A few notes on the accessibility of the road into Badger Lake. Starts out as paved road, then improved dirt road, and as you approach the wilderness boundary turns into a typical unimproved dirt track. We crossed paths with an assortment of vehicles on the road; Honda CRV, Ridgeline, Mazda Rogue, Subaru Outback (my buddies), and any number of different full size pick ups. We even pulled off the trail on the way out for a jam packed Toyota Camry.
My point being that this may doable for the 2WD Sportsmobile crowd, the only concern being maneuvering around large rocks, and ruts, and coming in/leaving Badger Lake is a fairly long and steep section.
On a side note, we have been dealing with a loud metal chatter coming from the driver side penthouse since our 4WD was installed. It was more pronounced on dirt roads and we was manageable with the tennis balls we wedged in between the closed cross members of the lifting mechanism. Well when we had John at Quadvan install our Aluminess roof rack, the tennis balls were not cutting it anymore.
After the Badger Lake trip, something had to change. My wife was prepared to spend the last part of her summer to take the rig into Sportsmobile West, and called them to schedule an appointment. Should have probably called sooner because they knew exactly what the problem was, the material linning the channel for the lifting mechanism had become dislodged. This allows the penthouse spring to "clang" inside the channel while driving.
Two days later we received these:
WOW! What a huge difference these make. At some point they had stopped linning the channel with material and instead utilize these inserts. Just another great example that if you have a question or concern about your rig, give these guys a call, we should have done that two years ago.