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post #1 of 27 Old 02-12-2013, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Doable Winter Trails?

Does anyone have a few recommendations for some passable trails to do this weekend near Boulder or Idaho Springs? Between comparing TrailDamage maps, Ranger District Road Closures and NOHRSC Snow Coverage Maps, I figured it might just be easier to ask you guys. Thanks for any suggestions!

-Mike

PS: Looking for something in the range of 3-5 difficulty.

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post #2 of 27 Old 02-12-2013, 12:25 PM
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Lefthand Canyon is typically open.

Check some of the "gulches", I hear they're often open.
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post #3 of 27 Old 02-13-2013, 08:48 AM
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It has been snowing in the mountains.
There is a lot of snow up there.

Yankee hill is open, but not passable all the way through without...effort.(have been myself. be ready for winter conditions)
Slaughterhouse is open, but more south than you want. It is on 285, about 40 miles up. A good amount of snow there(I heard, I have not been)
Left hand canyon is open.(not my fav.)
Moab. 6 1/2 hours away.
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moab...even that is not a guarantee...

Central front range is tough this time of year. Better off skiing!
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moab...even that is not a guarantee...

Central front range is tough this time of year. Better off skiing!
I went through Moab a month ago and it was 5 below(the wind was blowing too). No jeeping in that.
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Does anyone have a few recommendations for some passable trails to do this weekend near Boulder or Idaho Springs? Between comparing TrailDamage maps, Ranger District Road Closures and NOHRSC Snow Coverage Maps, I figured it might just be easier to ask you guys. Thanks for any suggestions!

-Mike

PS: Looking for something in the range of 3-5 difficulty.
New to the forum and wheelin, what is the difficulty range referring to? Is this a brake down of the trails based on the build and capability of your jeep? Or is just referring to the difficulty of the trail itself? or both?

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The rating system is a 1 to 10.
1 being a road.
2 being a dirt road with some small pot holes
3 being a rutted pot holed dirt road. really this is the 1st rating that is considered off-roading perhaps even going to 4by, some lift would keep the bottom off the rocks
4 being lo range and lift needed
5 being 1 locker and more lift and off road tires
6 being armor plate covering important parts
7 being dual lockers and a crawl box tc and a good amount of lift
8 being very large tires in the range of 37 or larger
9 being body damage and trailer babies and 40 plus tires
10 being undoable!!!

Add 1 rating if there is a little snow(a 2 is a 3 with snow)
Double it if there is a snow load of 6 inches or more(a 2 is a 4 with 6+ inches of snow)
A foot or more of snow enters the "snow bashing" catagory no matter the trail rating. At a foot of snow trails change, most are impassable for street driveable Jeeps.
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The rating system is a 1 to 10.
1 being a road.
2 being a dirt road with some small pot holes
3 being a rutted pot holed dirt road. really this is the 1st rating that is considered off-roading perhaps even going to 4by, some lift would keep the bottom off the rocks
4 being lo range and lift needed
5 being 1 locker and more lift and off road tires
6 being armor plate covering important parts
7 being dual lockers and a crawl box tc and a good amount of lift
8 being very large tires in the range of 37 or larger
9 being body damage and trailer babies and 40 plus tires
10 being undoable!!!

Add 1 rating if there is a little snow(a 2 is a 3 with snow)
Double it if there is a snow load of 6 inches or more(a 2 is a 4 with 6+ inches of snow)
A foot or more of snow enters the "snow bashing" catagory no matter the trail rating. At a foot of snow trails change, most are impassable for street driveable Jeeps.
Thanks you the info. am hopefully having some of the requirements here in the next couple of weeks.

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And remember the trail rating is usually for the worse part of the trail; there may be one 5 spot on a 3 trail for example.

I've got a couple forest trials I need to find the ends of near me, that are 2-3, until you get to the end, and they look more like 4-5 especially with the snow on them... which is why I haven't gotten all the way down yet alone!

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ok so I have been talking to Nick little bit about an IRO 3" lift kit but I may consider going with a basic IRO 4" and 285/75 16 and upgrading to long arms later. After reveiwing some of the trails and the ratings at Traildamage. It seems like this may be a better route to go. I am going to try and get the lift ordered by next week. My next question is should a do tc and driveshaft swap from a select trac or a locker in the rear next. It currently has the Quadra Trac II. I am trying to formulate the best game plan for my build.

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Aussie in the back has been my best investment so far. I'll prob do the 242HD swap just to have more control over the high range side.

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Aussie in the back has been my best investment so far. I'll prob do the 242HD swap just to have more control over the high range side.
Aussie in the rear of mine as well. Just installed a few weeks ago so havent really had a chance to try it out. Im itching!!

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I'll be installing my lift and some other goodies end of March. Should be opening up by then so I can go break it all in!

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Sounds good, hopefully I can order my lift by next week. It seems like adding the locker to the rear would be better than the tc and driveshaft swap. Probably more budget friendly to

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post #15 of 27 Old 03-01-2013, 08:34 AM
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I think the Aussie cost me $350?
I bought a 242HD and shaft so I'll swap that when I do the lift.. and some RCV axles..

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