I want to take my stock LR4 through on the Applegate-Lassen trail through High Rock Canyon, north-east of Reno, NV. I am looking for advice, up to and including "Don't try it."
I plan to go with a friend who has a 2013 Wrangler Sport, somewhat modified with 33 inch tires, 4 inch lift, disconnects, and some extra skid plates. He drove the circuit at the Niagara Rim Poker Run, except for the tight V up the second set of boulders. I would not attempt any of the named passages in my stock LR4 -- too wide, inadequate tires, no armor. (I am talking about the places marked "Modified Vehicles, Experienced Drivers Only).
Neither of us has a power winch. I have a hand winch rated 3 tons dead lift, but I have never tried it on the Rover. (I got it to pull my old Wrangler out of Florida mud holes).
I have two spare tires (one regular, one hard rubber). But my tires are light truck street tires.
We plan to drive east from Gerlach along the railroad tracks to the Applegate-Lassen trail, then north to Soldier Meadows (camping over night), then west to High Rock Canyon and north through the canyon.
I am looking for advice on...
...fuel consumption, drive times, difficult spots, recovery services, airing down, HAM contact, places I should see/ side trips, whatever else.
I have two guide books written by Chuck Dodd, but they are 8 to 10 years out of date. He seems to have driven an F150, which might be about the size of an LR4, with better off road tires, but less capable 4x4 system. Interestingly, Dodd recommends AGAINST airing down. He says the sharp rocks slice to sidewalls too often. (Comments on that?)
Thaks for anything you can tellme or recommend.