Rausch Creek is an off road park with over 1,700 acres open to members ($10 a year) in Joliett, PA. The trails range in difficulty and a re clearly marked both with maps handed out at registration and along the trails. Depending on your vehicle's abilities, the classifications are:
Green - Easy. Expect lots of rocks, mud (the Mud Pit...clearly marked...is 5 foot deep), steep hills, forest trails and ledges.
Blue - More challenging. More rocks, less mud. Expect bigger rocks and difficult climbs.
Black - Difficult. Not for any stock vehicle. Very difficult, large crevaces, huge boulders, rock hills.
Red - "You're Nuts" Extremely difficult.
Some trails boast a combination of rating, and most offer bypasses, if you don't feel comfortable going through an obstacles. Know your vehicle's limitations and your own driving abilities and make an intelligent decision.
You need to have at least two vehicles in a group to enter the park. Once you've become a member, admission to the park is $25 per vehicle and $5 per passenger!
The contact names and numbers are the volunteers that operate the park and their phone numbers. Please visit the site for directions, rules and regulations, trail maps, etc.
The Mud Pit is a 5 foot deep pit, full of thick, gooey mud, like a thick milkshake. The pit is clearly marked with warnings and offers a safe bypass. Of the 18 or so, only two tried the pit.
Andy was the first to break undert he peer pressure...
Andy's Pit Story
After that, Gordie knew he had to follow...see how it's done here...
RedRover's Pit Story
How'd he do it? Gordie's secret...he put it into low range, first gear...kept the RPM's around 2000...that way he had a full spectrum of available power if needed...
Rausch Creek is in the mountains, make sure you dress properly. As the terrain has a lot of rocks, some sharp, wear proper footwear.
The trees offer shade in the summer, but your best bet anytime is to wear layers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Hopefully, emergency medical supplies are not needed, but it's always a good idea to have a first aid kit in your truck. If there is a problem, call the numbers provided on the sheets at sign-in for nearest hospital.
Photo Equipment: I would have loved to take many more pictures, but it was hard keeping the camera steady over all those rocks...
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're camping, you know what gear you need.
Miscellaneous: OK. Make sure your trcuk is outfitted properly. There are MANY rocks and boulders out here, as well as mud. Make sure your truck has the proper protection underneath...diff guards, skid plates, etc.
Tyres...you're gonna be hitting rocks, sharp rocks...don't skimp on your tyres plys. And...air down before entering the park.
Mandatory...you truck must have at least on recovery point. One member of the group must have an acceptable tow strap.
CB radios or handhelds are a good idea to carry to keep tabs on all trucks.
There is a minimum of two vehicles per group at Rausch Creek. Don't have any SUV friends that will take their rig off-road? Rausch Creek's website offers a forum, where you can meet up with new friends and enjoy the park.