the first time I went on daniel I was completley stock. no lift, lockers, armor or anything. got a little rocker damage on that trip, but made it up with no help. next few times I think I had rock sliders and thats about it. now I've got full under carraige armor, front and rear bumpers, winch, BL, MML and a few other tricks.
during the winter the forest service fills in most ditches and ruts and basically "paves" the entire trail system at ure. so if you want to start out with less dificulty, going early in the season is the best time to go.