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Unread 10-21-2007, 07:38 PM   #1
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Potts Mountain Trail

I am considering going out to the Potts Mountain Trail - with a stock Wrangler TJ Sport. Is this do-able? Anyone 4-wheeled in a stock Jeep Wrangler or any other stock 4x4?

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Unread 10-22-2007, 10:17 PM   #2
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I am considering going out to the Potts Mountain Trail - with a stock Wrangler TJ Sport. Is this do-able? Anyone 4-wheeled in a stock Jeep Wrangler or any other stock 4x4?

Thanks!

Can it be done?...yes with VERY good spotting and skids. IF you don't have skids, don't do it. I've seen a stock liberty (other than skids) make it over potts, running from the top down. On the other hand, i've seen very large jeeps with lousy drivers have to turn around. It all depends on driving skill, spotter skills, and skids for Potts.

Where are you located?

Check out a few local clubs that run Potts...

www.teamtrailblazer.com based in Roanoke
www.swva4w.org in roanoke
www.nrvjeepclub.com in new river valley
www.sc4wda.org is VT's club
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Unread 10-26-2007, 10:42 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info.

Dumb question - when you say skids, are you talking about skid plates in addition to the transfer case and fuel tank that are standard on my TJ?

Oh, I live near Roanoke.

Thanks again!
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Unread 10-27-2007, 07:44 PM   #4
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for skids, i'd try to protect everything of importance...gas tank, tranny, engine, rocker protection, etc.

do a google search for "jeep armor" and it should give you some ideas.

I'm near Roanoke too...just east of Vinton actually.
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Unread 11-03-2007, 10:26 PM   #5
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Skid Row makes good skids. http://www.skidplates.com/
I've know of a guy running a Wrangler there totally stock and even running recapped tires, but as 98classic said, he knows how to wheel and he had a very good spotter.
I'm in Bedford, our group is The Lost Jeepers. www.lostjeepers.com We wheel 1-3 times a month and have members from all over the state.

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Unread 11-03-2007, 10:33 PM   #6
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If you want a little bit tamer trail that is close to Roanoke, check out Mountain Lake outside of Blacksburg. The trails are labeled in the Virginia atlas as "Jeep Trails." In dry weather, it is easy for even a stock rig. During the wet weather, it is more difficult. There are quite a few turnouts with mud holes in them for playing around.
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Unread 05-30-2013, 10:52 PM   #7
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If you want a little bit tamer trail that is close to Roanoke, check out Mountain Lake outside of Blacksburg. The trails are labeled in the Virginia atlas as "Jeep Trails." In dry weather, it is easy for even a stock rig. During the wet weather, it is more difficult. There are quite a few turnouts with mud holes in them for playing around.
Any camping spots along mountain lake?
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Unread 06-04-2013, 08:56 PM   #8
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Potts is not doable in a stock tj without a winch.There are several difficult areas, one in particular known as the ''stacks'' can be difficult for larger rigs with lockers and there is no legal by-pass to get around it.I was just thru there with a TJ on 31's and he had very experienced spotters and had to pull winch cable several times.If you attempt it don't go alone and expect damage,also remember if you go from top down anyone coming up has right of way and that's the way most people go.The sign at the head of the trail strictly states not for stock vehicles and suggests at least 33's.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 04:21 PM   #9
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We used to take stock S-10s through there 15 years ago. What happened?
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Unread 07-16-2013, 01:33 AM   #10
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For anyone interested, our local club is doing a ride on Potts the 27th of this month, meeting at the pines campground at 10am

If you're on Facebook...look up Virginia Offroad Warriors. Good group if guys that run trails from stock friendly to Crozet and Potts.
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Unread 10-15-2013, 02:45 AM   #11
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Does anyone have any info on the trail and the pines campground due to the gov shutdown? Is it ok to camp somewhere along the side of the trail? I have a planned ride coming up soon. Any details appreciated.
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Unread 10-15-2013, 04:29 AM   #12
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Does anyone have any info on the trail and the pines campground due to the gov shutdown? Is it ok to camp somewhere along the side of the trail? I have a planned ride coming up soon. Any details appreciated.
The Pines campground is closed. The trail is open, please tread lightly as ANY damage or illegal wheeling right now WILL shut it down!

Note that the bypass at "The Stacks" is not legal. We have video of multiple clubs running it and they should not have been. The bypass was cut in by the forestry service to get dozers in during the fire and where not meant to be run by off-road vehicles. People are running it and causing damage to the wilderness. Just run up the stacks its more fun anyway.
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Unread 10-15-2013, 01:17 PM   #13
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The Pines campground is closed. The trail is open, please tread lightly as ANY damage or illegal wheeling right now WILL shut it down!

Note that the bypass at "The Stacks" is not legal. We have video of multiple clubs running it and they should not have been. The bypass was cut in by the forestry service to get dozers in during the fire and where not meant to be run by off-road vehicles. People are running it and causing damage to the wilderness. Just run up the stacks its more fun anyway.
Thank you. The club I'm in is very much into Tread Lightly and will not take illegal bypasses (and Im sure most of them wouldn't take the easy bypass anyway). I haven't been there yet and Im not sure where the "stacks" is so a pic of it would be great and I'll pass on the info. I was guessing that the campground would be closed but is there anywhere to camp either at the trailhead or in an open spot next to the trail? This is allowed at Uwharrie so I thought it would be here as well.
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Unread 10-15-2013, 06:24 PM   #14
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I would like to state again that I'm looking for options for camping in case pines is still closed come Oct. 25 & 26th. If camping is not allowed on the trail I respect that and will make planning changes as necessary. If all else fails we still have other places we can wheel that weekend. I just have been wanting to go to Potts for a while now since I've never been and its just as close to me as Ure. Thanks again for any more info.
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Unread 10-15-2013, 09:55 PM   #15
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You can camp on the trail if you want.

Here is one of our locals running "The Stacks" legally! He is going "bottom-up" in this pick(you can run the trail in either direction). Its in way worse condition now!

Just click!
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