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Roads suitable for Honda Ridgeline?

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Offline soundsrelaxing

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Roads suitable for Honda Ridgeline?
« on: March 08, 2012, 09:58:20 AM »
Planning a trip to Big Bend over Easter weekend with a buddy. I've got a 2006 Honda Ridgeline we'll be in which has lived a rather civilized life thus far. I understand it has 8.5" of clearance.

What roads and back country campsites would you recommend for a great trip?



Offline Juan Cuatro Lados

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Re: Roads suitable for Honda Ridgeline?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2012, 02:15:13 PM »
From the picture I looked up on the web, a Ridgeline looks like your basic pickup - is it 4wd?  By driving slowly and carefully you can probably use your choice of backcountry sites along the River Road but rain etc. could change the road in a hurry (check at hq for road closures before going off in the backcountry).  Wrecker fees to haul someone out of the backcountry can be staggering, be sure you've got a good spare tire, belts & hoses are good etc.  I'd probably avoid the middle sections of the Ore Road, and most definitely don't try the Black Gap Road, which is strictly 4wd in places.  There are several sites along the Maverick Road and at Terlingua Abaja that would probably suit for an introduction to the backroads, and good sites along the Glenn Springs road, but near Glenn Springs itself there's a pretty rough section, passable with care.  Hope ya have a great time....


Offline perterra

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Re: Roads suitable for Honda Ridgeline?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2012, 04:00:42 PM »
Depends on the weather. If it's dry you should be able to about anyplace though the hill at Black Gap/Glenn Springs with the wash at the bottom might be a little tough.

 I went thru nearly all in a 4WD Nissan frontier and never used 4WD. I think the Ridgelines AWD should be fine, if it's been raining I wouldnt really advise it in anything.



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