I've done it more times than I can count (ok, it's probably about 10, but that's still alot) and I still LOVE it. If there is anything you want to know about it just ask. I've got a bunch of different .gpx files too if anybody wants to check it out on Google Earth.
what i would like to know is could a stock 2wd do it assuming there were 4wd rigs to pull it out, or is ground clearence a big issue
There is one water crossing in Afton Canyon that could be sketchy, but you could do it. We've had every type of vehicle you can think of do the trail with us from prerunners, to 4x4 trucks, to Jeeps, to 2wd trucks, to Unimogs, to brand new stock trucks... so yea, you can do it. You'll just have to take it slower than others.
Gotta be careful with that. There is a limit to vehicles/people on the MR. You can only have 7 vehicles or 14 people before you need to get a permit. And there are rangers out there that will cite you.
That said the last time I went we had over the limit, but under 14, so we split into two groups, a fast group and a slow group. Because of the layout of the trail and where the sites are we were never more than about 10 minutes apart, but still separated enough to be under the amount needed for a permit.
I would also suggest limiting it to a small group if there are going to be a bunch of first timers and stock or lightly modified rigs. It can be a long tough trail and having a lot of 'beginners' can make it even more difficult, even though the trail isn't all that hard by its self.
If its a road like it looks like, just get a 3+ gal tank and plate the bike. depending on engine size and the way you ride it could be done. I get around 120 miles on my 3 gal tank on my WR450 on trails which would be worse MPG than a road. or just throw in a 5 gal gas can into a truck and you are good to go assuming others dont mind hauling all your **** around.
If its a road like it looks like, just get a 3+ gal tank and plate the bike.
It would be really close. But with someone carrying gas for you you can make it. The bigger issue is that it's a tough ride. You need to be a good rider in good shape with well maintained equipment to do it. That's part of why our KTM rider didn't make it. He ran out of energy, was using a lot of fuel, and then had a clutch cover gasket start to leak.
Quads and UTV's are a no go because of the registration thing. And trust me, its way more enjoyable in a truck!
Originally Posted by Alon
Are you planning on going any time soon?
Besides this trip? Nope, I've got no plans to run the trail any time soon. It's just too hot out there right now for it to be enjoyable. I would however like to get a night trip in sometime this summer. We did about 2-3 hours of the trail at night back in December and had a blast (same trip we finished it end to end in 5 hours). I'll let you know when/if we do it.
Best time to do the trail is fall and spring. Summer can be way too hot, 120+, and winter can be too wet (Soda lake becomes impassable) and cold (if camping (we saw temps down to the 30's during the day in December)).
If we get something going this fall I've got several guys that will go too.