Ok, so I found the place, switched the tires out, and went to the "Upper Dayton" trail by chance and this was the one that had the recient obstacles added! The Jeep club that built this says it's listed at a 3-4 difficulty level. The sad part is I was reminded after beating the snot out of my poor brat of the second cooling fan that still doesn't want to come on and the "ghetto" heater hose fix that I forgot to fix correctly after doing an emergency repair on the road last year. There are some pretty steep climbs (some so steep I didn't dare try ... YET will once I address my strut issues) and alot of rock. Had to move a couple trees on the way up, otherwise very well maintained but not much used from what I saw.
Here's some pics of the "Gatekeeper" obstacle that I high-centered on due to my worn out front struts. I thought I was only bearly hung up on the driver's side unibody "main beam" or what ever you call that main support, only to look at the other rock that had my anti-sway bar and lift block in a death grip:eek:! Good thing I was crawling over this instead of hitting at any speed, or I might have left my exhast and possibly one lift block there.
As it is, I had to cheat on the gate keeper and stack up some rocks since I dugg holes when I high centered and the ground was still soft from last may when they installed them.
Here's the pics!
Trail Head Sign (Stupid vandels shooting things up! It's ppl like this leaving trash and destroying things that make it so hard to keep trails open:mad:)
Crawling up the first obstacle the "Gate keeper" (this is designed to keep inadequitly prepared vehicles from getting stuck further down the trail)
Annother Angle of Gatekeeper initial assult.:-p
Spotter? who needs a spotter!? got PLEANTY of room!
*Que cheezy Startrek Impact/Direct hit scene* "Capt'n! What in the blazes?! I do everythin ta keep powa to the impulse drive and you run her aground!" -Scotty
Look! daylight between those rocks and the driveline (after about an hour of using the high lift jack and filling the holes dug by the rear tires and filling them with rocks:rolleyes:
Honey? Did we just run over something or did the driveline fall off .... again ..
Hmmmm those rocks look hungry! Should I give them more Brat to munch on?
Into annother Montana rock garden:Flame:
Hmmm think discretion the "better part of valor" is more appropriate here;)
Hmmm maybe I can squeeze between these 2 rocks .. then again, it is about a 2 hr walk to civilization:lol:
WOw that's one sharp drop about 20":eek: (Notice the gatorade bottle in picture to show persective)
Back across the gate keeper ... little easier now that I know a safe path!
The long and winding road home:burnout:
Just an example of how rough this road was! Very Steep and winding and exciting! Tires never sliped once!
Oh and I almost forgot -
When Trees Attack! (got a little too friendly with a downed tree and good thing I had the metal grill protector or I might not have had a radiator left!)
Hope you enjoyed looking, and maybe when I am able to visit Montana again after moving to Oregon, (and after I fix my strut situation) some of you all would like to join me?
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