My favorite trail! Stefano told me this was about to happen when I was at his place in Sutter Creek this past weekend. He sirt of has the inside scoop on it as he knows the guy who had the paperwork on his desk and just needed to sign off on it.
The last time I ran the trail we did it with just three vehicles, Antonio's RRC, Colin's DII and my RRC. We went up hwy. 4 and stayed at Lake Alpine the first night, did a leisurely run down Slickrock the fist day and then returned to Lake Alpine that night, then the next morning we packed up and hit Deer Valley going the reverse direction (which adds about 1 level of difficulty to the trail) and spent the 3rd night at Blue Lakes, at the Mid-Lake campground. Heading out the last day rather than drive out on the paved Blue Lakes road we took the unpaved Forestdale Rd, over the 9000ft. pass at the Forestdale Divide, ending up ad Red Lake on hwy. 88. That's basically the way I'd like to do it again, given a long weekend for the trip. Another time we simply met at Blue Lakes and blasted through to hwy. 4 and headed back home the same day. The first time I went we camped the first night at Blue Lakes, did Deer Valley in the more common North to South direction and camped at the little campground on hwy. 4 the first night, and then did Slickrock the next day, heading home after that.