Pennsylvania 4x4 Marathon
It seems like summer 2011 was a toasty one, but we found a respite from the hotter temps in the densely forested trails just outside Joliett in central Pennsylvania. Our destination was Rausch Creek Off-Road Park for the 11th annual East Coast 4Runner Jamboree. We joined fellow wheelers from up and down the eastside of the U.S. for a few days out on the trails.
The park has grown in recent years, and the crew there has added more trails to bump the overall land space up to almost 3,000 acres. Trails range from easy dirt roads to gnarly boulders and steep slab faces. It’s also the site of several rockcrawl competitions each year, along with a qualifier race for the King of the Hammers race.
Though the event is called a 4Runner Jamboree, it is open to all varieties of Toyotas. We wheeled with trucks, 4Runners, Cruisers, and a few buggies. The camaraderie couldn’t be beat, and we had a great time camping primitively onsite and swapping trail stories. For information on the event where you can meet and wheel with other Toyota enthusiasts, look for the information thread in the forums at midatlantictoyotacrawlers.com.