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post #1 of 43 Old 10-23-2011, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hidden Falls Adventure Park (Austin, Tx) 10/22-23/11

So Stigo and I met up for a day of wheeling at Hidden Falls this weekend, and I had already made plans to camp the night with my wife and daughter, and brought my little sister along as well to play with my kid. I had also decided that today was going to be a day, and that my wife needed to learn how to do some wheelin', so she was behind the wheel all day. This was her first time really doing anything offroad, and I must say, she did spectacular! Stigo had gone the weekend before with Marcus from RCO, but due to mechanical issues, they didnt get to do many trails. I told him we could start off with a "fun" trail I decided to go up to the top of the hill and do Wildcat in reverse, which is a level 4/5 trail.



























After this section, we got into an extremely flexy part of the trail, and we ended up ripping the smittybilt steel fenders off the rear passenger side, so we went ahead and pulled off both rears as that was really the only thing that was contacting hard.


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Looks like a good time.
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So after we got the fenders off after some more and cussing, the kids were ready to go hit some more trails.







So at this point, the only "damage" was the rear fenders getting torn off, which hadnt really done anything. We drove down to the back of the park with the intention of doing Wet and Wild, but when my wife looked at the entrance, she said oh HELL NO!. LOL. so we kept going, got lost for a few minutes, and then ended up on Snoopy Falls. Josh mentioned that this was the trail that him and Marcus had tried the week before, and marcus had gotten some body damage, and they had to winch out of the exit. I said, meh lets do it! immediately we come up to the first obstacle which was much more dug out then it was the last time i did it.





We managed to get by that with only a scrape on the hard top






but then on the section where they had to winch out before, we made it successfully but knocked off the rear tail light



didnt get any pics of Ginny doing the obstacle as I was slightly concerned we were in for some major body damage LOL

this is Stigo doing the obstacle



He made it up sucessfully without help!

After that, it was starting to get dark, so we headed back to the campsite, and Josh helped us put together our propane grill since apparently drinking impairs your judgement on putting things together

We ate some damn good food thanks to my wife and hung out and had a great night of camping





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In the morning Ginny made some eggs and mushrooms and BACON!! LOL



We drove around after breakfast and found a couple guys with a LJ rubicon with a nice longarm suspension lift, and they said they hadnt really found any good trails. I said we could do Wildcat, as thats one of my favorite trails. I decided to drive this time as I was nice and sobered up LOL.



Unfortunately, my wife is nowhere near as picture happy as I am, so I only got a couple pics.



The LJ ended up breaking their front driveshaft at the DC joint, and he limped back to the campsite. We decided to go ahead and pack it up and call it a day, as almost everybody had cleared out.





And that was our trip!


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Looks like you had a great time wheelin. One of my favorite places. Great to have the whole family out on a trip. Thanks for the pics.
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What trail took out the fender?
I have been out there 3 times but never with anyone who knew the place.
Wet'n'wild is the toughest trail ive seen out there so far..
I need to go out there with someone who knows the place.


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Wet and wild isnt that bad to me. No name has some spots where you can get some serious rocker panel damage if you arent paying attention. coming out of the exit (really, the entrance since we were doing it backwards) of Wildcat is where it gets extremely flexy and the tires were getting into the fenderwells, and caught the lip of the fender and tore it off the body. once I took those off, and fired up my trusty portable sawzall and cut the pinch seam back a little more, we didnt have any more issues with rubbing.


What was interesting to me was I really didnt know what the Rubi would be capable of doing, I've done alot of trails at hidden falls in my built toyotas, but those were dedicated offroad rigs and i wasnt sure exactly what the Rubicon would be capable of doing. I'm happy to say we didnt get stuck or come remotely close to getting stuck anywhere. Josh had a little bit of a scare at one point on wildcat, we thought for sure he had broken something in his steering. LOL. time for Hydro Assist!


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Sounds like you need a little more bump stop!lol
I need another inch up front I catch the liners if I turn.
We ran wetnwild backwards last time I was out, it was pretty fun.
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Looks like a good time, I'd like to make it out there at some point.

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Yeah I'm still on stock bumps, didn't rub in front at all, rear compresses all the way into the tub. I'm planning on upgrading to the 2.5 or 3.5 rk lift so ill do bumps at that point. Everybody had a great time, and looking forward to doing it again sometime soon.


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Dang, I'd have loved to make that run. I like HF a lot. Great shots and very cute kids!

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had a blast on saturday man!! Great pics! ready to do it again already lol!


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looks like you all had a good time!

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Hey Stigo and Tribal, it was nice meeting you guys. Looks a good time was had by all. I'm really looking forward getting back out there. I've got about a dozen video clips from the trip that I need to put together.


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Yeah jaybee it was nice meeting you too. Sounded like you cypress guys were really partying it up sat night with the raffle or something it sounded like.

I was so proud of my wife. *sniffle when we got the first scratch she said ah screw it, its a jeep. LOL

Next time it'll just be me and Ginny, so that we don't have to worry about the kids and can enjoy more adult beverages at night.

We definitely need to do another run/camping trip while the weather is perfect for it.


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Hey Stigo and Tribal, it was nice meeting you guys. Looks a good time was had by all. I'm really looking forward getting back out there. I've got about a dozen video clips from the trip that I need to put together.


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yea you too man!!! Let me know when you guys are headed back down. Im always down for some wheelin


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Yeah jaybee it was nice meeting you too. Sounded like you cypress guys were really partying it up sat night with the raffle or something it sounded like.

I was so proud of my wife. *sniffle when we got the first scratch she said ah screw it, its a jeep. LOL

Next time it'll just be me and Ginny, so that we don't have to worry about the kids and can enjoy more adult beverages at night.

We definitely need to do another run/camping trip while the weather is perfect for it.
things got a little sporty with the chilli cookoff. Then i accidentaly detroyed about a liter of Jack Daniels. The only that kept me alive on sunday was breakfast at the Blue Bonnet Cafe.

I think this thing is finally coming together. Still Needed: drive shafts, frame mount rails...then done son! For a while...
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LOL so thats what it was.

You know what else was interesting, the trails were on our Mygig navigation. We didnt realize it until we were heading out, and turned the radio to the navigation and saw all the trails and the parkroad we were on. LOL


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LOL so thats what it was.

You know what else was interesting, the trails were on our Mygig navigation. We didnt realize it until we were heading out, and turned the radio to the navigation and saw all the trails and the parkroad we were on. LOL
My buddy james was riding with me with his GPS to map the trails. About 2minutes in the batteries crapped out and he didn't have the 12v power plug for it.

I really like the last run up and out of Snoopy Falls. The extra length on the JKU seems to help alot. Some of the TJ guys were getting squirrely on the climb out.

Most of those in the group were running TJ's and YJ's so i had to represent the JK contingency. There was some minivan talk until i pulled a busted YJ up out of bronco buster.

I think this thing is finally coming together. Still Needed: drive shafts, frame mount rails...then done son! For a while...
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Looks like you guys had a good time. I wanted to go real bad but we had just gotten back from out of town. We need to start a Calender in the Texas thread so that everyone knows whats up!

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That's not a bad idea. I was surprised how unfriendly everybody on the trails were, I never got that kind of reception driving my yota crawlers. Must be the stigma of being a JK owner or something. Might not be the best idea for me to be trail leader if we get a jk group going out there though LOL. I need to learn some easy trails to guide ppl on.


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Looks like fun! That is one of my favorite places in Texas to wheel.

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That's not a bad idea. I was surprised how unfriendly everybody on the trails were, I never got that kind of reception driving my yota crawlers. Must be the stigma of being a JK owner or something. Might not be the best idea for me to be trail leader if we get a jk group going out there though LOL. I need to learn some easy trails to guide ppl on.
You think it's bad for JK's, those FJ guys to stay all together to keep from getting rocks thrown at them!

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You wouldn't happen to know what happened to the tan FJ parked by the checkin station that looked like he rolled? It looked like most of the fj's were just driving around on ranch roads.


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Looks like you guys had a great time out there! I'd love to head out there again, but maybe camp for the weekend this time. Came down for the Labor Day run and the dust was a bitch to deal with! Even at night, tailgunning, I couldn't use anything more than my fogs because I couldn't see shit. Looks like the dust may have been better this time since you guys have had some rain recently. I'm surprised, though. No pics from the top of the tower?

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