Off Road in Snow and Mud – Xterra Overland
We all met at Arnold, CA at around 11am, and waited for those that did not come prepared to get supplies. We drove up SR-4 in snow condition, and got to the beginning of the trail about 15 minutes later.
About 100 yards into the Black Spring trail one of the Xterras got stuck with shaft problem (a big mistake on the operator part, going off-road with a known mechanical issue…a big no-no). Some of us spent 1 hour and 45 minutes getting him back on pavement, while those of us with kids played in the snow, which cut our daylight hours by almost half.
At around 1pm we finally started tracking up the snowy trail that was getting deeper and deeper as we climbed. As expected, we started getting stuck in deep snow and after some creative digging and pulling, decided to track back and try a non-snow trail.
We drove down SR-4 for about 20 miles and got on Crandall Peak Trail, it started easy but then got into slick, muddy, slippery, trail…after some interesting water crossing and hill climbing, we were forced to turn back and drive to pavement.
I had a lot of fun on these 2 trails, it may have not gone as planned, but it was fun trying to get trough snow and mud with the Xterra.