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Old 01-17-2018, 10:33 AM
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Hi,

I'm a complete beginner to offroading and just got myself a 1979 FJ40. I went to the December meeting and all the huge built rigs were pretty intimidating next to my stock FJ40!

I'm wondering, is there a trail run for beginners? If there's not a specific one, which of the other upcoming runs would be appropriate?
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Hello, and welcome!

You picked the slow season for 4 wheeling being winter, and a lot of the trails are closed/snowed.

Here's a recent club activity

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/foru...ad.php?t=26183

I'm sure you'll get some ideas.
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:25 AM
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Hi,

I'm a complete beginner to offroading and just got myself a 1979 FJ40. I went to the December meeting and all the huge built rigs were pretty intimidating next to my stock FJ40!

I'm wondering, is there a trail run for beginners? If there's not a specific one, which of the other upcoming runs would be appropriate?
Tires are going to be the most important item on your 40, and if they're good you'll be able to do the vast majority of trails in Colorado. This time of year there isn't a ton of choice close to Denver, but Slaughterhouse Gulch can be a good time if there isn't too much ice (steep downhill section that can be dangerous if there's a thick layer of ice). There's also the official snow run soon, and the CLC is running a few trails coming up here: http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/foru...425#post309425
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:32 AM
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> Tires are going to be the most important item on your 40

It's got 33" skinny mud terrain KM2s
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> Tires are going to be the most important item on your 40

It's got 33" skinny mud terrain KM2s
Good choice!
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Slaughterhouse is closed for the season, I would check out Missouri and Illinois Gulch area, they are pretty dry right now.

For this time of year, the souther the better

We had a pseudo noobs run late last year, but we will for sure have one early summer.

Also coming up in April will be recovery night at the April meeting. We go over vehicle recovery basics.

Cheers!
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If you are just looking to get off road and have some fun, Switzerland trail was easy and has some decent view. I just did it yesterday. I am not aware of any point that you could get stuck.
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With the low snow totals...Pickle Gulch out by Central City *Might* not be too bad right now. Anyone know?
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Not much is open until summer, but we used a gazetteer for years to finds roads and trails to explore. Charles Wells has a few great books that will give you Trail ratings and directons, as well as some tips. Bring food good tires and a buddy or two and go exploring
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