Gentle, Now: Saving The Jeep That Was Stuck On The Razor Ridge Trail In California


Gentle, Now: Saving The Jeep That Was Stuck On The Razor Ridge Trail In California

The AllTrails.com description of the Razor Ridge Trail says it clearly: “Razor Ridge Trail and Canyon Road Loop is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Loma Linda, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.” See that? Hiking, biking, jogging, good. Driving a Jeep JK up a narrow-ass trail that has guaranteed rollover points that would see an off-roader tumbling to the canyon floor below on either side of a ridge? BAD. We know how this Jeep got to this point, it was driven there, but we don’t understand the why behind the story. We can only imagine the pucker factor when the driver noticed that the passenger-side of his ride was threatening to pull a Wile E. Coyote-level accident. With no easy way to get the Jeep back to a safer point of the trail, the driver opted to walk away. What else could be done? Many who saw the photos of the stranded Wrangler thought that the only way that JK was coming off the ridge would involve a quickly-planned National Guard “training exercise” involving a helicopter extraction.

After 36 hours of being a trail obstacle, the Wrangler was recovered and happily, nobody had to buy any JP8 for a Chinook to make it happen. A local off-roading group made the recovery using a few heavily-modified trucks, a bunch of strong volunteers on straps doing their best to keep the Wrangler on the ridgeline and one individual with zero fear whatsoever inside working the wheel and controls. We’ve seen hairy events in four-wheel-drive events before, but this one might be the winner for a long time to come. No words on what the Jeep’s owner is facing, but you can bet that he’s breathing one hell of a sigh of relief knowing that he isn’t cleaning up bits and pieces off of the hillside where his four-by-four went rolling!


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