Jeeps Gone Wild dec.27 Interlake dec.28 Redbird
Interlake Dec. 27
We started the day out at interlake arriving to the parking road full of rigs and trailers pulling rigs. I say road because there is no real parking area at Interlake. Just a gravel road you drive down for about a mile then park on the side of the road once you see the parking sign. I'd say in all 40-50 rigs, mostly jeeps, showed up for this ride. Just driving down the road got every vehicle that came covered in mud, and the rest of the day was no different. Once we all, in our group got ready we headed to trail 6 which meanders it's way through a prairie type landscape. As soon as we dropped in it was a long downhill followed by a long uphill. All rigs except one were forced off the trail to make it up the other side since there was no winch point. We then headed into the woods. There alot of trails inundated with short steep uphills and down hills. The first woods trails instantly stopped the whole group for lots of spotting and tow strapping to keep the jeps from flopping due to the extreme off camber situation sliding potential, and deep rut which could have easily flopped you on your side. Many rigs required a strap or two tied around the top of the rollbar and a bunch of guys pulling to jeep the jeeps from flopping. Around the next bend it was the same extreme offcamber with sliding involved. The trails are tight and twisty in the woods, while the the prairie is wide open and meanders along. We got through several trails and got a tip to try trail 16 which was a drop down into a little rock garden then up 3 difficult rock obstacles. Turned out to be the best trail of the day. Everyone was able to make it up with lots of spotting. We were forced off trail 16 when it was found out chris87xj had broke and there was another group stuck on the next little section. We got chris back to the road and parted ways to hit a few more trails. We hit a few fun trails and then ran into another group winching out so we headed out to hit a different one. the last hill out of the trail almost ended with a flop by Connor. He was forced to get a running start at the hill which ended up throwing him sideways at a very steep angle narrowly avoiding a flop. After a quick winch over the hill. we were ready to call it a day.
Dec. 28 Redbird:
After arriving an hour late due to my forgetfullness about the time change, and waiting for a few more rigs to get ready we headed out. We had a total of 9 jeeps in our group. We started on trail 1 which is flat and had a few mud holes. I took the shorter of the 2 holes which turned out to be the deeper one but was able to push through after a few attempts. Next jeep tried and was forced to winch. another tried to go between and needed an extraction. Then, we found out the other way was much easier, go figure. After trail 1 we headed down trail 0 which is just a road that leads to some other trails. Then we hit trail 25 which meanders through the woods with the option of going up and down the valleys in between. I fealt everyone had enough time to get their feet wet, so down the gnarly hill it was! mainly slide down then work your way far enough backwards up the hill you just came down to get enough room to run it up the other side. Pretty much everyone made it after several attempts. We then drove trail 14 which had much pucker factor with all the mud. Lots of off camber, big super steep climbs and descents, and jeep swallowing mud(for me anyway LOL). After a quick pit stop we attacked trail 3 which was more of the same.
Summary: Interlake is in the developement stage and needs some time. The trails are not all marked , but the place is big and has lots of potential. Redbird has been very well taken care of and is well marked although we did make one wrong turn. The hills here are one after the other steep and super scary when muddy. This place must be heaven when dry, since there were several steep hills we were just itching to run, but impossible due to the conditons. I will be back.
97 tj 4"fabtech, 35"x-terrain, 2" bl,xrc8 winch,
4.0L, np231 SYE, auto 3 speed, dana30, ford8.8
79 cj7 4"rough country 35" dunlop