*** The two GoPro vids below are available in 1080P HD which is pretty cool watching them. Click on full screen in the bottom right, then change it to 1080p in the bottom right ***
Trail 15 was an awesome experience... it has everything from a 45 degree rutted entrance to staggered wide rocks in the middle to clustered narrow rocks at the end.
1080P GoPro HD - Trail 15
Trail 38 (I believe it's nicknamed Little Schoolbus) was much longer than trail 15 and, IMO, not as difficult... except in one spot. Near the end, there is a large boulder sitting dead smack in the middle of the trail. You can either try to go around on the high walls and risk body damage if you slide into the rock (or possibly rolling depending on how high on the wall you go).... or you can attempt to go right over the boulder if you are built up enough.
1080P GoPro HD - Trail 38
At the start of trail 38 (immediately after Rattle Rock), there is a medium sized ledge and a small creek bed. I went up this tons of times throughout the weekend, but on this particular time, the rock and my tires were wet and it made it pretty difficult to get up. Afterward, the guy filming noticed that my U-Joint cap fell out (C clip fell out)... so I continued the rest of 38 and went back to the campsite. A nearby buddy had a spare stub shaft and u-joint which got me back on the trails for the rest of the weekend. This was the only damage I got all weekend... and I think it was my fault for not getting the c-clip in all the way on the u-joint the first time.
1080P GoPro HD - Start of Trail 38
The gravel run video is a bit boring, but shows you the main long, winding gravel roads that connects all the trails. The wind mills were pretty awesome up close... it was the first time any of us have seen them in person. All of us had pictured old dutch wind mills beforehand.
1080P GoPro HD - Gravel Run From Wind Mills
The end of trail 3 is awesome.... it's a small / medium rock garden on the hill climb up to it, then several ledges you must get over... then you can either take the easy exit on the right, or the extreme exit on the left. Upon getting to the top, I helped winch back the jeep that had broken his rear drive shaft.
1080P GoPro HD - Trail 3 Ending & Winch Help
She did a great job for only her second time driving the jeep off road. We gotta work on the clutch though
1080P GoPro HD - Trail 3 - Rachel Driving
I believe this was called "Little Mule", but I could be wrong. The right side is where the other guys went up (This is shown partially in the part 1 video below) ... and they said it was pretty easy with a longer wheelbase. The left side was difficult and had more consequences, but could be done with a shorter wheelbase.
1080P GoPro HD - Ledge Climb - Part 2
1080P GoPro HD - Ledge Climb - Part 1
On to the pictures. The cabins at Coal Creek have topped all of the other cabins we have stayed at hands down... as they are clean, had a mini kitchen (fridge / microwave), and a full bathroom with instant hot water. That being said, they're expensive at over $100 a night. I believe next time we are going to stay at a nearby hotel (over by the Wal-Mart area) since you have to travel a few miles to the trail head anyway.
Enough about the cabins, time for some on the trail pics:
Trail 15 carnage: