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The Redding Black Sheep 4x4 Club was established back in 1981 as a member of the California Four Wheel Drive Association. CAL4WD has actively promoted the advancement of vehicle oriented outdoor recreation in California as a non-profit since 1959.

As a local club, we meet monthly at Good Times Pizza in Palo Cedro on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins at 7pm and is open to the public. In our meetings we typically discuss Club activities, future runs and hear reports from last month's adventures.

Most months there is a minimum of one official club run and often, more spontaneous runs as people have time. Those are usually posted right here on our Facebook page.

We encourage everyone to "tread lightly" and go in a properly prepared vehicle as we do our part to steward the great outdoors in our area in a safe way. Under the "forms" tab you will find vehicle safety requirements as well as many other documents such as our bylaws, membership application, etc.

Some of our outings:

Who are the Black Sheep and what do we do?

Our club exists to organize four-wheel drive runs\events and other group activities, encourage safe and responsible off-highway land use, educate drivers on the off-road capabilities of their vehicles, and support the California 4WD Association. We do this in a variety of ways:

1) We hold monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. (Guests welcome)

2) Do at least one run per month exploring trails and the natural beauty of our local area.

3) Support  California 4WD Association through payment of annual dues.

4) Working with local agencies and businesses through meetings and activities that educate about public land use, preserve, clean or repair existing roads and trails, as well as creating new opportunities to four wheel.

5) Involvement in our community through parades, car washes and other activities that help promote healthy relationships and support.

6) Annual (typically summer, but not exclusively) extended trips/camping to places like the Rubicon, Fordyce, Moab, Somoa Dunes, etc.

Who is Cal4Wheel? What do they do?

California Four Wheel Drive Association, Inc. Since 1959, our non-profit organization has actively promoted the advancement of vehicle-oriented outdoor recreation. We are the largest organization of this type in California and represent owners of all makes and models of 4WD vehicles, as well as non-owners who support responsible vehicle-oriented recreation.


We maintain a full-time office in Sacramento. Our staff and volunteers work closely with legislators and land use managers to provide input, influence, expertise, and manpower to keep lands open to 4WD vehicle access. Many successful battles have been waged and won to keep trails open all over the state. We keep our members informed about important issues and changing laws through our bimonthly magazine, In Gear, and regular email updates.


Members enjoy association-sponsored events all year round. These events cover every type of terrain in every corner of the state. Whether you are interested in extremely challenging "hard rock" trails for the experienced enthusiast, or milder runs for the new four-wheeler, we have several events just for you. Many of our member clubs also sponsor monthly runs open to all.


Our members are active in conservation projects throughout California. Projects, which are coordinated with local agencies, can range from tree planting to removing junk cars from remote areas, from closing off entrances of hazardous mine shafts to repairing trail damage. We have received national recognition by winning "Take Pride in California" awards, and "Volunteers For Public Lands" national awards. Many clubs also have Adopt-A-Trails that they maintain.

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