The Mud-N-Yer Eye Frolic hosted by Mountain Transit Authority (MTA), is one of the longest running four-wheeling events in the country and for many, it’s the traditional opening of the wheeling season. This year more than  200 4×4 vehicles and about 600 participants are expected.

The Mud-N-Yer Eye Frolic is held at Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area in Hollister, California. The wheeling area of the park has 24 miles of trails on 800 acres of land. The trails range from easy fire roads to black diamond hill climbs and cover almost 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Some of the best sections of trail that MTA maps out are uncharted and virtually unknown.

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Everything starts very early on Friday morning with participants lining up to get a good campsite-it’s first-come, first-served. By lunchtime on Friday, the camping area is like a small town with people picking up registration packets, meeting friends and kids playing. In the afternoon the RAMP TRAVEL INDEX (RTI) ramp is set up for a little friendly flexing competition.

MTA maps out a self-guided trail route with challenging routes for all vehicles including some alternate “hard way” sections for those with more capable vehicles. The year’s trail covers every major area of the park. Along the trail two games will be set up to provide a little competitive fun. In years past  games have included the Treasure Hunt, where participants had to search their vehicle for all sorts of odd items. There has also been the Toilet Toss, where passengers had to toss a wad of toilet paper through a series of open toilet lids painted with appropriate pictures.

Saturday evening begins with a catered barbeque dinner. After dinner a live band with dancing under the stars.

Sunday is awards and raffle day .  Awards will be handed out  for trail games winners, a hard luck award for most breakage, largest club attendance, longest distance traveled and  muddiest truck.

For more information on this family friendly event, visit the MTA website at

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