This was my third time on the trail. Once in a TJ locked on 35's, once in a stretched TJ on 38's, and this time in my JKUR on 38's. Obviously, it was a lot easier in the JK, but the trees are a lot closer.
Trip went like this.. my daughter and I camp for a week every year. This year we decided to hook up with the 4x4 corps guys and run the dusy. I was a little hesitant because I had never attempted to drive the 400 miles to the trail. I had always trailered out there. Also, the hemi I installed over the summer still was a little fresh.
We left Temecula early on Monday. My daughter is 19 so we took turns driving and it made the trip through the Mohave quick. We made Shaver lake in about 6 hours and we were at voyager rock in about an hour after that. We spent all day Tuesday hanging out at Courtright. We both caught rainbow trout right from shore and ate them for dinner. Wednesday we left early. Our group was 3 Tj's locked on 35's, a ram locked on 37's, 2 JKU one on 37's and mine on 38's, and a diesel k5 blazer with a welded 10 bolt in the rear and open in the front
We made it up Thompson hill with a little tugging on the K5 and camped at Thompson lake. The next day we left early and we spread way out. 2 of the Tj's got to ershim at about 1:45. I got there 45 min later, then the other 4 rigs arrived an hour after me. it's still very long, but I had my daughter drive the whole way so we both stayed fairly fresh.
At Ershim I caught a couple spotted trout and they tasted a lot better than the rainbows at courtright. the meat was pink/orange like salmon and they were delicious. the next day was Friday. I promised y daughter we would be back in Temeclua Saturday night so I left the group who all stayed an extra day at Ershim. We At lunch at Mallard lake which I had not stopped at before. Wow.. it's a must see. We drove out od the trail and camped near the northern gate of the trail. 33 miles and I didn't even pop the hood. Drove home the next day through 116 degree heat and completed the 800+ mile journey. Its safe to say the hemi is running well.
The Dusy is my favorite trail. I think its harder than most others only because it's so long. The relentless twisting on your rig will snap something eventually. It's the only true wilderness.. no people on the entire trail. no roads, no power lines, just days of great wheeling. I've run a lot of trails, Tellico, moab, rubicon etc.. I think the dusy is the best trail in the country.
I wish I had time to drive up and see some other trails up there.
I know. worthless post without pics.
Pics don't do it justice anyway.