|03-19-2010, 10:37 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2003
Member # 21408
Pics from trailride
Our monthly club ride was this past Saturday. We missed the nice weather by a day (almost 70 the day before) as it was maybe 50 and rainy the whole day. I've been riding at this place for 10 years and have never seen it anywhere close to this wet before. We had multiple feet of snow on the ground just a week prior to the ground was already saturated with the melt, plus I don't know how much rain the area received in the prior couple of days. Literally everything including gravel roads was like stepping on a wet sponge, and you could hear the flow of water everywhere even if not next to a stream.
This is a creek at the end of a little connector trail we use to cut over to the main trail. Usually has 6" or less of water and maybe 5' wide that you can drive a car through. I wasn't even to the actual creek channel yet when water started running through the floorboards and I backed out. Wound up running this trail backwards and then took paved and gravel roads over to the other area.
YJ on 37's with D60's that took a bad line and got crossed up. Notice the water running down this pretty flat section of trail.
Big washout. I backed up about 2' and bumped it to drive out...would have made it the first time but I chickened out and lifted throttle.
The YJ in the same spot. He slid the driver's side down into the rut and almost laid it on the side. About 6 of us put a strap on the side and pulled on it while he backed out.
The 4.0L smoked for a little while afterwards, but he made it on the next attempt easily.
We were only able to make it about halfway through the main trail because there is a bigger creek to cross. I've been through this area probably 30 times, so I knew since the water was way out of the banks (couldn't even really tell where the creek bed was) it would have been 5' deep. .
This area usually isn't much of an issue. It's hard to tell from this side, but it's a small creek/ditch on the other side than a small bank to climb. There are about 4 different lines. Here is 78Buford on the right using the winch after getting a tree wedged between the cab and back tire, and a TJ on the left getting ready to be pulled again. The TJ struggled the most because of half-bald radial tires and open diffs front and rear. Everybody else in our group had Super Swampers or Boggers and at least one locker.
I don't like deep mud, and I'm staying on the shallow side. All of the small rigs snaked through the trees around this.
Guess I needed an excuse to pack the bearings and change out the diff fluid.
I don't have any pictures of the last section of the trail, but basically you are down in the valley and then have to turn and drive up a large hill to get out to the gravel road. I will guess it is around 300 yards. Needless to say the open diff / worn 33" tire TJ wasn't about to make it. I had to hook to him after about 50' and tell him to just hang on and try to stay between the trees