NOTE: This rating system is meant primarily to aid inexperienced off-roaders. A highly experienced off-road driver can take a bone stock vehicle to many places an inexperienced driver has difficulty, even in a highly modified rig. What is easy or hard is always subjective; try to keep that in mind. Vehicle size matters too. An old Willys Jeep may be able to go around large rocks that a full-size Ford has to go over, just as a simple example.
A trail is rated by its most challenging obstacle (without a bypass). The majority of a particular trail may be easy, but if one spot on that trail, which does not have a bypass, requires lockers, the whole trail is rated for that spot. A good example is The Little Boulder Road Trail. During the summer months (no mud/snow), you can drive all but a couple of sections in a 2-wheel drive with moderate clearance. However, there are a couple of spots where 4wd is required to traverse it safely. So the trail is rated for the hardest of those spots. That way, you are less likely to be 3/4 through a trail and find you need to turn back due to an obstacle beyond your capabilities.
Class 4, is the currently highest rating of any trail we show or share on this web page.
Trail Level/Difficulty Ratings we use:
Class 1: Passable by stock and 2WD vehicles, improved dirt, gravel, etc.
Class 2: Scenic, touring trail ride; four-wheel drive required occasionally, some mud holes or rocks that would stop most other vehicles are traveled easily in 4WD.
Class 3: For novice and experienced drivers alike, the most fun four-wheeling you can expect to have in a stock 4x4; low range may be required often; vehicle damage is a possibility.
Class 4: Novice drivers beware; potentially dangerous situations; extra ground clearance, low gears, and minimum tire size of 33 inches recommended; rear lockers or limited slips, winches, and jacks advised due to moderate to large rocks and obstacles, vehicle damage is likely. Full-size vehicles are limited to specific trails at this rating.
Class 4+: Not advisable for novice drivers; potentially dangerous situations; maximum ground clearance, lowest gears, and minimum tire size of 33 inches and one locker or two limited slips required; jacks and winches indispensable due to large boulders, steep inclines; vehicle damage is very likely. Full-size vehicles are limited to specific trails at this rating.
Class 5: No novice drivers; dangerous situations; maximum ground clearance, lowest gears, minimum tire size of 35 inches, and two lockers or limited slips required; jacks and winches indispensable due to large boulders and steep inclines; vehicle damage likely. Full-size vehicles are limited to specific trails at this rating.
Class 5+: For the hard-core experienced driver. There may be hazardous situations. Maximum ground clearance, low gears, a minimum tire size of 35 inches, two lockers, and a winch are required. Full-size vehicles are limited to specific trails at this rating.
NOTE: SNOW and/or ICE CHANGES EVERYTHING. The simplest trail becomes a 4+ when there is ice, or the snow is three foot+ deep.
NOTE: We are simply describing a 4x4 route. We accept no responsibility for your decisions. 4x4 off-roading can be great fun but it can also be dangerous. People can get hurt and vehicles can get stuck and/or damaged. Trail conditions can, do, and will, change at any time. Road conditions may no longer be accurately reflected in this or any trail description. Only you can decide what trails or obstacles your experience and vehicle can safely navigate. When in doubt, turn around. Wheel Safe!!