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    Default Did I find a class VI rd?

    I am not sure how specific I should get here. I found a trail head that looks like a class 6 rd off of hwy 12 in Claremont right by the VT border. i have the Lat. and Lon. but i don't think i should post it here. the trail leads to power lines and into cornish. i think it is a class VI because it looks like there is a washed out sign at the entrance and there is an abundance of trash and tire tracks. So far i have only hiked in and i was considering scouting the trail on my ATV. I dont want to get in trouble however and i am hoping a trail leader can tell me if it is a legal spot.

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    Most roads by power lines are not class six roads. They right of ways for power line companies. Most class six roads are closed for mud season. Your best bet is to join a run in your area when the mud season is over. Atv use on class six roads is town by town.
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    That road is one the locals use to get a little face time with the local constabulary ;)
    It looks for all the world like a road, but it's not on any maps, likely for the reason Scott noted-power line access roads are private property. There are some exceptions, but generally for Class VI roads (Class IV in Vermont) crossing them.
    Great question and also restraint for not posting specific location. I only knew which one you meant because I asked myself that same question 10 years ago ;)
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    And yeah, its frustrating to have to wait through to the end of mud season. You really only have two options at this point.

    Drive on open, legal, dirt roads, which you can find on a Gazetteer, but this is just driving on dirt roads, you'll probably meet a Honda Fit on bald tires not having any issues, the road will only be "fun" because it is dirt.

    The other is a to join a reputable club and wait for them to have events. They often use private land. The downside to that is that many private clubs are for built up rigs. Some do have stock runs on easy trails even on private lands. (At least I've read that.) But there aren't many of these.

    You basically just have to wait it out.
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    If you are itching to get out and explore try Mt. Mud Run in Warren NH. Fun place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotThePainter View Post
    And yeah, its frustrating to have to wait through to the end of mud season. You really only have two options at this point.

    Drive on open, legal, dirt roads, which you can find on a Gazetteer, but this is just driving on dirt roads, you'll probably meet a Honda Fit on bald tires not having any issues, the road will only be "fun" because it is dirt.

    The other is a to join a reputable club and wait for them to have events. They often use private land. The downside to that is that many private clubs are for built up rigs. Some do have stock runs on easy trails even on private lands. (At least I've read that.) But there aren't many of these.

    You basically just have to wait it out.

    oh yeah i will not risk riding "dirty" down the class VI roads, I can wait. I am just an excited new jeep owner. Taking an inventory of the closest places where i can ride when the time comes. right now me and the family are enjoying the muddy dirt roads. I have a piece of land just over 7 acres that i am itching to cut some trails in over there, i would like to create a loop, that way i have a small place to test ride/have fun when ever i want. there is good potential for a mud hole on my land as there is a design from the army core of engineers to create a pond there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSHJNKY View Post
    If you are itching to get out and explore try Mt. Mud Run in Warren NH. Fun place.
    i plan to be up at mt mud for the first exploringNH event, though i might make it up there before that.

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    Definitely mentioning Class VI roads are against the rules, at least on the public forum sections.
    Some are actually posted if they are and most have rock walls on both sides, though not always the case.

    I have been doing just like you, hiking them, and that is damaging enough right now. During the winter I skied, snowshoed, and fat biked some of them to help with the anxiousness, plus it helps me learn them ;)
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not ;)

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