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Old 08-25-2015, 11:35 AM   #29
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I have 35" Super Swamper Radials on my Isuzu Trooper and don't think there would be any tread left by the time I got to Colorado from North Carolina with four down.

Don't kid yourself...You might be surprised about four down towing. The Rubicon has 35 X 12.5 X 17 Toyo Open Country tires. Since I bought it in May 2012, it has spent 3 months in Ouray, a month if Moab, two weeks in Sadona, AZ, and has a significant amount of off road miles plus on road driven miles totaling over 16,000 miles. Additionally, it has been towed round trip to Ouray from Texas three times, to Sedona, AZ, to Missouri four times, St. Augustine, FL once, Panama City, FL once, New Orleans twice for a total of about 20,000 miles. So the Toyo's have about 36,000 miles and have good many rock divots, so you might be surprised about the results of towing four down! I would not think twice about towing it back to Ouray for a fourth time or spending a month riding around in the San Juan Mountains. Try it, you might like it!
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Silverton is one of our favorite places. As you can see, we were a bit early in the year for the trails to be open. It was the first part of June. We plan on heading back next year but later in the summer. Campground on the right as you come into town was fine. walking distance to the places in town and close to the trails.

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I have Toyo Open Country and tow 4 down all the time, but the tires do make a difference. The stock Rubicon tires showed severe cupping on the front tires after driving from Colorado to Houston and return. The Toyo's show no signs of cupping with about the same amount of miles.

Yesterday we were in Lake City doing Cinnamon and Engineers Pass. We moved to Ouray today to Black Bear and Imogene in the next couple of days, but some other interesting trails have been mentioned here too. Thank. We will try some of them too. The Mineral Wells and Poughkeepsie trails are some of the toughest in the area. I would rather do those trails with our group out of Crested Butte.
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I have Toyo Open Country and tow 4 down all the time, but the tires do make a difference. The stock Rubicon tires showed severe cupping on the front tires after driving from Colorado to Houston and return. The Toyo's show no signs of cupping with about the same amount of miles.

Yesterday we were in Lake City doing Cinnamon and Engineers Pass. We moved to Ouray today to Black Bear and Imogene in the next couple of days, but some other interesting trails have been mentioned here too. Thank. We will try some of them too. The Mineral Wells and Poughkeepsie trails are some of the toughest in the area. I would rather do those trails with our group out of Crested Butte.
Sounds like Mineral Creek, which exits off 550 south of Ouray and is the beginning of Alpine Loop. First two or three miles includes a lot of large rocks and can be challenging. Poughkeepsie Gulch exits to the right off Alpine loop [heading south on Poughkeepsie] this way or alternatively, through Corkscrew Gulch and California Gulch which is heading north on Poughkeepsie Gulch. Going this direction is easier than going south from Mineral Creek. There is only one section that is really challenging, but it is one of the most challenging trails in the area. Have fun and be safe!
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Well TurboDave, Mineral Creek to Poughkeepsie and on to Hurricane pass and Corkscrew was great today. Great idea. The Wells 4x4 trail book gives very good guidance with the corresponding FunTrek waypoints loaded in the MotionX-GPS HD on the iPad to track your progress and current location. After finishing Poughkeepsie, there is a confluence of trails at the end that can be somewhat confusing. The Hurricane Pass waypoints that go with the Wells book helped us choose the correct trail to finish the day and get us back to CO 550. Four wheeling and RV'ing seem to be a great combination.
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You could also use last dollar road
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You could also use last dollar road

We did that the other day. It is not very technical, but has some incredible views especially on the Telluride side. This SW corner of Colorado has to be one of the most interesting areas on earth.
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