Sierra Trek marks its 33rd year |

Sierra Trek marks its 33rd year

Make sure the rear differential is working properly and put the big tires on the rig. It’s time for Sierra Trek 1999.

The largest all-volunteer, four-wheel drive event in the nation, Sierra Trek is 33-years-old and going full-speed. The four-day festival, starting today, will take place once again at Meadow Lake, about 25 miles from Truckee.

“It’s the Woodstock of four-wheeling,” said Jack Raudy, an organizer for the event from Sacramento.

Raudy expects 500 rigs and over 1500 people from throughout the United States and even some foreign participants to attend the family-oriented trek, which includes daily four-wheel drive trips on the Fordyce Creek Trail, offering some of the most challenging granite four-wheeling in the country on a trail that is only 10.5 miles in length.

Other events include a historic sport utility vehicle trip on Saturday, a four-wheel drive trade show and organized activities for children.

Meadow Lake can be reached in a two-wheel drive vehicle and there are accommodations for tent and RV camping.

For those interested in riding along or participating for the entire event or for the day, drive north from Truckee on Highway 89 for 14.3 miles to U.S. Forest Service Sign: Independence Lake, Webber Lake, Jackson Meadows Reservoir. Continue on USFS Road 07 for 9.5 miles to Meadow Lake.

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