Ran Yankee Hill today. The Honcho Magnum has new shoes as of yesterday, some 33x12.50 MTs that I'm really excited about. Been watching Dirt Every Day as some club members have been advising me to and that plus the new tires had me itching to get dirt underneath the truck.
The forest is my happy place so I decided since I couldn't get my mall crawlin GC owning friend (who also now has a proper set of new tires) to join, I'd just do an easy trail that I know very well and find a nice little campsite to set up a chair and read at for a bit.
I settled on the Yankee Hill trail network. However, this time I was concerned about possible snowdrifts and since I was alone I didn't need to be pushing anything... So I decided to not start from my usual entrance which is I believe called Mine Rd, maybe Miner Rd near the Alice neighborhood. I looked at my map and saw that the first entrance off of fall river rd would be Hamlin Gulch, and I went for it. Aired down at the pull off. Let the dog chill out a bit (she hates the noisy truck).
Shortly into the pretty narrow Hamlin Gulch section of Yankee Hill you will see a crossroads sign. One way is a dead end (map confirmed this) and the other is Hamlin Gulch continued. Underneath that it says WASHED OUT in white letters pointing to the right. HEED THIS WARNING. Its a damn shelf road, which I hadn't experienced in the Yankee Hill network yet. Where its dangerously washed out is after a rock feature that covers up a nasty slide area.
The ass end of the Honcho Ultra Super Magnum started sliding out on me and I was so scared I gingerly put it into park, made the dog jump out, and analyzed the situation from the outside. It looked like I was past the point of no return. I saw that if I sent it I should be able to continue. I kept the dog out of the rig as well as my left foot with the door open, and eased forward, ready to gun it if **** went literally sideways. I made it and so did the Jeep Ultimate Mega Magnum Honcho.
I was shaking like a leaf for about ten minutes after, never been more scared in all of my offroading experience. I think the dog appreciated being able to be outside of the truck while Dad did stupid things in it.
Pushed on the very mild rest of Yankee Hill to get to a nice reading spot and really enjoyed my afternoon in beautiful weather. I'll add a link to pics and video below.
Do not attempt the section of Yankee Hill called Hamlin Gulch off of Fall River Road unless you're looking for a slide risk for almost no reward, unless/until they patch it up sometime. Attaching a screenshot of the near-exact location.