I was up there a few weeks ago and drove my stock (it's a 2013, only a few weeks since purchase...) Toyota 4Runner up to the base of Jaws 1 with no great struggle. Didn't engage the rear diff locker at all, we were sort of holding that in reserve. Sure, bumpy as hell in spots, a few spotting sessions, one relatively minor scrape as I recall on the ascent, but not all that difficult. The devil on my left shoulder and I really wanted to go past Jaws 1, but the angel on my right shoulder said I should wait until I had better armor underneath (it has stock skid plates but they're just sheet metal). Since that trip I've ordered in some really beefy stainless steel 3/16" skid plates from BudBuilt, now sitting in my garage waiting for time to install, and late last week I ordered some better A/T tires in a slightly bumped-up size (32"+; the stock tires were 31"+). Those should be in today or tomorrow. That's about all the mods I foresee. Note that I think the descent was harder; in a car with a short hood (e.g. Jeep Wrangler) the vision impairment probably isn't too bad, but in a 4Runner the vision is restricted by the longer hood on steep descents. Thanks Barry (Johnson) for the superb spotting.
As to the original post, the section from the highway for about a mile is very easy dirt road. It then shifts to "baby head" cobbles after that which are bumpy but pretty rounded and not very high. I know I could have gotten my old Acura (Honda Accord-ish) that high, but that car also took a lot of abuse. Nice pull-outs right above that section.
I'm not a great mountain biker, so maybe those who are would disagree, but I think a MB on the Como road would be really tedious riding, not all that much faster (if at all) than walking. It's just so full of loose rocks I think the thinner tires would be challenged. Just my opinion.
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on Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:56 am, edited 1 time in total.