In the far Northeast corner of Michigan's Upper Peninsula lies a 4x4 sanctuary that gives wheelers a chance to hit some of the best trails in the state. Turtle Ridge Off Road Park on Drummond Island has been growing in popularity since it opened just a few years back. Due to land closures and ORV regulations in the state it's one of the few places you can come to hit the rocks. We joined an invitation-only trail run put on by the Williamsburg Welfare Wheelers and local sponsors Griztek, Northwest 4x4, and Inner Air Lock. Judging by the turnout it will definitely become a growing annual event for terrain-desperate Michiganders.
This wasn't your average rockcrawling competition we covered. Missing were the stringent judges counting down the seconds before you have to keep your forward momentum, and the maniac crowds egging you on to hammer down and give them a show. There were time limits and penalties for hitting cones, but it was a lot lower key. These are people just doing what they love to do for the pure and simple fun of it. It was a good showing of some seriously built rigs that you wouldn't expect to see thrashed at a competition. From flatfenders to fullsizes, nobody was afraid to beat their machine into the side of the mountain.
For more information on the park and their upcoming events visit www.turtleridgeorv.com.