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post #1 of 114 (permalink) Old 12-16-2014, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have experience with this trail? I saw a video of it today and I think it's on my bucket list, either hiked or driven. Any idea if a Trailhawk could make it?
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High end rating of 5 so I'd say yes, but be extremely careful. There's tons of exposure with zero margin for error in spots. Make sure you go with a spotter who knows what he's doing.

Rating of 5: the highest challenge for a stock Jeep Wrangler without body damage, winching, or possible breakage. You may have to work on some of the bigger rocks and challenges, but you should make it through everything without too much trouble. You will need 4-Wheel Drive and you should not go alone.

A 5 on their scale is the highest I'd take a Trailhawk.

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Yeah, that's one trail I'd rather be on a dirt bike or ATV. So narrow. He's lucky he only went that far. Plenty of places to die on that trail.

In all fairness he took a terrible line, but even if you're on your A game I don't trust those washed out edges much.

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I was temped to do Black Bear Pass this last July but it was still snowed in. I have done it on my KTM motorcycle a few years ago. Black bear pass is very steep at the start with some steps. after that is just the switchbacks to worry about. A Trail Hawk should be able to clear the steps I would think with maybe some minor scraps.

I would try it.
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In the video, it looked to me that he got so close to the uphill side, that he actually came down on that wall which caused the roll over. Seemed very avoidable.

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We're planning a trip to CO in July, to check out trails in the Gunnison-Salida area. I know we won't be doing any class 5 trail though, mostly 1-3. We're more interested in photography and scenery though, and have nothing to prove by bending our Trailhawk. It's too long a tow to get it back to Canada!

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I'd think something at the edge of stock wrangler might be a little much for a stock trailhawk. Are we really good up to that point? Based on that description, a 4 sounded more like our top end without incurring damage.

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I think a stock TH would match up well with a stock Wrangler.
The one difference would be more potential for some scrapes on the approach and departure facias.
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I think a stock TH would match up well with a stock Wrangler.
The one difference would be more potential for some scrapes on the approach and departure facias.

And the fascias are just collateral damage
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