Good point all and it comes down to this final statement ^
It's easy to read a post and get a wrong impression. I could be guilty of that in this case, but so could some other numb nut in their new Forester who read the OP and say's "White Rim Trail, lets go drive that !".
I guess I've read too much Edward Abbey and feel for the rangers, thou I dare say that Ed would be the first to take his Subaru down the Flint Trail, had he lived to own one.
Eh, why bring the hammer of 4x4 self-righteousness to the unpaved section of a Subaru forum in the first place?
In fact, it is your posts that are disseminating misinformation here. You do not understand the use of the term "required" on the NPS site (hint: it is the same as in 4x4 guide books like those of Massey and Wells). You do not understand what the NPS can and cannot do or what it is obliged to do (you are on your own for vehicle recovery anyway; drivers are responsible for determining what they and their vehicles can do etc). You seem not to know that completely unprepared folks have been driving the WRR on a whim for years, both on Subarus and BMWs. You do not seem to have ever talked to Canyonlands rangers about vehicles and their use in the park: Subarus on the WRR are not news to them. Wranglers have fallen off trail on Murphy hill. Should we ban Wranglers from the WRR? There is white paint on rocks on Hardscrabble hill, presumably from trucks. Should we ban those enormous vehicles from the narrow trail? Do you think rangers have not had mishaps on the WRR? Who foots the bill? You and me, @Brucey
, the thread-starter, among, okay, millions of others.
Vehicle-wise, you do not seem to understand that the obsession with low range is an artifact of times when vehicles with more than 100hp or 100 lb ft of torque were considered sporty. With about 250 of each, my H6 needs no low range to climb anywhere, including at 13,000 ft. Equipped with HPS 5.0 brake pads and upgraded fluid, my car also has no issues with prolonged, steep descents, where the ability to go slow is indeed a safety issue (but even the stock brakes did okay with careful use). A Subaru AWD has no issues transferring power to the rear wheels.
Do you know that Subarus are the only vehicles to have completed a tour of all Australian deserts in a single journey? https://www.facebook.com/subieliftoz...70906233187078
Sure, I am the first to say that the average driver is much better off buying or renting a Wrangler or a 4Runner. I also advise my friends to not bring stock Outbacks on dedicated 4WD HC roads.
But in the absence of, as it seems, any relevant experience, one should refrain from telling folks what an experienced driver can or cannot do in a well prepared Subaru and, similarly, one should not speak for an institution unless one is familiar with the legal framework within which it operates.
I understand you are new here but just imagine what would happen if someone were to write on a Wrangler forum that Wranglers on 35" tires (let alone more) are a pain to drive in the neighborhood and should probably be illegal on road, lol.
And, yes, I have driven the WRR both ways in my H6 5 EAT.