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Old August 29th, 2016, 12:47 PM
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Pics from Barrett Lake Trail

Thought I would throw up some photos from this weekend's trip on the recently reopened Barrett Lake Trail. This trail is located north of rt. 50 about 25 miles west of Tahoe City. Despite the relatively short length (6 miles) this definitely take 2 days to run. Plus the campsite at the end along the shores of Barrett Lake is awesome, makes the trip worth it. The trail is one of the more "bouldery" trails I've been on where you spend a fair amount of time just getting bounced over stuff but has some fun challenges along the way that certainly requires you to get out and think about how you're going to possibly get your truck through. There are two obstacles of note. About midway into the trail is 1/4 mile hill climb with tall ledges, loose dirt and boulders and tight switchbacks. The main issue is the tall boulders high center the car that when going uphill, requires a winch in most cases. The more challenging obstacle, IMO, is at the entrance. You have to climb a very tall boulder, next to a tree, that leans the car very far over. I don't believe the obstacle is doable w/o winching with anything less than 35s, lockers, and a very long travel suspension. You could take a run at at but you're guaranteeing yourself body damage (as someone in our group learned).

Anyway. here are some pics.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 12:52 PM
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Any pics of the entry boulder? Are your tires 35" and do you have lockers?
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Badass! Nice work Stephan, love to see folks out there wheeling their NAS ....
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I have 33s with front and rear lockers and 2 inch springs. The entry boulder is pictured above. It's the last photo on my second post. we grabbed a photo on the way out (so going down hill). On the way out the group stacked a bunch of rocks so we didn't have to get the winch out, so I should amend my original comment that you can get through it going down hill with 33s if you have a few people willing to stack rocks. Either direction though, you will sit the frame rail firmly on the rock.

And next trip.. I have to get some more Defender guys to come with me.. people were coming up to me on the trail and looking over the truck like I was up there in a Model T. The NPS ranger told me she'd never even seen a defender before and she's been patrolling the trail since it opened.
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Let me know. I'm in Nevada city and would love to grab Briggs and do some damage to my truck. Haha.
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Looking great. Love the pics. We should have a spot for offroad pics... Great rover porn!
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This reminds me of the old d-90.com galleries I used to drool over when I was a kid.
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Stephan, its special to see folks Offroad their Rovers.
Thank you for awesome pictures..
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Nice! Though, the trail seems more hardcore for me (and my truck), at least.
I know some folks from the NorCal Land Rover club may be interested these, more aggressive, trails.
I took my D90 (with a few Disco's) on overland trip to the Eastern Sierra's Mines and ghost towns this wkend...
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