16 Crosstrek Premium Quartz Blue Pearl
Yes, impressed to see the Crosstrek up at the top. And talked to some people on the mountain, that also noticed the lone Subaru up there (my CGK stands out in a crowd). Most people are not aware of the ground clearance of the Crosstrek and that you can fit K02s. And they all complained about the road, too, how long it takes to drive such a short distance. No matter what vehicle you have, just have to go really slow picking your path through the holes and washouts. It would be OK if there were just a few bad spots or maybe a km or so, but the whole thing was this way. Became very tiring after a while. Don't realize how hard you have to focus during the drive, and quite a relief when you finally get there.
My son wants to go up there now with his Forester (2009 and no X-mode). I wonder how well it would do up there. The older Forester wheel base is actually slightly shorter than the 2018+ Crosstrek, but I think the body is slightly longer. So he might have even more of an approach/departure issue. He has the TerrainContant A/T tires, also oversize making for 9.2" clearance as well.
The big trick I learned was to do the wash-outs at an angle. After that I was OK. Maybe that is 2nd nature to more experienced severe off roaders. While my cabin road is rough, it is a hwy compared to this one.
Do you think a stock Crosstrek could have made it, if the driver knew what he was doing? Or was it just too close and you needed the extra of the more aggressive tires?