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Old 08-17-2011, 10:48 AM
gaterose gaterose is offline
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Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: AL
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Default Wheeler Geologic Area

Hi everyone, I'm from AL but wanted to share this because I wouldn't have made it without the help of this forum....

I took a road trip to CO at beginning of August and decided to take the trail to Wheeler Geologic Area. I attempted the trail last year but only made it a couple of miles before turning back as it was getting dark and my 4R was stock (and 2WD). Well since then, I've added bigger tires and sliders and decided to give it another shot. This time I made it the whole way.

After months of searching for info about how much more difficult the trail was than what I tried the first time around I found a thread here. After talking to DaveInDenver about the area I decided I could make it and here are the results…

Oh yeah, I also have some video, but haven't had time to edit/upload it yet, I'll update the thread when I do.

Just after the trail started

The trail took almost two hours to complete, and I was driving a lot faster than the Jeep I ran into so I can't guess how long it took him. The only other traffic we saw on the 15 mile trail were a couple of groups of ATVs. Luckily we ran into the Jeep, about 2 miles past where I stopped last year, going up and since he had 35s I wasn't too worried about getting stuck and/or stranded. Needless to say we blazed up the rest of the trail and with the exception of scrubbing the skids and sliders I had no trouble.

4x4 Trail End/Hiking Trailhead

My friend & the dogs on formation

The bigger formations

There were better shots to be taken but my passengers were complaining about rain so I only got a few before realizing I was alone; they headed back and I had the keys.

The Jeep that followed me

The only real action shots we took on a couple of flexy parts of the trail.

End of the trail

I'm really surprised a lady at the Creede visitor center looked at me like I was crazy (as did the Jeep driver) when I told her I was going up there in a 2WD. I only scrubbed my skids once or twice, hit the sliders once (which I avoided on the way back with a different line), and spun once despite rain throughout the trip on both ways.

More pictures of Pool Table Mtn and Creede here

I also hit a trail on Mt. Zirkel near Steamboat Springs, and in January I drove a bit up Lake Como Road to Blanca but didn't go far at all. My friends own a ranch not too far from Blanca on Wolf Creek Pass.

Here are a couple pictures of that for your enjoyment as well.
Mt. Zirkel

Mt. Blanca

For anyone interested there are more pics of my trip and stops (South Fork to Steamboat via CO285) here

Thanks for the info guys! Hope I'm not imposing on the forum, I just figured everyone would enjoy pics of someone beating on a newish 4Runner. I'm very jealous that you guys live out there and get to wheel the snot out of such beautiful places, hopefully after I'm done with school I'll move out that way.
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