Spring Road Trip in a TrailHawk
First road trip of distance in the TrailHawk. Nothing but a good ride. This was in a 2015 TrailHawk and I was very pleased with the vehicle. I'm coming into this vehicle from a 2011 Grand Cherokee Overland which has seen extensive trips offroad on old mining and logging trails. I will say the WK2 had a better ride feel, but of course, we're talking about a much more expensive vehicle with the the quadralift suspension. I actually found the seat more comfortable in the TrailHawk, than the WK2. Power climbing 6%-8% grades was adequate and even was able to accelerate fine upgrade with the TrailHawk's V6. I was missing the V8 power at first with the KL when I first purchased it but was pleasantly surprised with the V6's performance on the trip. Overall trip mileage was 24.5MPG at an average speed of 72MPH over 1200 miles. Mixed City/HWY driving normally has been 22MPG. This is compared to 16 Mixed/22 Highway with the WK2 Hemi.
Didn't take the TrailHawk on any significant trails requiring its' offroad tech, a little early in the year to go to the places we like to go. This trip was mainly a hiking trip through Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.
We did take a drive up Long Canyon Road, through Pucker Pass outside of Moab. And we took Shafer Trail to the White Rim Trail as far as Musselman Arch in Canyonlands. Very interesting and beautiful terrain. The desert does have it's own unique beauty which is I think best taken in the Spring and Fall. Highly recommend the trip for those who are into that sort of thing.
Pucker Pass was a bit rough and steep in places. Not bad at all. Can't say for sure if you could do this in a 2wd vehicle. I didn't take the Hawk out of Auto for this on the switchbacks, but I could feel the wheels slip and then grip as power was routed to the rear axle. I did switch to 4LO right before Fallen Rock as it got a bit sandy and rutty there. We were slowing following a Wrangler that was stopping and starting a lot for pictures. The Hawk's feel totally changes when in 4LO compared to auto. I've used the snow mode a few times this winter and will say the Hawk was very impressive in snow.
Shafer to White Rim Trail was an easy well maintained road, never took the select-terrain out of auto and this seems to be a 2wd road as far as Gooseneck and Musselman Arch. It was a bit steep climbing back up Shafer's switchbacks, but it was very dry and didn't feel any wheel slippage. If it rained, well, Shafer, White Rim and Pucker Pass in particular would be far more treacherous.
Anyway, just a few pics and a trip recommendation for those who are into these types of little road trips and haven't checked out these two national treasures.