question for Colorado Jeepers...Poughkeepsie Gulch
I will likely be traveling this summer with wife and two kids, from Louisiana to visit family near Cortez, Colorado. I hope to make the trip in my ’03 Rubi in order to hit some more of the scenic San Juan trails, including the Alpine Loop and perhaps Imogene and Black Bear Passes. We have made the trip to Colorado twice before in the Rubi, and I have thoroughly enjoyed trails such as Tincup, Hancock, and Tomichi Passes in the Gunnison area, and Corkscrew, Hurricane, California, Imogene, and Black Bear in the San Juans.
This time I was also toying with the idea of Poughkeepsie Gulch, but I have read enough about it to think I should ask up front – can I do it? Keeping a couple of important factors in mind; first, my ’03 Rubi is bone stock, right down to the original 31” MTRs (well worn at 43k miles) and second, when all is said and done I have to drive the thing 1300+ miles back home. I am keenly interested in avoiding serious breakage or body damage.
My real-world Jeeping experience is pretty much limited to the passes I listed, so I don’t pretend to be an experienced hard-core off-roader. I can skip Poughkeepsie if that’s what the consensus suggests.
'03 red Rubi