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  • #571847
    rod9301
    34 Posts

    Has anyone used an ATV on snow (in the spring) for approaches? WIll it go further than a truck on intermittently snow covered roads? I am thinking Saddlebag lakes, Rock creek, Bloody.

    #618508
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    All the roads you would want to use it on are open now, but the only way you can do it in snow is to buy the track system that is run by your tires . Even with paddle tires for desert riding you wont get the traction you need when you are on snow. And remember you cant leave the road if you are in the wilderness

    If caught I think a Ranger would fine something illegal with that set up

    Just buck up like everyone else and put one foot in front of the other and you will stay out of jail and your wallet will still have cash in it

    #618509
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    early this season we came across a guy who drove his atv up bloody canyon. i’ve thought about the same thing. especially for random eastside approaches and maybe shasta in early spring

    #618510
    rod9301
    34 Posts

    Was he riding over snow?

    #618511
    mtnrider
    740 Posts

    Without buying the tracks http://www.mattracks.com/html/atv_tracks.htm which are super expensive, you can buy a sled super cheap now…you aren’t going to make it very far. I’m not sure 100%, I know it’s groomed in winter but pretty sure you cannot use the Rock creek road no matter. I have a sled and have been back into Virginia Lakes and a few other places for access but I never know the actual boundries so don’t use it for approaches too often. You could use it to get to the last parking lots of most of the real nice spots. I know fullers2oh and I have plans for Mineral King and a couple other spots for next season. It does make for a kill base camp. My malamute will be ready for pulling in my nicer tent and food next season too… :thumpsup:

    #618512
    rod9301
    34 Posts

    I probably wasn’t clear. I am not thinking of using an ATV in powder, but on the hard spring snow that you find on roads in late April and May.
    For exampl, I skied Brewer creek a couple of weeks ago, and there was a 100 foot patch of snow where my Yukon almost got stuck. I ended up camping there (6,000 ft) and walking in the morning on mostly dry road for a while.

    I wonder if an ATV would’ve made it on that snow.

    A sled may not be ideal for those conditions.

    #618513
    rod9301
    34 Posts

    Just buck up like everyone else and put one foot in front of the other and you will stay out of jail and your wallet will still have cash in it

    Actually, not bad advice. I was just looking for a shortcut.

    #618514
    mtnrider
    740 Posts

    If you just have to cross patches of pavement it’s not bad on the sled, I’ve had to go a mile or so once when the plow came late in the day. I would only go w/ a 4 x 4 quad. If the trail is already groomed/ or real hard pack you should be able to either get chains and air down the tires or possibly even stud them. You could probably just air them down and make it pretty far. Going on the quad is really dependent on the conditions of the snow too, if you sink in enough to catch the suspension or any part of the undercarriage you won’t be able to make it far.
    If you only want to use it for spring, its a good idea but you may have to wait for more snow to melt then you want. I haven’t though of trying the rhino out for that yet.
    either way, good discussion.

    #618515
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    just make sure you get one w/ a winch for getting high centered/stuck.

    #618516
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    “Just buck up like everyone else and put one foot in front of the other and you will stay out of jail and your wallet will still have cash in it”

    there’s plenty of places/situations quads would be well worth having imo and they’re mostly legal and/or you wouldn’t get caught. i’ve been thinking of getting one myself.

    #618517
    solo
    35 Posts

    I grew up riding atv’s in the winter in Idaho, and for what you want to use it for it would work perfectly. I use to ride the closed roads before they were open an never was told to leave by forest rangers that I encountered. They only wanted to see my fishing license. Chains for them are cheap and you would not be limited like you would be with the track mod.

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