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Old 03-09-2012, 04:58 PM   #1
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Looking to learn more about wheelin in Michigan

New to the off road scene and looking to learn the do's and don'ts from someone with experience, I'm from the Tecumseh area and really Know no one else with a Jeep. Just bought my first and am excited to see what it can do.

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:31 PM   #2
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If you are simply aiming to get a sense of what your vehicle can or cannot do, then there are a couple off-road parks (private) as well as Mounds up near Flint and Silver Lake (sand dunes) in Mears, on Lake Michigan. These are good, reasonably safe places to get your feet wet, so to speak. Silver Lake is actually fun. Mounds, I've been there many years back, wouldn't mind going back, if only to watch the idiots break their vehicles in the mud pits.

The private parks I avoid. These parks are where most of the "wheelers" hang out anymore. I won't hide my dislike for this facet of the "sport" - I think it is asinine in and of itself, but more importantly I see that its popularity paints our activities as being separate and apart from broader issues of land access. Give the overgrown kids with Jeeps a hundred muddy acres and they'll be happy, the logic goes, and then DNR/NFS can close down the two-tracks through the state and federal forest land with impunity and without objection. But don't worry, friends, we'll still let the loggers and gas/oil folks have access when and where they want. This wasn't the case 15 years ago, or at least not anywhere near to the extent it is now, but this is surely the trajectory of things nowadays. The results is that those of us who want to explore the woods responsibly (i.e. on trail, tread lightly, etc.), camp and hike and fish away from the crowds, we are left SOL. But enough of my editorial.

If you're looking for bona fide back country stuff - trails alone and away from civilization that you can reasonably manage with a well-equipped but largely stock 4x4 - there are a few pockets in the northern LP and a fair bit in the UP, but that's quite a haul unless you're going to make it a multi-day event. Unless you intentionally set out to get yourself stuck or broken, or set out in bad weather, good driving and street tires can get you through most of this terrain, and mud tires and a shovel will get you through the rest. Most of Michigan's natural terrain (as distinguished from its off-road parks) is very accessible and requires little in the way of vehicle modifications, even on the rocky bits of the Keweenaw.

Honestly, this stretch of muddy hill outside Marquette is one of the more difficult stretches of legitimate road/trail you are apt to find. As you can see, one needn't buy all the crap out of a Quadratec catalog, or have a sky-high lift, to get through this area. So if you can navigate this stuff the way your vehicle is set up, you're good to go!



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Old 03-31-2012, 06:52 AM   #3
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Im headed up to Bundy Hill in Jerome on May 5th if your interested in some wheeling!
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:33 AM   #4
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I've been to Bundy Hill (an "evil" off road park), it's a great (legal) way to test your Jeep AND skills in various types of terrains. And allow you to evaluate what you might need for an extended trip to the great UP. I hope to be going out there again soon. Check 'em out at bundyhilloffroad.com

They're quite close to you too.
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:00 PM   #5
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I was thinking about going up to the blessing in Mesick on May 5. Anyone been there? I may go out to Bundy Hill before then, just to get some ride time in. Why is it an "evil" park?
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:07 PM   #6
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Oh, just responding to ComputerGuys statement about parks

I think it's totally awesome!
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:34 PM   #7
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Would a stock jk do ok ot there, but still be able to have some fun?
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:25 AM   #8
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I'm also new to this whole thing, I've been looking into Bundy hill, the mounds, etc. Mounds' site says they're closed to us 3-15 thru 5-15. looked like Bundy is open weekends now. Would always enjoy company, if you're interested. I'm in Ann Arbor.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:38 PM   #9
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I work in A2, looking to hopefully get out there in the next couple weeks before I go up to Mesick May 5.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #10
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I'm also new to this whole thing, I've been looking into Bundy hill, the mounds, etc. Mounds' site says they're closed to us 3-15 thru 5-15. looked like Bundy is open weekends now. Would always enjoy company, if you're interested. I'm in Ann Arbor.
Is your Jeep stock? That would be cool, let me know what weekend you were looking at going.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:32 PM   #11
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There's plenty of variety at Bundy, even a stock Jeep will have a ball! You'd be surprised just how capable a stock Jeep can be. The danger is (just like with this forum), it'll fill your brain with all kinds of crazy mods to try

I hoped to get over there this weekend, but I've got a ton of work to do (unfortunately not Jeep related). May be next week.

Remember, they're closed Easter Sunday.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:29 AM   #12
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Ya it is stock.
I'm thinkin Sunday, one of the next 2 weekends.
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Any decent spreads or parks with trails and campgrounds to have a tent trip for a weekend?
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:50 AM   #14
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I'm in Canton Michigan and in the same boat. New Jeep and don't really no anybody else with one. Post up when and where.

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