Originally Posted by Taco4Max
I have a brand new as of Saturday Tacoma that is telling me it really wants to be taken off road someplace. Nothing serious, maybe just some mountain roads that I could not do in a typical car. I have never owned a 4WD before, have basically zero experience off road, and I have a pretty truck that I plan to own for a long time, so not looking for anything extreme, just some fun.
Can anyone suggest a good trip day trip in the area? I am new to the area so not super familiar with the area.
lol, reminds me of my first posts:
I'm not climbing 45 degree inclines or fording rivers, but there's muddy roads I wish I didn't have to look at and say, "whoah, not getting towed again!!"
I'm looking for something rated 2.0 or less - partially due to experience, partially because I'm very protective
aaaand that turned into the pics below.
The trick of the matter is finding where your comfort zone is, and having excellent teachers with you on your trips.
To go alone with no conceivable problems, I would try the forest service roads. Grab a DeLorme and find any road that says "NF"!
There are plenty west of Banks.
I personally grew up driving the backroads of Gates and Detroit, and they have some wonderful areas.
If you want to do something more and actually flip the 4x4 switch, get a group together.
Barlow Toll Road is a very easy one.
After that, you need an experienced group that is willing to take time with you. Your best locations are Brown's Camp in Tillamook State Forest, or Tahuya. TSF will definitely provide a challenge, but shouldn't be more than what you are capable of - even if you don't believe it!
Tahuya is great for beginners with just enough challenge to make it 'real offroading'
Where did my innocent dreams go of keeping things stock and waxed once a month?