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Trail Report/Photo Section/GPS Coordinates Been offroad with your FJ? Tell us about it and post up any photos or GPS coordinates so others can possibly follow in your footsteps!

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Hey everyone! I decided it would be cool to have a thread where I can post up pictures and details of all the major FJ trips/trail-runs I've been on. I got my 1st FJ Cruiser TRD SE in April of 2011 but it wasn't until about a year later that I REALLY went on my first off-roading trip and that's where the pictures begin! Loved it ever since! Now I'm on FJ #2 , the white Trail Teams Special Edition and it is been awesome too!

Hope y'all enjoy!!

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Here is a list of all the trails I've been on! Also included are the dates, difficulty level either Easy, Moderate, or Difficult, and the nearby town names. The bold blue titles seperate the trails by year and the bold red titles indicate specific events like the FJ Summit or Cruise Moab.


2011

5/23/11 - Vallecito Lake E - Durango, CO
12/17/11 - West Dolores River Area E - Dolores, CO

2012

3/23/12 - Hole in the Rock Trail E - San Juan Trail - Bluff, UT
3/24/12 - Hole in the Rock Trail E - The Twist - Bluff, UT
3/24/12 - River House - Comb Ridge - Comb Ridge Wash E - Bluff, UT
5/19/12 - Willow Divide E - Dolores/Dunton, CO
5/30/12 - Willow Divide E - Dolores/Dunton, CO

FJ Summit No. 6
7/21/12 - Black Bear Pass D - Telluride/Ouray, CO
7/21/12 - Ophir Pass M - Telluride/Ophir, CO
7/22/12 - Clear Lake, Bandora Mine E - Silverton, CO

8/4/12 - Bolam Pass E - Rico, CO
8/4/12 - Eureka Gulch E - Silverton, CO
8/4/12 - Picayune Gulch E - Silverton, CO
8/4/12 - Placer Gulch E - Silverton, CO
8/4/12 - California Gulch E - Silverton/Ouray, CO
8/4/12 - Corkscrew Gulch, Hurricane Pass E - Silverton/Ouray, CO
8/4/12 - Imogene Pass M - Ouray/Telluride, CO
9/2/12 - 5 Mile Pass E - Cedar Fort/Fairfield, UT
10/25/12 - Bonneville Shoreline Trail Area E - Provo, UT
10/26/12 - Bonneville Shoreline Trail Area E - Provo, UT
11/3/12 - Lone Mesa State Park E - Dolores, CO
11/9/12 - Little Moab M - Santaquin, UT
11/10/12 - Rattlesnake/5 Mile Pass D - Cedar Fort/Fairfield, UT

2013

1/12/13 - Rattlesnake/5 Mile Pass D - Cedar Fort/Fairfield, UT
2/16/13 - Rattlesnake/5 Mile Pass D - Cedar Fort/Fairfield, UT
2/23/13 - Rattlesnake/5 Mile Pass D - Cedar Fort/Fairfield, UT
3/3/13 - West Dolores River Area E - Dolores, CO
4/5/13 - Hell's Revenge D - Moab, UT
4/5/13 - Fins and Things D - Moab, UT
4/6/13 - Poison Spider D - Moab, UT
4/22/13 - Bonneville Shoreline Trail Area E - Provo, UT
4/25/13 - Rattlesnake/5 Mile Pass D - Cedar Fort/Fairfield, UT
4/27/13 - Hole in the Rock Trail E - San Juan Trail - Bluff, UT
4/27/13 - Hole in the Rock Trail E - The Twist - Bluff, UT

Cruise Moab 2013
5/2/13 - Fins and Things D - Moab, UT
5/3/13 - Hell's RevengeD - Moab, UT
5/3/13 - Fins and Things D - Moab, UT
5/4/13 - Elephant Hill D - Moab/Monticello, UT

5/23/13 - Fins and Things D - Moab, UT

FJ Summit No. 7
7/17/13 - Mineral Creek D - Ouray, CO
7/17/13 - Engineer Pass & Cinnamon Pass (Alpine Loop) M - Ouray/Lake City, CO
7/17/13 - California Pass & Corkscrew Gulch M - Ouray, CO
7/18/13 - Mineral Creek D - Ouray, CO
7/18/13 - Poughkeepsie Gulch D - Ouray, CO
7/18/13 - Corkscrew Gulch E - Ouray, CO
7/19/13 - Engineer Pass & Corkscrew Gulch (Alpine Loop) M - Ouray/Lake City, CO
7/20/13 - Black Bear Pass D - Telluride, CO
7/20/13 - Ophir Pass M - Ophir, CO

8/24/13 - Imogene Pass M - Ouray/Telluride, CO
8/24/13 - Yankee Boy Basin M - Ouray, CO
8/26/13 - La Plata Canyon E - Kennebec Pass - Hesperus/Durango, CO
8/26/13 - La Plata Canyon E - Columbus Gulch - Hesperus/Durango, CO

2016

1/16/16 - Lake Fork Canyon E - Spanish Fork, UT
3/5/16 - Little Moab E-D - Santaquin, UT

50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari
3/26/16 - Kane Creek Canyon D - Moab, UT

7/16/16 - La Plata Canyon E - Kennebec Pass - Hesperus/Durango, CO

FJ Summit X
7/20/16 - Ophir Pass M - Ophir, CO
7/21/16 - Imogene Pass M - Ouray/Telluride, CO
7/21/16 - Ophir Pass M - Ophir, CO
7/22/16 - Mineral Creek D - Ouray, CO
7/22/16 - Poughkeepsie Gulch D - Ouray, CO
7/22/16 - Corkscrew Gulch E - Ouray, CO
7/23/16 - Black Bear Pass D - Telluride, CO
7/23/16 - Ophir Pass M - Ophir, CO

9/10/16 - Rattlesnake/5 Mile Pass D - Cedar Fort/Fairfield, UT
9/17/16 - Israel Canyon/Lake Mountain E - Saratoga Springs, UT
11/3/16 - Bonneville Shoreline Trail Area E - Provo, UT
11/5/16 - Rattlesnake/5 Mile Pass D - Cedar Fort/Fairfield, UT
11/12/16 - Little Moab E-D - Santaquin, UT
11/25/16 - Taylor Creek Road E - Dolores, CO

2017

1/29/17 - Antelope Island State Park E - Syracuse, UT
4/15/17 - Little Moab E-D - Santaquin, UT

FJ Summit XI
7/21/17 - Mineral Creek D - Ouray, CO
7/21/17 - California Pass & Corkscrew Gulch M - Ouray, CO
7/22/17 - Black Bear Pass D - Telluride, CO

11/21/17 - Rattlesnake/5 Mile Pass D - Cedar Fort/Fairfield, UT

2018

4/7/18 - Israel Canyon/Lake Mountain E - Saratoga Springs, UT

FJ Summit XII
7/18/18 - Yankee Boy Basin M - Ouray, CO
7/19/18 - Black Bear Pass D - Telluride, CO
7/19/18 - Last Dollar Road E - Telluride, CO
7/20/18 - Imogene Pass M - Ouray/Telluride, CO
7/20/18 - Ophir Pass M - Ophir, CO
7/21/18 - California Pass & Corkscrew Gulch M - Ouray/Silverton, CO
7/21/18 - Clear Lake, Bandora Mine E - Silverton, CO

9/3/18 - Forest Lake Trail D - Highland, UT

2019

3/18/19 - Tower Arch Trail D - Moab, UT (Arches National Park)
3/30/19 - West Mountain M - West Mountain, UT

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These first photos are of a trip to a place called "The Twist" on the San Juan trail in southern Utah (near Bluff, UT). I went there on a scout trip and it was pretty fun! Nice easy trail and of course there are some pics of where me and my neighbor Jason (in the yellow FJ) played on the rocks.

Loaded the FJ on the trailer!



So we unloaded the FJ at the trail head and I drove it from there! Here's a pose pic!


Artistic picture


Flex!



Here are some pictures from that afternoon where I decided I wanted to pull up on that rock. It was the first time I went on 3 wheels ever! (Wouldn't be the last though!)




Setup Camp.



Here are some pictures in the section known as "The Twist" and I let a buddy of mine drive this section, it was his first time off-road!





And then we played on the rocks!




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More rock pics!!








My next trip was a little while later and again, I went with my neighbor who owns that yellow FJ (but isn't on the forums). So this trail is known at the Willow Divide Trail and it is northeast of Dolores, Colorado. It was a beautiful, fun, easy drive.







Bear Tracks!!


At this point we found a little bit of unmelted snow!! So by nature we just had to play in it!! (We were so inexperienced with the A-TRAC and Rear Diff at this time... oh those were the days...)





My next trip was actually a few months later but on the same Willow Divide trail!! Only this time it was right after some MAJOR wind storms so there were a lot of downed trees. At least we could either go around, or pull them with straps. At one point even we were able to drive under a downed tree and I BARELY had enough roof clearance. And of course my friend was driving his very old Pathfinder.









I got a little dirty! And some scratches...

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My next big trip was the FJ Summit No.6!!! Woohoo!!! It was so great and I highly recommend any FJer who loves off-roading to add this to your bucket list! But here are my pictures... and obviously there are some big differences to the FJ since the last trip (look at my build thread for details!!)

So here is at the beginning of the Black Bear Pass trail above Ouray.





Reaching the summit of Black Bear Pass!






Looking down into Telluride!!





At this point we stopped to change someone in our group's flat tire. (And that is the Ray from PureFJCruiser behind me!)



Off again!



Meeting with the spotter before taking on "The Steps" at "Pucker Point"


That is Lmmmmm from the forum that you see in that picture!


Another FJ on The Steps


I decided at this point that I was too intimidated with my limited extreme off-road experience so I let my more experienced father take on "the steps" while I took these pictures.



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Continued from last post....





One of my favorite pictures!





And here is a video where you can see my FJ driving down "The Steps" as you see in the pictures.

After "the steps" I took back the wheel and continued on down into Telluride. Pretty sweet drop and switchbacks.



















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After we finished Black Bear, the group split up for lunch and then gathered up again later and proceed to travel over Ophir Pass.







As we drove back towards Ouray, a torrential downpour began, it was crazy how many mud slides there were and how much water was on the "Million Dollar Highway".





At the Summit it was so cool to see and meet the popular vendors, Famous Forum members, and iconic FJs!

DeftSpyder - the creator of the carbon fiber hood.


The FJ-S Concept - the same one later debuted at SEMA in Las Vegas - complete with supercharger.



WILSON from TRDParts4U


Ironman 4x4


All-Pro Off road


Trail Gear


Warrior Products


Metal Tech's FJ! LEGENDARY!!


The Discount Tire FJs



THE RAFFLE!


Group Shot Sunday Morning





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Later that same day on Sunday after the group photo, my family and I went on the Clear Lake trail. I was a nice, and as always, beautiful drive.








Here's a pic right next to an old mine!



About a month after the Summit, I was invited on the ih8mud.com forum to join the Book Cliff Cruisers out of Grand Junction, CO on a trail ride up in the same area as the Summit (right above Silverton) so I accepted and here are those photos!

First we went on the Eureka Gulch trail first, it was a n easy little starter trail but it was cool because of all the abandoned mines!



The only other FJ Cruiser was a TT!



After that trail, we headed for the Picayune & Placer Gulches, we got to a max altitude of over 12,750 ft. !!! We were sucking air up there!!








After that we headed for California Gulch. Once we got to the bottom basically, I decided that the only way I would get back in time for work that evening is if I left right then so after some group photos I took off by myself!



This is looking down at Lake Como where you can see on the one side, the top of Poughkeepsie Gulch. At this point my dad and I headed to Corkscrew Gulch.


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Awesome thread. Thanks for sharing. I have up say though, I'm jealous of how many other FJ's you've wheeled with and the scenery of some of those places. I look forward to seeing many more of your adventures.


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Book Cliff Cruiser trip continued....

Some Hummer H1s coming off of Poughkeepsie


Old mine on Corkscrew


After getting off Corkscrew, my dad and I headed to Ouray for lunch, and then headed to Imogene Pass so we could drop down into Telluride and then drive back home to Cortez.

Here is a picture of the famous narrow spot under neath this rock overhang.



It got a little steep on an Imogene obstacle headed towards Telluride.


Looking down at the trail we just came up facing Ouray (north)



Finally made it to the summit of Imogene!





There were marmots everywhere up there it seemed like!


Headed down to Telluride...





This was basically my last big trip before heading off to school at Utah Valley University near Provo, UT. But once at school, I decided that I needed to go find somewhere to go off-roading along with my roommate who also enjoys off-roading, but doesn't own a 4x4 vehicle. So we ended up going to 5 Mile Pass to check out the Rattlesnake Trail.




We ended up turning around and going back after we got to a little bit of a tough spot (but later we would conquer it!)






Here are some videos taken from the trip above.

After this, I didn't go on any big trips really but I did find a little place to mess around at near where I am going to school.




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More pics from what is above....




Here's a video compilation from the place you see in the pictures above and other places in Utah as well.

Also, at one point, I took a little evening trip to a little off-roading area called Little Moab. It was fun! But it got dark quick, I want to go again so I can play on the rocks more!






I even off-roaded into the night!


And here's a little video from that day at Little Moab.


Soon enough though, I got to go off-roading with a group of guys and we ended up going to Rattlesnake again!!! It was super slippery and muddy but fun all the same!




A photo someone else took of my rig.





In this pic, some of the Jeeps are pulled up to or on a sealed off mine shaft.





And here is a 10 minute video showing a bunch of footage from that trip.


Then, my next big trip was another trip to the Rattlesnake trail and 5 Mile Pass area with a few of the same guys as before.




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Continued from the Snow Wheeling trip to Rattlesnake










Right here is a picture of a very slick hill that everyone was trying, without lockers, this hill was basically impossible without winching.


However at the end of this trip, I ended up getting in a tight situation where my rear passenger side tire slid off the side of the road and didn't want to get back on the road, so i ended up getting winched by one of the Jeeps.





Then, in February of 2013, I made yet ANOTHER trip out to 5 Mile Pass to hit up Rattlesnake again. And I had a lot more fun on this trip than I did the last!!!



Nice and clean... for now!


We had quite a large group of people that day!





That's a buddy of mine airing down my tires for me


The other FJ is Jordan (Jord710), he is a buddy of mine and is also part of my off-road club at UVU! You'll also see an older 4Runner that is red and white who is also in the club as well as a silver 4Runner.


Messing around on the first major obstacle.







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