Recent Trail Reports
2003 4Runner Jamboree- Johnson Valley, California
The annual "4Runner Jamboree" started out more than a decade ago as a way for a loosely knit group of Toyota-driving web-wheelers to get together to do some real wheeling and match user names and email addresses with faces and rigs. Despite the name more and more pickup and even Landcruiser owners are coming to the 4Runner Jamboree every year. As the event has grown, so has the need for organization. Allpro Offroad has stepped up to the plate for the last several years in a row to organize and sponsor the event as a thank you to the Toyota community.
Charouleau Gap, Arizona
Nestled in the Santa Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson, Arizona is another challenging and diverse trail. The Charouleau Gap Trail is a 19-mile series of challenging obstacles, Sonoran desert scenery, and Native American ruins. Mark Griese recently led a group of prepared Toyotas through the trail and provides the narrative for this report.
Cruise Moab
Bill Morgan recounts his trip to Moab for the Toyota Land Cruiser Association's 2003 Cruise Moab. Bill and his friends drove out from Denver to take on trails such as Hell's Revenge, Poison Spider Mesa, and Metal Masher.
Drew's Rubicon Bash
For the fifth consecutive year, four wheelers have gathered at the Rubicon Trail for an event known as Drew's Bash. Originally started by Drew Persson the event was adopted in 2003 by the Gettin' Off 4WD Club. Unlike previous Toyota biased runs, this year's Bash was well balanced between Jeeps and Toyotas. No entrance fees or safety inspections were necessary on the run, which has transformed into a more informal trail ride as the years progress.
Dusy-Ershim OHV Route
Dusy-Ershim is a grueling 33 mile long trail winding through the central Sierra Nevada mountain range. The trail passes by granite domes, alpine lakes, pristine meadows, and dense forests. Obstacles like Chicken Rock, Thompson Hill, and Divorce Rock ensure that drivers spend as much time paying attention to the trail as the scenery.
East Coast 4Runner Jamboree 2003
The third annual East Coast 4Runner Jamboree (EC4RJ) was the biggest and wettest event yet. Over 50 Toyotas converged at Paragon Off Road Park in Hazelton, Pennsylvania for three days of four wheeling and camaraderie. Trail rides of every difficulty level and a raffle were just part of the event. Jay Kopycinski came all the way from Phoenix to cover the event and witness some of the East Coast's toughest trails.
Great Smokey Mountain Trail Ride- Tellico, North Carolina
The Great Smoky Mountain Trail Ride (GSMTR) is held each year by the Southeast Toyota Land Cruiser Association (a chapter of the Toyota Land Cruiser Association - TLCA) at the Upper Tellico OHV Area located just inside the North Carolina border in the Nantahala National forest. The event runs from Wednesday through Sunday and is the largest Toyota only event on the East Coast of the US.
Marlin Crawler Roundup- Rubicon, California
For the past three years now, Marlin's customers and friends have gathered on the world famous Rubicon Trail for some fun and commeraderie. This gathering is known as the Marlin Crawler Roundup, and this year was the largest event ever with 123 vehicles and 282 participants registered.
Minnesota Challenge 2003
The goal was to 4 wheel in 8 different places in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin in 8 days. There was no need for silly rules like 'no trailers'. The invite list was far from exclusive. This was meant to be a real world 4 wheeling adventure with real people and real trucks.
Randolph ORV Park, Kansas
Nestled in the Flint Hills of Eastern Kansas is one of the best Midwest locations for adventuring off-road. Randolph ORV Park.
Winter Fun Festival 2004
January is not often considered a peaking four wheeling month, but you could hardly tell from the turnout for the 22nd annual Cal4Wheel Winter Fun Festival. Over 700 people showed up for the event, with nearly all of the 13 scheduled runs selling out well in advance. One of the reasons for Winter Fun's popularity is the diversity of the event. There are trails ranging from dirt roads with a light dusting of snow to passes where the drifts are several feet deep.