Thanks James. I'm in Missouri, but planning on being in Colo next summer/fall. If possible my wife and I will be out about when the aspens are turning.
The exact timing varies by year but if you keep an eye on the page, you'll start to see photos like this one around the time it starts to happen (taken by one of our club members on September 28th):
Wife was ok over tin cup, but by the time we got over to Aspen on Pearl, she was not having fun. (In the Tacoma, with 35 psi). I will look for your group on FB, and join up, or whatever I need to do to follow. The last time I was out there on 2 wheels the FJ Summit was going on.. That started me on thinking FJ. I won't be running beadlocks, I seriously doubt I go to another wheel. My Tacoma was stock, and went everywhere I wanted to go.
Plenty of Tacoma's in the club, properly built they're very capable. The big difference you're going to see wheeling with FJ's is breakover angle because of the longer wheelbase, and the bed / tailgate dragging in places where the FJ's don't.
If you aren't armored yet (skidplates etc), let me suggest talking to RCI Offroad
about picking up a set of skid plates, sliders etc. They're north of Denver -- the owner's person truck is a white Tacoma -- and the best thing about having a local armor vendor is no shipping
I would like to try Han**** also. I did it on the 650 (motorcycle). One end was closed for repairs or something, so we managed to catch it after riding across a foot bridge. It was a good one though, along with Tomichi. We've done the Alpine loop as well. I'd like to find some new ones.
Colorado FJ Cruisers does an FJ Summit-like event each year over Labor Day called Rocky Mountain FJ Roundup
, Hancoock is one of the trails we did this year. Cottonwood was closed this year (they're paving it as a shortcut for skiiers to Crested Butte) so we do Hancoock as a loop with Tincup Pass. The downhill side is a bit of a rock garden but otherwise it's not too bad. I've been here wheeling for ~6 years and this was my first year to do it. We didn't get a chance to do Tomichi though, but may include it in the trail design for next year.
Happy to help, we'll see you guys in the fall! I'm sure we could get 1-2 of the locals interested in going with you.