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Old 10-17-2005, 09:58 PM   #1
 
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I got back from Red River last night and thought I would share the fun. We definatly had alot of fun and minimal carnage. We went on several trails but the most challanging was going up to goose lake. It was 8 miles up the mountain and a sign warned of "high clearance vehicles only" at the entrance. We started up with 7 rigs from our club, 5 rigs and 4 atvs from the Amarillo club. It was definatly not the best of trails for full size rigs with hair pin turns and paths at times that only allowed part of the tire on the low side. The low side I might add , consisted of near vertical drop offs of several hundred feet or more at times. Other than that there were rocks, trees, mud, ice and snow to contend with but nothing real major.

We lost our Scout about a mile up due to carb/air problems but continued on with our trek. We stopped a few times for tuning mods on some of the carburated rigs.(Goose lake lies at almost 12000 ft.) We stopped several more times to investigate old abandon mining camps. There were kind of interesting but we came across an open mine in the mountain and went in on foot to check it out. It was really cool but just as creepy all the same. There were a maze of tunnels and the cross ties to the old rail were still visible as well as ventilation shafts and such. About 7 miles up the one of the other rigs broke the front end so we left it and continued on. About the same time one of the jeeps broke a rear spring tie bolt so we pulled the axle back with some ratchet straps and continued on.

After reaching Goose lake we flexed out for photos and had lunch. We all just kinda shot the breeze and watched for Big Horn sheep native to the area while some of the kids fished the lake. We had just decided to go back down when the worst catastrophe of the day took place. Yep, you guessed it, my turn. About 100 yards from the lake the, trail was a steep decline that leaned off the mountain and packed with ice and snow. Very slow going so as not to slide off the mountain and be able to make a very sharp turn another couple hundred feet below. So here I am already biting a hole in the seat when I feel something way wrong in the front end control wise? I poke my head out the window in time to see front tire literaly doing the death wobble. I ease down on the brake just in time for the front end to hit the ground. My inital thoughts were ball joints, considering the way I had been flexing just moments ago, lucky for me the wheel just fell off for what ever reason. Let me tell you though, I can think of alot better things to do than put a tire back on while sitting on about a 30 deg. decline with a slight twist, packed with ice and snow. After some anchoring, tag team hi-lifting, and screw jacking we were off again and ultimately safe at the bottom with all our equipment. It was a great time but the next time I haul for 6 hours I plan to be headed south hopefully to meet up with some of you guys.

I will add more pics here as soon as the gallery lets me upload them.
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Goose Lake


Flexing at Goose Lake


The aftermath of Goose Lake
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:57 AM   #2
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Looks like a kick arse place to wheel!



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Wow... gorgeous place... looks like this would be the time of year to go as well...
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Looks like fun Catfish.
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Can you camp up there?
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Dude, I remember going up there when I was a kid. One time there were some chicks in that lake skinny dipping.....(.)(.)!!! We used to go to RR ever year. Goose Lake was inaccessible (sp) for a few years due to an avalanche. That is one pretty place and some awesome wheeling to get up there. My dad would rent a YJ from the local Jeep rental place and we would go wheel the piss out of it. That was the days!
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That was my first wheeling expearance. My great and and a 76 jeep. small world. I loved fishing there. I was 3.
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Can you camp up there?
Yes there is camping there. Nice lodging, RV parks with full hookup, or plain ole roughing it if you choose.

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Yes there is camping there. Nice lodging, RV parks with full hookup, or plain ole roughing it if you choose.

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On top of the mountain? At the lake?
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On top of the mountain? At the lake?
LOL, I belive you can camp up there, definatly tents only though if so. There are some restrooms up there but they are very primitive and extremely aromatic. I chose to do it like they do it on the Discovery Channel. lol
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There is some great wheeling up there. I will ask my dad the name of the places and post up.

Oh yeah, I remembered one time my dad nearly killed us in an old FJ40 when I was about 11 or 12. We were going up some really steep hill that was like 75 yds to the top when it lost traction and started to slide down towards a small dirt road and about 2000 foot drop. He somehow got it to slide sideways nearly causing us to roll, but it only tipped the FJ40 up on two wheels for a few seconds (luckily Dad was on the correct side) and his weight brought us back down. I was one scared MOFO! My best friend was with us and when all was done we jumped out and walked! Awesome place!
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Man,I love RR. I spend as much time as i can in the area....any time of year is fine,too.


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At least ya didnt have to walk...thats a scary deal with that wheel
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We went on several trails but the most challanging was going up to goose lake.
What other trails? How many? How long? How hard/easy?
Is snow likely to mess up trying to run Goose Lake or the other trails in March?
Who could help me find these other trails if I went up there during spring break?
How would Goose Lake work as a 2-day run? One day up, tent camp, one day back.
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where is Red River at???????
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North Central-ish New Mexico.
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ok thanks hatch, looks like fun place to wheel
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What other trails? How many? How long? How hard/easy?
Is snow likely to mess up trying to run Goose Lake or the other trails in March?
Who could help me find these other trails if I went up there during spring break?

In this thread
http://www.texas4x4.org/showthread.php?t=8568
You will find your answer........

But,Ill explain it a little simpler.

Red River (and surrounding towns) are all ski resorts.Spring break is PRIME ski time. The trails are in/on the mountains. You would be lucky to get anywhere not paved untill AFTER the spring thaw.
MAY......could be as late as JUNE when the trails become passable.

I have a map of all(most) of the trails in the area,but I wont post it for the whole world to see.

Guess you could go snowmobiling
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So, March wheelin' in RR isout I guess.
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