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nancy france
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shaffer trail

readind reviews on shaffer trail I've got the feeling people are always driving down...

Is it possible to drive the trail up to island in the sky and, if yes, which way is the easiest driving up or down?

Is a FWD suv enough or do you really need a 4WD to do it?

thank you for your answer.

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1. Re: shaffer trail

Hi Phil5,

We've done this route both ways. The first time we went down the Shafer Trail because we had a high clearnce full size van. The ranger in the park said we wouldn't have any problem going down without 4 wheel drive but there were a few areas where going up might be difficult going up without a 4 wheel drive.

The year we drove up the Shafer Trail we had rented a 4 x 4 jeep wrangler. You might also want to take the little detour out on the White Rim Trail to Musselman Arch. Here are some pictures we took from this trip: