Axle Benders Off-road 4×4 Club SoCal enjoys snow run on Thomas Mountain

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Nathan Chavarria, president of Axle Benders Off-road 4x4 Club SoCal, buries his Jeep in the snow, during the club’s Thomas Mountain Adventure Run. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
The Axle Benders Off-road 4x4 Club SoCal hosted a trail run on Thomas Mountain in Anza Saturday, Jan. 30. About 20 four-wheel-drive vehicles took part in the event, dubbed the Thomas Mountain Adventure Run. The four-wheeling enthusiasts were treated to about 12 to 18 inches of new snow as they made their way up the 6S13 Thomas Mountain trail, a 16-mile route with views of Garner Valley, Anza Valley, the San Jacinto Mountains and Cahuilla Mountain. Due to unanticipated trail conditions, the run ended at Toolbox Springs Campground at 6,150 feet of elevation. Trail boss Bob Sandvik – with other club members Nathan Chavarria, Squeak Smith and Kevin Murphy, among others – made the decision not to proceed further up the trail due to extremely icy conditions and deep snow at the higher
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