San Juan Mountains
|Date of Info:||06/21/2012|
My manual tranny, AWD ‘07 Forester XT Limited with 7.9" clearance and 99.4" wheelbase made it fine all the way to the trailhead. Fun road!
The only hairy part was exiting the first stream crossing. I blame it on being lazy and not spending the time to switch out my extreme performance summer tires with something a little more substantial (all-seasons would‘ve been fine). The wheels spun a couple times just before we hit the dry dirt again, so I had to reverse it a couple inches before we were able to get it moving again.
Also, I had to ensure plenty of room between my car and the vehicle in front. As they were true 4WD with lo and hi options, they were able to ascend much more slowly, whereas my car needed to maintain speed to get up some of those switchbacks. So the one time they stopped just above us, I had to back down to a flat area a couple yards before I could regain acceleration again.
I wouldn‘t recommend a Mazda 3Speed, WRX, or an Impreza up there.
Keep in mind this has been a low precipitation year so far, so the streams may have been lower than in past years at this time.
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