I am planning an EPIC trip this summer. I live in VA and am planning a one month (perhaps even 5 weeks) trip out west. First to the Rubicon then on to Moab, then Colorado (Ouray??) then...??
I figure on spending two full days to run the Rubicon. I plan to start the trail on Monday morning (June 25th) and overnight at Rubicon Springs, then finish the trail the next day. I have some questions for those of you that have run the trail before and if you don't mind I'd like to pick the collective brain trust out there on a few things.
First, I have a 2006 TJ Rubicon with a 1" body lift, a 2" coil boost running 33s. Stock motor, stock 4.11 gears, warn 8000 lbs winch. Full Clayton engine/tcase skid plates and homemade rock rails. Here is a pic.
I am wondering, since I don't want to be jammed up in a traffic jam on the trail during the weekend, I figure I would start on a Monday. I am wondering how busy the trail is midweek? I don't want to be waiting hours sitting still waiting for others in front of me to get thru. But on the other hand, if I bust something, I don't want to be waiting for days between vehicles. My question then would be: On a weekday, how busy is the trail? Is it wise to run it during the week (M-F) or does it really matter?
Any idea what the weather is like in late June? I saw somewhere that there was snow on the trail thru June of 2011 but could not determine the extent (1 inch or 4 feet). Any thoughts?
And yes, I am nuts for driving 5500 miles at 12 MPG (towing this)
...but it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.