I just recently bought a '12 WK2 and I'm looking to get off of the pavement. I have the AWCG which means I have the QTII (with 4-low) but I also have 20" wheels and do not have the skid plate package.
Basically I'm looking for something that will provide great views (McClellan / Argentine Pass) and some type of trail that a car couldn't get to (ie - not just a dirt road), but also nothing that is going to have me climbing rocks or requiring a ton more equipment (sliders, better suited wheels/tires, etc.). I plan to eventually add the skid plate package, but as of right now I don't have any.
Can anyone recommend some trails that are good for a "beginner" in a new vehicle? I've checked out Traildamage.com but I'm still looking for opinions. Even photos of your past trips (if applicable to what I stated above) would be appreciated.
So I'm trying to determine something. Based on the Traildamage website, what should I expect a WK2 to handle easily on the "Low End Rating" scale?
Some of these are 4's and 5's on the Low end, and then I read reports from other people that say a stock WK2 would have some trouble and should require skid plates. But then I see other reports where it is still a 4, but somewhere else will say that it is possible in a stock SUV or even a AWD car.
For example, the Twin Cone trail is rated as a 5 Low to 6 High. This seems too much for a stock WK2, based on the photos and descriptions I could find. Would anyone agree? Or are there only a few tough parts (loose rock hill climb + a couple of rock fields) and the rest is pretty easy?
Hoping to see some Aspen foliage somewhere on a 4x4 road for some adventure. I do have 4-low, but do not have skid plates and I'm only running on the stock all-season 20's (Goodyear Fortera).
EDIT: Digging deeper into the Twin Cone info, it looks a little too rough for what I'm looking to get into at this point. I see wranglers sitting on their rails on some of the rocks, etc. - not interested in anything that gnarly.
I guess what I'm looking for is a Level 2 or 3 trail that provides very little chance of getting stuck or damaging the vehicle. Oh, and Aspens.
Check out the trail that goes from Marble to the Crystal Mill... Should be just what you are looking for, Not something a car can make it up but your stock jeep should be fine, awesome scenery, and yes aspens followed up with the most photographed spot in Colorado the crystal mill... There are places to camp along the way but I would recommend the Bogan flats campground that is right on the crystal river.