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?