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Finn
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Rug Road *(West to East) - 3.5 Reply with quote

Definitely still a 3.5. I would say a 4+ if attempted East to West. Took us about 10 hours with 3 vehicles Mammoth to Klondyke. It was absolutely beautiful but not for the faint at heart.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Rug Road *(West to East) - 3.5 Reply with quote

Finn wrote:
Definitely still a 3.5. I would say a 4+ if attempted East to West. Took us about 10 hours with 3 vehicles Mammoth to Klondyke. It was absolutely beautiful but not for the faint at heart.

sooooo, I'm guessing my idea of maybe running this solo this Friday is a bad idea.
But really, what would YOU do for a Klondyke bar?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Rug Road *(West to East) - 3.5 Reply with quote

4GaugeSurprise wrote:
Finn wrote:
Definitely still a 3.5. I would say a 4+ if attempted East to West. Took us about 10 hours with 3 vehicles Mammoth to Klondyke. It was absolutely beautiful but not for the faint at heart.

sooooo, I'm guessing my idea of maybe running this solo this Friday is a bad idea.
But really, what would YOU do for a Klondyke bar?

I saw a guy in a Ram that tried that, it was an article about how he used his ham radio to call in a rescue. If you can hold off until April, (I'm waiting on the green up for photos) I would be happy to guide you! Count on at least three days though. (Fri night - Sunday).

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Rug Road *(West to East) - 3.5 Reply with quote

Awesome write up JBolio, thanks a bunch and can’t wait to see the details on Trails Offroad in a few months.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2021 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Rug Road *(West to East) - 3.5 Reply with quote

Sorry to bump this old thread again, but I was hoping to get some perspectives on this route from folks who are closer to the action.

The significant other and I are planning a roadtrip down through Arizona (from Colorado) around the Holidays, and we’re thinking about trying to do an overland run from Mammoth to Klondyke, swapping in the bypass route to avoid the Carpet Hill segment of the usual Rug Road route. (The main draw for us here is actually the Table Mountain Mine, which is a pretty famous mineral collecting locality with notoriously difficult access.)

I’ve been looking at the trip report on this site: www.jeeptheusa.com/rug...ke-35.html
These folks rate the route a 2.5 when using the bypass and going all the way through to Turkey Creek. I have a 4th gen 4Runner with an ARB lift and 32” tires (but totally stock differential setup), and I’m quite comfortable heading down roads they rate 2.5 up here in Colorado. But looking over other Rug Road reports online for the last decade, it seems like opinions are quite diverse about the difficult of this route beyond Carpet Hill (and even quite scattered regarding the bypass).

So, I was hoping to get some insights into difficulty from AZ wheelers who’ve done this route recently – what are the big obstacles like these days on the east side of the Table Mountain pass, getting down to the Table Mountain Mine and Parsons Grove and Turkey Creek Canyon? How much of an issue is traction on the Carpet Hill bypass route? And how are the creek crossings down on the east side?

Many thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2021 11:09 am    Post subject: Re: Rug Road *(West to East) - 3.5 Reply with quote

I haven't been out there since I lost my FJ. I've built my GX470 (With the exception of my locker wiring) to try again, but I haven't been out there in many years.

I have heard though that the conditions have worsened considerably, and that was before the big monsoon we got this summer. I wouldn't have recommended going solo on this before and definitely not now. If you are really hot to go on this though, you could hire a guide:
http://www.surviveoffroad.com/WildArizona.html

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