BFGoodrich Tires, in collaboration with Tread Lightly! and United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), announced the trails selected for its 2012 Outstanding Trails program at the 2012 Moab Easter Jeep Safari. The trails were nominated on the basis of uniqueness, terrain type and popularity among enthusiasts. The trails selected for this year’s program are Blanca Peak Trail in Blanca, Colo.; Mirror Lake Trail in Sierra National Forest, Calif.; and Bents and Dents Trail in Mount Olive, Ala.
The Outstanding Trails Program launched in 2006, and is dedicated to the responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while promoting the trails’ conservation efforts. BFGoodrich presents a grant to trails’ associated off-road clubs at events throughout the year. Clubs will receive a $4000 grant for preserving the scenic off-highway trail system and continue conservation efforts for three of America’s most beautiful areas for off-roading.
Nominated in 2011, Blanca Peak Trail is a six-mile trail with granite outcroppings, challenging obstacles, including Jaws 1–4, as well as views of the valley, Como Lake, and spectacular mountain scenery. The trail is maintained by Creeper Jeepers Gang.
Located in the Sierra National Forest about 13 miles east of Shaver Lake on Highway 168, Mirror Lake Trail features beautiful lake scenery with steep boulders and large hills for the more experienced off-roader. The trail is maintained by Lock and Low 4-Wheel Drive Club, which is an active member of the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs.
Bents and Dents Trail can be found in the Gray Rock ORV Park in Mount Olive, Ala., and is one of the premier trails in the vast trail system of the park. One of the most extreme and versatile trails at the park, Bents and Dents features lines to accommodate vehicles with a variety of modifications. The trail starts in a valley and winds its way uphill to a large rock garden area with various ledges and rock sizes. For the adventurous or experienced off-roader, there is an alternate line at the top end of the trail on the right side called the lunch line, notorious for its steep incline and off-camber lines. This trail, as well as many others in the area, is maintained by Central Alabama Offroad Society (C.A.O.S.).
Source: BFGoodrich Tires