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Old July 8th, 2007, 01:03 AM   #1
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Default Harlan, KY Photos from June 2007

A small group of us went to Harlan, KY at the end of June. Thought you might like to see some pics. I'll do my best to identify the trails both by name (if they have one) and by number. If you go, buy a map, you'll want one...seriously.

My impressions initially were pretty mixed. The area is HUGE, about 6000 acres and that means that there is alot of trail driving required to get around the area. Alot of those are dirt roads, some with pretty steep inclines. I was getting a bit frustrated with the the blue trails but I think that was mostly since I was just learning where everything was. The area requires a good amount of exploring to really get the full experience of it. I was starting to feel pretty comfortable on day 3 getting around and trying unknown trails. In the future, I'd rather have a smaller group and do some more exploring. We had 9 Jeeps but 4-5 would have been great, maybe even 3 if you were going to do alot of exploring. If you run a group of 3 make sure you have a well equipped group. In my opinion that means at least 2 winches and everyone 33" or bigger with at least one locker. Lots of spare parts. The reason I say 2 winches is because there were lots of situation where there was no way to pass someone on the trail and there were also situations when we had to double winch (one for winching, one for safety).

Overall it was a great place to wheel and I'll go again. Damage report included:
- Several U-joints
- One front Dana 30 short side shaft
- Several Body panels
- Broken Upper third link
- A CPS
- Plug Wires
- A tow Rig's tranny (Damn mountains)
- 2 CB antennas, 1 regular antenna
- 2 tire carriers - mostly due to workmanship
- One welded joint on my Gas grill from the trailer ride home


The trail ratings are as follows:

Blue = Class 2: Like rough gravel roads and are easy - they get you from place to place basically. it wasn't uncommon for us to spend 20-30 minutes on a blue trail to get to and from a trail.
Blue trail pics
Trail 10

Trail 29



Green = Class 3: Nice trails, nothing too tough but may have some steep inclines and small rocky areas. Some are gravely and others are more like 2 tracks. I think many of the greens could be done in a stock vehicle in dry conditions. wet could make them tough. Not many Pics of Green trails but I also really liked Trails 15, 18, 13, & 22.

Trail 45 (entrance into the Black Mountain area from Putney AKA the Putney Trailhead)




Orange = Class 4: The difficulty level jumps significantly for this class to large rocky trails with good size rocks. They be tough to do open on both ends but with the right spotter...maybe. A locker on one end and 33's will get them done with picky lines in dry conditions. You might have to bail on a few spots or use a strap or winch. I used my winch more in this trip than I have since I bought it, 2-4 trips ago. I saw more winching this trip than I have ever seen. There are several Orange Rock gardens including Lower, Middle (Trail 24), & Upper . Other orange trails include Running Board (Trail 15A), Mason Jar (Trail 28), Rail Bed (on 12)

Lower Rock Garden (On Trail 12)






Rail Bed . . . Sorry Karen (Part of lower rock garden on trail 12)

This is a good idea of how steep Rail Bed is.


Middle Rock Garden (Trail 24)





Mason Jar (Trail 28) - Only a handful of us went through this trail




Red = Class 5: Freakin' crazy tough trails. 35" tires and 2 lockers minimum. Expect lots of body damage from most of them. They are constantly breaking new trails. They include Lion's Den, Can Opener (Trail 25C), Upper & Lower Damnation (Trails 13 A & C), Pony Hill (Trail 13B), Cream Puff & Pin Ball (on 12 by rail bed), Roger's Ridge (Trail 19), & Crawfords Cry (11B) only 2 of our group went on these trails
Can Opener (Part of Upper Rock garden Trail 25C)





Lion's Den (No trail number yet but near Trails 31 & 25 by Windmill Tower)




Light Blue = ATV trail

Black = Unclassified: These tended to be similar to green trails but occasionally you'd find some really tough spots in them. Most of these trails are newer and some haven't been completed yet. You might find dead ends occasionally, some of them are worth it though. no Pics but Trails 26 and 26A were nice
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Old July 8th, 2007, 01:13 AM   #2
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NICE PHOTOS and descriptions


would have been nice to find some of those when I was there in the spring.

my rig wasn't really up to par, but testing it on the trails is how you find weaknesses.
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Old July 10th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #3
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Looks like ALOT of fun!
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Old July 12th, 2007, 09:32 PM   #4
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next time you go, go the the Huddle House in Harlan at about 8am ish and find Ron Shoope, Grant, or Ken, they are always there and can show you where the trails are....there's no real reason why you guys should've had to drive for more that 5 minutes between difficult trails.....besides the trip to Mason Jar and Lions Den, which are more than worth the drive. We hardly ever have more than 5 in our group when we go and it's always quick between trails.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 10:20 PM   #5
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We actually wheeled for a few hours with Grant and Ken and a couple other guys. Other than the trip out to Mason jar and Lions den you're prolly right about the drive times. Alot of it was that this was our first trip out there and I was trying to get my bearings. There were too many in our group too which also posed alot of problems for exploring. I'd end up spending 15 minutes down a trail only to find out it was a no go for anyone or even just a couple rigs. That was okay for me but the rest ended up sitting and waiting.

Anyway you cut it, it was an awesome place and I'll go back for sure sometime.
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Old July 12th, 2007, 10:21 PM   #6
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Those are sweet pics.
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Old July 13th, 2007, 01:06 AM   #7
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Old December 17th, 2007, 02:13 PM   #8
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Old December 18th, 2007, 10:27 PM   #9
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Went there in September with 4x4 Quads,awesome place,looking forward to returning.
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Old December 19th, 2007, 11:42 AM   #10
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Great pics...looks like our trip this coming may will be well worth it
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How did I miss this thread?
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Old December 19th, 2007, 02:42 PM   #12
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cool pictures. Ive been to coal creek in oliver springs TN on quads, the terrain look real similar. Gotta love coal mine country trails
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Old December 19th, 2007, 07:16 PM   #13
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Harlan is awesome, the first and only place I have been out of state. Went there with 4x4 quads and one 2x4 that went everywhere the 4x4's did. Needed a little help up one muddy steep hill. Otherwise surprised the hell outta me. Looks like you had a great time. I want to go back.
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Old December 19th, 2007, 07:20 PM   #14
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We leave April 9th to go there, cant wait
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Old December 19th, 2007, 07:55 PM   #15
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We leave April 9th to go there, cant wait
mothers day weekend for us
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Old December 19th, 2007, 09:12 PM   #16
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I liked when my wife looked at me and said, "how do we go around those big rocks?"

:tonka: Needless to say she wished the answer wasn't "we don't go around, we go over" :tonka:
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Old December 19th, 2007, 09:30 PM   #17
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Nice pics, Great park!!
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Old December 19th, 2007, 09:34 PM   #18
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We leave April 9th to go there, cant wait
Maybe our group will run into yours, we are going to be down there around that time as well. We are running tellico, windrock and harlen from april 5-12th.
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Old December 19th, 2007, 09:56 PM   #19
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I wana make run down there in the spring.. my relatives live about 4 hrs away in kentucky so i'll head over for a day or two when im down visiting them..
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Col pics. I am debating on going to a Land Cruiser/Toy run there on April Fools Day.
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