First fuel economy report: 21.1mpg (295 miles of travel for exactly 14 gallons of 87-octane gas). This is mixed town and interstate driving, with about 50 miles of trail use. It should be pointed out that probably 50 miles of that mixed (e.g., non-trail) use involved travel to and from the trail on some very steep and twisty mountain roads, so it may be possible to improve slightly on that average; the computer was also relearning how to run on all four cylinders again for part of it. Still on stock (205/60R16) rubber.
I have to give this vehicle credit: on forest roads and two-tracks, it's really in its element and makes for a very competent, comfortable, and capable runner. However, it very quickly becomes apparent when it's starting to get out of its depth. I am being careful with how hard I'm pushing it right now (mainly due to the minimal lift and lack of skidplates at present), but even addressing those areas it's fairly clear that what is likely to result from all of this is a vehicle that is a really good AWD car with some extra ground clearance, but not a serious expedition vehicle.
Having said that, I'm setting an actual goal for this vehicle of being able to traverse the Mojave Road. I've done it in the Jeep, and think that there's potential in the Forester to be able to repeat that success. How much assistance it would need is something of an unknown (and travelling in a group would have to be a definite requirement, since I can think of at least two places it would likely need a strap), but it seems like that would be a good test of what it can be pushed out to do.