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Unread 11-07-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
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Shaver lake CA Bald Mtn/Brewer lake run

Well, last weekend I had to make it to Shaver before Brewer lake gets closed for the season. These are two fairly easy trails, but still fun. Here are the pics, that's the best part anyway!!

Bald Mtn trail, obligatory poser shots:





From the tower:



Shaver lake is EMPTY!







Brewer lake:







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Unread 11-08-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Nice pics

What is the distance for the trail runs?

Any overnight camping there?
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Unread 11-10-2011, 06:43 PM   #3
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Unread 11-10-2011, 10:04 PM   #4
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Nice pics

What is the distance for the trail runs?

Any overnight camping there?
Thanks!

If you're planning a trip out this way, the Shaver lake area is full of good trails, Coyote lake, Dusy Ershim etc. Keep in mind though that Bald Mountain is the only trail open year round. The rest are open only from around late July to beginning of November. (Right now Brewer is closed. I got to run the weekend before the annual closure)

Brewer Lake is 3.5 miles and according to the books it takes about an hour one way, but realtime is about an hour 45 minutes.

Bald Mountain is about 5 miles and takes me about 2 and a half hours one way. Mostly because there are a ton of side trails and rocks to play on so I can't ever just blaze to the top! Snow all the way to late May provides an extra challenge, and at times I haven't been able to make it to the tower.

There is overnight camping (almost) anywhere. You'll need a fire permit from the ranger station, and you can't camp within 100ft of lakes, or trails.
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Unread 11-12-2011, 12:06 AM   #5
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Wow. I've never seen Shaver so low.

Haven't been to Brewer Lake since 8/07. Nice easy but scenic trail ride. Brewer looks the same. Compare the big rock in the center of your last pic to the one in the pic I took over 4 years ago. Water level is the same.





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Unread 11-12-2011, 11:08 PM   #6
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Awesome pics man, thanks for adding them! You're right, not much changes out there.... Besides Shaver Lake!! I think they may be doing maintenance on the dam or something, but I haven't ever seen it that low either. I suppose the fishing will be ruined for the next ten years or so...
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Awesome pics man, thanks for adding them! You're right, not much changes out there.... Besides Shaver Lake!! I think they may be doing maintenance on the dam or something, but I haven't ever seen it that low either. I suppose the fishing will be ruined for the next ten years or so...
Yup, dam is being worked on this year.
Nice Brewer pics. btw... did you take that Rubi in that last couple hundred ft. of the trail closest to the lake?


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Yup, dam is being worked on this year.
Nice Brewer pics. btw... did you take that Rubi in that last couple hundred ft. of the trail closest to the lake?


Haha, well I tried it last year but it didn't take too long to get high centered on the frame rail! I have since learned my lesson and park before the boulders with the rest of the goons. In my mind I justify it saying "it's a nice walk" but one day (when my Jeep grows up) I'll drive to the lakefront!!

A buddy that went with me has a long arm LJ and he made it. It is certainly a game changer when the rest of the trail is like a dirt road then the last bit is a rock quarry!!
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Went up yesterday to check out the snow and blow off a 'few' rounds of .40 cal.
Great sunny day for snow wheel'n! But it got real chilly @ the top in the afternoon!

Forgot the camera, but took a couple from the iphone...







and since you asked about the lake... at bit fuzzy, but the water is low!





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Nice! I figured there was snow by now. Looks like just enough to make the trail fun, not impossible. Great pics, even if they're from a phone. Shaver Lake looks crazy so low!
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Anyone have a good website or guide book on the trails in this area? Also wondering about minimum clearance...guessing there is some stacking in my future.
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Anyone have a good website or guide book on the trails in this area? Also wondering about minimum clearance...guessing there is some stacking in my future.
I keep a copy of Backcountry Adventures / Northern California (Massey & Wilson) in my Jeep. It covers many of the trails in the Shaver Lake area. It's not a quick and dirty trail-info-only book though. It's more like a phone book in size and has lots of historical info that is cool to read about.

They rate the Brewer Lake OHV Route as a 5 on a scale of 1-10; calling it a "moderate trail, suitable for all high-clearance 4WDs." "Most of the trail is rates less than a 5 for difficulty. The 5 rating comes from a short section of loose rock and large boulders and the final 0.3 miles of moderate to difficult rock crawling."

I ran the trail in my stock LJ Rubi (245/75/16 ~30.5x9.5) and had no difficulty without the need for my lockers. I did not, however attempt the last kick down to the lake, but one of our club members did in his CJ5 on 33x12.5. He made it down and back without incident. (I was too busy watching him and didn't take any pics. But you can see his rig in one of the pics I posted earlier in this thread).

The 4WD club of Fresno rates the trail as "easiest" and has info here:
http://www.4wdcfresno.net/index.php?...d=47&Itemid=62

Google "Brewer Lake OHV Trail" for lot of info.








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Anyone have a good website or guide book on the trails in this area? Also wondering about minimum clearance...guessing there is some stacking in my future.
Filling out your profile is helpful. Then we can see what you have for a rig and what mods you have. That way we can make better assesments.
Also, your relative location. Some trails may be closer to you.




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