Mountain Springs Stage Station Trail 3/27/11

We had 16 rigs total on this run. What a nice turn out.


It was cold when we left the gas stations but not real windy. The sun came out and what a clear view of the deserts from up there. We made it to the station at about 10:30am so we stopped and checked out the area and then headed on to a lunch spot out of the wind. After lunch we split up into two groups. The one group didn’t want to take on an obstacle so they took an alternate route. We continued on to the obstacle when one person in our group ripped out a valve stem on one of his tires after hitting a rock. They worked on that tire while the rest of us made our way to the obstacle. Well it wasn’t all that hard because most of the folks made it look easy even though it wasn’t. We waited for the rigs that helped out with the tire and watched as they came though the obstacle with no problem. Then at the top we decided to head out to Table Mountain. There was some easy sections and and some interesting senery. I found a way to make a loop back to the radio towers where there is a nice hill climb. Again everyone made it up with out problems. No winching today! We made it back to the gas station at about 2:30pm aired up and said our good byes. Thank to all those who showed up today! Hope to see you out on the trails soon!

Scott Wentworth

Powder Puff Run 2010


We had a great turn out for this year’s powder puff run. Thirteen vehicles met across the street from the gas stations in Jacumba before venturing out onto the trail. The group consisted of 12 lady drivers and one guy who was brave enough to don a SD4W red gown for the event.

We took the group on the old Butterfield Stagecoach trail. This is an easy trail with spectacular views. Some would argue the trail was not easy, but that is because of a fear of heights more than any trail difficulty.


The weather was awesome and the flowers were in full bloom.


We stopped for lunch at the bottom of the hill next to Hwy 8. While there, a group of Samari’s had pulled off the highway in an attempt to cut into the trail from the freeway. However, as their luck would have it, the local CHP on patrol, swerved in and stopped them before they could touch dirt. After the Samari’s left, the CHP said to us “you aren’t planning on leaving the trail right here are you?” It was more of a statement than a question.


After lunch, we headed back up the hill and off the trail.


During the day there were some memorable quotes that I’d like to share:

Dorys, “I haven’t done this trail in over 8 years so who knows where we’ll end up.”
Sue, “The walnut is ready for take off.”
Lloyd in response to how Molly was doing, “Molly can’t speak while she is not breathing.”

And my favorite quote of the day from our one male driver:
“I thought all the men had to wear dresses.”


Thank you to RJ for his awesome photojournalism skills.

Pinyon Mountain Trail Run 4-10-2010

Had a great run on Sunday. Left Denny’s Ramona approx. 7:30am after a hearty breakfast. Met at the trail head at approx. 8:45am, had 8 rigs with 6 members and 5 guests. Desert was in full bloom, very pretty. Nobody left any paint at Jeep Squeeze.


Rod and Howie climbed Heart Attack Hill on the left side without incident. The third obstacle was a challenge for a few on the trip. Had lunch in Sandstone Canyon, where there was evidence of the recent quakes. Some of the walls had fallen which prevented us from continuing on into the canyon. From there we went to Diablo Drop-Off and then on to Split Mountain where we encountered a large Ram. He was a beautiful sight and not bothered by us at all. We ended the day at Carlee’s in Borrego Springs for dinner. I think it was a great time had by all.

Thanks for joining us.
Dean & Howie
(hope to have some photos up soon)

SUPERSTITION 12 is another outstanding success!

Camp is packed up, but the aroma of Rita’s Cowboy Grill still lingers. Hundreds of 4×4 enthusiasts have returned to their homes.


Beautiful weather with moderate temperatures enhanced a great weekend of adventure. Rigs from all over Southern California and beyond filled Superstition Mountain with fun and excitement as all skill levels were tested.

Saturday night brought great food from Rita’s Cowboy Grill and another fabulous Raffle with tens of thousands of dollars in prizes.

We would like to thank all of you who drove so many miles to make our event another success. A special thanks to all the SD4W Members and guests whose hours of hard work made Super 12 a success.

Corral Canyon Day trip 3/6/2010

By Lloyd Savoie

Lloyd, Molly, Dorys, Gail, & Russ Met at Corral Canyon Sat 2-13-10. I did not lead but they made me drive in front.

We started Sidewinder at our normal exit, the upper campground. When we got to the bolder drop-off (a climb this time) a Toyota was broke down with a broken tie rod. They were waiting in hope of someone with an onboard welder to show up. I suggested they take another vehicle and go get the parts they needed but they chose to wait, we turned around.

Next we went to Bronco Peak from the top and headed towards the camp ground. When we got to the 3A turn off we stayed on 3 and took it to Gun Slinger to the main loop that goes around the Corral Canyon Area. We walked part of the new Loop which is at Gun Slinger (West End) and the Loop Road. Signs were posted at each end of the Loop stating (Help open this area sooner by staying out now). The only tracks are foot prints. I accessed that they don’t want us to go in and clear trail on our own someone with the right contacts could try to find out. We would need Sickles, Lopers, Rakes, Sawsall. could be used to clear the trail it is not a heavy bush area more tall grass. After this we aired up and drove to 4 Corners Staging Area. Some felt that we aired up too early (My Bad). It was FUN and I got to Trail with CHICKS IN JEEPS (Not you Russ).

Super 11 is a Super Success!!

Super 11

Fears that the bad economy was going to reduce the amount of participants at this year’s event were quickly laid to rest with fantastic weather and low gas prices. Attendance records were broken at this 11th annual Superstition Mountain event.

Before guests arrived, the San Diego 4 Wheelers were hard at work setting up the site. Registration, raffle and t-shirt kiosks were erected, the safety area was coned off and run boards and the raffle trailer were set up. By 3:00 pm we were ready to go … and we did.

Guests arrived all afternoon and evening. By 10:00 pm on Friday, we had 190+ registered guests and were sold out of all dinner tickets we had available.

Saturday morning all the trail leaders were lined up waiting for everyone to show up for their run. Runs started leaving at 8:00 am and continued until 9:00 am. Runs ranged from a mild cruise around the mountain to more difficult trails that tested suspension and drive train suitability. The recovery crew didn’t have too much idle time on the mountain, as they were called upon on more than one occasion help get rigs back on their feet… or should I say, tires. Overall the trails ran smoothly and everyone had a great time.

Around 5:00 pm, those of us who were lucky enough to get a dinner ticket were treated to the best meal this side of El Centro. Rita’s Cowboy Grill provided us a delectable menu of smoked tri-tips, bbq’d chicken and hot links. Long time friends of the SD4Wers, Eric & Steve, donated cherry and apple pies. For those of you that missed the dinner I highly recommend you pre-register early next year. I hear a rumor that Rita’s Cowboy Grill will be coming back for Superstition 12.

After dinner our club president, Richard Jackson, thanked all our vendor’s, club members and spoke about a few of the personal losses. Earlier in the year we lost club member and Border Patrol agent, Neil Hepburn, to a wrong way driver on Hwy 8. Later in the year, long time club member and avid advocate of off roading, Jim “Big Red” Cowling, passed away. This year’s event was dedicated to Jim’s memory and will miss both Jim and Neil tremendously.

After the speeches, the crowd was treated to the grand finale… the raffle, hosted by 101KGB FM’s very own Chris Boyer. Chris has supported our event for several years and we all appreciate his participation.

This year’s raffle was better than any one could expect. The vendors were extremely generous with their donations and we ended up with 8 Grand Prize drawings. We want to thank to BFG, ORW, TAG, PU Products, Friends of Neil Hepburn and the many others who made generous donations to our event.

As the chairperson for the 11th Annual event, I want to personally thank each and every club member that worked so tirelessly to make this year’s event the best ever. You guys rock!