Hurricane creek to max patch NC

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dougie117

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Anyone been thru recently? Going to be in the area Thursday afternoon and was wondering about conditions?
I did it two weeks ago for the third time and used 4lo once (JK 2.5" lift 33"AT) running it from max patch towards 40 (so I did it backwards this time?) The one part was tricky because it was pretty slick and had some deep ruts. Really had to find a line and hold to it otherwise you would be screwed and have to start over - unless of course you've got lockers or maybe better traction but again really slick.

Did it with a LC60 and a Grand Cherokee Diesel and all made it unscathed. It isn't a hard trail - just a fun one that'll take 2-4 hours depending on how many times you stop. Be sure to check out the mud hole playground. That's fun with all the big frogs jumping everywhere. Hundreds of them....
 
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justjames

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I did it two weeks ago for the third time and used 4lo once (JK 2.5" lift 33"AT) running it from max patch towards 40 (so I did it backwards this time?) The one part was tricky because it was pretty slick and had some deep ruts. Really had to find a line and hold to it otherwise you would be screwed and have to start over - unless of course you've got lockers or maybe better traction but again really slick.

Did it with a LC60 and a Grand Cherokee Diesel and all made it unscathed. It isn't a hard trail - just a fun one that'll take 2-4 hours depending on how many times you stop. Be sure to check out the mud hole playground. That's fun with all the big frogs jumping everywhere. Hundreds of them....
Thanks! I've done it before, just not recently and was wondering about conditions since all the rains.
 

justjames

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I did it this afternoon and found conditions to be A-OK. As @dougie117 said above, there were some deep ruts. They were at about 1.5 miles north of I-40 that were pretty deep but otherwise, the trail was in good shape. I was in a Tacoma which has 32's and is lifted a couple inches and I drug through the ruts but had no problems elsewhere.
 
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I did it this afternoon and found conditions to be A-OK. As @dougie117 said above, there were some deep ruts. They were at about 1.5 miles north of I-40 that were pretty deep but otherwise, the trail was in good shape. I was in a Tacoma which has 32's and is lifted a couple inches and I drug through the ruts but had no problems elsewhere.
thanks for the update. Trying to talk a buddy into going up there.
 

WayRodJKU

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Any one recently been through Hurricane Creek since the rains in June? Several of us are looking to go July 4th and camp at the Fire Rd. Gate. Haven’t been since last November.
 

WayRodJKU

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I’m sure there’s room! i would guess there’s room for 4-5 vehicles. Only one of our three will have a RTT...others will be ground tents
 

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Took my 4Runner on the trail for the first time this past Saturday and it was far from a "beginner" level trail. Maybe if the road wasn't so rutted out and washed out in a few areas it could be considered more entry level, but in it's current condition it's in no shape for anything other than experienced drivers with the right set up. Had to use rear lockers and crawl control a few times to make it through the badly rutted sections. It's still a ton of fun, just know what you're getting yourself into.
 

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The trail was tight (7/5/19) with overgrowth and was very wet. We’ve had a lot of rain in the area. We were able to camp at the old fire road. Need high clearance for several spots which were washed out...take a friend to help with spotting those better lines.
 
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Steven Kopf

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The trail was tight (7/5/19) with overgrowth and was very wet. We’ve had a lot of rain in the area. We were able to camp at the old fire road. Need high clearance for several spots which were washed out...take a friend to help with spotting those better lines.
My wife and I did it today from Max to 40 in our LC100. Had to use the lockers in a couple of wet, rutted sections. Not sure if a stock rig would make it.
 
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