When the sun emerges from winter's cloak of overcast skies and begins to warm the upper reaches of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it motivates us to wrap up winter projects on our rigs and head for the high country. And while many of us have reveled in fair-weather wheeling on the Rubicon, setting the first tracks of the year in the company of no one is a whole new experience. Add a little snow to the equation and you've got a Rubicon run to write home about. We hooked up with the Twisted Toys 4WD Club for a First Tracks wheelin' run over hill, dale, and granite slab to the Rubicon's Little Sluice.
One thing we liked about the Twisted Toys boys (and ladies), though they're a neophyte club in the realm of wheeling, is that most of the rigs were bought in pristine and unscathed condition. Some of these guys even picked up their rigs from the dealer with zero miles on the odometer. That said, most mods (and dents) were at the hands of the willing and able. From Rockwells and Dana 60s to coilover four-linked suspensions, with nary a hesitation, these guys took it upon themselves to whip out the Sawzall, welders, and tube benders and transform them into exoskeletal wild things. Is this getting your blood pumpin' yet? Check out the next few pages for killer first tracks on one of four-wheeling's classic trails.