Shiloh Ridge - Alto, Texas

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Shiloh Ridge - Alto, Texas

Postby KF5ZXT » Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:03 am

http://shilohridge.com/

CLOSEST TOWN:Alto
DISTANCE FROM HOUSTON: 152 Miles
DRIVING TIME: 2 Hours 41 Minutes

Directions
936-858-2193 or 1-800-432-3965
From Rusk Tx.
Take Hwy 69 South about 9 miles South of Rusk turn right on County Road 2416 ( there is a white van with a black arrow marking this turn.) from there follow the signs
From Alto
Take Hwy 69 North 1.5 miles turn left on County Road 2416 ( white van marks this turn. ) follow the signs.

Two miles north of historical El Camino Real

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Jason Dunaway wrote:Alto, 160 miles east of Dallas, 30 miles from Lufkin off Highway 69. It'll cost you about $15 bucks a day for a permit. If you are coming to Shiloh from the North on Highway 69 you will turn right on County Road 2416. This is about 9 miles North of Rusk. If you are coming North on Highway 69 County Road 2416 is 1.6 miles North of Alto. There is usually a white van with a black arrow on the west side of Highway 69 that marks County Road 2416. Shiloh Ridge contains miles of trails, and some hills, but mostly mud.

If you are coming from Alto, TX, it is 1.6 miles from the red light turn Left/West. From Rusk it is about 9 miles turn Right/West.

A Rating of 7 is given, which stands for 'Rocks frequent and large, 12" and may exceed hub height. Holes frequent or deep (12"). Shelves to 9". Mud 8" deep and may be present on uphill sections. Grades to 25 degrees and sidehill to 30 degrees. Water crossings to 18" and may have strong currents. 1-1/2 vehicles wide. 4WD required. Driver experience helpful.' - 4x4trails.net

Shiloh Ridge is a Tangle of ATV and Jeep trails that range from easy to frightening. Most consist of near vertical climbs, and sheer drops, sometimes with off-camber thrown in to up the pucker-factor. After a little rain, the difficulty level goes up a notch or two, since this East Texas mud turns into a tread-packing oozing gooey substance...

I headed out to Shiloh with a small group from Beaumont, where we met up with several other 'wheelers from Houston and even one from Dallas. We had 1 built CJ5, 1 Toy pickup, 2 stock TJ's, Del's TJ on 35's, and 2 XJ's on 31's (mine and a green one). With this size group, we expected to cover alot of ground fairly quickly.

First things first, we aired down, made introductions, and then headed towards the first stairsteps. Its an imposing looking obstacle, about 4' tall and almost straight up, but it provides great traction and an aired down stocker can climb it. I went first, and climbed it easy, but heard some clanging from the drivetrain. Something cut loose in the T-case, and I had to shift to 2wd and stay there. :-( Niel went next, and before he climbed it his tailgate popped open dumping out some loose cargo.

Everyone else climbed it with little trouble, even the stockers.

From the stairsteps we headed down through the woods over to the infamous crack. "Snot", the locked and ready CJ5, put on an excellent display of how to do it right, crawling through the crack. Next up, Niel tried in his Toyota but the IFS wouldn't flex right for him. Last, Del hit it in his TJ, and the 15.5" wide tires lent him enough stability to make it on the second attempt, but not until after he lifted a tire or two for the video cameras.

From there we did some more climbing behind the crack, and Niel's toyota shredded his radiator fan and shroud in a shower of plastic.

Off to the creek, next, for some lunch in the shade. Niel drove down into the water, which was nice and shallow.

We toured some more of the property, and found some excellent mud pits at the far north edge. They weren't too deep, and slippery enough that everyone got to put on a show in them.

We followed the North loop around and over to the whoopdeedoos by the stairsteps. Like always, there was some real mud in a couple of them. "Snot" made it out of the one hole, and then Del dove in. After putting on a show, he actually turned around in the mudhole and went out the way he came!

Next up was the "rockgarden", just a couple rocks really, with a mudhole on the other side, and then a short steep climb out. "Snot" went in, and then peeled open its diff cover.

From there we headed around the property some more, hunting for the new rock ledge. "Snot" gave it a try, but couldn't cut it. We got some video, but no pictures.

From there, we headed around to some of the creek bottoms over by the owner's house. "Snot" climbed the steepest possible one we could find, and then Del sheared off some spider gear teeth on the next hill. About that time, several of us headed home, but "Snot", one of the stock TJ's, and the Green XJ stayed to play.
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Shilo Ridge - Alto, Texas

Postby SVO » Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:13 pm

$40.00 per Off Road Vehicle
For a Weekend of Camping and Riding Fun
$10/per ATV or ORV
$10/per 1st person
$5/every other person over age 10


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