We had been planning this trip for a few months, and finally the day came when we headed out for the mountains. The crew consisted of me, my business partner Kurt and family in his 96 XJ on 40's, and several customers. In attendance was, KW + Greg in Kdubs 93 Grand, Jeff + Kurt in a red 2005 Rubi, RJ + Sami in a green 2007 Rubi, Jim Pyle in his white 2008 Rubi, and Troy in his 96 XJ on 31's. We left Casper around 1:30pm Friday afternoon with Jeff in lead.
Potty break at the Waltman rest stop.
We had heard horror stories of how steep and nasty the switchbacks were on the trail. We were a little spooked by all the hype, but figured we check out the base of the trail. I lead the ride in, and was it was rough for me, to say the least, with the 215/75's. The scenery is unbelievable, almost surreal. Some small waterfalls were shooting off the rock walls of the canyon, and trail followed part of the Clark's Fork river......Grizzly country BIG TIME!! This is the area all the problem bears are relocated to......nice!
We got to the bottom of the trail and met up with Jim who had also brought an ATV. He had been over the trail on his 4-wheeler and said "helllllll no!" to taking his Jeep up it. We could see through some bino's that there was a group of vehicles making their way up the TIGHT section of switchbacks. RJ got on his CB and got a hold of that group. They had one break down and on overheat. They said it took them 1.5-2hrs to get up the switchbacks. We decided it would be better to get an earlier start the next morning. I was not looking forward to the rough ride out then BACK in again just to get to the base of the switchbacks.