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Stock LR 4 in High Rock Canyon: Advice?

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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I have two guide books written by Chuck Dodd, but they are 8 to 10 years out of date.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.

 



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I haven't driven those trails so can't comment too much about them.  And I'm at lunch so I only have a few minutes, not enough time to get into details.

 

RE tires - I too would recommend staying at or near street pressure for a street tire.  With a heavy vehicle like an LR4 combined with it's low profile stock street tire there's just not enough sidewall to be a benefit and as Rupert recently demonstrated it's very easy to cut a sidewall even on moderate terrain with a street tire.

 

Regarding a winch, do you have something like a More Pow'r puller?  Or a simple 'come-along' type winch?  A come-along is better than nothing but only slightly.  I've tried to pull a stuck truck out with one and it's just not something you want to do.  The Pow'r Puller on the other hand is a real manual winch that should be a good choice.

 

Recovery wise, you'd probably do better with a tow strap and recovery strap than either manual winch, assuming you only have one rig stuck at a time.  They're cheap and handy enough you can pick them up for this trip and just throw them in the rig.


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I was looking for the NCLR trip back in like 2011 or so, but found this link instead:  http://emigranttrail...pplegate-trail/

 

I see there are many clubs who run as a group and do trail work out there too.


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When are you going? I'd be happy to let you borrow my Crux bridging ladders. They act as both a traction mat and a bridging ladder. Might come in handy helping to avoid some recovery situations.
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Thanks folks. As usual, you have provided excellent feedback.

 

Don:

Yes, it is  a power puller. It is pretty hefty, and with some sweat and a pulley or two it probably can do the job if I can find a good anchor. I have a sand anchor, but it needs to be buried well to work (usually much digging). The strap is definitely preferred. Thanks also for confirming the tire advice.

 

Mike:

Thanks for the link. I will follow it.

 

Chris:

Thanks for the ladder offer. My friend will be bringing his, so I am covered, but I appreciate the generosity. I carry a pick axe, shovels and a 6-foot pry bar (for moving rocks). But the ladders are probably much less work than excavating and filling.



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I did it in 2003 in my stock 2003 D2. No air down. At that time just worried about flash flood/mud. And trip was a week before Burning Man.

Tow strap is good.

 

Fuel services are in Gerlach or Cedarville, when we went stations closed by 6pm

Tow service at that time was out of Cedarville. Make sure you have AAA Premium.

Carry 1 spare Jerrycan.

There is a Ham relay for Black Rock Desert area.


Edited by ROVRMAN2, 31 August 2016 - 03:47 PM.

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Thanks Rovrman2. I have a 5 gallon fuel can I will bring. I will look up the Ham relay. I am guessing it works well in the playa but spotty at best in the canyon. BLM told my friend that Bruno's in Gerlach will tow out of the canyon. Not confirmed yet, because they are busy at Burning Man. I'll check service in Cedarville too. Thanks for the warning about 6 pm closing at the gas stations. I'll pass that on to my partner. It might be important for planning.  



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I did in 2009 in an LR3, were was another LR3, a D2 and a Kevin Suttle in a stock Ford Navigator. No issues at all except for a clogged air filter in my LR3 that caused the truck to stall right as we were entering the canyon. Only one place needed spotting for the Navigator.

 

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   Thanks DiscoChef. I was worried about clearing brush and rocks in the tight spots. I saw some Utube videos made from Jeeps, and I could not tell if a wider LR would clear. If the Navigator can make it, I probably can too. This is reassuring.                                                                                       T                                                   






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