NEW MEETING LOCATION as of Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Starting on September 1st, 2015, The Trail Crew will now host its monthly meetings at the Denny’s restaurant in Sylmar. The new location offers a vastly improved menu and a dedicated room with for us to make use of. Denny’s is centralized and in close proximity to the 5, 118, 405, 14 and 210 freeways.

One of the nice perks about having our meeting at Denny’s, is that kids eat free on Tuesday nights!!

The restaurant is located at 12861 Encinitas Blvd in Sylmar, right off the Roxford exit on the 5 freeway.

We hope to see everyone on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 7:00pm 


Hungry Valley Safety Inspection Day

The Trail Crew will be having a family-friendly safety inspection day on Saturday, March 2015 at the Hungry Valley OHV park in Gorman. This event will be open to all club members and guests.

For people wanting to drive in on Friday evening, Samuel be holding some camping spots next to the 4×4 course. Samuel should be their on Friday and Anthony will be arriving around 7pm.  For Friday night Samuel will cook dinner for all trail crew members and family.
AGENDA for Saturday:
– Offroad Safety Inspection
– Safety Check List
– Vehicle Inspection
12pm to 1pm:
Group Lunch
1pm to 2pm:
How to complete a basic trail repair:
Offroad tool kit
Proper jack use
Different Tire repairs
Securing your vehicle
2pm to 5pm:
101 on training course:
Proper use of 4×4 on the training course
Use of a tow strap
Use of a winch
Trail Crew Pot Luck Dinner.

January 9-11, 2015 Saline Valley Hot Springs Trip

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Join the Trail Crew for a trip into Death Valley to the Saline Valley Hot Springs!

There will be a morning and an evening caravan leading the trip into Saline Valley.

The morning caravan will be led by club vice president Sean White, and will depart from the 76 gas station in Acton on Sierra Highway and Crown Valley at 9:00am sharp on Friday, January 9 2015.

The evening caravan will be led by club president Randy Worth, and will depart from the 76 gas station in Acton on Sierra Highway and Crown Valley at 5:00pm on Friday, January 9 2015

Make sure you have a full size spare and patch kits, as this will be a long drive over washboard roads.

Frequencies used for the trip will be as follows:

– Simplex: 146.500 (with a private PL tone only for licensed operators)
– Hauser Repeater (146.730/pl100) for coverage to the 395
– Mizourka Peak (146.760/pl100) for coverage from Ridgecrest into Death Valley 
– Table Mountain (145.280 pl131.8) reportedly offers coverage into Death Valley.

If you have any questions, we will be discussing this trip at the next club meeting on January 6, 2015, otherwise visit the club facebook page at

The Trail Crew can now give exams for ham radio technician licenses!

We are happy to announce that the Trail Crew now has 4 credentialed Volunteer Examiners to administer the technician level ham radio license.  Tests will be administered at the monthly club meetings at Lulus. This privilege is open to all active Trail Crew members and their immediate family.

If you have any questions on how to prepare for the exam, please email Sean at


Turf n’ Surf 2014 – November 7-9, 2014

3rd Annual Turf n Surf November 7-9, 2014
Formerly called Surf n Turf, and organized by PismoJim Brantley, this new series of events are now referenced as Turf n Surf. Join us as we celebrate the rugged reliable Land Cruiser and Toyota 4wd trucks with a fun-filled weekend at the Oceano Dunes. No fee or formal registration. Just show up.

Enjoy the unique wheeling opportunities on California’s Central Coast while meeting and socializing with other Land Cruiser enthusiasts.Join us for a classic California-style beach party and bonfire. Bring your family and friends.

Activities include camping on the beach, wheeling through 1,500 acres of sand dunes, Sand Chef competition, High NoonPoker Run, scenic inland trails and the historic Pozo Saloon. 


We will be using the following ham radio simplex frequency for the event:

More details will be discussed at the Trail Crew monthly meeting on 11/2/14!

Saline Valley Hot Springs – October 17 to October 19

The Trail Crew will be visiting Saline Valley Hot Springs inside of Death Valley on the weekend of October 17!

This is a relatively easy trail, that can be handled by stock 4x4s. It is HIGHLY recommended that you carry a quality, full-size spare, as the wash-board roads can sometimes cause flat tires.

Frequencies to use for this trip:

  • Mizourka Peak Repeater (146.760/pl100)
  • Simplex: 146.500

There will be a Friday morning and Friday evening caravan into the area. For more information, please visit the event page on our FaceBook page, located here:

Red Lake Trail – 8/22/14 to 8/24/14

4×4 and 33’s minimum. Body damage possible albeit avoidable.

Red Lake is a moderate 4×4 trail in the Western Sierra. The beautiful locale and rock crawling are a perfect getaway for a summer weekend.

We will leave Friday after work around 4:00pm and drive all the way in that night. Some members may drive in a day early as has been done before.

I will lead the weekend warriors in Friday night. We will camp all day Saturday at the lake and drive out sunday with a potential stop off at bald mountain which is a short wheeling trail.

Group meals and dutch oven cook out can be discussed as we get closer.

If you do not have a truck that is ok. We have extra seats.rl2 RL1

September 2014 trip into the Sierras