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Good trails for a stock first gen

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Northwest101, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. Aug 30, 2018 at 7:34 PM
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    Northwest101

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    I have a stock first gen and not a lot of money to do some of the off-roading upgrades that some other guys have. I live in western Washington and I still wanna do some off-roading but I dont have a lot of expereince or all the gear to do some of these harder trails. So if anyone knows some easier trails or websites where I can find trails that'd be great. Thanks for any help y'all can provide.
     
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    Not sure how far up in Washington you are, but browns camp in Oregon has some good trails that are totally doable in a stock truck. About an hour towards the coast from Portland
     
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    I drive my 1998 TRD all over the eastern Nevada mountain ranges, the central Utah mountains, and the southeastern Utah deserts. (Oops, I forgot the Mengel pass in SoCal.) The truck is completely stock and as such will go places that are beyond my capabilities. I have had absolutely no problems due to road conditions other than some scrapes on the underside and some very minor cosmetic damage due to my taking it through thick brush and trees. I've worked its suspension to its upper limits and the only thing I've broken are the sway bar links (a pi$$-poor design IMO).

    And when I'm back on the interstate, I really enjoy the nice, quite, smooth ride that the Bilstein 4600 shocks (stock) provide.
     
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    A semi good (free-ish) website is AllTrails.com. It's free unless you want to get gpx files or other downloadables. But you should be able to get a good idea of nearby trails.

    Another resource are Forest Service MVUMs (motor vehicle use maps). You can get them free at the ranger stations, or you can also download them and load them on the Avenza app on your phone.

    The maps I really like are these:
    https://www.amazon.com/Gifford-Pinc...ywords=national+geographic+trail+maps+gifford

    Honestly, just go find some forest roads and drive. If it gets too technical, you can always turn around and find a different road.

    Make no mistake, your 100% stock toyta is perfectly capable off road. Some people think you "need" to lift it and put big tires and all that stuff on it. You really don't. All that stuff definitely helps when you start driving more advanced trails, or your driving skills improve, but it's not necessary out of the box. Just drive.

    I suggest you check out the offroading/trails forum, it has TONS of great advice on trail recovery, safety, etc...

    Even though your vehicle is capable offroad, shit does happen. You may get stuck, or you may damage something and will need to be able to get yourself back out. Always carry basic tools, spare tire, recovery equipment, first aid, spare oil, water, etc... Also consider if you will be in cell range or not (don't count on it) so have a safety plan in place and let people know where you are going and when you expect to return.
     
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    OneWheelPeel

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    Check out GPSxchange.com
     
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