After taking videos of the Jeeps out near Oak Flat the group invited me to tag along on some of their adventures and I wasted no time in doing so.
This trip would take us almost to the end of Forest Road 1704, east of SR 87 a few miles north of the Ballantine hike TH. I had been on that road last August but at the first real bad-looking hill I decided that being completely alone it was best not to try it. But now among a group of 12 Jeeps, I had to show them what a Samurai could do. Although all had modifications and were very capable, the least
capable of the Jeeps had 2" more clearance than my Samurai, and I had no front locker along with a manual trans to boot, but I made it all the way to the turn-around spot. At that point there was a boulder-strewn hill that only a third of the Jeeps even attempted. With no transfer case skid plate I wasn't about to attempt it.
We watched, photographed and waited for the few to drive up and down the hill when everyone took time out for lunch in some quite scenic surroundings. I didn't waste much time eating so I could have time to climb some distance up and take some photos from above the bowl we were in.
After lunch we had the challenge of tackling each obstacle from the other direction. Although there were many scrapes and slides and I just about had Sammy on his side once, nobody broke anything so it was a good day.
I have two videos of the bad-pumpkin hill climb: