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Unread 09-13-2009, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default 4WDABC Weaver/Francis Lake, Lookout Lake, Chehailas Lake (BC)

What a great day yesterday was. Weaver/Francis Lake trail was a bit of a challenge as it's very hard to get traction in the loose rocks. We picked up a couple in a Jeep that were out camping (roof top tent) and eying the entrance to Weaver. Then we went up the south end of Lookout lake for lunch. This was the segment of trail that a group of FJ Cruisers and I were trying to make back in March but got stopped by snow. After a brief lunch break,
The couple decided to head back to camp at Sunrise Lake and we continued up around to the north end of Lookout Lk. Weaver was a big delay for us and so around 4pm, a couple of vehicles (yellow FJ and the gold jeep) had to leave for other engagements.

The rest of us decided to check out the north end of Chehailas Lake and the damage the land slide and ensuing tidal wave did in 2007.

All my are here: 4WDABC Weaver/Francis Lake, Lookout Lake, Chehailas Lake

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Entrance to Weaver/Francis has potential to take out a door.


Then we had to get over the Ledge.


The smarter ones never attempted the Ledge and opted for the easier side.


The smaller rocks were so loose and like sand, only they're rocks and it made for poor times. We'd inevitably spin on the smaller rocks and get wedged between 2 bigger ones, but we all got past this bed of crap without carnage. Well, Tyler (FJ) bent another lower link but I'm not sure where that happened.


Again, it was hard to get traction with the smaller rocks sliding around, so a few times a winch was used to assist.




The 4WDABC is known for rescuing folks that end up in trouble. We came upon a Ford that blew his spider gears and we just happened to have some spare parks that helped him on his way.


The south end of Lookout Lake.


Lunch break crammed into a tiny camp site.


Every now and then we'd get a glimpse of either Chehalis or Harrison Lake.


The north end of Lookout Lake.


Tyler and the golden jeep had to leave at this point. But 4 of us continued up around to the north end of Chehailas where there was a land slide in Dec 2007 that devastated the rec site and took out most of the camp sites. The slide caused a tidal wave that came ashore on the opposite end of the lake are removed at least 6 feet of topsoil, baring the root system of trees as wide as my truck. Afterwards, the trails around the lake were closed (for safety) and the trees harvested for $$$.







It's amazing that so much damage occurred. News reports claimed that only 3 camp sites remained out of 40(?) but it's more like 6 are still intact and in various states of disarray. It's still a beautiful place.
It's hard to believe that where we came thru used to look just like this.





It's still a beautiful place and we're thinking of heading back for a weekend of camping and more exploring.
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Awesome!
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Unread 09-13-2009, 01:26 PM   #3
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Very cool report, thx for posting.

Wish there were more shots of your rig though
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Wish there were more shots of your rig though
My wish too. Maybe they're on the jeep forum.

FWIW, the 2 4runners aced the trail where others had a heck of a time. Gotta luv the "magic buttons" (lockers).
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Very cool run! This one makes me nervous.

Entrance to Weaver/Francis has potential to take out a door.
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Nice scenery!
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I never noticed this last night airing up and have no idea where I picked it up. Sure glad that it didn't take out my brake line.




Check out the Sonaram Steel lower links too.



This thing was long but in the war between truck and tree branches, the truck usually wins, but not always of course.

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