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"IMPOSSIBLE" JK Trails

Guys, I was reading a post on the Maze trail thread. It got me thinking....fairly frequently someone will say something like: "you can't put your school bus through there...only buggies could make it without being destroyed". Of course I usually have to try. I mean, what the heck, Rex is made to wheel and try stuff, and I bet there are others like me...who want to push it a bit.

So I would like to collect a list of trails that "you can't get your JK through without destroying it" or "really hard trails than have never had a JK through them", or "people would pay money to see a JK try that trail" or "To go where no JK has gone before"

I'm taking all ideas. . :bounce:

Here is the collection so far:

Really Hard Trails Where JKs or JKUs have completed the trail (albeit with dings, body damage, scrapes)
Carnage Canyon, Buena Vista, CO
Independence, Penrose, CO
Patriot, Penrose, CO
21 Road, Grand Junction, CO
Die Trying, Montrose, CO
Megasaraus, Rangely, CO
Chain Reaction, St. George, UT
Lions Den, Harlan, KY
Calico, Johnson Valley, CA
Schizo, Johnson Valley, CA
Afflication, Raush Creek
Can Opener/Funny Rocks/Moon Rocks, Naches, WA
Green Mamba Extension, Clayton, OK
Shoot the moon, Raush Creek
Tobasco Twister, Las Cruces, NM
Pitzacuaro's Revenge, Las Cruces, NM
Habanero Falls, Las Cruces, NM
Upper Helldorado, Area BFE, Moab UT
Brittany Spears, Area BFE, Moab, UT
Smashing Pumpkin, Area BFE, Moab UT

Really hard trails believed not yet to be conquered by a JK or JKU:
Captain Crunch in the Black Hills.
Arrowhead, St. George
Full of Hate, Johnson Valley CA
SOS, Johnson Valley, CA
Bloody Mary, Johnson Valley, CA
Boulder Canyon, Montrose, CO
Calamity, Montrose, CO
Cactus 1, Montrose, CO
Cactus 2, Montrose, CO
Death Row, Montrose, CO
Calico, Johnson Valley, CA
Schizo, Johnson Valley, CA
Most of the Rangely Off Road Park Trails, Rangely CO.
 

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What is stopping you and your rig from doing anything other than balls and ability (rig and driver)? Might be wrong... but believe the guy that said that about the JK in that other thread was just talking on a balls perspective. I would guess few JK owners have yet to ascribe to the "chicks dig body damage" rule.

I like your idea... "trails you say I can't do!" But what is the criteria? Most trails have plenty of bypasses for the good stuff and the buggy lines aren't usually even the trail itself. Are we talking trails where you must take the hard line or what? Then there is the whole my rig is different than your rig issue.... I might have an exo and not worry about body damage?
 

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What is stopping you and your rig from doing anything other than balls and ability (rig and driver)? Might be wrong... but believe the guy that said that about the JK in that other thread was just talking on a balls perspective. I would guess few JK owners have yet to ascribe to the "chicks dig body damage" rule.

I like your idea... "trails you say I can't do!" But what is the criteria? Most trails have plenty of bypasses for the good stuff and the buggy lines aren't usually even the trail itself. Are we talking trails where you must take the hard line or what? Then there is the whole my rig is different than your rig issue.... I might have an exo and not worry about body damage?
Good point. Trails with buggy, and bypasses, I don't think should count. We can usually find those and do them. For example I've done all the trails at BFE. While some of those are hard, they aren't THAT hard. I'm thinking harder than those. Trails where guys say any of:

A) don't go in there. You'll get destroyed.
B) you rig is too big to do it.
C) only buggies can do it
D) JKs suck. They will never make it.
E) a JK never has done it.

Potential body damage comes with the turf (so to speak). Same with roll over potential. Same with breakage. Shit happens.

I guess we need a list of trails, and special obstacles.

For example a few years ago I did Die Trying in Montrose. That trail had an obstacle where the bet was Rex would never make it. Legend was no JK, especially a four door had made it. And there was no bypass. When Rex took "the big JK (Rex) line" the spectators were surprised. The local club guys thought that Rex might have been the first JK through (who knows really?).

So I guess we need a list of trails, and spectacular obstacles. Especially where no JK has gone before.
 

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Lions Den; Black Mountain Harlan, Kentucky

The drop in


The middle




Then a break


And the exit


Oh, all that and if you mis-step and slide left, you fall down the mountain. Freaking killer.
Lions den goes on the list. I like it.
 

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I do believe Green Mamba Extension in Clayton, Oklahoma meets your criteria. I love this trail. My TJ and a friends CJ.

















The entrance is the tightest spot. I have left paint there before. (random Jeep)

Green Mamba Extension - YouTube
 

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I have been to Harlan and Lion's Den and I don't know how you'd get a JK through there. I'll admit, I'm a doubter.

We will be there the first weekend in April and another group is having an informal competition in/on Lions Den that first Friday of April at 10am. Come on out!
 

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Honestly, and don't take this wrong, but most of the pics in this thread are of obstacles no more extreme than I have already taken my JK through regularly.

I don't care about body damage or a flop, and wheel with some like-minded folks. I don't purposely destroy my rig, but don't cry when it happens either. What keeps me off certain trails is:

1) A 50% or greater chance of experiencing a nasty roll-over (not flop). Like I said, I will not purposely make my Jeep a total loss.
2) A trail that is dangerous beyond the safety capacity of my JK. My JK will save my life in a normal roll-over, but might kill me if I do 3 back-flips down a cliff. JKs are not structurally built for that type of abuse - I have a buggy for that shit.

So, you can take a JK through anything, but have to be willing to live (or die) with the consequences. Its all about the risk to your investment and your well-being.

Of the top of my head, I can think of several that I would absolutely not take my JK on:

SOS in Johnson Valley (although it is getting destroyed by the rock stackers and getting easier every year);
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New trail, "Bloody Mary";
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Full of Hate is a good one;
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There are also a couple of super-secret trails in Ridgecrest I am not allowed to talk about, but I would never take my JK through them :thefinger:
 

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I think Id pay to see you run lions den. :) With no b pillar you might have a chance. Guarantee to get a few dents

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Honestly, and don't take this wrong, but most of the pics in this thread are of obstacles no more extreme than I have already taken my JK through regularly.

I don't care about body damage or a flop, and wheel with some like-minded folks. I don't purposely destroy my rig, but don't cry when it happens either. What keeps me off certain trails is:

1) A 50% or greater chance of experiencing a nasty roll-over (not flop). Like I said, I will not purposely make my Jeep a total loss.
2) A trail that is dangerous beyond the safety capacity of my JK. My JK will save my life in a normal roll-over, but might kill me if I do 3 back-flips down a cliff. JKs are not structurally built for that type of abuse - I have a buggy for that shit.

So, you can take a JK through anything, but have to be willing to live (or die) with the consequences. Its all about the risk to your investment and your well-being.

Of the top of my head, I can think of several that I would absolutely not take my JK on:

SOS in Johnson Valley (although it is getting destroyed by the rock stackers and getting easier every year);
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New trail, "Bloody Mary";
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Full of Hate is a good one;
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There are also a couple of super-secret trails in Ridgecrest I am not allowed to talk about, but I would never take my JK through them :thefinger:
No offense taken. Damn, that looks fun. :eyemouth:
 

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Thanks for posting up. I like these trails.

OK. Another way to think about the criteria (inspired by Frankie): "I'd pay money to see a JK go through that".

Hey RedneckR, Green Mamba goes on the list. Nice rigs BTW. I want to get a TJ rig eventually (in addition to the JK).

DDog, I too am in the camp of I'll try almost anything and see what happens. We have got to wheel together sometime. SOS, Bloody Mary, and Full of Hate go on the list. I look at those pictures and think it would be fun to try. From the pics they look "doable" :)

So what trails other than those named so far, haven't had a JK through it yet but should? (Maybe this is a better statement of the criteria)
 

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I have been to Harlan and Lion's Den and I don't know how you'd get a JK through there. I'll admit, I'm a doubter.

We will be there the first weekend in April and another group is having an informal competition in/on Lions Den that first Friday of April at 10am. Come on out!
Make sure to take good video. I will be in Moab on the 1st Friday in April. Are there other trails in that are around Harlan that are worth the trip from CO? I would like to come out there.
 

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Might as well take lions den off the list. Been there. Done it. In a 4 door on 40's the tree was the hardest part.
 

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Love this thread and it will become my bucket list.

You mentioned all the trails at BFE and from my experience a 4 door is not capable of the final climb out of Helldorado/waterfall without running a line.

Here is Larry/Poison Spyder at the top and a guy standing on the wall to put the climb in perspective.



Larry, Mel from OFE, and Andrew in the Falken JK all attempted in 4 doors and cleared everything up to this point. The breakover on top of the waterfall appears to be too much for the unlimited wheelbase. I hope you can prove me wrong.

It can be done in 2 door because Joe Daro and I almost had it and it was in the 30's and wet. We were very close and with a little more traction I am confident we would had made it unassisted.



 

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Love this thread and it will become my bucket list.

You mentioned all the trails at BFE and from my experience a 4 door is not capable of the final climb out of Helldorado/waterfall without running a line.

Here is Larry/Poison Spyder at the top and a guy standing on the wall to put the climb in perspective.



Larry, Mel from OFE, and Andrew in the Falken JK all attempted in 4 doors and cleared everything up to this point. The breakover on top of the waterfall appears to be too much for the unlimited wheelbase. I hope you can prove me wrong.

It can be done in 2 door because Joe Daro and I almost had it and it was in the 30's and wet. We were very close and with a little more traction I am confident we would had made it unassisted.



The breakover is hard. I finished by winching. No shame. Last time, I landed on the rock at the top and broke my front drive shaft Finished by winching. A little winching is OK in my book. Safety lines are ok too. :thankyou:

Next time I will get a more of a running start and launch it.
 

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Might as well take lions den off the list. Been there. Done it. In a 4 door on 40's the tree was the hardest part.
Cool.
I think we need another list: hard trails, where only a few JKs have made it.
 
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