We went riding at Brimstone with a group of friends. Us in our new Can Am X3 XMR, a Couple in a RZR 570 and 4 friends in a RZR 900 4 seater.
We had something of a route planned expecting to take trail 10, 43,part of 75, 44, 93. We decided to add on 30,1,95. So mostly pretty easy trails. We stuck to mostly the south end of the park because it is normally not very crowded and this time was no different.
We stopped at the waterfall on trail 10 for obligatory picture session, Water was flowing and it was as pretty as ever, then we headed on up.
We were glad to see that trail 10 had been maintained within the last few months and the really bad rutted spot heading up the mountain had been repaired along with a lot of the other deep holes and ruts in it. When we got to 43, we noticed a lone 4 wheeler parked – assuming it was a hunter off the side of the mountain since we didn’t see anyone.
Trail 43 has also been maintained somewhat recently and was in pretty good shape. The bad ruts were gone but still had some good mudholes and rocks but very passable.
We followed it to trail 75 where we took a short off campus trip over to the coal mine for lunch, then came back to 43. From there, we decided to go ahead and take 44. As usual, it had some big nasty mud holes with plenty of bypasses. We decided it was time to see just how deep the XMR can go. When the mud gets over the top of the tires and it is basically floating on the skid plate – that’s about as far as anything can make it!. After hooking both RZR’s together to pull us out, we all went around that 4 ft deep mud hole.
44 may not have seen any maintenance but, it was overall in good shape with ways to get around anything that was to deep and solid bottoms in most holes. It was however, brushy as usual with a lot of privet and rose bushes overgrowing the sides as well as a few good size limbs that we really didn’t care for.
Once we got back around to 43, we headed down the mountain to trail 93 where, in the second big mudhole, Kay picked an excellent line and came through on 3 wheels while the RZR’s both managed to get stuck within 15 feet of each other at the same time buried up in the bad holes in the bypasses (remember, bypasses are not always the best answer) but after everyone getting winched out, we did notice a better bypass on the other side that the rzr’s probably would have fit through (the 72” xmr was probably not going to make it there). The rest of 93 was in good shape and it’s usual beautiful self. We noticed new trail 36 that we are going to go back and add to our maps soon.
We wrapped all the way around to the cabin and down to brimstone road to head up 30 and catch trail 1 at the top.
30 is in decent shape – being a twra gravel road, it is rocky and rough but bearable. Trail 1 is the same as it has been for the last several years- covered with rocks and rougher than a corn cob but, it is definitely solid and passable – no big mud holes or ruts from 30 all the way back to 95.
Trail 95 looked like it had seen at least some maintenance. The spot about half way down that has been so bad for the last few years has a nice bypass, there are a few ledges and drop offs but, they are easily navigated. We did manage to drag the skid plate once or twice but nothing major.
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Scott and Kay Ball
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