Two Rivers Trail Descriptions
Two Rivers Trail Rating System
Our trails are rated from 1 (the easiest) to 5 (the most difficult).
These ratings are based on the trail overall, not just on one
or two tough spots. Rain, prior to the event or during the trail
ride, may increase trail ratings by one or two points.
Please be honest with yourself about your vehicle and your off-highway
driving experience when selecting a trail. Drivers or vehicles
on trails for which they are not prepared greatly reduce the
enjoyment for themselves and other participants.
All vehicles will be subject to inspection prior to trail departure.
We recommend full cage rollover protection for all open top vehicles.
Properly mounted tow hooks (factory mounted or mounted with two
grade 5 or grade 8 bolts) or substantially mounted pull point
(front and rear) is required. To protect the land, tires can
be no more than 38.5 ", based on DOT tire lettering.
Two Rivers Trail Rating Descriptions
Rating 1: Intended for those with little or no experience
and a stock vehicle.
These trails feature mild obstacles. In optimum weather conditions the
trail may not require the continual use of 4 wheel-drive. Chances of
vehicular damage are extremely low.
Rating 2: Intended for drivers with little or no experience
driving a modified vehicle, or experienced drivers with a stock vehicle.
These trails are moderately demanding. Under dry conditions stock vehicles
with stock tires will work. However, those with larger tires and more
aggressive tread will do better. You will encounter a wide variety of
challenges, including mud holes, creeks, hill climbs, and tight maneuvers
through trees. Chances for vehicular damage are relatively low.
Rating 3: Intended for drivers with experience and a modified
These trails are more demanding on both vehicle and driver. You will
encounter obstacles such as rocks, deep ruts, off camber grades, and
difficult hill climbs. You will find vehicle modifications such as increased
ground clearance, lower gears, lockers, 33
+ tires, and winch of great benefit here. Full cage rollover protection
is recommended. The potential for body and/or mechanical damage can be
a bit greater here depending upon conditions and the driver's capability.
Rating 4: Intended for expert drivers with a highly modified
Do not even try in a stock vehicle or if you are inexperienced. These
trails demand the ultimate in traction and reliability from your vehicle.
Ruts and mud holes will be deeper. Rocks will be bigger and slicker.
You will encounter greater off-camber, steps, ledges, and steeper climbs
and descents. Maximum ground clearance, lower gears, front and rear lockers,
+ tires with aggressive treads, winch, tools, and spare parts will be
in order for these trails. Full cage rollover protection is highly recommended.
Be prepared for vehicular damage (body, drive train, tires, etc.) On
trail repairs may be likely.
Rating 5: This category is reserved for the most difficult
obstacles/trails and is intended for hardcore drivers with a highly modified
One should be able to traverse a 4 rated trail with no problem or worries
before even thinking of taking on a 5 obstacle. Obstacles rated 5 may
be optional on some trails. Body damage, breakage, and rollovers are
possible. Full cage rollover protection is required.
The attached listing of trails is subject to
change based on landowner availability and other factors.
Ridge Rambler (Rated 1)
||This trail wanders through hardwood forests,
around ponds, across creeks, and through pastures where an abundance
of wildflowers prevail. Redheaded woodpeckers are often seen flitting
among the trees and even deer, turkey, or maybe a newborn calf can
be seen. Property owners Hamer and Jenny enjoy showing the sights
to all comers. On a clear day from the hilltops the view seems to
go on forever.
Hopewell Heritage (Rated 1+)
|The Mississippi River bottom ground
is the beginning of this trail that quickly climbs to higher ground.
As you stand on top of the bluff you will share a view with the spirits
of the Hopewell Native Americans who once roamed these hills centuries
ago. You'll see a panoramic patchwork of cropland, woods, bluffs,
and (5 miles distant) the town of Louisiana, on the Missouri side
of the river. Most of the trail ride is deeper in a woods forested
with natural-growth native species and with terrain that will be
exciting and a bit challenging, yet within the capabilities of stock,
unmodified vehicles. We'll crawl up, down, over and around the ravines
and ridges of Western Pike County while negotiating our path through
| New Salem (Rated 2)
If Abe had been around when Jeeps were, I'm sure he would have
preferred this New Salem over that other New Salem. On this trail
you won't just meander through the hills--you'll go over them and
back down, and if it's not too wet, you'll go back up again.
is sure to hold a surprise or two. The
is still there as is the
where you'll experience more twists and turns. And finally don't miss
"The Point of No Return"
or you might not come back..
| Black Oak Run (Rated 2+)
| This popular trail is located around
the county's historical Black Oak School and Church. You will travel
through hardwood forests, descending into scenic valleys. There is
a good possibility you will encounter deer or turkey along the trail
so have your cameras ready. Your heart will pound from endless hills
and creeks that present many obstacles for you to conquer on this fun-filled
| Murphy's Law (Rated 2+)
|| Looking for a trail which will let you see every type of terrain in Pike County?
This is the trail for you. It starts with a rolling pasture with numerous creek
crossings, hill climbs, and the infamous
It ends in the rugged hardwood forest following a winding creek and climbing
"Two Winch Hill,"
will test your water crossing and rock climbing ability. If you want a bigger
challenge and don't mind getting muddy, there is always the optional
In this scenic area, deer and wild turkey are often spotted and beautiful wild
flowers cover the landscape. Murphy's Law will offer you many Kodak Moments and
memories of what wheeling is all about.
| Dutch Creek Challenge (Rated 2+)
|This challenging trail undertakes the
mighty Dutch Creek with its rolling hills and obstacles. You'll appreciate
springs and shocks as you travel approximately two miles along and
though the creek. Dutch Creek offers many challenges for both vehicle
and driver. If it has rained, better pack a snorkel, too! You will
see an occasional waterfall and will want to be prepared to capture
photographs of wildlife along this trail.
| Lake Shore Drive (Rated 3)
This popular trail has returned and is as much fun as ever. This trail is run east of town near Lake
Pittsfield and consists of a dive into a rocky creek bed and then climbing up a waterfall. This can provide
a lot of entertainment, especially when the moss has been growing on the rocks. After that
there are some tight twisty turns, called “Suck It Up” then on to “Rock and Roll”,
a series of boulder strewn draws. From there we go past an old well, called the Wishing Well, and then
up a steep muddy hill. After that, if there is still daylight, there may be other portions of the trail
to be run.
| Pokey's Run (Rated 3)
| You've entered the land of Pokey's Run, some of the highest and most
scenic land around. You will test your skills on Toboggan Hill,
Rooster Hill, or Piece-of-Cake
Hill. There are rocks to crawl over, creeks to drive through, and
some of the most costly trees you can run into. Most of the hard
spots do have by-passes. If it rains or is muddy, plan on spending
the day trying to get up or down two or three hills. Little Dakota
is there for a try, as is the Waterfall and Humbling Hole, plus an
off camber trail along a ridge - and thanks to the trees, you can't
see the bottom. Expect a lot of fun, a good trail, and a fun time.
Be prepared to laugh, have a great day, and regret the
to town. You'll want the day to go on and on and on . . . .
| Smacker (Rated 3)
On Smacker there are three separate sections. The first section
starts easy enough then quickly turns into a very tight trail.
There are quick elevation changes and lots of tight turns. The
second section is the drive between sections one and three. It
sounds easy enough, but can be very challenging, especially when
dry. Driving in drought conditions in ninety degree heat down
a gravel road about 46 miles long behind 20 other vehicles is
Section three starts with some real fun drops and climbs in and
out of a creek and the woods. The trail begins with some real tight
crawls winding through some extreme articulation challenges. You
really have to pick your line through this stuff. The trail then
opens up and has some real fun challenges, like going up rocky
slopes followed by nose-standing down hills. The
is a huge up-hill where everyone has a chance to make-it or break-it.
County Line (Rated 3+)
|County Line is appropriately named since
it's on the border of Pike and Brown Counties. The beginning is deceiving
with a couple of easy creek crossings, but then the fun begins! You
descend into a difficult creek crossing and then you seem to go straight
up - and this is just in the first 15 minutes. There are numerous
sand crossings, swamp crossings and more than enough off-camber for
everyone. Even in the dry season this is a wet trail so come prepared
to get dirty - - real dirty!
| Mongo (Rated 3+)
Whatever Mongo wants - Mongo gets
- and Mongo wants you! Do you desire a trail that is somewhat aggressive,
but with little or no body damage? You will need Mongo tires, Mongo
suspension and if you have faith in your tow hooks, you won't need
front or rear lockers, but at least one is recommended for this
tires may keep your diffs from dragging. You don't need fuel injection
if your carburetor will work on 30 degree inclines or 20 plus degree
side hills. If this trail is wet, expect the pucker factor to increase
| Myer's Mayhem (rated 4)
This trail has it all! At the very start, conquer Robert's Revenge.
Small tires and low clearance won't keep you off, however it
will slow you down as you find another way onto the trail. Then
meander the short distance to a deceiving little spot that will
prove tricky and test your wits when wet. Turn and launch yourself
skyward as you climb one of Mayhem's many steep hills; then a
daring drop into Rattler Ravine that offers plenty of off camber,
frame twisting, and when wet, sliding. If Tip Back Falls and
Pinball Machine don't get the best of you, The Pit will. Taking
the wrong lines could result in exciting rides. For the brave
hearted and locker equipped, you may want the challenge of dancing
with the Devil at
. (A locker is absolutely required!) If you are looking for a little
bit of everything, this is the trail for you. But watch out, Myer's
may create mayhem on you!!! A working winch is required and lockers
are strongly recommended.
Atlas (Rated 4+)
||There's plenty of steep action, up and down, on the Atlas trail, along with
a bit of Pike County history. From the "living room" you can see across the
Mississippi River to the Missouri side some eight miles away. But don't let
the calm view fool you, there is plenty of tough trail ahead. The first
climb up a rock ledge is just a warm up as you head for the drop loop and
Sled Hill. If you make the Spinny Hole and the long steep climb that
follows, then Lunchbox Hill might give you a thrill as your left front tire
goes skyward. Deer Run and Bogger Hill add to the excitement and Rocky Road
is always a challenge, up or down. Be prepared for Twist and Shout as the
notches always claim a victim or two. You will use the skinny pedal often,
especially if the rain has prepared the hills for some mud action. Atlas
Trail -- chosen by few, enjoyed by those who dare.
Mystery Trail (Rated 4+)
The Mystery Trail is becoming a favorite among the 4+ trails of TRJC. It offers just about anything you could want with beautiful terrain. The trail is constantly changing with new areas being discovered, hence Mystery Trail. The trail guides continue to keep it challenging to everyone that tries it. Body, mechanical damage and roll overs are possible. Full roll cage, winch, lockers are required.