On Saturday, 27 August a group of eight vehicles including CORE members and guests headed up to
Rausch Creek in Pine Grove, PA for a day of green trails. A few of the vehicles met up in Frederick, MD
for the drive out while others met at the Exxon Station near the park. We started the day with a drivers
meeting in the parking lot where we covered basic off-roading procedures and the trail itinerary. The
types of vehicles ranged from modified JKs to a stock Range Rover Discovery.
- Sam & Friend – JK Unlimited
- Robert, Fred, and Trudi – Toyota 4Runner
- Alex & Friend – Nissan Xterra
- Mo – Jeep Wrangler
- Micah & Jen – JK Unlimited
- Chris & Friend – JK Unlimited
- Keith & Family – Range Rover Discovery
- Mike – Nissan Xterra
As we hit the trails around 9:30am, we were met with a traffic jam of modified vehicles seeking a day of
black trails. One vehicle even cut us off as if we were on the DC Beltway. After clearing all the “traffic”
we met our first obstacle, which was a decent down a rocky trail with one particular challenging set of
rocks and drop-off. The morning was spent taking advantage of all the green trails Rausch Creek had to
offer on the East and South Property. Many of the trials had the option to remain green or tackle some
blue level obstacles. A number of the divers took advantage of the more challenging trails which
resulted in one vehicle getting stuck on a large bolder. With this challenge came the opportunity to pull
out the Hi-Lift Jack and demonstrate its use on the trail. As with all challenges, everyone pitched in to
help Mo get unstuck.
We also had the opportunity to test Nissan Xterra tiring changing skills when separately, both Alex and
Mike experienced flat tires.
We stopped for lunch around midday which gave everyone the chance to relax and share vehicle
modification stories. The afternoon was spent riding the green trails on the West Property. We returned
to parking lot shortly after 5:00pm where everyone aired-up and said their good-byes – marking the end
of another fun CORE trip to Rausch Creek.
Trail report written by Sam. Pictures courtesy of Sam.