Monthly Archives: September 2011
What a weekend! My buddy and I decided to spend the weekend in Harlan, Ky at the Black Mountain Offroad park. I packed up the Jeep Friday morning: tents, tools, recovery gear, food, clothes, camping supplies, etc. I was going to pick up my brother on the way, but he couldn’t make it. I stopped in anyway to say hello since it was on my way.
I pulled in at the Harlan County Campgrounds at 1530 hrs. Chuck and Josh were there waiting on me, so I quickly got my park pass and paid for the camping. We then proceeded up the mountain to the camping spot Chuck had already picked out for us. We got the tents set up, got a fire prepped, then headed on up the mountain into the park for a quick recon of the area before heading back into town for supper.
The trails were really slick from the rain earlier in the week and that afternoon, so making it up the mountain to the trails was interesting in itself. The park has a green trail (easy), blue trails (intermediate to difficult), red trails (hard to extreme, body damage probable), and then the orange dotted and red dotted trails (highly modified, body damage guaranteed). Of course, we hit the first red trail we came to (48) and it was not bad at all. We ended up riding on a lot of the red trails, they had some great hill climbs and down hills, and the rain multiplied the fun factor. Pictures don’t do justice to the steepness of these hills; at one point before ascending, Josh yelled back to me, “Tell my mom I loved her!” The red trails skirted the ridge line and offered great views at around 3400 feet. Be sure to go to the photos page and look at the Harlan gallery where I posted more pics. We had a great weekend and I can’t wait to go back!