Trail ratings are subjective. One person’s opinion of a moderate trail may very well be a difficult trail in the eyes of another. The following descriptions are generalizations. Trail conditions are always evolving and are subject to change due to factors such as weather and erosion.
EASY - A dirt, sand or mildly rocky road with gentle grades. Adequate room for full size vehicles. Suitable for stock 4x4 vehicles. You might not even need to engage your 4 wheel drive.
MODERATE - Rocky, possibly rutted trails. The occasional boulder or rock outcropping to overcome. Steep grades will be encountered, but will be manageable without locking differentials. Suitable for four-wheel drive, low range. Increased ground clearance recommended (i.e. suspension lift and/or larger tires). Skid plates recommended. Winches recommended. Trail width can be an issue for larger vehicles or anyone not wanting brush “pinstripes” on the side of their vehicle.
DIFFICULT - Deeply rutted trails, large rocks, loose rocks, boulder fields, very steep grades. Off camber situations. Suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles with low range, lifts, 32" tires, and good articulation. Skid plates and rocker guards highly recommended. Locking differentials highly recommended. Winches highly recommended. Heavy brush may be encountered. Body damage is very possible.
Note that vehicle damage or injury can occur at any time on any trail, no matter what the rating. It is each driver’s responsibility to maintain their vehicle in good working condition, to be safe, and to drive within their abilities. Ask for help when you need it!
We operate under the assumption that you don't want a spotter unless you specifically ask for one. If you do request a spotter, listen to him/her. You must be able to place your trust in the spotter. He or she sees things that you can't.
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