Jasmine & Jon Hughes
14550

Mapping Crew - Washington

My Profile

Year Started:
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
  • 1989 Toyota Hilux (2" lift, 30" tires)
  • 2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ (4" lift, 35" tires)
  • 1989 Toyota 4Runner (3.5" lift, 33" tires)
Centered in the pinnacle of the Pacific NW and growing up cruising around the small town of Quilcene, Jasmine grew with a fascination and passion for outdoors and travel, many of those adventures fueled by the family's 1998 Jeep Cherokee. Years later, photography grew as a way to capture and share the adventures being had. After a road trip from Seattle to San Diego in a 1996 Jetta, a 4WD truck would be the next step in going further in photographing the wild places of the West. In December of 2016, a manual 1989 Toyota Pickup was purchased and those dreams would continue to flourish. Jon grew up in a small Wisconsin town. In 2004, his parents decided to purchase a new Jeep LJ. They picked the LJ because of the additional room, as it would be used for a road trip to Florida. After joining the navy, the family Jeep followed Jon down to Georgia and became his own. It took him to Virginia, and then Washington. It wasn't until Washington that things started to happen for Jon and his Jeep. Jasmine, now his wife, got him more interested in hiking, and ultimately overlanding. Over time, Jon and Jasmine realized that they wanted to use the Jeep to tackle harder trails, and spend weekends in ORV parks. It was through this decision that the mostly stock Jeep received a refreshing upgrade after 15 years of driving. Jon usually drives the Jeep when the trail is in question, and to allow Jasmine to document the trails. Currently, Jon has been in 26 states with the Jeep, via family trips and his time in the navy. Jon hopes to travel to every state with his Jeep, including Alaska and Hawaii.

My Garage (3)

1989 Toyota Hilux

Lift Size: 2"
Tire Size: 30"
Outfitted with an elusive Wildernest Canopy, this 4WD 1989 Toyota Pickup SR5, better known as The Toyota Hilux Extrodinaire (THEO) has forever changed Jasmine's expeditions. Theo has 256,000 miles, Old Man Emu suspension, 30.0x9.0R15 BF Goodrich All Terrain Tires, Raptor Lined exterior and bed, upgraded LED Headlights, a fresh V6 3.0L (that has been super reliable, regardless what the haters say.) and the latest addition, a Dometic 75 freezer. This daily driven manual hilux has taken Jasmine and her family to Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona as well as B.C. and Alberta.

2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ

Lift Size: 4"
Tire Size: 35"
Named "VEJEEPA" as a play on the name Jeep and the DBZ character Vegeta; Jon likes his DBZ. The LJ is one of the rarest Jeeps, having been manufactured from only '04-'06. This LJ has a 4" Currie lift, and 35" BFG KM3s. The low pinion Dana 30 front has been swapped for a high pinion, and it has its original Dana 44 rear, both with ARB lockers. For armor, it has Rock Hard 4X4 bumpers front and rear, UCF Ultra High skid plate, and Rockslide Engineering drop down sliders. It also has a 32 gallon Genright gas tank, and recently a new 4.0 engine.

1989 Toyota 4Runner

Lift Size: 3.5"
Tire Size: 33"
We had an '88 4Runner that we had planned on building into something similar, but after the 2.4 engine died, we found this one for sale in southern California. It's an '89 4Runner with a 3.0; a SLIGHT upgrade. It has Total Chaos suspension and Fox coilovers up front, and long travel rear leaf springs. The tires are 33X10.5R15 BFG KO2s. It's fully caged in the cab and engine bay, and has a Fiberwerx one piece hood/fenders.

My Trail Reviews (4)

(within last 6 months)
Deer Park Road (06/15/2022)
Still closed due to snow per NPS.
Mt. Walker (04/14/2022)
I visited Mt. Walker last night for some night photography. There had been light snow nearby in the lowlands where I live, so I assumed there might be a little bit at the top here. There was about an inch at the top, and a little less near the top of the trail on the road. As I was going up in the Jeep, I slipped slightly, so I slowed down and put it in 4-High. I stayed up there for about an hour or so, the ground was definitely frozen, and my dog's water bowl froze over while we were there. As I headed back down, I saw some new tire tracks in the snow, but no one else was up there but me. They looked like the slipped all over. As I drove down, there was some soft of truck in the road and they continued down the hill when they saw me. So, while the road is open, you should have 4WD to make it to the top at this time.
Shafer Trail (02/23/2022)
A winter storm advisory has temporarily closed Shafer. https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
Lathrop Canyon (02/22/2022)
From NPS: A recent rockslide on the Lathrop Road to the Lathrop Day Use Area has made this road difficult - the Lathrop Road is currently NOT recommended for stock 4WD vehicles or inexperienced drivers. Please contact canyres@nps.gov for photos. Photos Courtesy of Sara at NPS. November 2021.

My Trails (84)