Raven Gray

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Year Started:
Off-Road Style:
Overlanding
My Garage:
  • 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 (Stock lift, 32" tires)
  • 1997 Jeep Wrangler (2 door) (2" lift, 31" tires)

My Garage (2)

2004 Dodge Ram 2500

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 32"
8.5" bed, fitted with Hallmark UTE camper.

1997 Jeep Wrangler (2 door)

Lift Size: 2"
Tire Size: 31"

My Trail Reviews (1)

(within last 6 months)
Naches Trail (08/28/2022)
I first "downloaded" this trail when it was rated as "easy to moderate" and notice it's now been updated to "moderate-difficult". That rating seems more accurate of todays conditions. We have "Ol Blu". A surprisingly capable 98 2.5l TJ with a small 2" lift running on 31s. It handled the portions of the trail we ran without a hitch. Because of some tight turns and narrow clearances I could see where heavier larger JK's or full size trucks might have some troubles. We wanted to do some dispersed jeep camping for a night and chose this trail as way to have a little fun, spend some time under the stars and finish up the next morning. Based on the trail description, being solo and out really for a "Sunday" drive, we planned on starting at at waypoint 7, 1.5mi starting point 2. But looking at the starting climb and loaded with more camping gear than was sensible, we begged off and moved on to Waypoint 9 NF 7080. East bound from this point the trail is doable but much more technical than the description would have you believe. I suppose a stock and wheeled rig could do it but it wouldn't look pretty and there were spots where one might suffer some damage. It took us about 3 hours to run 5, 5-1/2miles (we left the trail near waypoint 16 to explore the logging roads and spend the night before rejoining it the next morning). I'm a bit of an old man when running trails. A practitioner of "slow as possible, fast as necessary", so others might do it much more quickly. I didn't want to abuse my suspension more then I already have. There were a fair number of ruts, rock and exposed roots along the route. Since the original writeup I suspect there has been an increase in use by RZR style side by sides which might contribute to an increase in trail difficulty. The "unknown spurs" at most of the waypoints are mapped NF or logging roads which provide added trail ingress/egress options. Another "hazard", target shooters mainly of the west side. Despite signage saying no target shooting, a couple of groups were plinking at the NF 7065 turn-off to Waypoint 1, and else where along the west 3-4 miles marks. One group appeared to be shooting towards a NF road. All said and done a great trail to run. With dry weather, not overly difficult but not a cake walk either. A little bit of rain would up the difficulty level pretty quickly so as other have said, go prepared. Have recovery gear and some idea on its use it.