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

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

Postby forbins_mtn » Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:14 pm

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My bad to the mother freaking ass Honda Accord!! but needless to say: i hitch a lot of rides and hike long distances. son of a !
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby Greenhouseguy » Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:15 pm

1997 Jeep Cherokee Country, 2" lift, 30" Goodyear Wranglers, alloy Canyon rims off of a Grand Cherokee, Rusty's tow hooks, stock skids in front, transfer case, and fuel tank, Magnaflow catalytic converter, Flowmaster muffler, and a new a/c compressor yesterday afternoon! Jaws 1 on the Lake Como Road is its biggest achievement so far. Greenhouse Spouse offered to buy me a new Rubicon for my birthday, and I'm seriously considering the offer.

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

Postby Hunter » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:13 pm

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

Postby Greenhouseguy » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:53 pm

Birthdays are cool.

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

Postby Shasta Locales » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:12 pm

2000 4-Runner. It does not ever let us down.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby Breckskier » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:14 pm

Greenhouseguy wrote:Birthdays are cool.

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NICE! I just went from a 2000 Cherokee Sport to an 07 Rubicon and its AWESOME
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby jsdratm » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:24 pm

I have a 2WD toyota matrix and it has done pretty well on most of the roads I've been on. However, I accidentally took it on a 4WD road by westcliffe and thought it was going to shake apart! I got it to the Mount Massive trailhead, but had a lot of shaking from the washboarded road. It does OK on the rough 2WD roads, but I would rather walk or mountain bike than take it on a 4WD road again.

The best thing about this car is that if I put the front passenger and rear seats down, I have a nice flat bed that I can sleep on with an air mattress and sleeping bag. It is actually pretty cozy and I prefer it to setting up a tent at trailheads.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby djkest » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:06 am

2008 Nissan Frontier 4x4- with 4 doors. Works great on just about everything. I didn't much care for Lake Como road, and next time I will park even lower and just walk. Hate that road. I got slightly larger and more aggressive tires, but that's all it needed.

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

Postby sjverhaeghe08 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:20 am

I have a 2005 Subaru Forester that I take to the mountains with me. So far it's been great, although for the messier roads sometimes I wish I had more clearance (when I did Huron Peak a couple years ago we had to stop fairly soon after getting onto the 4WD Clear Creek road)--but that hasn't been too much of a problem yet. Love my Subaru!
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby shaberer0511 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:36 am

Normally, to get to 14ers, I use two different vehicles. One is a 1997 Ford Expedition that is good for the 4wd aspect but not so good on gas. Most of the time I drive my 1976 VW Baja Beetle. My dad and I restored this car a few years ago, and it has served me well. It's been to the Summit Lake TH, Kite Lake TH, Fourmile Creek TH, North Elbert TH, and Guanella Pass TH. A good car that always gets some looks, and 25 mpg.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby bogman2121 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:57 am

shaberer0511 wrote:Normally, to get to 14ers, I use two different vehicles. One is a 1997 Ford Expedition that is good for the 4wd aspect but not so good on gas. Most of the time I drive my 1976 VW Baja Beetle. My dad and I restored this car a few years ago, and it has served me well. It's been to the Summit Lake TH, Kite Lake TH, Fourmile Creek TH, North Elbert TH, and Guanella Pass TH. A good car that always gets some looks, and 25 mpg.



Sorry to resurrect this(it's not really that old) but I'm pretty sure I saw your car at Kite Lake back in June. If you weren't there then someone has a very similar car.
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Re: What vehicle do you drive to access 14er's?

Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:07 am

'05 Xterra SE

I heard only pricks drove Xterras, so naturally I picked one up. :-D

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