Last weekend, Cindy and I finally got a chance to hook up with some of the great people up here in Northern California and do an official Project-JK.com run with them. Specifically, we got to do a run up the Signal Peak Jeep Trail which is located southwest of Truckee and north east of Auburn, right off the I-80. In fact, for those of you who are familiar with the Fordyce Jeep Trail, Signal Peak is right next to it and actually shares the same staging area. Unfortunately, this trail run was kind of a last minute event that our good friend Liz (DizzyLiz) helped put together over on her NorCal sub-forum of JK-Forum.com but in spite of that, we still were able to get a total 4 Jeep JK Wranglers (all of which were 4-door Unlimiteds) together for the run.
In addition to our Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited which is currently running a TeraFlex 4″ Flex Arm kit and sitting on 37″ Toyo M/T’s, we also had Liz in her black 3.5″ Rubicon Express lifted Rubicon Unlimited sitting on 35″ BFG M/T’s, Chip (kidjeep) in his silver 2.5″ TeraFlex Budget Boost lifted Sahara Unlimited sitting on 35″ Toyo M/T’s and David (MBATF) in his black 3.5″ Clayton lifted Rubicon Unlimited sitting on 37″ BFG MT KM2’s.
Now I should tell you that this was the first time that I’ve run the Signal Peak Jeep Trail and can tell you that it was a lot of fun. It’s a short trail and perfect for a quick day run. The first half of the trail had us climbing up a steep and narrow road with a lot of loose boulders and rocks and that’s most likely the reason why it gets a “difficult” rating. While I don’t think it would be wise for just any 4WD SUV to do this trail, I do feel that a stock JK Rubicon could do it with ease as well as an X or Sahara with more aggressive tires. Further up the trail, the brush did get a lot thicker for us and I think it’s safe to say that all our Jeeps were given a wonderful custom pin striping job. However, as we closed in on the top, things did open up nicely and we were treated with beautiful open meadows filled with wildflowers. Once at the top, we took a break for lunch and made the short hike out to the abandoned stone fire lookout structure that overlooks the railroad snow sheds below. Of course, it there weren’t any wildfires burning and choking smoke filling the air, we would have been able to see outstanding views of the Sierra Nevada’s beyond. From there, it was all downhill and easy going.
If you would like to watch the short video that Cindy put together from our first official Project-JK NorCal run up to Signal Peak, simply click on the screen or link below:
If you would like to see photos from our run, click on the link below:
Project-JK NorCal Signal Peak Jeep Trail Run Photo Gallery
Once again, I’d like to give special thanks to Liz for helping to put this run up the Signal Peak Trail together as well as everyone else who came to join us.