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Dunsmuir Railroad Park Weekend - Oct. 13-15, 2023

Come join us for an amazing weekend up in the mountains. We have an awe-inspiring run planned for Saturday that will include beautiful sights and plenty of twisties!

Your Hosts for the Weekend:

Patrick / Michelle Lewis, and Paige Lane


Register at MotorSport Registry:

https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/dunsmuir-railroad-park-weekend-norcal-minis-330176


Run Overview:

Please note that this is not a typical one-day club run. 

This is a 3-day overnight run with social events on the first two evenings. If you still need to book your lodging, there are a limited number of cabins and cabooses available. 

GO TO THE RAILROAD PARK RESORT website to book (and more info below)

https://www.rrpark.com/

Milky Way over the Cabooses

Run Details:

Friday, October 13 Run 1 (Bay Area to Dunsmuir Railroad Park):

Pat will lead the group from the Bay Area up to Dunsmuir. There will be TWO meet-up points.

 

Meet Up Location: This location is right off of Highway 680 - Bernal Ave exit

Safeway parking lot

6790 Bernal Ave.

Pleasanton, 94566

 

Meet Up Time/Departure Time

10:00am/10:30am

 

Meet Up Location #2

Exit 554 off of Interstate 5, in the Starbucks Parking Lot 

(Street Address: 30016 Rd 8, Dunnigan, CA 95695)

 

Meet Up Time/Departure Time

12:00 Noon/1:00pm (Lunch near this location)

Route:

(Friday Pleasanton to Dunsmuir)

https://goo.gl/maps/vmdLH47nJrFMqp838

Note: to prevent bladders from bursting, we’ll be stopping at the I-5 Rest-stop near Red Bluff for a bio break; the run lead will call it out ahead of time.

 

Friday Evening Details:

NOTE: We are having a POTLUCK at the park. 

Though optional, if you use the link below to share what you intend to bring, we avoid duplications.

Potluck LINK
https://www.punchbowl.com/parties/c3c929f317f6cc959348



LOCATION

Between Cabooses 26 and 27. The Lewis and Tildesley cabooses. All attendees have received an email with details. 

DINNER AT 6:30PM

 

or

 

Dinner on your own: 

The restaurant at the park has a great menu; otherwise, there are plenty of choices in Dunsmuir and Shasta nearby.

 

Friday Night AFTER Dinner:

Bring your own drinks, snacks, chairs, blankets, etc., and join us outdoors by the Tildesley and Lewis cabooses #26 & #27.


2022 Potluck
(pic by Simon Tildesley)


Saturday, October 14 Day 2 (Panther Meadows / Town of Mt Shasta / Castle Lake):

Breakfast

You are on your own. There are plenty of places nearby! And the restaurant at the park is NOW OPEN on Saturday and Sunday at 9am. 

 

Run: Panther Meadows / Town of Mt Shasta / Castle Lake

Meet Up Time/Departure Time

10:15am/11:00am

Meet at the near cabooses #26 and #27 in the Railroad Park

 

Route Day 2 RUN #1:

https://goo.gl/maps/wrxQMfy7WLNf7Gmm6

 

Detail of Day 2 RUN #1:

We’ll line up between the Cabooses to take photos of individual driver teams with their cars, then depart as a group towards the town of Mt Shasta (North on I-5). 


Once through the scenic small town of Mt. Shasta, we begin a twisty, scenic drive up to Panther Meadow. Popular with the locals, our pace will be determined by sedans heading to the hiking trails. 


As we near the end of the road, we will call out the restrooms.  Continue up the mountain to rejoin the group at the second from the last parking lot, if you had to stop for the restrooms. Group photo will be taken in the parking lot. We’ll remain here for about 40 minutes. Panther Meadows is the end of the first run. 

 

Lunch

Some may choose to picnic at Panther Meadows, while others will drive back to the town of Mt Shasta. Lots of great places to have lunch. 

 

Lunch break will be one hour, then we're back on the road for Run #2.

 

Route Day 2 RUN #2

https://goo.gl/maps/CWpzqqd47qBMQkCQ8 


Details of RUN #2:
 

We will depart from the O’Reilly Auto Parts Parking lot at 2:15pm (Address: 124 Morgan Way, Mt. Shasta) and drive West of I-5, heading past Lake Siskiyou and up the mountain to Castle Lake. There is a vault toilet at Castle Lakes. Parking will be “competitive”.  For those who are inclined to hike, there are wonderful hiking trails around the lake.  A short, moderately strenuous hike takes one up to Heart Lake.  The parking lot at Castle Lake is the end of Run 2. To return to the Railroad Park, simply return the way you came (back down I-5 South). 

 

2022 Day 2 Run Start
(pic by Simon Tildesley)



Dinner

We will have a group dinner in the Dining Car Restaurant in the park on Saturday night. It's important as part of your RSVP to let us know if you're interested in this option. Some may choose to do dinner on their own or get take-out from the dining car. 


Important Note: We have booked the Railroad Park restaurant for us for dinner at 7pm. Yes or No will be part of the RSVP we will be sending out soon.

 

Saturday Night After Dinner:

Return to cabooses #26 & #27 again. Be sure to bring your own drinks, snacks, chairs, blankets, etc.

DRRP Dining Car


Sunday, October 15 Day 3 (Return Home):

Meet in the courtyard for a people and pets group photo before everyone heads home on their own. Be there at 9am.




Important Run Information:


 

About Dunsmuir Railroad Park

Dunsmuir Railroad Park is a very unique place where you can sleep in a caboose. If you'd like more information on the Dunsmuir, check out their website: https://rrpark.com//

 

Reservation Details:

Your reservation can be made online. If you want to, they also have camping options. Your credit card won't be charged until you arrive. It is pet-friendly.

 

To Reserve your caboose, cabin, or camping spot:

  1. Click on the "Check Availability" button at: https://rrpark.com//
  2. Set the dates for arrival Friday, October 13th thru October 15th
  3. Click "Search" this will then set the results to show you what's still available

 

If you decide not to come up on Friday, you will most likely miss out on the morning Saturday event.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

 

MUST cancel 48 HOURS prior to arrival or you credit card will be charged for 1 night.

 

LODGING UNITS

 

· CHECK IN 3PM

 

· CHECK OUT 11AM

 

· Base rates include 2 people, each additional person is $10 plus tax.

 

· NO SMOKING Smoking in lodging units will incur a $250 cleaning fee added to credit card.

 

This is a run for PAID NorCal MINI members only.  

 

Join Today! Create your MotorSportReg Account to become a PAID Club Member, use the link below:

NorCal MINIs Membership

 

Instructions for joining MotorSportReg and joining NorCal MINIs can be found in the following document:  Instructions

Check out our 2023 Run Calendar for a complete list of events for the remainder of this year.


Please bring your radio, fully charged, turned on, and tuned to Channel 7, Subchannel 21 CTCSS before you arrive at the start. If you don’t have a radio, ask for a loaner at the driver’s meeting. For radio recommendations, please see https://www.facebook.com/legacy/notes/728353274556164/.

Be sure to turn the “VOX” voice-activated setting OFF, or we will hear the wind from your AC, your conversations, and any noise in your car broadcasting to everyone.

Make a pit stop before the drivers' briefing. We will be driving for a while through twisty hills before our rest stop up in the mountains, so plan ahead.