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What to Expect at Redbird?

Going for the first time on Sunday. Just wondering what the terrain is like and what to expect.

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As long as it is not soaking wet, it is not bad. Alot of steep hill climbs. I really enjoy it. Last time I was there it had rained HEAVILLY the night before and I basicly could not go anywhere, crushed my tailgate and had a mechanical problem on the way home. It basicly sucked but that was my first bad experience.

Ya only go around once, best to enjoy it the first trip.
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Pretty much what Jeff said.
It's been so dry down this way you might have to look around to get any good mud holes, but there are always those bottomless tank-traps.
I wish you would have mentioned going sooner, some of us from down this way could have invited ourselves along.
Have fun and post some pix when you get home.

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OHHH Redbird. OHHH Redbird.

Only 45 mintues from my house and haven't wheeled it this year yet. I actually like it alot. There is alot of easy stuff but there is also some pretty hard sections. Very steep on alot of the trails. If you don't have a winch or are with someone with a winch and block be careful of some of the trails. There are a few trails that a stock rig can go most of the way. A couple of these trails are very easly but then you drive down a steep ledge(not hard) but all of the exits are very steep also and you cant get out forward or backward.

Ask Jim and Dale, I winched 4 rigs one day and that was the only way they were getting out. Also some areas are too tight to strap someone. There are also some pretty off-camber areas.

When you wheel all the water looks deep and stagnant and some really is stinky and deep. If your are trail leader check the pools that look deep!!!

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I don't know anything about it, but I wish I was going!!!

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I enjoy Redbird. Many of the trails are really tight, but most give enough room that you shouldn't have any problems. If it rains overnight it is a different story.
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Pretty much what Jeff said.
It's been so dry down this way you might have to look around to get any good mud holes, but there are always those bottomless tank-traps.
I wish you would have mentioned going sooner, some of us from down this way could have invited ourselves along.
Have fun and post some pix when you get home.
Yeah, I would have put out a general invitation, but this came up last minute. My uncle lives in Bloomington and said he would pay my gas to drive down this weekend and taxi him back up to the South Bend area. He works for the forestry service and helped build Redbird but has never wheeled there and suggested that we check it out before heading back north. I couldn't say no!

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If you know what 'Spoil Banks' are, then you know what RedBird is...
Pretty good time, nothing really dramatic...
Some pretty good mud holes where morons have blasted them out, Crazy Eddie actually lost a set of 37's in a couple of them last year!
(I didn't have a chance on bald 31's in the old 'Amish Jeep'!)

Anyway, pretty good time until someone lost a finger last year!
(between cage and tree, cage and tree won, finger lost!)

We've been up there one time this year, drove every trail with a factory stock Rubicon and never shut the A/C off.
(...bypassing a couple of bottomless moron pits...)

Nice day for low speed fun with a cooler and a 'Jeep Dog'...
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I try to stay out of the serious mud, as I only have 32" all terrain tires and this Jeep is my DD. I also try to keep all of my phalanges attached because I use them frequently and am quite fond of them. So, a good weekend means both my Jeep and my fingers come home with minimal damage!

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