Hi! I am Erin, Digital Marketing Manager for Stapp Interstate Toyota. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed that short video of the 4Runner off roading. I wanted to go into a little more detail about the trip and the vehicle.
So first things first, this is my family’s vehicle. Don’t worry we didn’t take a new vehicle “test drive it” shine it up and put it back on the showroom. We have had it about 6 weeks now and have taken it off road several times. The video was from our latest trip off road.
Where did we go? We were on Ballard Road, off of Buckhorn Road west of Masonville. This is also know as FS 129. The road starts off dirt packed and tame. About 2.9 miles in there is a small parking area and the Donner Pass Trail head. This is a great area to have a picnic and do a little hiking. Our two kiddos loved hiking “way out in the woods” as our oldest said. The hiking trail is well marked and leads to other trails to go explore.
Once we were done hiking it was time to keep going. After the pass, the road started to increase in difficulty. It became more rocky and less packed dirt. The farther you go, the more challenging and technical this road becomes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of fun, but know what you are doing! The last of the video was just before the road turned steep and narrow. We went about 6.7 of the 7.8miles, around this point in time, I got out to ground guide. The rock ledge marks the most difficult and technical part of the trail. At this point we found a good place to turn around and head back. The road went on for about another mile or so, but we had reached a point where for us it was time to turn around.
As you can tell from the video we had a 4Runner. It’s a 2016 4Runner that started its life as a Trail Edition. Then we put some Stapp I25 Custom to it. We added ToyTec Bilstein Ultimate 3″ Suspension, TRD Pro Matte Black 17″ Wheels with BF Goodrich Ko2 Tires, RCI Rock Sliders, Front Center Skid Plate and A-Arm Guards. TRD Pro Grille, Rhino Rack Roof X-Tray. Our kids refer to it as the Monster Truck. And to be honest, they nailed it.
With the crawl package that came standard and the customizations, this 4Runner had no problems tackling this road. What’s the point of having this awesome equipment if you aren’t going to use it? Paved roads can get a little boring.
Alright, before we head back out on our next adventure, a few things in closing. First, please make sure you know and follow all rules and regulations when off roading. You are responsible for know where you can and can not be. A great resource is the Forest Service, they can answer any questions about road conditions, provide maps, etc. It would not be a bad idea to invest in an off roading book or getting copies of MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map). MVUM are avaiable at ranger district and other forest offices for free. Check out http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/ohv_maps.shtml for a list of avaiable maps. Remember, cell service is nonexistent on these roads and having a book or maps could prove to be very valuable.
Second, know your equipment and your ability. My husband was driving in this video. This was not his first time out, he has done quite a bit of off roading in Moab and has developed those skills to read the trail and how to go. As I mentioned earlier we came to a point in Ballard Rd where we decided that is was not wise for us to continue on. Remember a lot of these roads have no cell phone service and are not well traveled. Make sure you and your equipment is ready to go.
We hope you enjoyed our little trip and encourage you to make plans of your own! Check back soon, we will keep posting about our latest adventures in off roading.