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post #1 of 20 Old 12-07-2010, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Lookin' for somewhere to go this weekend. Sand Lake or Browns?

Hey gang.

I'm lookin' for somewhere to go this weekend in the Rubicon... Probably on Sunday. Any suggestions? I'm located in Beaverton. I'm new to wheelin' in the area. Still haven't taken the JK off-road (Blasphemy!). What are the Sand Lake dunes like this time of year? It's probably going to be pretty wet, rainy and windy (which is all good by me). My girl and I will be rolling solo (unless others are interested in going too)... will there be any others out there just in case we need some help? Or, should we go to Browns instead?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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post #2 of 20 Old 12-08-2010, 08:35 AM
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Browns camp would be closer but from the pics I've seen lately there is snow up there. Tends to get quite a bit in the winter, especially up higher. Not sure about the dunes, enjoy and be safe.

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I might be going to Browns on Sunday with a couple of buddys. I'm running a XJ on 31's, so nothing to extreme for me. I will post up later if its a go.
I also live in Aloha off Farmington.
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Browns camp would be closer but from the pics I've seen lately there is snow up there.
This is true. Pics from the Saturday after Thanksgiving.





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The dunes are a fun place to play . . . if you're in a light weigh vehicle or have lots of power. And while Jeeps "can" go down there. I wouldn't take mine. I used to go down to Sandlake back in the day with my Samurai. Used to run circles around the Baja bug and a Suburban that went, too. Then with my sandrail (my goodness, it's a blast in the sandrail!). It's definitely some interesting terrain to play on. But I don't think I'd want to take my Jeep down there, especially if you want to keep it a while. Getting that sand in everything wears stuff out quickly.

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I might be going to Browns on Sunday with a couple of buddys. I'm running a XJ on 31's, so nothing to extreme for me. I will post up later if its a go.
I also live in Aloha off Farmington.
Yeah? Cool! Keep me posted. I wouldn't be doing anything to extreme either... Just want to get out and drive!


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This is true. Pics from the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
You still think there's snow up there? Check it. I wouldn't mind some snow though!
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The dunes are a fun place to play . . . if you're in a light weigh vehicle or have lots of power. And while Jeeps "can" go down there. I wouldn't take mine. I used to go down to Sandlake back in the day with my Samurai. Used to run circles around the Baja bug and a Suburban that went, too. Then with my sandrail (my goodness, it's a blast in the sandrail!). It's definitely some interesting terrain to play on. But I don't think I'd want to take my Jeep down there, especially if you want to keep it a while. Getting that sand in everything wears stuff out quickly.
Thanks for the advise. Really appreciate it!

Maybe the wet packed sand wouldn't be as bad as the dry summer sand. I've never been there, so I don't know what to expect. Can you just drive around on the beach?

Thanks again!
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Yeah? Cool! Keep me posted. I wouldn't be doing anything to extreme either... Just want to get out and drive!
Looks like we'll be leaveing about 8:30/9am on sunday.
I'll PM you my number
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I'll be at the Estacada Ranger station tomorrow, Saturday morning @ 930am for a snow run. Departing around 10am from there.
Might be Three Jk's rolling with us.
Two for sure. You are more than welcome to join us too. A Bronco, Explorer, 4runner will be with us as well so far.
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I was wondering if its not too late for me to tag along to browns on sunday as well and where you guys gonna meet up im in beaverton as well??

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Feva and feuer895 -- Thanks again for the good time at Browns on Sunday!

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Ah Cedar Tree trail. That's one of the longer trails in TSF. How did the Jeep do?

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Ah Cedar Tree trail. That's one of the longer trails in TSF. How did the Jeep do?
For me being a rookie, and that being one of the first trails of the day, I was extremely impressed. Thanks for asking!

This was our route for the day: Garmin Connect - Brown's Camp

FYI: There was just a little bit of snow left to drive through up high. Nothing like your Thanksgiving day pictures though.
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