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post #1 of 32 Old 07-31-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie - want an easy first run...

Hi all,
We just got our first jeep - 2012 Rubi JK. We'd like a recommendation for a trail to ride that will let us get our feet wet, but won't kill us the first time. We're in the NVA area and have seen info on Shoe Creek and GWNP Harrisonburg, but we can't guarantee we'll have a friend with us and its just going to be a day trip - what would be your suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 32 Old 07-31-2012, 06:04 PM
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If you mean you'll be wheeling alone, I strongly urge you to reconsider.

Sometimes the easiest little things you dont think about will get you stuck. Which is no big deal: if someone is there to give you a yank on the ole' snatch strap.

I'd recommend shoe creek, big levels, flagpole knob/meadow knob, or hit up crozet. Crozet has a bad reputation for being really hardcore, but you can explore all day on blue trails! We have stock rigs all the time. First time I went there was even a baja vw beetle that only needed a tug one time and it was 2wd!

There's an open event on the 25th&26th, feel free to pm me or swing on over to www.rcpfa.com. Whatever you do, don't drive 5 miles into the wilderness alone.

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post #3 of 32 Old 08-01-2012, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I wasn't planning on going solo- no winch yet, never been there before.
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post #4 of 32 Old 08-05-2012, 07:46 AM
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I'd definitely recommend shoe creek.
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post #5 of 32 Old 08-05-2012, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Just got back from Shoe Creek - it was a blast! The wife and kids enjoyed it too, the rain has washed away a few spots slightly, but it was fun, glad I have Rock Rails for that one turn...
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Just got back from Shoe Creek - it was a blast! The wife and kids enjoyed it too, the rain has washed away a few spots slightly, but it was fun, glad I have Rock Rails for that one turn...
Cool! That's a fun spot to camp too if the wife and kids enjoy such activities.

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post #7 of 32 Old 08-08-2012, 10:41 PM
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Wheeled shoe creek on saturday and big levels on sunday both were washed out pretty good but still fun. Big levels was full of mud and water holes. Let you tires down to about 15 PSI on big levels and its a better ride
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post #8 of 32 Old 08-10-2012, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome, that's a sweet ride!
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post #9 of 32 Old 08-10-2012, 11:53 AM
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Where is shoe creek? Can you go anytime? I've yet to find any trails near me, I'm not trying to break down my xj, just break it in
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post #10 of 32 Old 08-10-2012, 12:57 PM
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37.830191,-79.083058 coordinates for shoe creek off meadows rd
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post #11 of 32 Old 08-10-2012, 01:00 PM
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Sorry its meadows Ln and here is the other end of the trail 37.787135,-79.103341
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post #12 of 32 Old 09-08-2012, 06:02 PM
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Yeah shoe creek is a good starter trail I think. You can go there anytime
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post #13 of 32 Old 09-08-2012, 09:36 PM
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Yeah shoe creek is a good starter trail I think. You can go there anytime
I know the trails are color coded, what would be good for an xj with 3.5 and 32's? I don't really want to mess it up considering its my DD as well.

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post #14 of 32 Old 09-09-2012, 04:21 AM
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Shoe Creek is a good starter trail. You would be fine in a stock rig. Just take it slow and dont be crazy.
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post #15 of 32 Old 09-09-2012, 04:27 AM
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Me and a friend are planning to make a run up to shoe Creek and big levels in October if you want to join us.
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