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All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?

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Offline jackd

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All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« on: May 21, 2015, 05:49:35 AM »
I hope to be spending a few days in Big Bend about mid-June. I will be vacationing with my mother (70 years old) and will be driving her 2015 Subaru Forester which is all-wheel drive and has 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

Are there any off-the-beaten-path dirt roads or trails that we could safely travel? I am not looking to get stuck in the middle of nowhere in the summer heat with my elderly mother, but I am looking to have some fun and maybe see some of the park we otherwise cannot see since she is not able to hike.

I have moderate off-road experience and have spent time in Moab and Colorado playing on the trails. I wish we could take my Toyota, but we can't because she can't climb into it, unfortunately.
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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2015, 07:22:23 AM »
I think Old Ore Road might be a little iffy w/ your vehicle... as would be the entire length of River Road...

A nice variety of scenery might be Glenn Spring Road -- detour down Pine Canyon road to the end, then back down Glenn Spring to River Road - then go east on River Road East back to the main park road near Rio Grande Village...

Glenn Spring Road


Chisos from Glenn Spring Road


Pine Canyon


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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2015, 08:15:57 AM »
Maverick Road is also a possibility.
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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2015, 10:18:11 AM »
It will most likely depend on the road conditions at the time you're there. Check in with the park rangers for the latest scoop as the recent rains have most roads torn up, but they will be doing maintenance at some point. The River Road usually receives more care, as the Border Patrol uses it a lot. Expect any advice from the rangers to be very conservative.

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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2015, 01:05:17 PM »
The road down to the Hot Springs can make you think you're on a great adventure if you or she haven't been to the park before.  It's only about  mile and a half each way.  That's the first unpaved road in the park I was ever on.  We were thankful to be in a rental vehicle, but it's actually not a problem, just stay on the road.  And at the end you get to the old Hot Springs resort; if I recall correctly, it's pretty level near there. 

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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2015, 10:20:44 AM »
I would second Glen Springs as well as Maverick Road.

Most of the other off-road trails are longer, and tend to be rougher terrain.


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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2015, 08:34:01 PM »
What about the Juniper Canyon Rd. for a Forester, assuming it's not all cut up by flooding?

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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2015, 09:22:44 PM »
Had my WRX on every road in the park so you should be fine, weather permitting.  As Richard was saying rains can get any vehicle trapped out there so always take provisions for a nights stay just in case.  My suggestion if you want to feel it out your first time would be to take the Glenn Springs road to River Road East, making a side trip to Mariscal mine and then RR East out to the Rio Grande.  This is a full day trip if you enjoy the sights and you'll have a blast!

my WRX:
http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/4x4/pictures-of-your-vehicle-in-big-bend/msg129605/#msg129605

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Offline Geezer

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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2015, 09:43:17 PM »
Thanks, Mini64, that is what I was hoping!

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Offline SureNSteady

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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2015, 01:49:44 PM »
You should be fine on everything except Black Gap road.  I took them all on in my stock subaru outback and it has the same clearance as your forester, but longer wheelbase.  You will get some scrapes and some desert pinstriping, but well worth it.  Take plenty of water and gas up before you head out.

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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2015, 01:54:36 PM »
If you want, here's a video of Glenn Springs road I made from almost a year ago.
I'm sure it's changed with all the rains, but it'll give you an idea.
This was just north of where Black Gap intersects heading north back to the pavement.
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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2015, 02:04:51 PM »
Head out to Sauceda Ranch at BBRSP. 27 miles of dirt and totally tenable in a Forester.
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Re: All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester - Which Roads?
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2015, 08:05:55 AM »
Head out to Sauceda Ranch at BBRSP. 27 miles of dirt and totally tenable in a Forester.
Here's another video so you can see what a great ride it is to Sauceda Ranch.

Here's a shorter version
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