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Redbird 3X is an award winner. It was awarded the BF Goodrich Trail of the Year in 2007 and is also a Jeep Badge of Honor Trail. All of the X trails within Redbird State Recreation Area will challenge you, including this one. Chock-full of steep hill climbs and weaving between tight trees while off-camber will indeed challenge even the most experienced driver. It's a must-do if you want to up your challenge from the blue and green trails and add another badge to your BOH collection.
Route Finding and Path. Redbird #3X is one of the more extreme trails within the Park and is not well-signed to find the trailhead. Follow the track within the Trails Offroad App for easier navigation. The back loop starting at Waypoint 7 is entirely optional and proves to be the most challenging section of trail that includes extreme grades, off-camber, and required 90° turns.
Technical. The route is almost entirely dirt, with plenty of mud and hill climb obstacles that can be off-camber. When dry, the road will test your suspension flex, break-over angle, and gearing. A wet trail can quickly turn the route impassable. Keep your eyes open for notches in the trees directly at the level where the top of your vehicle would meet the tree, as slamming your top into a tree on the off-camber sections is a big point of concern.
Vehicle and Equipment Recommendations. The trail is suitable for well-built shorter wheelbase vehicles with 4 low. Longer wheelbase vehicles can complete the trail but will have more difficult sections than short wheelbases. Mud-terrain tires are recommended.
Map Colors. While the Park depicts this as a red trail, red is not the color used by Trails Offroad. Our 6-rated trails use the color red on our 10-point rating scale.
The Park describes its map colors as follows:
Open Hours, Permits, Amenities. You can wheel from dawn to dusk, but the Park's fee station is open from 9 am - 7 pm April through September and 9 am to 5 pm October through March. When you arrive, a park office offers a drive-up window to pay for your pass. The pass must be displayed.
The Park has several large picnic/pavilion areas for grilling food and gathering. Vault toilets are towards the Park's north end on the main paved road. There is plenty of parking for trailers, airing down and airing up.
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