What a trail! Fun, rocky trail with some great inclines and large, sharp rocks that require a little skill to maneuver. Absolutely stunning views of the surrounding area too that you just can't beat. The first half of the trail is certainly the harder part because it's relatively smooth sailing once you get to the clearing. We did this trail in lifted tacomas but stock tires (Goodyear Wrangler). Definitely passable for stock height vehicles but 4wd is definitely a must since there's no possible way to turn around if you get stuck on the trail. Trail is very narrow on the edge of some large cliffs most of the way so be careful and pick good lines. Check out my video for a detailed report.
Our adventure consisted of 8 Jeeps, and 11 persons. We most certainly all had a great time. The weather was beautiful, and the dust was minimal, the scenery was awesome. Our team included myself as lead, Joe M. as tail gunner, and everyone in between.
We were off the road at 0930, and back on the asphalt at 1330. This gave us with 4 hours of pleasurable scenery, v-notches, steep inclines, and declines. These trails also provided us with some enjoyable obstacles, and a most technical gateway.
I did get videotape of some of the obstacles, but not all of them. Being a lead and alone in my Jeep, it was not always easy to accomplish this. On one obstacle Kevin volunteered to spot, so that I could capture those Kodak moments. Then while Kevin and Barbara descended down this gnarly hill, Mark spotted them on their way down. As often, the video I have provided is deceiving, and the team will agree that the terrain was more critical than depicted in the video.
Todd surprised us with a nice snack. He sacrificed a pig at his altar, barbequed ole Elmer, and then served his burnt offerings to us. Todd even provided us with latex gloves.
The team kept in communication with each other regarding road terrain changes, and assessments. After completing 2N17x, we took a vote as to which way we would exit the mountains. A majority decided to take 2N33 ‘Pilot Rock’ back to Highway 173, and we all stayed together.
Our rigs endured no carnage, but more importantly no one was injured except for one. Evidently I forgot my own words at the drivers meeting, that no one gets hurt on the trip. I experienced a serious roll over. I rolled over and over and over down a steep hill. But thankfully it was my own body that rolled, and not my Jeep. It’s amazing how our highly modified rigs can be more coordinated than our own bodies.
Thank you team for making this trip happen. Play hard, have fun, and do it safely.
Video here (this video consists of shots from our pre-run on Weds & the actual run Sat.) https://youtu.be/vuYS2DjGzuo