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Check out the 2006 CHDH information for complete info on last year's race.

For the 2006 Groovy Gravity Games (a.k.a GGG), Team Wrong Way has decided the pass the torch to us. Hopefully, we can do as good as a job as they in 2005 , 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001. 5 years running and they are still helping us out for 06 ..... thanks to Team Wrong Way!

We've come up with a new name CHDH ,Corral Hollow Downhill, because the race is run at Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area, which is located in Corral Hollow, a deep valley that runs from Livermore to the San Joaquin Valley.

Corral Hollow has a long chapter in California history. In the 1880s it was mined for coal and before that, it was populated by native americans.

There's a short account of Corral Hollow history at this Site

"Just over the hills southeast of Livermore, an arid valley called Corral Hollow runs east to the San Joaquin plain. In the early days of the Gold Rush, Corral Hollow was a part of a major thoroughfare from the San Francisco region to the southern Sierra. It has been the site of Native American occupation, explorers' camps, travelers' way stations, mining enterprises, a brick factory, a railroad, and a town— all gone now, leaving only subtle traces on the landscape. It is the home of a remarkable variety of plants and animals, bringing many desert-adapted species surprisingly close to East Bay cities. It has long provided opportunities for research and training in field biology. But it has also been the focus of land-use disputes in recent decades, pitting ranchers, residents, and biologists against off-road vehicle recreationists. Today that struggle is heating up again, and the fate of a precious natural resource for the Bay Area hangs in the balance."

Below if from the journals of William H Brewer, who wrote about visiting CH in the 1860s .....

"If you look on the map, southeast of Mount Diablo, you will find a valley, ³Corral Hollow,² watered by a curved river, enclosed in the mountains. If youare posted in newspapers you have heard of the ³rich coal mines² in said Corral Hollow. Well, here we are! As distance lends enchantment to the view, just believe it a lovely spot; but as we are here, we find it a most Godforsaken, cheerless, inhospitable, comfortless region."

"Corral Hollow runs up west into the mountains, then suddenly turns southeast, the canyon much narrowing at the same time. The coal mines are near the curve, about nine miles up. The sandstone that forms the hills is broken and thrown up, and there a few seams of poor coal are found."

"We took a circuitous route up, which we thought we could shorten several miles on the return by descending into the Corral Hollow canyon above its curve and following it down. We descended into it, a narrow gorge more than a thousand feet deep, down a very steep slope, our mules sliding and getting down as best they could‹it was too steep to ride them‹a slope of thirty degrees or more‹then struck down the stream. We got into a fix."

"The gorge got narrow, huge rocks had fallen in and choked it up in places, but we got our mules down nearly to the road, when the route became absolutely impassable. We spent two hours in getting them about a mile through the rocks, and then had to get them out by making them climb a slope having a average incline of forty-seven degrees, and in places over fifty degrees, for five or six hundred feet. Think of that! But they did it, and we got out safely."

journals of William H Brewer