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Old 09-12-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
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Going to Hollister for the first time.

Anything I should know?

I've never gone off road before so I figured I would stick to some baby trails ;-)

Any specific trails I should venture on to?

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Old 09-13-2013, 02:07 AM   #2
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Every trail is marked either green, blue or black. Green ones are pretty flat. Blue's are not that bad .. Can still turn around if not comfortable. Avoid Black or unmarked onces because those at the toughest onces and you can't turn back.

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Old 09-13-2013, 08:56 AM   #3
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Thanks for the breakdown on ratings. I didn't know if they were marked.

I think we'll stick to fire trails essentially on this one.

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Old 09-13-2013, 06:58 PM   #4
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Go for the blue trails. They are not that bad and there are not a lot of green trails to choose from. The classic is to take the West Trail to McCray Road, then go to Hector Heights. Nice views and a good spot for lunch. Along the way you can decide if you want to play in the quarry. That is where I took my new JKUR when it was on its first off road adventure. Last time I went down there I was doing a few of the black trails (Fremontia and Truck Hill) and playing more in the Quarry and the Obsticle Course. I have more clearance and bigger tires now, so it is more suited for those roads. This time of year is dry, so no worries about getting stuck in a wet spot. Check out the map Map of Upper Ranch and make sure there is no event that has the place closed. It is all on the web site. It is a great place to get your Jeep dusty. I have been there a handful of times.
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:51 AM   #5
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I would start with McCray road. It is green(basic) at first, them in the middle it turns blue(medium). If you go all the up, you will reach a peak point- very nice view from there(grab the camera with you. Watch for the signs, its easy to get lost. Don't go alone, grab some water with you.
You may want to air down- usually its recommended at most trails because it gives better traction and more comfortable ride. People usually air down to 15-20 psi. You are gonna have fun there i know
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:46 PM   #6
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So, when you guys say don't go alone do you mean as in myself in my jeep or do you mean have at least another vehicle? I won't be alone in my jeep but I wasn't planning on grouping up either.

I understand the need to have multiple vehicles and people out in the wild but is that level of caution needed at the park?
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So, when you guys say don't go alone do you mean as in myself in my jeep or do you mean have at least another vehicle? I won't be alone in my jeep but I wasn't planning on grouping up either.

I understand the need to have multiple vehicles and people out in the wild but is that level of caution needed at the park?
Its nice to have another jeep with you if you need a quick winch or pull. I've been there when my friend and I were the only ones in the 4x4 park. It would be a long walk back to the station at the entrance to get help...

That said, stay away from the big mud pit and do trails you are comfortable with and you will have no problems.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:33 PM   #8
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That was the plan. Just keeping it simple.


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Old 09-15-2013, 09:13 PM   #9
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Great time. Thanks for the trail advice. McCray was a perfect first time choice. Starts off easy and then just when you start to get bored it toughens up a bit.

The jeep was impressive. I was amazed at how it just wants to go to work.

We made it to the top and had lunch and enjoyed the fabulous view. Wile eating we noticed a small aircraft flying around
And the kids thought it was funny to look down on an airplane.
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Gald you had a good time. It is a nice view from the top. The weather was probably perfect too. I was at soccer games and should have been out there instead.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:52 PM   #11
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Funny, I had my kids soccer game yesterday. Weather was perfect. Not too hot but felt like a proper summer.

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