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Rucky Chuck (WS Run)

Rucky Chuck checkpoint is located just downstream from the Rucky Chuck rapids on the Middle Fork of the American River. It is the place where the runners ford the river from Placer County into El Dorado County. A second checkpoint is maintained on the south side of the crossing point, known as Rucky Chuck Farside.

Rucky Chuck requires VHF and UHF mobile capability with a Good Mobile, Base Station or Yagi Antenna. Must have Battery or Generator power only. An HT is a must because of the size of the site, and the need to occasionally move around it.

Francisco's (WST Ride)

The Ride checkpoint called Francisco's is meadow area located just uphill from the Rucky Chuck river crossing used by the runners. Riders do not ford the Middle Fork here. After completing the Francisco's vetcheck, they continue about two miles downstream and cross the river at Poverty Bar.

Access to Rucky Chuck and Francisco's is off Foresthill Road, about 2 miles down via Driver's Flat Road. Driver's Flat Road is graded, steep, narrow, and sometimes heavily rutted. Parking is very limited at the bottom. All non-staff vehicular traffic is stopped at Auburn-Foresthill Road. Crews during the Run are allowed, but must walk down from Drivers Falt. Crews are not allowed at the checkpoint during the Ride. Designated horsetrailers make the trip in and out to evacuate any pulled horses and their riders.

Francisco's requires VHF and UHF mobile capability with a Good Mobile, Base Station or Yagi Antenna. Must have Battery or Generator power only.

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