Zach Furlow

Trail Reviews: 200 points
Questions Answered: 0 points
Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Overlanding
My Garage:
  • 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee (Stock lift, 32" tires)

My Garage (1)

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 32"
Chief Products skid plates up front and in the rear. Rocky Road Outfitters rock rails. Falken Wildpeak AT3W's in 265/65 (32") size.

My Trail Reviews (2)

(within last 6 months)
Stony Pass (09/07/2020)
*Big Caveat to the "Open" status. Silverton and the pass expecting 12"+ of snow 9/8/2020. I would not expect it to be open after that.* TL;DR: Ran West to East from Silverton on 9/7. Pole Creek was easily passable, maybe 12-18" at the very deepest for a few feet. Ran in a mostly stock WK2 Trailhawk with 32" tires. Took ~4 hours, with photo stops, to get to the 30 mile mark. OK, first off: beautiful drive through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the southwest. The Alpine tundra was amazing and the descent along the Rio Grande was magnificent. Aspens were just starting to turn, lots of wildlife (pack of ~5 wolves, some deer, critters, etc...). 10/10 would do again just for the scenery. If not for... ... this is a VERY rough trail. (Full disclosure: I've been playing with Jeeps offroad for 20+ years, but never in a very demanding way. Please take my opinion FWIW.) TOF's difficulty system is accurate, no fault there. The obstacle criteria are what is described in the rating system mostly. I would question the "tire placement" or "narrow shelf road" points. (I may have made up the tire placement criteria, but I thought I saw it somewhere.) While you always have a full track to run on, it is at places JUST as wide as your vehicle with some sphincter-clenching drops (no trees) to one side and a solid rock face on the other. And that's just in the first couple miles, with many more to come. Once you get past Waypoint 3 (WP4 through 7 are optional side trips, I did not go that way.) the trail is not quite as rigorous the rest of the way to the pass. Totally worth it to get there, but NOT for the faint of heart or those with even mild vertigo. Even then, once past the pass, from roughly WP14 through about maybe 23 the trail is EXTREMELY rough. Much of the trail is cleared through aspen forest growing up through old avalanche scree and talus fields which means the trail is mostly just broken rocks and not much in the way of dirt. And still with many many shelf type trails in places. There are some smoother sections and some very pleasant stretches in between, but you will spend A LOT of time crawling up and down through a lot of trees with just a bunch of broken rocks as your road base. At full 12" of ground clearance in my WK2 I managed to avoid any major scrapes or hard hits to the skid plates, but if someone told me the road had materially worsened before my next attempt, I would seriously reconsider. Once you get past the Rio Grande Reservoir, the trail evens out to a standard National Forrest road: rough washboards, but wide and easy to cruise. So, 4/10 difficulty? Sure. Not technically incorrect per TOR's rating system. I have little technical skill and successfully completed this trail. I loved it and hope to do it again. However, this is not an easy trail for anyone looking to just go up and back for quick bit of weekend fun.
Forest Service Road 376 (07/26/2020)
Trail was open from NM485 to at least NM126. Good condition. Very easy trail. Graded dirt road with frequent turn-outs and wide spots for camping/fishing. Two tunnels at the south end, be careful if you have a trailer. Beautiful scenery. Nice easy drive on a weekend afternoon. Bring a lunch and some camp chairs.