Off Road on Henness Pass in the Sierras with the Xterra Pro-4X
I got to verdi (Nevada) at around 11am, and after a breakfast of two disgusting hotdogs from a local minimarket, I started climbing up the hill toward Henness Pass Rd.
I was pretty much driving all day, and it still took about 7 – 8 hours to finish the whole 70+ off-road miles. If I do this route again, I’ll try to start the off-road part no later than 9am, which will allow me to stop for self-made lunch, and maybe a short swim at one of the lakes along Henness Pass.
The actual trail was fairly easy and can easily be done with a stock 4×4 (maybe even 2wd SUV). In my case I had to improvise a little and bypass 2 fallen trees at 2 different spots. I had to climb to a different trail, pass the fallen tree, and get back on the pass. In both cases the Pro-4X rear differential lock saved my behind.
Originally I planned to camp for the night, but after seeing a black bear running on the road about 100 yards in front of me, and seeing countless bear tracks in the snow, I decided that keeping all my limbs and organs is probably a good idea and drove home later in the evening.
All in all it was a nice ride with great scenery, I’ll probably do it again this summer and plan to camp at House Lake.