It was a nice little valley. At the lower end, the road turned right and went up a fun little hill to head south again. At the next intersection we turned onto Ripper, a short connector, then onto Tree Digger, which heads to a fence at the private property along Rock Creek.


Before the fence we turned onto Exclosure which runs along the forest giving you views of the Rock Creek valley. After a mile Exclosure turns and climbs a nice little gulch that is a bit washed out. Once on top there are a lot of dispersed campsites along the road. We needed to find a place to camp, but everything seemed to be occupied. After some scouting we found an ok spot for our group among the travel trailers, generators, and kids riding ATVs and Side by Sides. Not one our best camp spots.


Next morning we left the crowds and drove down County Road 77 to Terryall Reservoir. We stopped to take some pictures at the cool spillway made from the natural rock, after finding a geocache.
Terryall Reservoir

At the Terryall Reservoir spillway
Terryall Reservoir

Our group at the reservoir parking lot

After the reservoir we headed south down Packer Gulch toward Farnum Peak. This was a nice road down a long gulch. Toward the end we found a most interesting geocache. It was hidden in a rusty can among some trash around an old prospect. Good find Ray.

Geocache on the right was covered by the can
Packer Gulch

Packer Gulch

We turned off of Packer Gulch onto the Schoolmarm Mountain road and found a bit more challenge along a section that climbs up into the Puma Hills. We had lunch at a spur road just before the intersection with the county road. After lunch we took County 23 down to Highway 24 and headed to Hartsel.


From Hartsel we went to Antero Junction then north a short distance to the Salt Creek road. We went up Salt Creek and over Salt Creek Pass, then down Chubb Park and across Highway 24. We drove past Castle Rock and continued south to our intersection with Castle Rock Gulch, which took us up to Bassam Pass. Bassam Pass is intersected with two roads so we crossed County 187 and tied into the Bull Gulch road. We took a spur road and went down to the Bassam Guard Station, but were stopped by a gate. Since the guard station is a Forest Service rental cabin we had to be content with finding a geocache at the gate. Paula took this time to try to debug an engine issue
Bassam Guard Station

From the guard station we took Bull Gulch to the Bull Gulch cutoff, then out onto private property, through some gates, and back to Herring Park where we camped across from a place that was being logged.


The next day we went over Cameron Mountain Pass on County 175 and then to Poncha Springs where we got gas. After fueling up we headed toward Poncha Pass, but turned onto the county road at Mears Junction and headed toward Marshall Pass. There were lots of campers again all along the county road and at O’Haver Lake. We worked our way up to Marshall Pass and had our lunch there.
Marshall Pass lunch

Lunch on Marshall Pass
Marshall Pass sign

After lunch we followed the west side of the pass down to Sargents where we jumped on highway 50 for a short distance and then took a left on the road to Whitepine and Tomichi Pass.
Tomichi Pass

Top of Tomichi Pass

The road on the south side of Tomichi seemed a bit rougher as we made our way to the top. Once over we headed down the Alpine Tunnel road where we stopped at a restored water tank for a few pictures. From here it was a quick trip down Quartz Creek toward Pitkin where we connected with the Cumberland Pass Road. It was getting late so we decided to just stay on the Cumberland Pass road and head to Tincup. A few miles out from Tincup there are no camping restrictions along the Forest Service roads, so we had to continue past Taylor Reservoir before we found a nice spot among the trees to camp.
Pieplant mine

Pieplant Mine, in the background

Next morning it was decided to head back the easy way instead of going up Taylor Pass. We headed to the Pieplant Creek road to visit the old town and mine site as an early morning trip. Afterwards most of the group took the Rocky Brook road to the Spring Creek road and then out to Almont and then Gunnison. We had lunch in the park in town and then headed home.



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