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Old 08-17-2014, 10:37 AM   #1
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WNC: Hurricane Creek Road 8/16/14

Decided to get some wheeling in yesterday. I've been in Asheville all summer working and wanted to get out. Researched, read all I could find and decided to give Hurricane Road a try. Main reason: it's closer to Asheville than Brown Mountain and I thought it would be less crowded.

From the I240/40 interchange it was 35 minutes to mile marker 8. After you pass the rest area start looking hard as you are less than 2 miles from the turn. It does sneak up on you. If you start slowing ahead of the turn the cars coming behind will pass. If necessary, get onto the shoulder with your hazards on. I imagine in the fall and winter it might be a little easier to see the turn and the street sign. Right now the trees are very dense so you can't see the sign until you have turned. Garmin does show Hurricane Road as a road, but does not show it intersecting I40.

After I turned off I stopped and put my top down. About 1/2 mile form turning I met an older Jeep and another SUV. Older Jeep told me the road had been graded and it wasn't as good as it used to be. I thought I might be disappointed but decided to press on. Glad I did.

Now, I'm from Wilmington. It's very flat there. The extent of my off-roading is beach driving and flat trails. While Hurricane Road may have been better in the best and may be a let down to those of you routinely doing rock crawls and almost vertical climbs, to me Hurricane Road was the perfect challenge. Not too difficult, not too easy.

I really liked the creek crossings, the rock beds. There were some areas where this flat-lander had some pucker moments, but overall I enjoyed it and had fun allowing Big Red to do some of the things she was designed to.

I got there about 1:20 and got back on I40 about 5:30. I stopped a few times to look around, doubled back a few times to re-do a rock crawl or stream crossing. I saw a total of 5 other vehicles the entire time I was on the trail.

I recommend going for it. If you are from here it might not be as challenging as you like but it is aril in some beautiful country. And the old cow pen/ pasture at the too? Amazing view. I didn't get to Max Patch. Maybe another time.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:41 AM   #2
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:53 AM   #3
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Little video I made of last week's run:

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We realized that WNC doesn't have a jeep club, so we have decided to make one below is the Facebook link. We hope to use this group to gather and meet each other, go on rides (trails and roads), help each other out and admire each other's jeeps. Please like our page and help us get this page up and going! https://www.facebook.com/AshevilleJeepClub
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Took my new to me Ruby for it's first shake down ride to Hurricane Creek. Nice and sloppy from the rain earlier in the week. Had fun.
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Took my new to me Ruby for it's first shake down ride to Hurricane Creek. Nice and sloppy from the rain earlier in the week. Had fun.
What part of nc you from?
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I've been wanting to try this trail out!
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It's a nice ride. Was muddy and sloppy when we went last Saturday even though the rain had stopped on Wednesday I think. (mud mad it fun) One thing I noticed. You can see that there are many areas where trees had fallen across the trail and someone cut them. I would recommend either carrying a saw or go just a little later in the morning and hope someone went before you with a saw. lol.
Note. When you come upon the entrance on I-40 put your hazards on a little ahead of time since it's likely there will be big rigs behind you and the spot is a little tight. When you see the "Harmons Den" sign you turn at the far end of that guard rail.
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I left about 2.5L of oil on that trail a while back... I was riding with a group on Dual Sport bikes... I was rocking up the trail took a bad line and bashed the bottom of my bike on a rock... Pushed the oil drain plug up into the case...

At foot of Hurricane Creek, NC by sky_soldier_82nd, on Flickr

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after I cleaned it up....

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and... then it was reborn....

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I owe that trail..... big time...

Hurricane Creek 001 by sky_soldier_82nd, on Flickr

Maybe I will have to take my Jeep up it as revenge.... I would love to do it again on my MC.. but I think they have smoothed it out some since I was on it last....

Great pics BTW...

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For the guys that have been out there recently, is it worth the ride? I heard it has been pretty much bulldozed like mentioned. I'm heading up to Asheville in a week or two and I might drive my Jeep and head up. I'm mainly wondering if the view from Max Patch is worth the drive.
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I didn't go to Max Patch but I have read on nc4x4 that it's a nice view. As for the creek ride, it's a nice ride. A handful of water crossings and just a beautiful area. Nothing technical at all. Nothing that will even touch a stock diff so no issues there. If you're going to be in town would I recommend taking a ride on it? Absolutely.
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Thanks for the updates, I'm headed down that way in May, for an annual trip with a bunch of friends. I go every year, but haven't managed to make it to Hurricane Creek yet, but will this year.

Shame they graded it before I got a chance to head down it, but I'm looking forward to the scenery as much has the ride. Since most of the people I'm headed down to meet have fast Subarus (WRX and STI, mostly) likely as not I'm not taking any of them with me for this ride... Unless they're in the Jeep with me, that is.
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Ok I'm gonna take my Jeep next week and hit it on Thursday the 15th. I'll try and take some pics. If anyone has the day off come on out. I'll be by myself.
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Hey Guys I live in Maggie and have some great trails out here. Always looking for some riding buddies.
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Ok I'm gonna take my Jeep next week and hit it on Thursday the 15th. I'll try and take some pics. If anyone has the day off come on out. I'll be by myself.
How was the ride? I am planning a vacation to that area later this spring and am thinking about taking my JKUR through there on the way through. Is it safe to do alone?
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It's safe regarding the level of difficulty. But, if you had a mechanical breakdown it would suck because you won't be "close" to anything and being a visitor makes it hard to "phone a friend." There are a couple clubs in the area, as you get closer to visiting re-post and I'll try to send you facebook or web page info and perhaps you can hook up with someone for a ride.
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Thanks, I'll do that
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I'd be up for a ride. I'm in Greenville SC......not too far from there. Be cool to go with someone as i'm new to the jeep scene.
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I'd be up for a ride. I'm in Greenville SC......not too far from there. Be cool to go with someone as i'm new to the jeep scene.
You need broke in right and took straight to The Gulches!
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You need broke in right and took straight to The Gulches!
Haha.....i've seen some videos for the Gulches and heard horror stories about it too......
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Haha.....i've seen some videos for the Gulches and heard horror stories about it too......
Haha. I've never seen a jeep get tore up there. There is a lot of park a stock jeep can do
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it won't be stock for long......have Duratracs 33x12.5x15 in my living room, got here yesterday. Taking the jeep down to Easley 4x4 today to have a Zone 3" lift installed. Should get a little more clearance
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it won't be stock for long......have Duratracs 33x12.5x15 in my living room, got here yesterday. Taking the jeep down to Easley 4x4 today to have a Zone 3" lift installed. Should get a little more clearance
Palmetto 4x4 is going ride gorges state park/horsepasture tomorrow I know.
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Palmetto 4x4 is going ride gorges state park/horsepasture tomorrow I know.
Thanks for the info. My Jeep will be going into the shop today, won't have it back until tuesday. I'm looking at the jeep clubs here in the upstate. Just don't know what kind of offroading they do. I'm not experienced and don't have lockers or a winch.........
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Thanks for the info. My Jeep will be going into the shop today, won't have it back until tuesday. I'm looking at the jeep clubs here in the upstate. Just don't know what kind of offroading they do. I'm not experienced and don't have lockers or a winch.........
I don't lockers or a winch. Buy I like palmetto 4x4 the best. I can give you one of the members number
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Are you a member of Palmetto 4x4? Yeah, sure pm me his number if you don't mind, thanks.
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Are you a member of Palmetto 4x4? Yeah, sure pm me his number if you don't mind, thanks.
I'm not cause I'm about 1:45 from where they meet for there meetings

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