4x4 Trail System
We now have over 40 directional trails at Gulches Off Road Vehicle Park with only 5 two way trails. Therefore if you are going up a hill climb you can be assured no one will be coming down at you. Gulches has a trail system based on what many ski resorts have used to describe their degree of difficulty. Our trails are rated as follows:
- Red is easy
- Blue is intermediate
- Single Black is difficult
- Double Black is more difficult
- Triple Black is most difficult
- Orange and Black is our Skull and Cross Bones trails
All difficult trails are linked by easy or intermediate trail. If one does not want to travel an advanced trail they have the option to watch others or by pass around.
Red Trails (Easy)
Blue Trails (Intermediate)
- 5A - Twister: Lot’s of twists and bumps and grinds for a blue trail. The tougher of the blues.
- 8 - B & B Hill: An easy steep hill climb discovered by two of Gulches’ avid explorers: known as the Brian and Brian Expedition.
- 9A - Twister's Sister: an easy blue trail to the top where 9 comes out.
- 15 - Oak's Detour: Created by Oak McCurdy, it is easy-intermediate, scary off camber, with one tough small gully at the end. 15 is also home to a III Black trail, Baby Gulch.
- 16 - The Clemson Trail: The Clemson 4x4 club finished this trail for us. Good off camber switchback trail, real pretty. Can be easy can be difficult. If you’re not careful, you’ll get detention!
- 17 - Palmetto Krawler: Wet, it’s at least a II Black or closed to traffic. Some serious off-camber. Good viewing of trail 18 which is the Palmetto Spill Your Guts Crossing .
- 21 - Little trail back to trail 21A. Don’t let it fool you, it can be greasy as lard.
- 25 - Lone Rock: this is a short very narrow trail for small vehicles with 34” tires or less.
- 29 - Boom Shaka Laka! The old school SevenSlat4x4.com guys put he name on this one- has some black by-passes
- 30 - Follow Papa: This trail follows trail 31 Papa Gulch. – not the easiest blue
Single Black Trails (Difficult)
- 56 - J-Gee's Hill: the Gee’s part is cause as you are going up someone could be right around the corner going down. Geeees !! Our only two way narrow hill climb. Go up one side and down the other. This may get tougher as time and traffic goes on.
- 11A - Lil' Devil: A very difficult black downhill. Do it wrong and you’ll have the devil to pay
- 28 - Bad Mamma Jamma: This is a hill climb when dry is easy when wet is tuff. Goes to a III Black
Double Black Trails (More Difficult)
- 3 - Hill Climb: Difficult hill climb - Rear lockers and winch recommended.
- 23 - Renegade Alley: Another trail by the Renegade 4x4 Club. Better known as Rebel Blvd. This is the longest trail in the park and it is not one of our “short little, well that was fun, now where should we go” trails. Renegade Alley has exciting terrain around every corner. [My personal favorite.] 31” mudders, a winch and at least one locker and a good bit of skill is all you need . At the end do skirts first then walk studs to find the line for next time.
Triple Black Trails (Most Difficult)
- 3E - Skinny Pedal Ridge: Just as nasty as the ones on each side, named for our departed friend Alex Ragsdale
- 7 - TNT Rock Garden: TnT’s side rock garden trail off trail 6. If you don’t have traction this one will trick you. This garden seems to have a mind of its own. Sometimes it lets you in and out easy and sometimes it eats your axles. TnT is out of Greenville for the most part - info- tnt4wd.org
- 9 - Hunters Uh-Oh: We named this after Hunter on a day when he was rolling along the park looking for the work site we were on. He came upon this newly finished unmarked hill climb from the wrong way and, well, all he could say was uh oohh! Ride up the hill, not down. This is also the site of our first roll over (backwards -- Cameron Kerby’s TJ) This is by far one of our toughest hill-climbs
- 11 - Twisted Intentions: This is the Twisted Intentions 4x4 Club Trail which is our longest hill climb - Lockers and 32’s at least on the Right and no weenies on the Left only hot dogs because it is a smash and tumble large rock face which intends to twist you up. This club is mostly out of the Greenville area check their web site at twistedintentions.com
- 18 - Palmetto Crossing: The Palmetto Krawlers 4x4 club developed this rock garden. Good chance of body damage at the first entrance as a large jagged rock is hungry for quarter panels. But then the Krawlers know no pain. Second entrance is just as insane but compared to the first …well you’ll see.
- 21A - Rocker Knocker: Just a nasty entrance to the Palmetto Crossing (Trail 18)
- 22 - Side Winder: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any tougher!! This nightmare was created by Cam and David, two Presbyterian College students. And this trail will make a believer out of you.
- 27 - Muntiny Ridge: If you don’t do the ship in Shipwreck then you Mutiny to the ridge
Skull and Bones (Enter at your own risk)
You won’t need 3D glasses while you roll down this one. Very similar to Trail 4
The longer you look at it the tougher it seems. Most Difficult hill climb! Lockers winch and lots of horse power. Climb it …or Don’t Climb it. You make the call. Most difficult hill climb! MUST HAVE FULL ROLL CAGE!!!
Created by the Renegade 4x4 Club. This is much like Renegade Alley but maybe a tad more difficult going down way more difficult going up. This is a long trail. YOU NEED A WINCH, GOOD TIRES AND AT LEAST ONE LOCKER. Top third can be very tricky
the toughest gulch trail in the park. Windshields need not apply
The Legend Way back a long time ago during the flood of 02 this area was hit extremely hard. The flood waters rose to a record high. Folks had to abandon their homes and grab anything that floated. The lucky ones had boats and they tried to rescue all they could. When all of a sudden a whirlpool began and started sucking down every thing in its area. Many over loaded boats were sent to a watery grave never to be seen again. It is said that a sink whole opened up and created the whirlpool. Today all that is left is the rocky top of the sink hole two shipwrecks and Yellow Jacket Lake. Quite possibly the final resting place of many a lost soul.
The Trail If you are brave enough, fool enough or both, walk this one before you enter. It is very off camber at first then straight down (as in free fall for twenty feet) with a sharp right. To the right you see the granite wall, all that is left off the sink hole. Still wet to this very day, it just hopes to ruin someone’s afternoon, as it tries to keep your 4x4 in the bottom of the pit. A pit that is loaded with rocks the size of Volkswagons. Here, there is no return. It is up that rock or there you stay.
What you need is a solid ride. Heavy duty axles, both locked, with plenty of clearance and horsepower is just the start. Because it will be skill and a good spotter to get you up these rocks. Oh ya, a good winch is advisable. The tow fee out of there will be well over $100.00
Death Valley & Radical Ravine
Death Valley brought to you by the Gulch Gremlins of the Clemson Off Road Club
Radical Ravine was created by the fearless members of the Renegade 4x4 Club
The Trail: This trail begins with an extremely steep descent, almost a free fall, for 120 feet or so. (the only quad black in the park) Though they cannot be seen, each side of the hill has deep drop offs. Once you are one quarter of the way down you have a ledge to drop off, if you haven’t felt like you were going to roll over, this will. If you think it’s over at the bottom you are DEAD WRONG. You have just arrived at the entrance.
Now you enter the DEATH VALLEY CANYON. This is where you need all of your skill and your entire vehicle to work perfectly. You need to hop up on a canyon ledge lift your vehicle up in the air and twist through the canyon up to the top. Now at this point you can take the “Easy Way Out” to the left or enter Radical Ravine. This has been lovingly referred to as the “butt” of Death Valley but the way it is chewing up vehicles I would refer to it as the mouth.
The Trail: You enter the trail and immediately descend into the bowels of some of our deepest narrowest gulches on the property. Here also lies the deepest orange muck on the property. This is the Cupcake Batter. Here only the big and bold survive. After the mud has eaten, an off camber couple of walls do. Then it’s an easy left and you are out, hopefully close to how you entered
What You Need: What you need is to choose something else to travel on!!!