High Sierra gets the green light!

High Sierra Poker Run is a go!

The event is September 4-7 near Shaver Lake

By Paul Brady, High Sierra Poker Run Chair

The Central District is pleased to sponsor this California 4 Wheel Drive Association fund raiser on September 4-7th and we hope that more wheelers will make this part of their Labor Day plans.

Have you ever thought of running the Dusy Ershim Trail, but never had enough time to do it? We have the answer. The scenic Swamp Lake Trail offers the same beautiful scenery but can be run in one day. Sunday morning up to fifty rigs will head to Swamp Lake, a challenging trail that climbs to over 9,000 feet and offers awe-inspiring views of the Sierras, including Mount Whitney, Grouse Lake and old mining operations. Squeeze Rock, Rooster Rock, the rock garden and Blast Rock are just some of the problems that drivers and spotters must negotiate over the fifteen-mile loop trail. If you think the Swamp Lake Trail is too difficult, we have the scenic beauty of the Bald Mountain Trail with spectacular views of Shaver Lake.

All runs stage at Bald Mountain base camp, which is reached by a paved road accessible by motorhomes and fifth wheels and offers plenty of camping. Bring a propane/gas supplied fire ring with a shut off valve as wood burning campfires are currently prohibited by forest order. (See below for exact wording). The High Sierra Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest (our host) is very committed to protecting these trails for all to enjoy in the future. This year due to Covid-19 mediation plan we will not be able to have a dinner as in years past. A Waiver and General Release of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the 2020 High Sierra Poker Run- COVID19 Plan will be provided via email after online registration.

If you have a new rig, are a new driver, or you just want to try off-roading for the first time, Bald mountain trail offers challenges and scenery that are still fun, but less stressful than the Swamp Lake trail. The Bald Mountain Lookout offers breathtaking views of Shaver Lake and the Central Valley. Hollywood Hill, Vee Rock, and Shale Hill are thrilling, but less likely to result in scratched body panels. There are other nearby trails that individuals can run on their own on Saturday or Sunday. Bald Mountain will be run on Saturday and Sunday.


  • Saturday – Mirror Lake Run **NEW FOR 2020**
  • Saturday – Bald Mountain “Extreme” Run
  • Saturday – Brewer Lake Run (includes lunch at the lake)
  • Sunday – Swamp Lake Run
  • Sunday – Bald Mountain Run
  • Sunday – Coyote Lake Run


Please visit the Cal4Wheel event page for more information and to register for this three-day event.

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High Sierra campfire restrictions

Due to Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-06, firewood campfires are not permitted. However, persons with a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable campfire ring/pit, stove, or lantern in an area at least five feet from any flammable materials provided that the portable campfire ring/pit, stove, or lantern only burns gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, with a shut-off valve.

California Campfire Permits can be obtained online at preventwildfireca.org

Coming up

High Sierra Poker Run
September 4-7, 2020
Near Shaver Lake, CA
Panamint Valley Days
November 13-15, 2020
Near Trona, CA
Molina Ghost Run
November 20-22, 2020
Hollister Hills SVRA, CA

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