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knnphillips 10-09-2010 12:31 PM

Southwest Louisiana
 
So I been looking for trails or legal places to ride anywhere from Lafayette to Beaumont. I have been to the park in alto but only on four wheeler. So if anyone knows of any trails or clubs in this area I would appreciate it.

yj owner 10-17-2010 08:56 PM

So, Have you found any places to ride? I live in Lake Charles and I am also looking.

DOCBOZ 10-17-2010 09:21 PM

Either one of u 2 no where I can get some 32 or 33s for some stocker 15 inch rims I am in Nola and in need of some tires something bad

knnphillips 10-17-2010 10:28 PM

You can get tires at twisted offroad just call and make sure they carry them if they don't they can order mine are getting put on Friday. Still haven't found no legal places to ride I was going to try kisatchie but it's hunting season and don't wanna take the risk.

Twt_74 11-10-2010 06:05 PM

If y'all find somewhere please let know. I really think we are in a tough location.

DougHeffernan 03-19-2011 05:18 PM

Have you ever driven from sea rim park to Galveston along washed out hwy 87?
I found by accident by wanting to take my new 07 sahara on a road trip so packed up the family and decided to take scenic route to new schlitterbahn park. So I googled a nice route thru pecan island, Rockefeller state park and westward. Hmm what is this a hwy that follows coast to Galveston so I plotted it. I get to sea rim state and unbeknownst to me there's a sign. "Road closed only off-road vehicles allowed" or something like that..
So it sounded like a challenge for an inexperienced off roader and his family. And it was but also was very cool.. You're actually driving on the beach the entire way and had to pick and hit your crossing over washed out areas. We stopped several times to photograph pelicans , sea gulls and crabs. Picked beach glass ( the jewelry quality glass that's been polished by the surf for no telling how long) , coconuts, wondering from what tropical island they came, and wishing I had a cargo carrier for all the driftwood. It was an awesome day. I always wanted to get a few jeeps and go back with boogie boards and tow ropes. But that was 07' and maybe its too eroded now but that may be another challenge.
Btw when we were wondering if we will ever make it to the end we ran across sunbathers, unfortunately these bathers were nude and not the baywatch variety! told my daughter to cover her eyes and we drive thru lol .. Found out later bolivar beach is an unofficial nude beach..

Mahoo 04-19-2011 04:01 AM

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Originally Posted by DougHeffernan (Post 1126449)
Have you ever driven from sea rim park to Galveston along washed out hwy 87?
I found by accident by wanting to take my new 07 sahara on a road trip so packed up the family and decided to take scenic route to new schlitterbahn park. So I googled a nice route thru pecan island, Rockefeller state park and westward. Hmm what is this a hwy that follows coast to Galveston so I plotted it. I get to sea rim state and unbeknownst to me there's a sign. "Road closed only off-road vehicles allowed" or something like that..
So it sounded like a challenge for an inexperienced off roader and his family. And it was but also was very cool.. You're actually driving on the beach the entire way and had to pick and hit your crossing over washed out areas. We stopped several times to photograph pelicans , sea gulls and crabs. Picked beach glass ( the jewelry quality glass that's been polished by the surf for no telling how long) , coconuts, wondering from what tropical island they came, and wishing I had a cargo carrier for all the driftwood. It was an awesome day. I always wanted to get a few jeeps and go back with boogie boards and tow ropes. But that was 07' and maybe its too eroded now but that may be another challenge.
Btw when we were wondering if we will ever make it to the end we ran across sunbathers, unfortunately these bathers were nude and not the baywatch variety! told my daughter to cover her eyes and we drive thru lol .. Found out later bolivar beach is an unofficial nude beach..

That sounds awesome. If you do get a bunch of Jeeps please let me know because I would love to tag along. Currently in Lake Charles.

Mahoo 04-19-2011 04:08 AM

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Originally Posted by knnphillips (Post 825127)
You can get tires at twisted offroad just call and make sure they carry them if they don't they can order mine are getting put on Friday. Still haven't found no legal places to ride I was going to try kisatchie but it's hunting season and don't wanna take the risk.

As for Kisatchie, I am from that area and they do not allow Jeeps on any trails. I went to the park office and I was told that 4x4 vehicles are not permited due to trail abuse. I tried to talk them into letting me gain access to a old service trail so that my buddies and I could to clean it up and make it accessible to ONLY Jeeps but had no luck. I will be going back to the office within the next few weeks to see if they have maybe changed their minds about the situation.

knnphillips 04-19-2011 05:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Mahoo
As for Kisatchie, I am from that area and they do not allow Jeeps on any trails. I went to the park office and I was told that 4x4 vehicles are not permited due to trail abuse. I tried to talk them into letting me gain access to a old service trail so that my buddies and I could to clean it up and make it accessible to ONLY Jeeps but had no luck. I will be going back to the office within the next few weeks to see if they have maybe changed their minds about the situation.

Keep me posted nearest place after that is Alto Texas I think.

Mahoo 04-19-2011 06:02 AM

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Originally Posted by knnphillips (Post 1186973)
Keep me posted nearest place after that is Alto Texas I think.

Will do. I will probably go during Easter holiday break from college and speak to them again. If they do decide to let me gain access to a old servic trail would anyone be interested in doing a Tread Lightly maintenance project on the trail? This would prove to the park that we arent there to demolish and abuse the land but rather enjoy the ride.

knnphillips 04-19-2011 06:04 AM

Yes I would love to do a clean up project if it opens up Offroad trails for use keep me posted. Showing up in number to show support may help persuade their decision as well

Mahoo 04-19-2011 06:12 AM

Okay and thanks. Alot of people in this day in time wouldnt bother in helping on a project like this. I will get on Tread Lightly's website since they are a respectable organization and see what I would have to do to get the ball rolling. Hopefully they would be able to share some insight and maybe show some support to the cause.

knnphillips 04-19-2011 06:26 AM

I'm sure it will involve some sort of Offroad club which I am not a part of you?

Mahoo 04-19-2011 06:34 AM

I am not involved with a Jeep club either. I cant find any in the area and I really dont want to drive to Lafayette just to attend a meeting. I will try to see if there is a way around that or we just create an club/chapter/affiliation which would probably be best since we dont have one in SW La.

knnphillips 04-19-2011 06:38 AM

We had the ball rolling at one time but that just kinda slacked off I'm more then whiling to join one if we could get one started.

Mahoo 04-19-2011 06:46 AM

Yeah when I first joined the forum, I went and read the thread that yall started. From my viewpoint it looked like the concept just ran out of steam. Same here though. I would be more than willing to join or create a club for the area. The SW needs one. I am surprise that there isnt one already because alot of people drive Jeeps in this area.

knnphillips 04-19-2011 08:40 AM

That ain't no lie. You from lake Charles area?

Mahoo 04-19-2011 12:18 PM

Not originally. I am from the Leesville area but have been in Lake Charles for about 3 years now attending MSU

knnphillips 04-19-2011 02:34 PM

We use to race at 171 in leesville they just opened it back up couple weeks ago.

Mahoo 04-19-2011 03:58 PM

yeah the track was bought by a racing club in Alexandria. I havent seen it yet but hear they did alot of upgrades.

knnphillips 04-19-2011 04:35 PM

I haven't been yet either the main racer I know had open heart surgery yesterday so this season looks like a bust.

Mahoo 04-19-2011 07:15 PM

I hate to hear that and hope he recovers quickly. My mom had open heart surgery and took her a while to recoupe.

Also, there is a "mud truck/buggy" club in Deridder. They have a track near the Deridder Rodeo Arena. Not sure about the race dates because I havent been but a few people said its pretty fun to watch.

knnphillips 04-23-2011 10:38 AM

Your want to race your jeep? lol

Yea his recovering quick was going for walks the day after and gets released to go home today.

Mahoo 04-27-2011 01:43 AM

Race my Jeep? No, my 4 banger would get smoked by the competition! lol. I heard it was fun to watch and was just letting you know about those particular races in case you wanted to attend.

knnphillips 04-27-2011 03:17 PM

Oh ok lol. 4banger is horrible I just got out of one myself.

Mahoo 04-28-2011 01:54 AM

I agree the 2.5L sucks but I got it for dirt cheap. It was my dad's farm/hunting vehicle and was highly abused. There has been many bales of hay and horse feed thrown in the back of it in the past decade. Hell it hasnt had a top on it since Hurricane Rita turned a tree limb into a missile and hurled it through the soft top. lol My daily driver is a TJ Golden Eagle edition and the 4 cyl. is my project Jeep. Its crappy on the road but havent had a problem yet on trail runs.

knnphillips 04-28-2011 09:12 PM

I got my 2.5 for cheap to but I defiantly dont have power complaints moving to JK lol

Mahoo 04-29-2011 12:06 AM

As for power is concerned, the JK is top notch. I bought a used JK in 2008 but it was a lemon. Everything that could go wrong did with that particular one. I havent heard any complaints from other JK owners though. I traded my JK on the Golden Eagle edition. Now I am just waiting for the Jeep truck to come out then trading both in for it. I hope the truck has more of the design and functionality of the Nukizer 715 model than Gladiator model.

Here is a link to some info about the Nukizer if you havent seen it. Its awesome
2011 Jeep Nukizer 715 - Top Speed

Mahoo 04-29-2011 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by knnphillips (Post 1186973)
Keep me posted nearest place after that is Alto Texas I think.

Good news!!! I spoke to Kisatchie park rangers today about permitting Jeeps to trails. I was told that it may be possible to gain access to some old service trails but the trail rules would be very strict and someone, other than the park rangers, would have to perform routine trail maintenance. I will be setting up a meeting with the Kisatchie Recreational Director next week to discuss more thoroughly about the trail rules, vehicle regulations, and see what needs to be done to get the ball rolling.

Sun Dog 04-30-2011 01:42 PM

I used to live in New Orleans. Y'all ever hear of Atchafalaya Basin by Opelousas? http://www.offroadnorthamerica.com/park.asp?pid=184
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