Have not done Behind the rocks, but I would much rather go up than down I hate the feeling of my back end coming around toward the front you sometimes have to speed up when you want to slow down.
I'd be surprised if you could make it up Rose Garden Hill from Onion Creek in an FJ. I've seen it more difficult some times than others depending on the year (boulders and trail damage due to 4x4's being the operant differences). Graded road to Top of the World is not difficult. I rate it as moderate at best IF you don't hop your rear end on the ledges. If you do that, you will surely break a rear differential. I've seen it happen twice on that road with FJ's.There will be a pretty good sized contingent coming in from the east coast the week before the Summit. The Smokey Mountain Cruisers in particular, with some tag along like myself.
Camping is doable but there is plenty of motels available as well. I'm already planning for some trails but will be looking to do some different stuff this year. The last two years we did 'Fins and Things' and 'Hells Revenge' I'm looking to get in the countryside a bit this year. I have a day long route figured that links three scenic trails together like this:
Onion Creek, Fisher Towers(Easy)
Rose Garden Hill(Difficult)
Top of the World(Difficult)
I just have have the stock 4wd drive setup in my FJ. That means no locker or A-Trac. I did do the TRAC-hack though. Do you think I might have any problems with the trails in MOAB or Summit? I really want to go there since I'm driving out from MA.
A lot depends WHERE you are going in Moab. Some of the trails are not all that tough and others are technically demanding. Kokopelli can be run in 2wd including descending the Rose Garden if you are ginger with your driving. There are other trail options at Moab (pictures earlier on the thread by Jim_D) that you might want to avoid unless you have the right gear on your truck and good spotting.A-trac is a real asset in Moab but neither A-trac nor a locker is necessary at the Summit. On my last trip out I ran the Kokopelli Trail to Moab and then Fins 'n Things and Poison Spider without ever using a locker.
Yep, it was before the summit. There were 12 FJs on the day long safari (Gemini Bridges, Long Canyon, Onion Creek, and Top Of The World trails). Besides us, there were a handful of others in town that were running a couple of other trails. Great times, great people.Sweet! were all you there before summit?? I know GoISU was there with about 15 of us after summit for the week. We only saw the TTORA guys and some local FJ's