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Rubicon -2020

2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite 3.2

MFC 2 inch lift
Rocky Road Outfitters Super Sliders
255/75/17 KM3 tires

From my experience with the trail in the cherokee, there are a few things that stopped me from completing it.
Clearance - I broke 3 exhaust brackets, so make sure to carry zipties as this is an easy fix until you get back home.
Angles - some of the cornering angles were too great to overcome without clearance on the tires. This means you slide into situations where the front bumper is too low and can't directly contact the tire.
Winch - this could be used as an alternative unless you are running prerunner bumper to move your front end around tight corners, there are only a few.

Other than that, I didn't run into any other problems as you can run 4low and turn on your locker as needed for the rocky sections.

I'll be tackling this next year with said modifications and it shouldn't be as much of an issue.

Stockable - If you have multiple people to pull you through, otherwise mods are suggested as well as plenty of recovery gear
 

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Redbird - 2020

2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite 3.2

MFC 2 inch lift
Rocky Road Outfitters Super Sliders
255/75/17 KM3 tires

Redbird shouldn't be attempted after rain, it gets super slick and muddy. Luckily it hadn't rained in a few days when I went.
Obstacles - Most obstacles were driving through narrow paths and along ridges with sharp inclines and declines. The cherokee may get that tippy feeling on several occassions but the angles aren't that bad. You can see muddy ruts from the crossing on 3x, but there is a bypass on the left. Only trouble we ran into was exiting 10 as the angle was too sharp and the tree was angled towards the roof. You will not fit lol, you can see from the parts laying around. It might be possible to use a winch to reposition as there are multiple trees available.

Stockable - You are given a map and you can stay on the easier paths
Taking the harder paths, don't be surprised if you get trail damage or get stuck if its muddy, even with mods.

Pay entry at the front gate, map is also provided for ease of navigation on the trails as well as difficulty ratings
 

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Black Bear Pass - 2020

2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite 3.2

MFC 2 inch lift
Rocky Road Outfitters Super Sliders
255/75/17 KM3 tires

Black Bear Pass should be easily doable for the majority of trailhawks, although you will want to ensure that nice weather exists as the steps can become slick and dangerous. Tipping hazard also applies if you are running a roof top tent or basket full of stuff as that makes you top heavy, this won't occur until you are headed down from the top. The trail itself is one way which is nice for easy travel without worrying about oncoming traffic. The rough section lasts about 10-30 minutes depending on how slow you decide to go. The rest of the switchbacks are annoying, but easily doable with 3 point turns.

Stockable
4low when ascending, manual mode 2nd and 3rd gear to make it easier.

OHV Permit is required, this can be purchased at most locations in Colorado
 

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Hell's Revenge - 2020

2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite 3.2

MFC 2 inch lift
Rocky Road Outfitters Super Sliders
255/75/17 KM3 tires

This one will test your abilities to keep cool under pressure, lots of high points where you can't see the next drop off and a spotter will make things much easier. Pretty straight forward trail and marked as well as the black marking from other vehicles.

Stockable - Make sure to use your 4low and downhill decent to ease your mind and help you pay more attention to the trail. I would also suggest going manual mode just for greater control if you want.

Day pass or annual pass required - can pay cash at the cash box at entrance
 

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Marblehead - 2020

2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite 3.2

MFC 2 inch lift
Rocky Road Outfitters Super Sliders
Stock Destination Tires

This vast island is very scenic and beautiful, miles and miles worth of trails that are marked for 4x4 use, those that are not are marked with atv/motorcycle only. The terrain varies from rocky non stop to water crossings as well as steep hill climbs and hill declines. There are some muddy sections as well as shale beach sections that can be driven. For the badge itself, there is an easy path you can take with most 4x4 vehicles to get to the marblehead steps. The steps themselves are about 2ft in height with multiple entering and exiting points.

Stockable - If you just want the badge, you may have to stack some rocks at the steps, although I would highly suggest rock sliders to reduce any potential damage. The other trails vary in difficulty, I did puncture my sidewall on the other trail prior to the Marblehead. I also broke an exhaust bracket high centering on a tree stump, so be wary of that potential.

Permit Required - Can be purchased on the island from the sports shop.
 

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Top of the World - 2020

2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite 3.2

MFC 2 inch lift
Rocky Road Outfitters Super Sliders
Stock Destination Tires

This trail was very difficult and long, I would not suggest this without rock rails and expect a few hours of bumpy and scrappy ride. There are some sections that may not look passable, but with a spotter and stacking some rocks, you can do them as long as you are slow and steady. The end is worth the view, but be aware that the trail does split into two sections, one up and one down at the fork. There were a few times when I was hung up on my rock rails and the tires were barely touching the ground as I slid down on the rails.

Stockable - Make sure you at least have the stock rock rails and you will be using your skid plates.
 

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9 badges and counting. Yes, not all were fully completed start to finish, but the attempt was made to get as far as safety possible...Is that cheating??? LOL!!!😎
 

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View attachment 211621 9 badges and counting. Yes, not all were fully completed start to finish, but the attempt was made to get as far as safety possible...Is that cheating??? LOL!!!😎
Lol, heck yeah. I think as long as someone attempts it, it counts because each time they will get more confidence and go farther.
 
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Great info! Thanks for sharing. Any trouble finding a shop to install the MFC lift kit?
 

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Great thread! 🍪🍪 <-- 'net cookies!
 

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Great info! Thanks for sharing. Any trouble finding a shop to install the MFC lift kit?
You'll find a link on their website for a list of reputable shops that do the installation. Hopefully there's a place on there near you. The shop that installed mine I got from the list, and they did perfect work for a very reasonable cost. Let us know how it goes.
 
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Thanks for this info, I was just about to ask how these trails come together with my TH. So if I can understand, a stock TH is also capable of doing Black Bear and Redbird.

I also have Panther rock, Ophir pass, Trail 26 on my list. Do you (or someone else) have any useful info on those trails? I would highly appreciate it.
 

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Ophir is super easy, Imogene was harder but still stockable and Black Bear was harder than that. Redbird can get a little crazy, but if you stick with the easier trails its stockable. There are mud sections you can avoid, there are some drops that aren't really for the faint of heart, but your jeep won't flip with the right angles on the harder sections. The hardest section we ran into was the tight turns and the not so angled correctly trees that like to hug your jeep. Fearless Trailhawk has videos on both Panther Rock and Trail 26, which I haven't done yet.
 

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I’ve seen those videos, but since that TH is not stock anymore, I thought it might better to ask. Thanks for the reply! Can’t wait to finally hit the trails
 

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Thanks for this info, I was just about to ask how these trails come together with my TH. So if I can understand, a stock TH is also capable of doing Black Bear and Redbird.

I also have Panther rock, Ophir pass, Trail 26 on my list. Do you (or someone else) have any useful info on those trails? I would highly appreciate it.
Stock Trailhawks apparently completed Rubicon to get their trail rating, but I wouldn't recommend it without a pocket full of money for your friendly neighborhood body shop...😎
 

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I try to look for the reasonable trails (by now). But maybe I would get some more “road respect” from Uber drivers here at NYC with a Jeep that has some “marks of achievement”😏
 

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I try to look for the reasonable trails (by now). But maybe I would get some more “road respect” from Uber drivers here at NYC with a Jeep that has some “marks of achievement”😏
I would consider driving anywhere in the city, especially across the Cross Bronx and the GW Bridge about a 4 on the trail rating scale!!! LOL!!! There's potholes around that place that would swallow a Samurai whole...
 
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