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lgottler
February 27th, 2006, 10:27 PM
We only ended up with 3 vehicles, Kieth, Mark (from the UP), and myself. 50 degree sunny days. Fantastic trip, some great stories. I'll probably write something up for the Boondocker.

Rail Bed trail, really cool class 4 trail
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Keith flopped lightly against a tree, didn't even bust his windshield!
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One of the handfull of rockgardens I got to try.
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A rockbuggy that we ran into on 2 of the trails along with a Toyota truck.
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Lucas

JohnnyJ
February 27th, 2006, 11:01 PM
Overall, how was it? Worth the trip? How does it rate in comparison to other out of state areas?

Jarhead
February 28th, 2006, 06:11 AM
If only I had more vacation time... :Roadhouse:

Nice pic's

lgottler
February 28th, 2006, 12:36 PM
Well, I judge everything by Canada. So, it was another 3 hours, about 10 one way. There is rockcrawling in KY where there isn't in Canada (on that level).

I've never been anywhere other than Badlands and Canada as "out of state", so I can't tell you how it compares to out west or Tellico etc... But we spent 2 days there with 3 vehicles, which meant we could go quite fast through stuff and didn't have to wait for 10 trucks. We didn't see 1/2 the park. We hit the rock gardens, went through them on a single line and winched when we got stuck, didn't try a different line 10 times, and we didn't stack rocks and stuff.

There are tons of trails and more every weekend people are there. Each rock garden had at least 5 different lines to take. Some Class 5 trails I think I'd flip backwards on. Class 3 trails leave anyone not used to steep dropoffs and offcamber stuff very uneasy!! Class 2 trails connect just about everything, so you can take a stock Jeep all around and still have fun watching guys tackling Class 4 and 5 stuff. We passed tons of trails we didn't have time for.

You can wheel all day, take a trail back to the camp/cabin and park your rig right next to camp. They say its drier in the spring/summer, so it would probably make the trails a bit easier to tackle than with mud all over them, but still really fun!

If we had a rig without at least one locker or winch, it would have made for a very long trip. The snow was melting off the mountain, so the lower elevations were very wet, and the trails to the top of the mountain had mud sliding down them. I'm sure in the summer that wouldn't be a concern, but the trail to the top is a Class 3.

Oh, the Classes aren't Michiganized either! Class 4 down there is like our #5+. I'd say open diffs OK on a #3, but start thinking lockers on a #4+. Kieth snapped his axle shaft on the entrance to a Class 4, climbing a waterfall!

I will go again for sure.

Lucas

lgottler
March 6th, 2006, 06:36 PM
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keithshotrodshop
March 11th, 2006, 09:20 AM
Lucas hit the nail on the head about the park. I'd add that anyone attempting a class 5 should have a full cage, dual lockers, maybe a helmet, life insurace, and no fear of roof damage....All in all a sweet place to go.

mtnbiker5
March 20th, 2006, 02:53 PM
kEITH THE zUK IS LOOKIN GOOD!!