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05-17-2013 08:57 AM
thio1stJeep
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Originally Posted by R51 View Post
Hi all,

I'm planning to be at TSF on Saturday May 25th. I've had this date on my calendar for months and promised my wife and kids I would get the day off work and we'd spend the day together outside. Now with that day just 2 weeks away, I'm afraid I'm unprepared. I'm hoping for some advice as to what essentials I'll need to have along for the trip. My off-road experience is minimal, and I have never been to TSF.
I still have the 25th open on my calendar, I'll bring my kid too.
05-16-2013 08:06 PM
Redwrangler91 Ill be up for some weekday runs....should have driveline tuesday and ill have my schedule for next 2 weeks with actual days off
05-16-2013 02:27 PM
R51
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Originally Posted by shewoolf View Post
I work weekends so we tend to go during the week. I don't often post ahead of time because they seem to be spur of the moment trips. LOL

What days work best for you?
I work random days throughout the month, lots of weekends, so no particular day works best. If you give me a days notice, there's about a 1 in 3 chance I can make it out during the week for a few hours.
05-13-2013 07:00 PM
shewoolf I work weekends so we tend to go during the week. I don't often post ahead of time because they seem to be spur of the moment trips. LOL

What days work best for you?
05-13-2013 12:02 PM
R51 Oregonwolf, PM sent. thio1stjeep, I'll keep you posted. Thanks everyone.
05-10-2013 03:56 PM
thio1stJeep not much advice I can offer since Iam kinda new too,but if u need another jeeper to go, I can . Let me know what time and where to meet.
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Originally Posted by R51 View Post
Hi all,

I'm planning to be at TSF on Saturday May 25th. I've had this date on my calendar for months and promised my wife and kids I would get the day off work and we'd spend the day together outside. Now with that day just 2 weeks away, I'm afraid I'm unprepared. I'm hoping for some advice as to what essentials I'll need to have along for the trip. My off-road experience is minimal, and I have never been to TSF.

1- My JKU Sahara is bone stock. I had planned to have my lift and wheels done by now, but life happens and I haven't done it yet. I assume there are trails there that a beginner can do in a stock jeep with small kids in it and without a second vehicle?

2- What gear do I need to have along? Fire extinguisher, class II ATV permit, flag, shovel and water? CB in case I accidentally get myself in a lot of trouble? I have plans for the bumper, winch, hi-lift, etc but I'm not there yet. Can I get along without them if I stick to easy trails? I figure a winch would be a liability to me at this point as I haven't used one before. I'm not trying to go rock crawling, just want to get us places we can't make it in my wife's minivan.

3- If anyone thinks this is a dumb idea and I'm in over my head, can you suggest an alternate destination?

I appreciate the advice. I have learned tons from you guys already just reading you posts.

Thanks
05-10-2013 09:50 AM
Oregonwolf
Quote:
Originally Posted by R51 View Post
Hi all,

I'm planning to be at TSF on Saturday May 25th. I've had this date on my calendar for months and promised my wife and kids I would get the day off work and we'd spend the day together outside. Now with that day just 2 weeks away, I'm afraid I'm unprepared. I'm hoping for some advice as to what essentials I'll need to have along for the trip. My off-road experience is minimal, and I have never been to TSF.

1- My JKU Sahara is bone stock. I had planned to have my lift and wheels done by now, but life happens and I haven't done it yet. I assume there are trails there that a beginner can do in a stock jeep with small kids in it and without a second vehicle?

2- What gear do I need to have along? Fire extinguisher, class II ATV permit, flag, shovel and water? CB in case I accidentally get myself in a lot of trouble? I have plans for the bumper, winch, hi-lift, etc but I'm not there yet. Can I get along without them if I stick to easy trails? I figure a winch would be a liability to me at this point as I haven't used one before. I'm not trying to go rock crawling, just want to get us places we can't make it in my wife's minivan.

3- If anyone thinks this is a dumb idea and I'm in over my head, can you suggest an alternate destination?

I appreciate the advice. I have learned tons from you guys already just reading you posts.

Thanks
We have a run on May 26th to Long Beach, but if you can't find anyone to run with you and decide on TSF for May 25th. I can work out a few hours to come out and run with you on a few trails and help you get some basics under your belt. You and the family will have a good time, there are many trails that a stock JKU can do. Our group follows the buddy system and it is better not to go alone especially to a new area. Priviate message me and we can make sure you have what you will need for TSF and setup the details.

David Jennings
Oregonwolf
Co-Founder: WranglerForum SW Washington & NW Oregon
05-10-2013 12:11 AM
skjeeper Okay, I'll try and come up with a Wednesday run, but the month of May and early June look a little tough, but we will see. Keep in touch on this forum, and we will see.

take care,
-skjeeper
05-09-2013 11:12 PM
R51 Shewoolf - I like the Ft Stevens idea. We haven't been there in a few years and I bet my kids would get more out of it now. And I would love to have company on the trail I only have a few friends with jeeps but trying to coordinate our schedules the last several months has resulted in frustration and me washing a clean jeep. I have followed the postings on this forum for months but always seem to have a conflict that keeps me from going out with this crew. I would still love to.

skjeeper - I will download the map. Thanks for the link. My GPS has the bread crumbs feature that I used successfully last summer in Southern Utah, so I shouldn't be able to get myself too lost. I figure I can probably swing about 3 hours in the park, so I'll stick near the entrance.

Saturday runs are often difficult for me and Sundays are impossible which is why you guys haven't seen me at a meeting or a sponsored run. Wednesdays are often easier, in fact I have the next several Wednesday's off if you have interest and availability.

Thanks for the heads up on the JollyJeepers. That sounds like fun. However, I have big plans to be in Arches/Canyonlands in a modified jeep that week. (I have a lot of work to do between now and then )
05-09-2013 01:00 AM
skjeeper
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Originally Posted by R51 View Post
Hi all,

I'm planning to be at TSF on Saturday May 25th. I've had this date on my calendar for months and promised my wife and kids I would get the day off work and we'd spend the day together outside. Now with that day just 2 weeks away, I'm afraid I'm unprepared. I'm hoping for some advice as to what essentials I'll need to have along for the trip. My off-road experience is minimal, and I have never been to TSF.

1- My JKU Sahara is bone stock. I had planned to have my lift and wheels done by now, but life happens and I haven't done it yet. I assume there are trails there that a beginner can do in a stock jeep with small kids in it and without a second vehicle?

2- What gear do I need to have along? Fire extinguisher, class II ATV permit, flag, shovel and water? CB in case I accidentally get myself in a lot of trouble? I have plans for the bumper, winch, hi-lift, etc but I'm not there yet. Can I get along without them if I stick to easy trails? I figure a winch would be a liability to me at this point as I haven't used one before. I'm not trying to go rock crawling, just want to get us places we can't make it in my wife's minivan.

3- If anyone thinks this is a dumb idea and I'm in over my head, can you suggest an alternate destination?

I appreciate the advice. I have learned tons from you guys already just reading you posts.

Thanks
If there were one piece of advice going to TSF for the first time alone and as a newbie- bring patience more than anything. Ideally it really helps to go with someone who has been there before and they can show you around and not get lost. You can pick up a map to TSF at the Gales Creek Shell station, it's a Shell Gas Station on your left as you drive west on HWY 6 and just happens to be the last gas station for miles. Or, you can download the map from the TSF/Oregon OHV website:

Tillamook State Forest OHV Trail Map - State of Oregon: State

I would strongly recommend a GPS unit, one that has a "bread crumb" feature or some backtrack type feature since many of the roads/trails do not appear on many units and it will help you get out of the park.

It will also probably be very dusty in the park, be prepared to get dirt everywhere and everyone in your jeep will likely get a nice "tan" from all the dust sticking everywhere.

As far as gear goes, a fire extinguisher and a gallon of water is helpful. ATV permit is good so you don't get a ticket. No need for a flag. CB may not be useful since no one else will know what channel you are on unless you use the emergency channel 9. A shovel may be helpful but not essential.

Trails I would recommend for you, include all the ones "green", this includes Powerline and Cedar Tree although it is a "blue". These are relatively close to the Browns Camp Entrance so in case you get lost, you are not too far into the park and get lost even more. You will get lost at least once, probably more. Many of the roads have primitive markings, and many of the trail signs are missing/vandalized, so it's easy to whiz by the trail/road of interest. Also, there has been some logging activity so more roads have been cut easily throwing you off track. Again, just be patient, and you will probably figure it out.

Lately, people have been averaging/hosting one run a month to TSF, myself included. I'd be willing to host a run in your favor that Saturday, but I have been getting destroyed with work this month alone, so no Jeeping for me.
If you are interested, you may contact the Jolly Jeepers and see if there are any registrations left for their TSF run July 20-21. They host a big fundraiser by camping and providing guides for all of the trails and runs for all levels of drivers. That may help you figure out the park.

Are weekdays better for you? I may be willing to host a run on a Wednesday for those who sadly get the shaft on weekends.

If you come to the Wrangler Forum Meetings, I am sure we can provide input on where to go, and what to do, or what the groups plans for their social calendar.

Hope this helps-
-skjeeper
05-09-2013 12:51 AM
shewoolf If you are going by yourself you should stick to the Green trails! I would suggest going to somewhere like Warrenton/Fortstevens and drive on the beach instead of going to browns by yourself.

BUT with that being said. Be sure to down load the trail map. Make a plan, try to get someone to go with you. Everything you listed is a must have, except the flag. That is only needed on the Dunes.

Again I encourage you to get someone with experience to come along. Maybe someone here will have that day free and be willing to go along and show you the ropes.
05-08-2013 11:46 PM
R51
Anyone with TSF advice for a newB?

Hi all,

I'm planning to be at TSF on Saturday May 25th. I've had this date on my calendar for months and promised my wife and kids I would get the day off work and we'd spend the day together outside. Now with that day just 2 weeks away, I'm afraid I'm unprepared. I'm hoping for some advice as to what essentials I'll need to have along for the trip. My off-road experience is minimal, and I have never been to TSF.

1- My JKU Sahara is bone stock. I had planned to have my lift and wheels done by now, but life happens and I haven't done it yet. I assume there are trails there that a beginner can do in a stock jeep with small kids in it and without a second vehicle?

2- What gear do I need to have along? Fire extinguisher, class II ATV permit, flag, shovel and water? CB in case I accidentally get myself in a lot of trouble? I have plans for the bumper, winch, hi-lift, etc but I'm not there yet. Can I get along without them if I stick to easy trails? I figure a winch would be a liability to me at this point as I haven't used one before. I'm not trying to go rock crawling, just want to get us places we can't make it in my wife's minivan.

3- If anyone thinks this is a dumb idea and I'm in over my head, can you suggest an alternate destination?

I appreciate the advice. I have learned tons from you guys already just reading you posts.

Thanks

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