Cody & Trista Pietro
Trail Reviews: 700 points
Questions Answered: 0 points
2014 Jeep Cherokee (2"
lift, 31" tires)
My wife and I call Southern California home and we love exploring the areas in and around the region. Those of us in Southern California understand the fast-paced lifestyle we live within and we love the escape going into nature offers. Seeing breathtaking views of mountain ranges and being disconnected from all the technology is a literal breath of fresh air for us. We find ourselves frequenting the Los Padres forest and San Bernardino mountains most often and enjoy the serenity of it. We started four-wheeling a little over a year ago with the purchase of our Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. We enjoy the challenge of taking an unconventional vehicle off-road and showing others what the platform is capable of. If we run into one another on the trail, honk and say hi, we enjoy talking with others and sharing our wheeling stories and adventures.
My Garage (1)
2014 Jeep Cherokee
Lift Size: 2"
Tire Size: 31"
This is our rig "Scarlet." Scarlet is a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. It has been set up to be an overland vehicle with the ability to do some more technical terrain. Modifications include an MFC 2" lift, 31" Toyo Open Country AT2's, Rockyroad supersliders and 3" Procomp wide-angle cube lights.
My Trail Reviews (3)
(within last 6 months)
Drove the trail west to east from 2/10-2/12. This was our first overland experience and what an amazing experience. The moonless nights really brought out the best stargazing possible. Then you follow that up with the multitude of sonic booms from jets flying nearby. If you are reading this and pondering the trail, do it. You will not regret it.
As for the the trail conditions, the water crossing is less than a foot deep and still filled in with rocks. The various shrines have been removed as well as the bus. The dry lake bed was passable but still had some slick spots from recent rain so tread carefully if you wander off the trail.
Did the trail today with 7 other rigs. Ive never run this before so first time was in the snow/mud. It was a blast! Turned what I imagine would have been a simple trail into a fun and exciting run, playing in the snow! Just be careful for the ice on the inclines of the trail and make sure to go with someone else in case a recovery is needed. Be cautious doing the off shoots because you cant see whats under the snow and the ice makes things tricky. There was an SUV that had rolled on the trail and is in the middle of the trail. There’s enough room to go around it though. Had a stock Jeep Compass Trailhawk in the group and they made it through with no issues
Took this trail from the Joshua Tree Geology Tour Road south to Dillon Road. Beautiful scenery and view of the Joshua Tree valley and the trail was in great shape. The small rock sections were fun to climb down. Temperature was in the mid 60’s.
Be mindful of the rock outcroppings in the river bed as there are plenty waiting to slice a sidewall. I passed 6 vehicles on the trail, plenty of places for turnouts to allow for passing. No cell reception in the area for most of the trail.
We took our 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk with a 2” lift and 31” tires. Fully loaded for camping and had no issues.
Word of caution: Down on the southern end of the trail it becomes BLM land and many people park and shoot on the side of the road/trail. At some points in the trail you can tell you are in old target shooting areas. Just be cautious for shooters