Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Report on Hannibal Rocks
Not very impressive. Frank and I had planned to spend a full day there, from early morning to after dark. Frank had never put his soft top down, so figuring it out delayed our departure from the campground, and we got some bad directions so it was 10:00 before we got onto the trails. And something came up for which I had to be home early Sunday morning, so we left about 4:00 to pack up and head home. But that was OK; we'd covered the whole place, most of it twice.
It had rained heavily Friday, and there were still a few drops falling when we started, so everything was greasy muddy. They use a 1-star, 2-stars, 3-stars trail rating, with one being the easiest. We were told that because of the mud, everything was about one star higher. We covered all of the 1-star trails by lunch, went over them again after lunch, and mixed in a few of the 2-star trails.
Most of the area is hilly hardwood forest that was probably pasture twenty years ago. There were almost no trees bigger than about 6" diameter. The trails go up and down the hills and cross small creeks at the bottom. In places there are small rock outcroppings to add variety.
There's a bottom land area for the guys on tall Boggers. The ruts were of course filled with water and so deep that our 31s probably wouldn't have even touched bottom. And there was the usual coterie of Blazers, Broncos and full-size pickups with their V8s roaring and 44s throwing spray everywhere. One guy with a Suburban had popped a bead and walked the tire completely off his right front.
There's also a working quarry with a nice variety of big rocks and sheer cliffs, with plenty of challenges to keep the hard-core rock guys busy for a couple of days. "Hannibal Rocks" is a good name for the place.
One nice feature is that they have all three grades of trails in the same area. If a three-star trail is too much for you, there's a two-star go-around not far away. The bad part is that the boundary of the park is never far away either. All in all, it was nice to get out and blow the winter stink off. It was nice to get a tuneup before the Bash, it was nice that Frank got to exercise his Jeep, and I was sure glad to do it. But it's not worth the long drive and a couple hundred dollars of gasoline to go again.
Last edited by Jim_Lou; 04-20-2008 at 11:48 AM.