Before hitting the trail, know what you’re getting into.
Trail ratings denote the overall level of trail difficulty, which may increase according to weather conditions and their effect on the condition of the trail. Higher ratings also denote the potential for vehicle damage that may be incurred while navigating trails.
This rating indicates a trail that’s suitable for the undertaking of a beginner or novice enthusiast. Obstacles and ground terrain should be easy to negotiate and in ideal weather conditions, you may not require continual engagement of your 4WD.
This range is still suitable for the beginner or novice off-roader. The driver may encounter obstacles on this trail that may include boulders, mud holes and streams. Trails of this level will generally require use of 4WD with low range.
This range denotes a more demanding degree of difficulty applicable to drivers of all skill levels. In this level, the climbs are characterized by steeper gradients, the boulder challenges are larger and mud hole hazards, deeper. This range requires the definite use of 4WD with low range as a necessary requirement.
8-9 Very Challenging
PLEASE NOTE: In this range, the likelihood of your progress being stalled or impaired by an obstacle is very high. Off-roaders should not attempt this level of trail alone. Climbs, mud holes and obstacles on trails of this range are considerably difficult to overcome. Lifts and lockers are highly recommended. 4WD with low range is a definite requirement. Trails of this level are NOT suitable for the novice enthusiast.
10 Most Difficult
RESERVED FOR ONLY THE MOST EXPERIENCED AND EXPERT LEVEL OFF-ROADER. 4WD with low range required. Off-roaders should not attempt this level of trail alone.This difficulty level includes the most challenging off-road adventure in the USA: The Rubicon Trail