Recon of Shiloh Ridge, in Alto, Texas
Date: 29 JUN 03
Race Schedule here.
the map below to be taken to a Mapquest map to the
track. Don't forget that you can zoom in,
print or whatever to get you there.
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Here is a picture of
the camp area and the start, down at the bottom is the
track map. Print it and take it with you.
Some 4 wheeler guys messin' around at the start area. The
track is in the trees in the background.
This is where the Pee Wee track is...sweet.
And of course, the camp area.
That gate with the sign on it will be the one we go through,
remember, we're on the south and west side of the fence this time.
Don't forget to print it and take it with you.
length & notes:
is that a great flyer or what?
to Larry Hunter for providing me with his GPS track so I
could get you a map of the track.
about 8.30 Miles for the main track,
About 1.65 for the Pee Wee track
available Just outside the gate.
Concession Stand out front as well.
I think the
trails are a little nicer over there and the hills aren't
as gnarly, but the camping area is just a tad off camber.
Look at it this way, if it rains, there won't be any
standing water in the camp area. No, actually it's nice
alright, plenty of grass & all that, but it is just a
little more inclined than the north side. ( why they call
THIS side North Alto, I don't know )
here's a note or two.
this is a commercial property. They make their living
sellin' their space to off roaders. They're open all the
time. And they charge all the time...including Friday
night. So don't be surprised if you have to pay a small fee
to get in Friday night. Generally not the full day price
of course, but you might not get in free if you arrive on
Friday afternoon at 3:00!!
Well be on the right as you come in the gate. In fact
they'll open the gate right in front of the main road, to
let you in.
I just got the following note from Tom...
PATMAN I spoke to the
lady at alto last week and she said there would not be
any elec. hook ups and that side would be closed.
i will call her again to be
sure that hasn't changed
Alright. Here's how I got there. From Dallas, I take 175
south / east. Keep goin' on through Gun Barrel City, on
through Athens, down to Jacksonville. Continue to follow 175 through
Jacksonville, but pay attention and follow the signs for 175. As you get
into town 175 hits Hwy 69, turn right there to get over to 69 south. Then
take 69 south on through Rusk, then about 9 miles ( maybe a little more )
to CR 2416. You'll see a power sub-station off to the right and there's a
White Step van with a big arrow on it...turn right there.
Follow the road 'till it comes to a Tee. Turn right & that road will
dead end into the gate. Expect about a two & a half hour
trip, from the center of the Metroplex. I measured 125 miles from
I635 and 175.
31 Deg 39.74 N
95 Deg 05.92 W
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I admit it, I didn't get to go out last week to look at
this place beforehand. However, I was out before
the last race we had here, so I'll just leave this report
as is. Thanks again to Larry Hunter for sending me
his GPS track so I could get the map published for all you
There don't seem to
be as many nasty hills as last time, there are
however, several straights, & passing areas as well as some nice
bermed turns in the trail that will keep the fun factor
high. That's not to mention, lots of mid-trail
pop-up jumps, especially just after the start.
The terrain is for the most part, just like the other
side. Hard red dirt covered with a thin layer of silt. And
then there are some sandy sections, though nothing as deep
and long and whooped out as the track on the other side of
the property. Yet. It will be dusty. Intermediate tires,
it's too hard for sand tires, too sandy for hard tires.
The start looks to be the an uphill fairly average length
straight, with a sharp left at the top that brings you
back down to the start of the trail. The first mile
or two is great fun with lots of little pop-up jumps, and
some wicked fast bermed trail sections. There are a few
maybe three or four, tight, fresh-cut, "woods and
vine sections", ( in fact one of the vines brought
one of us to a complete stop ) but none of them are more
than a couple hundred yards long. One of these sections in
particular is an alternate to a fairly gnarly ( though
passable ) mudhole. I only recall seeing three or four wet
spots on the track, the mudhole, ( that has an alternate )
a jump or two with a wet soggy spot in the landing area,
and a corner or two that had standing water in them.
There's also a creek crossing that our tour guide, David,
said "may get messy", but it must not have been too much
trouble during out one lap tour, as I don't even remember
where it was. I think it might be pretty darn fun. Many people have
said "this is a fun place to ride" and the facilities are civilized as well. Depending on what you're used too. I
kinda like the area myself. As this place is also a riding park, it
has many trails that are well broken in and wide enough
for a fourwheeler.
rating: This is a fourwheeler track and with the
exception of the few places they put in for...well I'm not
sure why they put them in exactly, but with the exception
of the few "tree limb and vine " sections
it's pretty wide most of the way.
The Camp area is nice and grassy. Fairly
smooth, and plenty big.
think the track crosses the road through the camp area
many times so that will make it a little safer. It does go
around the area though so spectating should be pretty
cool, especially around the start. But folks
please watch your kids, I see the little ones out there
unattended so often, and quite often it results in injury.
The Pee Wee track is in the same general area as the
camping area and is plenty wide, open, and free from
injury producing obstacles, though there are many hills
that will require some momentum to get up ( don't get
worried Mom & Dad, kinda long hills, not steep ones ).
entire property has dirt roads that go here & there so
getting out on the four wheeler, to do some watching or
photography is generally not a problem
are a couple of small hotels in Jacksonville, and some in
Rusk as well, but Alto itself is kinda small & I
didn't see any on my trip through.
Motor Inn, Highway 69, Rusk, TX 75785, (903-683-2688)
Weston Inn & Suites, Highway 69 N, Rusk, TX 75785,
There's also a Holiday inn express on the south side of
Holiday Inn, 1848 S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766,
Western Inn, 4809 NW Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, TX 75964,
Econo Lodge, 2020 NW Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, TX 75964,
Fort Motel, N US Highway 59, Nacogdoches, TX 75961,
Well these folks have a web site of their own, so
click here to zip over & check it out !