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Just a little different viewpoint. Black Gap from south to north could be done in 2WD, assuming high clearance vehicle, limited slip, proper tires, experienced driver, and the ability to walk out if necessary. Black Gap from north to south in 2WD - possible, but IMHO, a risky undertaking. Weather, both while you are on the road and what has occurred in the prior days, make a big difference. A sudden rainstorm while driving the easier south to north route turned the road into a nightmare of mud and slick rock. While the 'unmaintained' tag may not be totally true, any maintenance on this road will be infrequent. There are better places to test your driving skills and the capability of your 2wd vehicle, though I must agree, it is a very scenic drive.
i plan on driving black gap some day, why is it easier from south to north. i have a stock 4wd trd tacoma, and drive very slow. is that enough truck?
I think the biggest mistakes that rookie off-pavement drivers make is going TOO FAST. You can do damage to even the toughest 4x4 if you try blasting along a trail. Walking speed or even slower may be required for the rough stuff. And definitely have someone along with you that can climb out of the rig in the rough areas and be your spotter.I've gotten down some amazing trails with nothing more than a Jeep Wrangler with 15" stock wheels/tires and no suspension lift.
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