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Old 12-04-2018, 03:49 PM
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I wasn't sure where Springville was, the building in the background looked like something in Idylwild.

Yeah it's what's left of a CH53 that crashed up on Toro Peak in the 70s.

This guy has way better pictures than I had. I used to rebuild the turbines on CH53s for 5 years, so for me finding the site was really neat. Most of those parts are still up there it's amazing it hasn'tbeen picked clean by people.

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I wasn't sure where Springville was, the building in the background looked like something in Idylwild.

Yeah it's what's left of a CH53 that crashed up on Toro Peak in the 70s.

This guy has way better pictures than I had. I used to rebuild the turbines on CH53s for 5 years, so for me finding the site was really neat. Most of those parts are still up there it's amazing it hasn'tbeen picked clean by people.

https://joeidoni.smugmug.com/Aircraf...-Sea-Stallion/
Wow! Very interesting, I'm really surprised as well that there is still so many parts left behind from that wreck. And its scattered everywhere. Looks like an awesome trail and if I'm ever in that area I'll definitely check it out.
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We recently got a ton of snow in the Sierra Nevada. My buddy got his drivers license so what better way to celebrate it than to go to the mountainsHis Jeep is a 93 YJ. Pretty sweet.




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Springville outside of Porterville? And the Thomas Mountain and Anza area between Warner Springs and Idyllwild are amazing if I may add my two cents in as well. I must think that from anywhere around the Springville area there must be loads of awesome trails, and who can't love some Redwood Trees. Speaking of such, are those Redwoods up close to the top of Toro Peak? You are lucky to catch that gate open!! Congratulations!!
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Springville outside of Porterville? And the Thomas Mountain and Anza area between Warner Springs and Idyllwild are amazing if I may add my two cents in as well. I must think that from anywhere around the Springville area there must be loads of awesome trails, and who can't love some Redwood Trees. Speaking of such, are those Redwoods up close to the top of Toro Peak? You are lucky to catch that gate open!! Congratulations!!
Hey man, yep its Springville right above Porterville, absolutely beautiful up here right now. And the redwoods are amazing, I'm very lucky to live within an hours drive from them. And yes there is lots of trails and Jeeps up here!
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Springville outside of Porterville? And the Thomas Mountain and Anza area between Warner Springs and Idyllwild are amazing if I may add my two cents in as well. I must think that from anywhere around the Springville area there must be loads of awesome trails, and who can't love some Redwood Trees. Speaking of such, are those Redwoods up close to the top of Toro Peak? You are lucky to catch that gate open!! Congratulations!!
The gate down at the start of the FS road is typically open except for full on winter time when there's a lot of snow up there they close it to protect people from themselves. The gate going up to Toro Peak closes off what is I believe indian land. Even if it's closed it's a short walk up to the top and the views are worth the hike.

From the last trip before I EASed back home.



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Hey man, yep its Springville right above Porterville, absolutely beautiful up here right now. And the redwoods are amazing, I'm very lucky to live within an hours drive from them. And yes there is lots of trails and Jeeps up here!
When I was a kid my grandparents lived in Porterville and family had a ranch in Success Valley. Trips to the Redwoods were a treat, any time of the year. I drove my Jeep through there last summer without time to explore much and have been itching to go back. We took bikes up to Kennedy Meadows a few years back. The whole region is amazing, you are most fortunate!!
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The gate down at the start of the FS road is typically open except for full on winter time when there's a lot of snow up there they close it to protect people from themselves. The gate going up to Toro Peak closes off what is I believe indian land. Even if it's closed it's a short walk up to the top and the views are worth the hike.

From the last trip before I EASed back home.



That mountain was an awesome summer bike ride when the rest of so cal was blistering hot, that mountain top was a cool 70 degrees. If you ever are back in the winter there is a cool little cabin way down on the desert floor to find and explore. Down Coyote Canyon out of Anza. packing a little heat isn't a bad idea !!
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Looks like you've got good bones here - I'm in NY and a Jeep from this era would be LONG GONE from rust and rot. Congrats.
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