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Old 04-11-2013, 11:43 PM   #1
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Dusy-Ershim Trail - Advice

I'm thinking about heading up and hitting this trail with a couple of buddies. I have a 2.5 TJ with a 32" tires, 4" lift, CV shafts, ARB in the rear with 30 spline axles and upgraded to the AX15 tranny. I also just got a 2007 JKU Rubi that is stock except for the fact its a rubi, Flat fenders, and I put 35" tires on it. Ive been wheelin' for a long time so the technicality of the trail is not what worries me.

My question is, should I leave the Rubi at home and take my short wheelbased jeep instead of worrying everytime I come across a rock garden? Yes this does seem like an awfully stupid question, but I would so much rather go in my new JK for comfort wise and I can sleep in the back of it instead of in a tent on the ground.

If you have any other advice or tips for me, by all means I am looking for as much information on this trip/trail as possible. Thanks guys.

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Old 04-12-2013, 12:25 AM   #2
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Either one will do fine. If you want to do the Rubi for the comfort then I understand...the Dusy is a looong trail.

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Old 04-12-2013, 04:59 AM   #3
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The Dusy-Ershim is also a high altitude trail. They often do not open it for traffic until July or August, depending on the snow pack. Check with the Rangers near Courtright Reservoir before making the trip.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:17 PM   #4
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Trail is 33 miles. I was advised to take extra fuel and take a couple of extra days to run it if possible.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:48 PM   #5
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Several of my club members did that trail & got NAILED by a major snowstorm which can swoop into that area if you're not precisely in the "good" season. They barely got out, the trail just flat disappeared under the snow.
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Thanks for the info guys. Do any of you guys no if a stock JKU Rubi with 35's would be enough? I know it comes down to maneuverability and skill but I am pretty confident in myself.
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It should be fine. I know guys who've done the whole trail with 33s. I did 14 miles of it last October along with 1 toyota on 36s, 1 Tacoma on 32s, and a Ca Dept of Forestry YJ on 33s pulling a trailer. The Tacoma only got hung up once. The hardest part will be Thompson Hill but with 35s, lockers and the 4.1 transfer case it should be no problem. Take your fishing poles and some Powerbait!! The trout fishing in the area is awesome.

My next trip in the area won't be until next October...we go in to Coyote Lake for a week for camping and fishing.
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Thanks for the info guys. Do any of you guys no if a stock JKU Rubi with 35's would be enough? I know it comes down to maneuverability and skill but I am pretty confident in myself.
You will be okay with the rubi. You might have a problem on the Kaiser side coming out....very sharp turn and narrow....but if you have rock sliders you just put it against the rock and slide it around.
Don't go alone!!!!!
Make sure someone has a winch!!!!
Take extra gas!!!!
Make sure someone has a CB!!!!
Plan on at least 3 days if you are going to do the whole trail!!!!!
As Jerry said it can get nasty real quick. I was up there last year middle of August and got snowed on.
I believe it won't open up till the beginning or middle of August for deer season!!!!!!
I will be up there next Thursday at chicken rock campground fishing and chilling.
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It should be fine. I know guys who've done the whole trail with 33s. I did 14 miles of it last October along with 1 toyota on 36s, 1 Tacoma on 32s, and a Ca Dept of Forestry YJ on 33s pulling a trailer. The Tacoma only got hung up once. The hardest part will be Thompson Hill but with 35s, lockers and the 4.1 transfer case it should be no problem. Take your fishing poles and some Powerbait!! The trout fishing in the area is awesome.

My next trip in the area won't be until next October...we go in to Coyote Lake for a week for camping and fishing.
We did Coyote last weekendgood stuff!!!!! Fishing is awesome

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