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Old 03-29-2015, 08:49 PM   #1
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A bunch of rigs launched at Zero Lake Rd trailhead. The trail is froozen and firm, an easy cruze. At the intersection with the Herning trail we headed toward Hatcher Pass. Lots of skinny trail and some fun little climbs. Stopped for lunch and pressed on. We couldn't get over the last ridge before Willow Creek ans started poking around for another route to the road. After chasing some deadends we found a way to the road. We turned around and the real fun began.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:02 PM   #3
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The swamps are thawing and the holes are full of water. Wayne found one where he managed to break all the suspension and steering on the passenger side. When I went thru cross ways I managed to pull a rear tire part way off the beadlock. A few hours were spend making repairs before towing Wayne back to HP road. Patrick aired up and drove Wayne back to the trailhead via the road. Jim and I headed back by the trail. We made it to the trailhead at 10:30. Wayne and Patrick had Waynes rig in the trailer about 11 and all were home around midnight.

A great time for wheeling. The ground is frozen enough that you can cover ground that is unpassable in summer.
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Default Re: Zero Lake to Willow Fishhook

Who owns the red square body gmc in the background? Any more pics of it?
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Thats my uncles truck. The cleanest crew cab i ever seen that actually gets used off road. Not sure the year but its a very well built rig.
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We had some issues with the ignition control moduel on the cruiser, got hot and died. We towed for a while until lee "ak375hh" brought us parts. It pulled pretty easy. Had to hook up a few times to get up some of the bigger hills.
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It was the perfect start to the summers wheelin adventures. Weather was awsome.
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Good solid body on this scout. Slid backwards into these trees and no damage. Impressive.
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The whole point of going was to get out and have a easy going day of wheelin and explore a new trail that i had never been down. Both were acomplished very well. Thanks to all that went and thanks to Scott for making sure jim, dan and little Gauge made it back before the wife sent me back with a surch party.
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I ended up playing catchup and had some great fun too. Lost a wheel bearing and had to winch up a tree to get it put back together. Great trip though
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Now I know what spare parts im packing on every trip not just that one.
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A map of the run. Depart Zero Lake trailhead. You can see where the trail intersects the Herning Trail and heads north. The Herning Trailhead is right in Houston uphill from the fire station. Pretty tough in summer even on an ATV.

I didn't show the section where we found a way over to the road. It would not be passable in summer and I can't be sure that it isn't private property where it hits the road.
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I guess pdfs don't display. Click on the link and DL. I didn't do a hi res on 1:63,360 cause it spans more than one map and takes time to merge topos.
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Looks like a great time was had by all. Hopefully I will get my rig finished in time to come out early this summer.
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