December 17, 2011Off Road 4wheeling Trip Report

Destination: Tillamook State Forest, Browns CampOregon
Distance: 150 Miles
Attendees: Brad (2000 Amigo), James, Peter (1992 Isuzu Pickup)

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Our off road adventure started about 8:30 on Saturday morning.  James and I met up with Brad at the Shell gas station on hwy 6 on the way to Browns Camp.  This was James first time off road; well at least true off road “Oregon” style.  Brad has driven off road for many years but this was the maiden voyage for his Isuzu Amigo with a recent Dana 44 solid axle swap.

Brad's Isuzu Amigo on Firebreak 5

 

We aired down and headed for Firebreak 5 one of the most popular trails in Tillamook State Forest.  The trail was fairly dry for this time of year but there was still plenty of mud which made the rocky sections challenging.  Both our vehicles drove through the obstacles with some spotting and careful lines.  My ARB front and rear lockers proved to be especially helpful in many sections of the trail.

Firebreak 5 - Off Road

We both drove down Saddle Up which is a very steep rocky decent.  From there we headed to Hogs Back which has a steep, rutted hill climb.  We both drove up the hill fairly easily and decided to do it again to get some video.  My tires caught some air with the low travel IFS but there were no issue with traction thanks to the BFG KM2 tires and ARB Lockers.

Our final trail was Archers Firebreak.  This firebreak has the longest series of trails at Browns Camp.  It stretches the majority of the state OHV area.  There are several fun sections of trail including rocky uphill, can opener and the waterfall.  We avoided the double black diamond trails but did some crazy off camber hill climbs.

View from Saddle Up Trail

It was an excellent trip with great company and no major failures except a bent track bar mount on the Amigo.  There will be more Isuzu adventures to come.

 

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