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Old May 1st, 2007, 10:45 AM   #1
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Trail riding this weekend (help)

Hey everyone. Several of my buddy's are planning on heading up to the St. Helens area to do some wheeling (mostly Jeeps). Any recommendations would be helpful. Looking for some technical climbing, mud, rocks, or anything challenging for a minorly upgraded YJ's & TJ's. Let me know. Also, we don't have ORV stickers…should we bother getting them?

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Old May 1st, 2007, 11:58 AM   #2
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Looking for some technical climbing, mud, rocks, or anything challenging for a minorly upgraded YJ's & TJ's. Let me know. Also, we don't have ORV stickers…should we bother getting them?

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I'm not being a dick in the least bit. Everything you will find that is legal to wheel on within 30 miles of there can be climbed in a two wheel drive s-10 with aired down tires.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 12:15 PM   #3
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Yes, you will need an ORV sticker for St. Helen.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 12:30 PM   #4
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get off at exit 222. turn left. go to dead end and turn right. turn left at charlies party store. go down several miles til you see the snowmobile crossing. turn left and follow til right at road split floow around past "jeffs tree". keep going around til you come to the dead end cal de sac. you will see to small 2 tracks go to the left takes you to a campground....go to the right past an open rusted down gate and you will find trails....you can follow those out and get lost all day.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 12:31 PM   #5
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and yes..... for sure get ORV stickers. its 15 dollars and saves you a lot of trouble.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 01:46 PM   #6
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I'm not being a dick in the least bit. Everything you will find that is legal to wheel on within 30 miles of there can be climbed in a two wheel drive s-10 with aired down tires.


did I tell you that story?
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Old May 1st, 2007, 02:15 PM   #7
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Go here

http://www..gov/dnr/1,1607,7-153-103...8330--,00.html

Look for the online trail maps section
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Old May 1st, 2007, 02:26 PM   #8
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Old May 1st, 2007, 04:51 PM   #9
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get off at exit 222. turn left. go to dead end and turn right. turn left at charlies party store. go down several miles til you see the snowmobile crossing. turn left and follow til right at road split floow around past "jeffs tree". keep going around til you come to the dead end cal de sac. you will see to small 2 tracks go to the left takes you to a campground....go to the right past an open rusted down gate and you will find trails....you can follow those out and get lost all day.

Shoulda bought a squirrel.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 06:04 PM   #10
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If you go to the St. Helen motorsport area or bull gap you need an ORV permit.

St Helen motorsports area is a "scramble area" to everything there is free game. There are some decent hill climbs, some nice trails, and one area of mud, but unless soemone shows you where it is you probebly won't find it.

Bull Gap in a single hill climb. It's worth the drive over to it if you're into that type of thing.

Much of the rest of the area is state forest, where if you need 4 wheel drive it's illegal. I think there might be some nice trails in the national forest further north but I haven't explored it enough to know exactly where.
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 11:30 AM   #11
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St Helen motorsports area is a "scramble area" to everything there is free game. There are some decent hill climbs, some nice trails, and one area of mud, but unless soemone shows you where it is you probebly won't find it.

The mud area you're talking about, is this in an open area with hill climbs on two of the sides of the open area?
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 11:55 AM   #12
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There are plenty of trails and a few hills in the St. Helen area. Here are directions to a little mud hole and some decent sand hills. Go the light in town by the shell station and head east, the road will turn into dirt and you will come to the St. Helen ORV parking lot. Pass the parking lot and take the trail to the right, should head ya south, it will be mellow woops for a mile or so, and you will come to a hilly section of loose sand keep going another mile or so until you see a mud hole go through it and take a right on the next trail, it will lead to a sand hill that isn't really steep but there are a lot of chutes.

Preachers Hill is a pretty lame Hill but it's steep and rutted up, if you don't go there all the time it should be fun. Take St. Helen trail East, pass beaver lake trail and i think it is 2-3 two tracks ahead on the left hand side. The 2-track runs about 45 degrees east with St. Helen trail. Get on that and follow it a couple of miles if it's a nice day you'll see the hill from a ways out. Just stick to the right it'll get tight for a little bit, but you'll pop out at the base of the hill.

You should definetely get ORV Stickers, I'm almost positive these places are perfectly legal without one but better to be safe than sorry .

Good Luck, have a blast and be careful
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 06:55 PM   #13
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Preachers Hill is very illegal...please don't go climb it. It is not inside the motorsport area so its off limits. Many weekends you will find DNR sitting at the bottom of it and they will write you a ticket for leaving the trail that travels along side of it.
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 06:56 PM   #14
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The mud area you're talking about, is this in an open area with hill climbs on two of the sides of the open area?
No what Bruce is talking about is very well hidden.
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 08:16 PM   #15
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No what Bruce is talking about is very well hidden.
yep. I found it by walking much of the area on foot. It's in a wooded area, at the base of a hill, less than a mile from the parking area.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 09:18 AM   #16
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Not arguing by any means, but why doesn't the DNR mark preacher's hill as closed. I've been going up that for years and never realized it was illegal.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 09:31 AM   #17
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Shoulda bought a squirrel.
Nice reference.....too funny
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 01:57 PM   #18
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Not arguing by any means, but why doesn't the DNR mark preacher's hill as closed. I've been going up that for years and never realized it was illegal.
AMEN bro.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 03:03 PM   #19
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There is Stump Hill between St. Helen and W. Branch. that is a through trail. If you go behind Ski Park there are a few hills but nothing great. Behind the DNR office there are a few Mud holes.....:tonka: The Motor Sports area is fun to run around in.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 04:21 PM   #20
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Nice reference.....too funny
I was wondering if any one would catch that.
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