What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

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What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby sanchomurphy1 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:18 pm

Just curious as to what everyone drives. I know a lot of roads to the 14er's are pretty rough and sometimes require some serious off road vehicles. I drive a 1994 S10 Blazer at the moment which has done well until this point, but I was curious as to what vehicles everyone else drives and what I should look for in my next vehicle to have an easier time on Colorado's backroads. Suggestions?
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby Sugar Madison » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:25 pm

A Honda Civic or Odyssey, depending on which car I take. I tend to lean towards owning the car that serves me for most of my driving. I'm fit enough to run (or bike) an extra 5-10 (or more) miles to get to the 4wd trailhead, when they differ, so it's not really something I factor in when I buy vehicles.

I suppose if you were looking for something to get to the harder trailheads, you'd want good ground clearance, good entry and exit angles, and a solid 4wd low gearing. (plus whatever features you'd normally want)
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby zoriloco » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:31 pm

For easier roads like Grays & Torrey's I drive my wife's Nissan Xterra. But when I go up Como Lake Ill take my Jeep Wrangler on 33's :mrgreen:
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby USAKeller » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:41 pm

I drive an '08 Nissan XTerra, Off-Road variety - everything you need, nothing you don't. I love the vehicle.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby JA_son27 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:56 pm

My Tacoma and 4runner has driven me to every trailhead with the exception of Como Lake road, but I got about 3 miles up it.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby hatidua » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:57 pm

Well, I've put 186,000 miles on my current Grand Cherokee. I use it for 14'er trailhead access as well as ice cream runs to Whole Foods. It serves both purposes equally well.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby Kojones » Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:06 pm

Up through last summer - '97 Jeep Cherokee

Starting next spring - '07 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby bking14ers » Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:46 pm

Last summer I drove a 2009 Nissan Altima up to the trail head of South Colony Lakes where new foot bridge is. It took an hour in, and an hour out. I don't recommend this unless it's a rental like ours was.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby MtHurd » Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:16 pm

bking14ers wrote:Last summer I drove a 2009 Nissan Altima up to the trail head of South Colony Lakes where new foot bridge is. It took an hour in, and an hour out. I don't recommend this unless it's a rental like ours was.


Good thing it didn't break. Your rental contract prohibits you from taking the vehicle off-road. Insurance wouldn't cover the damage. Even rental 4x4s (Hertz etc..., not talking about Jeeps that are rented exclusively for off-roading) are prohibited from going off-road in the rental agreement.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby mtgirl » Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:42 pm

For the easy to reach trailheads, I take the Honda Civic because it gets a zillion miles per gallon. For the harder to reach trailheads, I take the Xterra Off Road. If it's really nasty, I break out the ATV to avoid damage to the new Xterra.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby Scott P » Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:43 pm

2011 Subaru Outback for moderate dirt roads.

1999 Nissan Pathfinder for rougher roads.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby dmccool » Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:46 pm

2000 Toyota Tundra - undefeated on roads to trailheads (so far)
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