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The Road Legal Four Wheel Drive Association is pleased to announce our Independence Day celebration ride weekend at Indi...

The Road Legal Four Wheel Drive Association is pleased to announce our Independence Day celebration ride weekend at Indianhead Mountain / Big Snow Resort! 

 

This location near Wakefield, Michigan offers 1500 acres of riding fun! 

 

Trail maps, pictures, reviews, and videos - https://rl4wd.com/directory/businesses/on-trail/indianheadmountain 

 

Trails here range from gravel and dirt access roads to full-on crawling trails down the mountain and between ski slopes. 

 

RL4WD isn't charging a fee for anything and this is open to the public, but our Trail Ambassadors will likely only guide our members. If you want to donate, please consider buying special event merch or donate! 

 

Premium Member Discount - Get a free one night stay with a weekend package. Give them your member ID and expiration date on your card. https://www.bigsnow.com/lodging Thanks for joining and helping us raise money to build trails! https://rl4wd.com/member/join/online

 

Waiver Required - https://rl4wd.com/event/waiver

 

Rig Checklist Required - https://rl4wd.com/event/rigchecklist Don’t wait until the last day to check your rig folks. Trail Ambassadors may refuse to take you in a group if you don’t have a safe rig with the right gear. YOU WILL NEED GOOD BRAKES FOR THIS RIDE. 

 

Groups usually stop for breaks every few hours. If you missed a group, check-in and hang out in the parking lot area and be on the radio requesting a group. Someone will pick you up most likely as the groups rotate on breaks. Again, be on the radio and call out you are looking for a group. You can also call or text Ryan Harden 920-946-3549 but be advised that cell service can be horrible here. 

 

If you wish to explore the OHV trails and tour sites, we suggest you get your ORV sticker - https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79148_80650-424059--,00.html be sure to use the event page to ask questions and group up with folks who want to do your type of riding. 

 

Bring food and drinks. While the location and local town have food, you may want to cookout or share meals with your friends. You don’t always have to eat out, it’s just suggested below based on previous events. 

 

Itinerary - 

 

Thursday, July 2nd - Travel Day to Big Snow Meet up for afternoon trail ride for those that get there early enough. Otherwise, meeting for dinner and hangout. Monitor your radio for details. Feel free to give a shout out on the radio when you get there. 

 

Friday, July 3rd - Breakfast at Korner Kitchen Restaurant 9am If you brought breakfast, hang out in the parking lot with 4x4 friends until groups and riders meetings form. https://rl4wd.com/directory/businesses/on-trail/kornerkitchenrestaurant 

 

10am - 10:30am - Meet in the parking lot for riders meeting and to group up with folks who want to overland, crawl, beginners, advanced, etc. 

 

Dinner At SkyBar - Time determined by groups via radio https://rl4wd.com/directory/businesses/on-trail/indianheadmountainskybarandgrill 

 

Saturday, July 4th - Breakfast 906 Cafe 9am or Korner Kitchen Restaurant if 906 is closed. If you brought breakfast, hang out in the parking lot with 4x4 friends until groups and riders meetings form. 

 

10am - 10:30am - Meet in the parking lot for riders meeting and to group up with folks who want to overland, crawl, beginners, advanced, etc. 

 

Saturday Night - We’ll most likely meet at the on-site restaurant for a special 4th of July celebration. Entertainment is likely provided at the SkyBar. 

 

 

Sunday - A non-denominational church meditation may be given in the parking lot at 9am for those who wish to participate. 

 

Morning meeting times TBD according to Saturday night fun. Once Trail Ambassadors are in the parking lot, we’ll group up and head out on rides. 

 

Dinner and lunch play by ear

 

Monday - Morning meeting times TBD. Once Trail Ambassadors are in the parking lot, we’ll group up and head out on rides. Many are going home on Monday, some are staying.

 

Dinner and lunch play by ear. Again, some groups will be going off-site and doing trail riding on the OHV trails and tours. 

 

Trail Ambassadors will do their best to guide groups according to your type of riding. Be aware some Ambassadors are just there to help, not to guide or lead as some haven’t ever been to this location before. You won’t need a Trail Ambassador to go on rides, but you should ALWAYS travel in groups of 3 rig or more in case something happens. 

 

You’ll need the following items:

 

Closed Loop Tow Strap and Tree Saver Kit - https://bit.ly/35LTDrJ 

 

A winch is highly recommended - https://amzn.to/3cp7XZB 

 

Communication Is A Must - List of channels we monitor - https://rl4wd.com/communication 

 

Preferred - Ham Radio: https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-014544 because groups could be out on the OHV trails, out on the mountain trails, etc. Ham is the only way to stay in contact in many cases when out here riding in the UP where cell coverage can suck a lot. You need to be licensed to transmit on Ham. We may also be using the repeaters in the area. Stay tuned for details.

 

CB Radio - https://amzn.to/3fz8dr7 great for short-range, many of us still use CB a lot but most CB’s won’t cover the entire property. 

 

GMRS Radio - https://midlandusa.com/product/mxt400-micromobile-2-way-radio/ the new kid in town, GMRS offers far better range and sound over CB but doesn’t work with our ham radio repeater/network. You need a license to transmit on GMRS over 2 watts.

 

Air Down Kit - Hands-Down the best and most compact kit is the J.T. Brooks Automatic Tire Deflators Pro - https://amzn.to/3cnnSHY We air down tires a lot here. 

 

Rules - https://rl4wd.com/event/rules 

 

Never lose sight of the person behind you. 

 

ALWAYS wait at intersections for the person behind you. 

 

Never more than one person on a steep hill at a time. Give plenty of room.

 

Do not belittle people who are just starting out. Allow them to ask questions and help them get started right. We’re family here, help people learn and make friends! 

 

Dogs - Big Snow has pet rooms. Pets are allowed on rides. 

 

Police your trash and pick up stuff on the trail if you see it. Bring extra garbage bags. 

 

Any questions, please post in the event but be mindful that when you post here, it sends an email to all participants so don’t overdue it. 





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