Additional Vehicle Recommendations (but not required):
To make it easier for you to determine if a run will be suitable for your vehicle and/or family, below you will find our general trail rating system. If a trail is new to us, we will indicate so on the run announcement, and include whatever information we have about it. Naturally, weather conditions and other forces can change the difficulty level of a trail from day to day. If you still have questions about a particular trail please contact us and we will be glad to answer.
A logging-type trail or easy off road trail. 4wd required with occasional low range possible. Body damage is very unlikely. Some trails that fall into this category are Gold Lake, Long Canyon, and Barney Riley.
Four-wheel drive and low range required. Body damage unlikely but possible. Some wheeling experience helpful. Some trails in this category are Strawberry, Hell Hole, Deer Valley, and Slick Rock Trail.
Low range, lockers, and 35″ tires required. Body damage is highly possible, drive train damage possible. Four-wheeling experience needed. Trails in this category include Rubicon, Barrett Lake, and Fordyce.
Highly modified vehicle required with 35″+ tires, lockers, strong axles and body protection. Body and drive train damage almost guaranteed. Experienced drivers only. Trails and obstacles in this category include Hammers, Soup Bowl, and Little Sluice.
Below are some helpful tips for every trail run.
Tips on “Leading a Club Run”:
Trail Etiquette and Safety Tips:
Vehicle recovery is a reality on most trips and the Club takes our safety and yours seriously. Our by-laws require that your vehicle be equipped with front and rear recovery points. The discussion below outlines recovery points that we consider acceptable.
Front and Rear:
A shackle mounted to either a sturdy bumper or receiver hitch is the most common among club members. Stock tow hooks are acceptable but we have found that hooks tend to rip straps and in general do not think much of them. A number of after-market replacements are available and range in both cost and ease of use. In general, they are all acceptable.
Items NOT considered acceptable include the following:
If you are not sure if the recovery point or strap you are planning to use is acceptable, take a picture, post it on the forum, and ask. We know that there are a lot of creative solutions that will work. Some of our ideas of what is acceptable are shown on this page. Keep in mind that YOU are responsible for any damage to your vehicle that occurs during a recovery. A driver may refuse to recover your vehicle if recovery points are found to be insufficient. You may also refuse recovery from a vehicle with insufficient recovery points. We will do our best to get you home, we expect you to do the same.