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We are heading out to hidden falls for some riding today. Anyone else out there camping for the weekend?

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Weather is perfect out here! Nice and cloudy with slight breeze to sweep away the dust.



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I just spent two days at Hidden Falls. I saw a lot of fun and a lot of carnage. You folks in the Austin area sure have a great place to ride. I am jealous. There were 10 or 12 vehicles in our group. There were several hundred vehicles at the park this past weekend. Lots of jeeps, RZR's, motorcycles, etc. I did not see another Ace so we are still definitely in the minority. Two people in our group flipped their vehicles. One was a new four passenger Can-Am with three people riding that rolled completely over and landed upright. I was personally leading a group of riders up a steep incline. About the fifth rider in the line on an ATV flipped over backwards. He was able to roll off the machine and avoided injury. We saw a new Jeep Rubicon that rolled 7 times and finally caught on a tree. Please be careful out there and learn the limits of your machine before pushing it to the max.
 

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That's an insane amount of carnage! There are some hard core climbs out there, but I always know my limits. I can't believe that many people rolled.
 

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You get a bunch of dudes in one spot like that, testosterone runs high, people gotta show off, they start riding outside their limits, and BAM!
Sounds like nobody was seriously hurt though. Good deal.
 

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The Can-Am roll and the ATV roll were definitely testosterone fueled. One passenger challenged the Can-Am driver to do a donut. The ATV rider was certainly attempting something that was beyond the capability of him and his ATV. The jeep rollover, however, was fueled by estrogen. There were two young ladies in the Rubicon. They were on wildcat mountain and missed their line and started rolling down the mountain until a tree stopped their roll. The jeep was parked about 100 yards from our bunkhouse. I am still wearing an orthopedic boot and I could not walk over and see it up close. The rest of your crew saw it up close and talked to the guys that were loading up the jeep. The women were apparently not hurt. One person commented that the only thing that was salvageable from the jeep was the spare tire.

I want to restate that Hidden Falls is a terrific place. I was thoroughly impressed by the variety of terrain. There is something there for all skill levels. The only complaint that I had was the trail signs. Some of them were missing and some had fallen. By the looks of the signs, they had been fallen for quite some time. I would recommend that people stay off the 4x4 trails that are marked as two way. We turned into one category 2 trail that was marked as two way. It was in a creek bottom down the side of the mountain. That was the toughest category 2 trail that I have ever ridden. We were about 300 yards down the trail when we met 8 jeeps coming the other direction. The creek bottom was barely wider than the jeeps and it is supposed to be a two way trail. I was riding the Ace, Greybeard and One-Shot were on RZRs. We managed to get turned around and I thought that with the extra length of the RZRs over the Ace that both of them would turn over. We followed the jeeps out and stayed off the two way 4x4 trails. There was one trail named wet and wild that we were planning to try and the jeep drivers said it was the same way. It is marked two way and is definitely not.
 

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I think that by "2-way" maybe they meant you could do it more than one direction (but sucks to be you if you meet someone going the other way).
Some jeep trails can only be done one way because of drop-offs that you can go DOWN, but not UP unless everyone has a winch and a case of beer on hand.
 

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Scoundrel, thanks for the clarification. I am not really experienced on jeep trails. All the ATV trails were marked as one way because they only wanted you to drive in one direction to avoid collisions. The park roads said two way traffic meaning that you could pass on those roads. The jeep trails only said 2 way 4x4. I will stay off 2 way 4x4 trails. That was quite an experience. In my part of Texas, ATV's have winches primarily to pull themselves out of the mud. Since I don't mud, I did not buy a winch. After riding Hidden Falls I appreciate that in some instances you need a winch just to move forward up the trail. I will be installing one before my next trip there.
 

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Sounds like in this case, 2-way meant what you thought, not what I thought.
There's only one "1-way" trail that I've ever seen, and the reason it was 1-way was because of the difficulty.
 

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I went to break in my Ace and had a blast. Signed up for the annual membership.

The weather was a perfect 65 degrees and sunny after noon.

I got lost one or twice and took a tumble when I stepped out of my ace to self spot a steep climb.

I only got home because I was wearing a helmet when I slipped down a rocky slope and bounced down about 20 feet.

On the way out I saw that they had about 4 black Aces....could these be SP? Looks like they rent them out.

I wish I would have camped out and road Sunday too.
 

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Glad you got home safely and had a good visit to the park. You saw the black Aces at the park by the office or what?
 

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I got lost one or twice and took a tumble when I stepped out of my ace to self spot a steep climb.
I only got home because I was wearing a helmet when I slipped down a rocky slope and bounced down about 20 feet.
Ouch! Hope you don't find any hidden injuries that turn up a couple days later.
 

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I saw the black aces by the check in office.

My shoulder is sore today, but I am blaming that on the driving for hours without power steering.
 

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Couldn't have had anything to do with jarring it or breaking your fall as you slid down a rocky slope? :)
Still, it seems like you got off light for that one.
 

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Very light. It was akward and I learned a lesson. The angle on the rock i was standing on was not very steep, but it had a dry dirt powder layer and I just slipped, tumbled and sort of cartwheeled down the hill.

I will be more aware of that from now on. Ever since I was a kid, my falls were spectacular. My brother would always manage to roll and prevent injury, I would splat.
 
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