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Old 11-02-2012, 09:52 AM   #1
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mild trail use

I was looking at the gear ratio chart to determine what ratio I might consider changing to as I'm currently running with 3.21 and 33" tires when i noticed the "mild trail use" being stated for my setup. This is my first Jeep and was wondering if someone could tell me what "mild trail use" actually is or means?

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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No idea. My idea of "mild trail use" would be fire roads once a month? But I don't know if there is a definite answer.

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From what I've read in such as the Canyon Runners in Colorado & Moab country etc in the ratings system of "5" being 'most extreme' you're in the '1-2' range.

No winches, no lifts, no probable body damage, novice and beginner level Jeep pilots probably won't need recovery lifting aircraft to make it through the 'mild' trail obstacles.

No 'class 5' waterfalls/rock wall climbing etc. Do some youtube searches and you'll see a lot of stuff that is well beyond 'mild'.

There's some really harsh and challenging terrain the class 5 trail runners go through.

I saw a specific definition somewhere in the Moab trail guide on line.

I'm satisfied with the "3" level "moderate" for now. If I run across the rating system again I'll post it.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info jeeperjake. It makes a little more sense now
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:34 AM   #5
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Jeep Jamboree USA » Trail Ratings

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Old 11-03-2012, 11:10 AM   #6
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Lots of different ways to rate trails when you goggle 4x4 trail rating systems.

The ones I have found are the best are in the 4 x 4 guide books for your area, since they describe the actual trails you may want to seek out. I live in Southern California and Charles A. Wells has a number of great trail guide books such as "Guide to Moab, UT Backroads and 4-Wheel Drive trails". Each is rated by his easy, moderate and difficult rating system. Plenty of verbiage with directions, GPS points and photos of each of his trail recommendations. He has other books for So Cal, Nor Cal, Ariz, Nor Colo and Colo overall. I'm not sure where you live, but other guide books for other parts of the country are available, and often have a rating system of sorts. Some are written by some colorful charters, who obviously have a lot of local experience.

I'm sort of embarrassed to be talking about guide books like some kind of tourist. But when we drove from So Cal to Flagstaff, AZ we know nothing about the local area and we quickly found from the book what the pics below show.

When we go to Moab in the spring, we will have the guide, and want to go straight to the trails that seem right for us. A well thought out trail rating system and guide for the area can be a real help.
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