Going offroad in the northeast is never quite the same trip
twice. The seasons can play a big factor in changing things
enough to make common locations and trails seem different all
together. As we arrived from our long haul across the state,
this PA mountain greeted us with fresh powdery snow and crisp
This winter we had a good group of people coming up to join us.
Loaded up on firewood and gear we arrived one by one, group by
group. We had some plans to go have a good time on a few new recently
discovered trails. Some of us had new mud tires to try out.
Some of us needed a set of new mud tires.
We unpacked, claimed out sleeping quarters, then hit the trails.
It was a bit chilly but that's typical for a mid-January day
up here on the mountain.
The Grand tour of the Cabin. Built several decades back,
this cape cod style cabin has become a famous hangout for us. A blazing
woodstove brought the temperature from the chilly single digits
up to about 70 degrees. Very nice. We cracked a few beers and
This is the loft. Sleeps 9 comfortably.
The view down the steps.
Try navigating this on midnight run
to the outhouse.
The Volvo is parked for the weekend.
One of the first trails we hit was a newly cut trail down around the
back of the property thanks to Dick's 26 ton bulldozer. We had hear
that the lower trail was collecting spring water and the trail may be a little soft.
Jeff discovered that soft mud under the snow. Churned up by his Quad
tire, it looked like wet, brown cement.
Stepped in the liquid mud.
A quick pull from the Warn and Jeff's quad was out.
Don't setup in that mud,
It'll suck you down!
Then Stephen got hung up in some ruts.
Even with Super Swampers, a rear locker and a limited slip up front, he
still needed a yank back. Lewis broke out his tow strap and hooked
it up to his FJ in a slightly unconventional way.
The documentation of a several
year project building a Jeep CJ-7 piece by piece. From
restoration of stock parts like the frame, body, engine and
driveline components to upgraded aftermarket improvements
over stock to custom fabrication and design ideas.
in Rattlesnake Country
In this offroad report we have the opportunity to take a
2007 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon and a 2007 Toyota
Cruiser up into the Pennsylvania Mountain Trails for a
Weekend of Offroading. With this report we will
run down the pros and cons and our offroad impressions
of the FJ Cruiser and the JK Wrangler Rubicon. But
bear with us as we get the report together...