The Fordyce Creek Trail, recognized as one of BFGoodrich's Outstanding Trails for 2009, was officially honored this past weekend during the California Association of 4WD Club's annual Sierra Trek. Situated in the Tahoe National Forest, the 12-mile Fordyce Creek Trail was selected among hundreds of off-road recreational areas around the country due to its historical significance, visual appeal, difficulty level, and numerous natural features. With more than 10 rock-crawling areas, five winch hills, and four water crossings, the trail deservedly earns a difficult rating and is recommended for experienced off-roaders only.
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Receiving the Outstanding Trail honor in place of the inanimate track was the Friends of Fordyce club, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and protection of its namesake through trail maintenance and education on the various facets of responsible off-roading. During the August 8 presentation and in the presence of more than 700 off-road enthusiasts and club members, BFGoodrich awarded a $4000 grant to the club, which will go towards the continued guardianship of the trail.
Bret Preble, president of the Friends of Fordyce, stated, "We are grateful to have Fordyce Creek Trail recognized as one of BFGoodrich Tires' 2009 Outstanding Trails. The trail gives enthusiasts a diverse offering of obstacles and it also provides off-roaders with many great camping spots. Endless photo opportunities exist along the route due to its rich history and High Sierra scenic beauty."
The other Outstanding Trail acknowledged in 2009 was the Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area, which received recognition on May 23.
BFGoodrich Tires works with Tread Lightly!, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, and hundreds of club members and enthusiasts to support off-road trails from coast to coast. The Outstanding Trails program has recognized 19 off-road trails in 15 states and two in Canada.