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Old 06-02-2014, 12:57 PM   #1
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looking for beginner offroad trails

Hi, new here, 2 week Jeep owner, looking to start some basic offroading on my stock (so far) 2012 2JK. I'm in NW Chicago burbs, Lake county. Anyone beginner basic trails in a 50 mile radius or so?

So far my "offroading" consisted of driving through parts of Lowden Forest out in Oregon (IL), accidentally found some gravel, and even went off the gravel onto the grass. Looking for something more

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this ^ has beginner to more difficult trails. even the harder ones have a bypass. tag along with a group when you do go. people on here get groups together quite often or join an offroad club. I an part of Down and Dirty offroad club. I was a newbie last year and guys in this club helped me out a lot. After a few trips around trail 1 and 3 you will get bored of it and hit trail 10, which is a pretty good trail. The Cliffs is in Marsalies,IL. about 30 min west of Joliet down I-80. The Badlands in Attica,IN is about 2-3 hours from the Lincoln oasis (I-80 and I-294) the Badlands is a far better park than the Cliffs. Stock vehicles do OK just have tow points front and rear to aid in the recovery effort if and when you get stuck. A CB is also a good idea.
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Unfortunately, we're kinda limited in Illinois, unless you know someone with land. Cliffs is a great time, haven't been to badlands yet. Check out their websites, and look at jeep jamboree while you're at it. Went on our first a few weeks ago, invisible time.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:52 AM   #5
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this ^ has beginner to more difficult trails. even the harder ones have a bypass. tag along with a group when you do go. people on here get groups together quite often or join an offroad club. I an part of Down and Dirty offroad club. I was a newbie last year and guys in this club helped me out a lot. After a few trips around trail 1 and 3 you will get bored of it and hit trail 10, which is a pretty good trail. The Cliffs is in Marsalies,IL. about 30 min west of Joliet down I-80. The Badlands in Attica,IN is about 2-3 hours from the Lincoln oasis (I-80 and I-294) the Badlands is a far better park than the Cliffs. Stock vehicles do OK just have tow points front and rear to aid in the recovery effort if and when you get stuck. A CB is also a good idea.

So how does this works ... Do they separate the group [ beginners ] from the [ Pros ]

Are the trails separated from newbie to experts ?

Just wondering ....

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Old 06-04-2014, 10:09 PM   #6
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You go on your own the trails are clearly marked and they have maps
There event The Cliffs jeep thing in August 3 day event and they have trail guides
But if u go u can easly navigate them easily
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So how does this works ... Do they separate the group [ beginners ] from the [ Pros ]

Are the trails separated from newbie to experts ?

Just wondering ....

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When our club goes depends on how many of us there are. May go one group and do trails everyone is comfortable with. Trails all kinda mesh together but are marked. There are bypasses for harder things
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Another newbie here in IL. Apologies if this is a dumb question, but are these trails mentioned above private trails? (that you have to pay to get in) if so, cost? Or are they just open to go romp around in whenever?
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The cliffs is a park you have to pay to get in. $25 plus $5 per passenger I think it is. there are boundary lines you cant cross cause it private property around the park.
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Me and a few buddies r goin on the 28th of June if u want to join us we'll show u around but u need to have atleast 31" tires or u will have to get pulled out alot
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Run what ever size tire s you want I got no problem pulling people out all day
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Just show up and have a good time we can take it easy all day
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:14 AM   #13
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Cliffs trip oct 26
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:39 AM   #14
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Sounds like a blast. Stockers are welcome?
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Sounds like a blast. Stockers are welcome?
Yes come on down we'll help u get threw everything bring a tire gauge and something to deflate ur tires
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Old 10-25-2014, 02:33 PM   #17
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What time are you guys planning on getting out there tomorrow
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By the sound of it, shoot to be at cliffs by 10am. Everyone from Rockford /Dekalb is getting breakfast at the BP off of Interstate 39 and Highway 72 so we should be at the cliffs around 9:30-10am I'm guessing.
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What time are you guys planning on getting out there tomorrow

Myself and one other are going to meet at Thornton gas station over at Harlem by the express way .... u r welcome to join us .... b there at 8 am.
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Any one feel like winter trip wheeling ?
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:32 PM   #21
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Me and black have been discussing a trip sumtime here in the near future will post when we lock down a date
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Me and black have been discussing a trip sumtime here in the near future will post when we lock down a date
Heck yea, let me know. i would love to tag along and gain some experience
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Subscribed. This newbie would love to get the 4 month stock rubi dirty.
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Watch my thread called the cliffs and ill post when we plan our next trip
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:00 AM   #27
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I'm new, looking for some local trails. I'm in lake county. I have a stock TJ, with aftermarket 28 inch wheels. (4.0L) Do you know of any local trails? Nothing to crazy.
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:03 AM   #28
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Cliffs is your best bet
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Old 12-29-2014, 01:23 PM   #29
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I would say badlands is better for a none lifted beginer.

Further away but lots more open spaces and less 35" tire ruts.

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