Tom hopped in the Jeep this morning and we pre-ran the Douglas Creek route that we'll use on Friday and Saturday during the Rally. It's dry out there, so fire danger is possible. The water crossings were easy, nothing over 18" this time. We did encounter some very tight, brushy areas and my Jeep picked up fresh "pinstriping." Saws and loppers will be useful.
The Duffy Creek exit to Indian Camp Road is in good shape, for a narrow, steep, rocky and rutted route! :) Wildflowers were abundant. We saw a lot of wildlife. I'd recommend airing down and using low-range once we're off pavement.
Slack Canyon/Douglas Creek:
Creek was flowing well, but not very deep:
Wildflowers were more abundant than I'd anticipated:
There were some very tight and brushy areas. Yes, this was on the actual road:
And the views as we climbed higher were excellent!
I'd recommend bringing a saw and/or loppers. Anticipate some brush scratches. Use low-range and air down. Be very careful about fire!
Also we did see a few bull snakes today. I'm very much looking forward to this trail run, at the Rally!