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Old 04-18-2012, 04:16 PM   #501 (permalink)
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Im watchin the weather too!!! Had planned an "attempt" at Atomic Ridge.....but i wont stand a chance in hell if its even a lil damp.

Id like to run some usual trails there anyway, though. Maybe try the ledges on 3????

Either way ill keep ya updated on here....and if i havent just post something and ill check this thread on my phone.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:32 PM   #502 (permalink)
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Sounds good. We are trying not to drive 4hours only to be stuck with rain everywhere.

I'm expecting us to skip rail trail this time. It was a bunch of work, maybe the guys would like to see other parts of the place.

Which direction is Cadillac? What type of difficulty is it? Our last piece of trail from last time had us come past a cave on our right and then it seems like we ended up coming out on 3 which put us coming out on the side of a main path.
Does this sound correct?
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Sounds good. We are trying not to drive 4hours only to be stuck with rain everywhere.

I'm expecting us to skip rail trail this time. It was a bunch of work, maybe the guys would like to see other parts of the place.

Which direction is Cadillac? What type of difficulty is it? Our last piece of trail from last time had us come past a cave on our right and then it seems like we ended up coming out on 3 which put us coming out on the side of a main path.
Does this sound correct?
If you are on trail 39 headed towards 40 you will see 39 turn up the hill to the left right were it meets 40 (rail trail). If you turn up to the left, that's cadillac.

Seems like you went straight on 40 and cam out on trail 3.
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Which direction is Cadillac? What type of difficulty is it? Our last piece of trail from last time had us come past a cave on our right and then it seems like we ended up coming out on 3 which put us coming out on the side of a main path. Does this sound correct?
From that(ending on 3/coming out on that gravel road), the quickest way to Cadillac is to go LEFT at the top of 3 on that gravel road. You'll continue a ways on that gravel road, but it will dump you right into the trail you need to be on, which is 38 I believe. You'll know it because it's pretty much the SECOND trail on the left you'll see(the first one is the EXIT to Cadillac). There's also a decent drop down from the gravel rd.

You'll continue on that trail for a bit, then like mentioned below, you'll turn left when then trail keeps going(to Rail Trail).

Also worth noting is the new "shortcut to Rail Trail/Cadillac". You'll continue out 3 like you did before, passing that cave on the right. And now where you turned up the hill last time(the climb out of 3 to the gravel rd.), you'll keep going straight passing that hill on your right.

Keep going and you'll see a drop down trail on your left. Take that trail, and it will lead you straight to the beginning of Rail Trail before the drop down in the creek. From there you can either run Rail(turn left), or continue to Cadillac(right).

As you're climbing from there, you'll see a trail come in on the left. Take that, then immediately look right, and that is Cadillac. If you want to bypass the large hole/hard spot on Cadillac, continue going on that climb out trail. It will intersect back into Cadillac about 20ft past that hole/hardspot.

The below video is basically from the top of Rail, bypassing the hole/hard spot on Cadillac Hill, and then the climb out on Cadillac back to the gravel road.

Partial Cadillac Bypass section.MOV - YouTube (at the 1:13 mark thats the trail you take to get to the bottom of Cadillac/hole section, then at the 5:40 mark it joins back in)
Final climb from Cadillac.MOV - YouTube

And this is that hole/hard spot you're bypassing(if you want to)

Alex and Toad on Cadillac Hill at Windrock - YouTube
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If you are on trail 39 headed towards 40 you will see 39 turn up the hill to the left right were it meets 40 (rail trail). If you turn up to the left, that's cadillac.

Seems like you went straight on 40 and cam out on trail 3.
Yes, that's what we did, we went straight down the hill to rail trail. Thanks!
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Any recent updated maps available online?
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Any recent updated maps available online?
Not that i know of....heard they have an updated map for purchase at the snackshack though.

Weather is currently lookin awesome....hopefully itll carry over for the weekend.
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The weather is calling for scattered showers on Saturday. Let's hope they don't amount to much. Tony, are you headed over tomorrow? Our group will
Have 3 TJs (red,black,green)and a red YJ.
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Im kinda undecided....weather is sayin 50% rain. Probably jus play it by sight tomorrow morning.
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Hope u get some dry wheelin in....kinda sprinklin here. Trails look dry forya though.
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Looks like you all are having some fun.
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I think i f'd up not goin today...sprinkling slacked off and turned into a great day. Hope u guys are havin a blast!!!! You stayin for Sunday?
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:19 PM   #515 (permalink)
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Anybody up for some night rides next weekend?
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These were on 39

Tony you should have come with us. It drizzled just a little. We must have been 4 of only 10 trucks there today. There were a ton of atvs and sidexsides but no problem on the trails at all.
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Top of schoolbus I think.

We went up Cadillac and then came down 3, took a right at the bottom of 3 then took a left on a trail that looks to only be a month or so old.
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took a right at the bottom of 3 then took a left on a trail that looks to only be a month or so old.
Thatd be the new bypass/shortcut to RailTrail.

I was kinda kickin myself for not goin, but spent some much needed time tieing up some loose ends/maintanance on the jeep.

Glad u all had fun and thanx for the pix.
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This bypass has a tight spot shown in the picture. The rock shown on the left tries to throw the top of the vehicle into the tree shown on the right.

Even though there was a huge ATV and SxS event there was plenty of room in the park for us. We had 4 rigs and may have seen 3 or 4 others that came up behind us first thing in the morning at the top of 15.

Later in the day we saw a pretty big group of SxS's but they didn't cause much trouble, they were a good group of guys. They ended up watching us on several things like the bypass pictured above. They were amazed that our rigs had done Railtrail last time we were there and that we were doing Cadillac the others we had done.
The parking lot was pretty full for the event but no big deal otherwise. They were swarming all around on the roads, some acting like idiots, but I would go again without hesitation. We left our trucks and trailers at the hotel so parking was no issue.
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I knew the crowd wouldnt be a problem. Glad yall had fun!!
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Early on Saturday, Security got help from the Petros Volunteer Fire Department parking vehicles for the Jam. It helped to keep people from hogging a space. I do believe it made a difference.
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Anybody up for some night rides next weekend?
Which day were you thinking?
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Were heading out of Clemson Saturday and should be pulling into the park around 1. Have two ZJs on 35s, Yota on 35s, a TJ and 4 runner on 40s. Most experience we have with the place is 3 trips or so. I haven't been since last year. Anyone gonna be around that would want to show us around a little bit? I went through most of the thread and saw some good trails to run. I ran 15 last year on 33s and had to get snatched out of the very top. Saw someone say it was night and day from last year. Mean easier or more difficult?
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Saw someone say it was night and day from last year. Mean easier or more difficult?
I think it's as hard as you want to make it. Just watched a locked/locked XJ on32's walk right up the left-most side.

If it's wet/raining...bring some go-pedal.
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I think it's as hard as you want to make it. Just watched a locked/locked XJ on32's walk right up the left-most side.

If it's wet/raining...bring some go-pedal.
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