I drove the La Bajada Hill earlier this evening, from west to east (uphill). About mid-way up the hill, the trail splits. I ended up taking the older, less-traveled alignment that goes to the right of the hill (or southeast). It's a challenging route complete with old lava rock, ruts, and shelf road trail. It was an amazing experience and a beautiful drive. I'm so glad that I took the time to experience this section of the historic Route 66.
That said, a little background... I run a 4" lifted Jeep Liberty with under body and rocker armor, and a rugged AT tire. I also have years of off-road experience. Unless you have a similar high-clearance vehicle with low range and significant knowledge of how to use it, I would discourage any average driver from trying this route.
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