I know that area well too. I grew up trout fishing the lake and streams back when they actually stocked them by hand, not a dump truck. Camped a lot there too. It's beautiful and seems to be popular with the ASU students. Need to figure out where to take the family jeeping this weekend.Thanks! I know that area real well. Try to get up there for day hikes or overnight hikes every month from March - October. I spent a day at Julian Price last year and it was great.
Do you know of any trails up there? Sorry to take this off-topic but I am trying to figure out what there is up there that I would need a lift for!
... well sort of.
The other weekend she gets home from a trip to the mountains with her daughters. The first words out of her mouth weren't "Hi" or "Hello" they were "I'm not driving this Jeep anymore until you lift it!!! I looked like a sissy in the mountains with all those lifted Jeeps!"
Well I must say on the inside I was quite the proud husband, "What a cool wife" I thought. But what came out of my mouth was "Good grief woman, I'm going to get to it soon!"
I bought a Rubicon suspension which I knew would lift the Sahara a little bit but that ain't gonna cut it now. I said how about a 2.5" Rough Country body lift so you can keep your same comfort of the Sahara suspension but will get a solid 2 - 2.5" of lift. She said that's what she wants. Since this is her daily commuter and we off road a little bit this was the best of both worlds. OK problem solved, now to find the time among all the other projects.
We're not, most friendly people in America a place where people still wave to each other. I live in Bryson City, NC. If your broke down people will actually stop to render assistance.When I go on a 'trip to the mountains', I generally would rather not sacrifice lateral grip (on-road) and stability (off-road) in exchange for better approach/departure angles+articulation (effectively all a lift buys you).
But at least your wife admits it's purely about vanity, not function. Who knew 'mountain' people could be so judgmental about other folks' rides?
ok. you drive it. she can work it out in therapy.... well sort of.
"I'm not driving this Jeep anymore until you lift it!!! I looked like a sissy in the mountains with all those lifted Jeeps!"
Definitely interested in knowing more details on Western NC trails. My wife’s family still lives in her hometown waaaaaay west, and I’d like to find some trails to make the trips to and from more interesting, even (maybe especially) if it wasn’t on the way.Update on the Hurricane Creek trail I spoke of earlier. This trail is located right outside of Waynesville NC past exit 15 on I40 West. I can give more details for those interested.
I showed up at the trail and three FJs and two Tacomas. They asked if I wanted to join and I did. Super nice guys, SATT on facebook. The trail was freaking great, couple of creek crossings, some rock crawls, wash out ditches etc. Lots of fun and the guys really liked the Jeep. Highly recommend the trail.
The Jeep handled everything effortlessly.
On I40 West go past exit 15, in a couple of miles you will see a rest stop on your right. Go past it and soon you will see the highway splits and the oncoming east bound side is a little lower than you, this is because they are going through a tunnel that you won't. As you round the bend you will see the east bound side coming back up to meet the west bound side. PAY ATTENTION to the guard rail on your right. Right before the east and west bound lanes come back together AT THE END OF THE GUARD RAIL is a very small pull off. Turn right into here, this is the Hurricane Creek trail head. When you are watching the guard rail, as soon as you can see the end of it I'd put your turn signal on give the cars behind you plenty of notice. This isn't like a well groomed off ramp... it's a redneck pull off.
The trail is meant to be driven from this point in, not the other way around, so if you encounter someone coming the other way you pretty much have the right to ask them to back up. The locals know the direction to run it.
I've seen a stock Toyota Tacoma run it by taking his time so any stock Jeep should be fine. As you go down the trail you will hit a clearing and it looks like you want to continue to go up to the left. Don't, that's a gated road, in that clearing turn to your right. You will ultimately come to a T, take a left. At the end of the trail you will see a "main" dirt road. This is Max Patch Rd. if you make a right you will go down off the mountain and can ultimately follow the signs back to I40. If you go left you will go up the mountain to Max Patch, which if you've never been to I highly recommend. From the top of the bald you can see 360 degree mountain views and that's all you can see.
Richland Rd is in Boone, I was told as you get ready to enter it there is a bridge, that bridge is private. Don't use it, take the trail around the bridge to come back up onto the road the bridge would have put you on. The second bridge is not private and can be used. Sometimes the locals whose land abuts the trail can get cranky, just a heads up.