Originally Posted by Ghosthiker
The only possible thing is where that last Jeep Wrangler stopped and then accelerated hard. But nothing really wrong. I hike/backpack and I have a Jeep. There has to be a balance in this world. Sure, you can't destroy everything, but you should be able to use it. Many naturalists (read: tree huggers) will always fuss about others destroying nature. I imagine that's how the Indians felt as they watched the wagon trains move across the west and leave ruts.
Originally Posted by Geoff@Bestop
Tread Lightly policies would suggest that you NOT drive down a river bed, just like they tell us not to drive through meadows. BUT, it depends on the location. There's at least a couple of official trails here in Colorado that cross rivers where you need to go downstream a bit. (one cool trail makes you drive down the creek for about a 100 yards. It confused me the first time, thinking I had missed the trail on the other side).
There are a few trails in Northern Idaho where the rivers are so dead from mining that the Jeep clubs use them legally.
These guys hit it.
ASSUMING that this is a legal trail, which may include the short stint up the streambed (which looks fairly rocky, making for a fairly sustainable surface), I don't see much wrong with it. Most of the travel was at a controlled speed, not much wheelspin, and no major splashing. Maybe a little more spacing out, but other than that... I don't see much.
As far as public perception... There will always be things taken out of context. If its questionable, it may not be a wise thing to post on a public forum without a clear explanation, but even then, the details may get lost as things get spread.