Jen & JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 47700 points
Questions Answered: 3700 points
Off-Road Experience:
4-5 years
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
  • (4" lift, 33" tires)
  • (2.5" lift, 35" tires)
Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.

My Garage (2)

Lift Size: 4"
Tire Size: 33"
Name: LeeLoo 2001 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0 Liter Auto Poison Spyder Front Fenders & Brawler Bumper Hardrock 4x4 Rear Bumper & Tire Carrier 9500lb Winch

Lift Size: 2.5"
Tire Size: 35"
2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Electronic Lockers Electronic Sway Bar Disconnects Smittybilt XRC Gen 2 Front & Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier

My Trail Reviews (68)

(within last 6 months)
McClellan Mountain (10/18/2020)
Multiple reports confirm that there is enough snow to make the summits impassable. The trail is reported open to the Waldorf.
Argentine Pass (10/18/2020)
Multiple reports confirm that there is enough snow to make the summits impassable. The trail is reported open to the Waldorf.
Middle St. Vrain (10/18/2020)
This area is closed due to fire activity. It likely will not reopen before the end of the season.
Coney Flats (Coney Creek) (10/18/2020)
This area is closed due to fire activity. It likely will not reopen before the end of the season.
Cedar Mountain Road (10/11/2020)
Beautiful as always. We took some family along this mild one for the fun of a first time off road as passengers. Sections continue to get rougher, not changing the rating, just making the overall trail bumpier.
Hackett Gulch (10/11/2020)
Just went to the first big overlook on the trail and back out. The metal signs are still there as of today.
Elevenmile Canyon Road (10/11/2020)
Went out with some family to check this out during the late afternoon. Still pretty even though the water is pretty low.
Ensign Gulch (10/10/2020)
There was a fire off one of the Ensign Gulch spurs that was quickly contained. This should serve as a reminder that there is currently a state-wide fire ban in Colorado and no campfires are allowed. Ensign Gulch Fire Time Reported: 6/010/20 at 2:01 pm Size: 0.1 acres Location: Park County, Pikes Peak Ranger District, 4 miles NE of Woodland Park, CO, at the end of Forest Service Rd 314B Jurisdiction: USFS, CO. Resources: Forest Service resources Containment: 10/10 @ 5:54 for 0.1 acre Controlled: Structures Threatened: N\A Evacuation: N\A Closures: none Cause: Human Caused Concerns: Fuels: Grass #EnsignGulchfire_CO
Argentine Pass (10/05/2020)
Made the annual solo trip to the summits, and actually made it this year though I did see snow near the trail. Waldorf mine (officially private property) is officially closed. We knew this was coming after talking with Trout Unlimited earlier this year. The site is still toxic and work is still underway to remove chemicals in the soil and keep it out of the drinking water that flows down into Denver.
McClellan Mountain (10/05/2020)
Drove up there yesterday to get images of the new fencing at Waldorf Mine. The remediation work continues at that site and those areas have been blocked off while leaving some parking areas for people. Made it all the way up to the summit and boy was it windy up there towards the end of the day. I did not make it to the end of this trail since the shelf road had just enough snow on it to make me not want to risk the off-camber. Some folks on short ATV's made it over the snow, but they said that they wouldn't have wanted to do it in a larger vehicle.
RIM Road (09/25/2020)
There was a fire in the area on 9/25. The small fire doesn't appear to have impacted much but the information is here for future reference: Rim Road Fire See updates below, just above the map Time Reported: 9/25/20 at 1:18 pm Size: 2 acres Location: Douglas County, South Platte Ranger District, 12 miles WSW of Castle Rock. Jurisdiction: USFS, CO. Resources: Forest Service and Douglas County on scene Containment: 9/25/20 @ 6:23 pm Controlled: Structures Threatened: N\A Evacuation: N\A Closures: none Cause: Unknown Fuels: Grass, Brush and mixed conifer #RimRoadfire Update 7:15 pm 9/25/20 : Fire was called contained at 6:23 pm for a total size of 2 acres. Firefighters have cleared the incident and will return in the morning. Map of location:
Redskin Road (09/13/2020)
I like this trail for the access to the area it provides and some of the scenery along the way is nice but the washboards are killer on the Jeep and on me.
EOS Mill (09/13/2020)
This is part of the triplet trails that lead out to Crossons in the burn area. The latter part of EOS mill opens to some really pretty scenery due to the openness left by the burn.
Burns Park Road (08/26/2020)
We really enjoyed this trail even though some of the traffic before waypoint 6 was kind of annoying. After that though, it was a nice trip in the forest and we stopped for lunch at waypoint 11.
Engineer Pass (08/25/2020)
Special Notice: This year's spring rains in the area created a lot of soft ledges and dirt along Engineer Pass. Specifically, the attached pictures are taken from a spot where four vehicles have fallen through a washout. While we hope there will be some signage before a permanent fix is put in, be aware of the area between waypoints 1 and 9. Pictures from H&M Towing & Recovery
Thorpe Road (08/23/2020)
Trail is currently closed at the intersection with Lincoln Road due to a fire named for the road itself: https://psiccfireinfo.blogspot.com/2020/08/fire-activity-8232020.html?spref=tw
Thorpe Road (08/15/2020)
This trail had some pretty scenery but I wouldn't run this one on its own. In the fall though, we plan to return to this area to get to the aspens at peak color.
Elevenmile Canyon Road (08/15/2020)
This trail and the connecting area took far to long for us to find and I'm glad we did. The views along the canyon were amazing and we can't wait to go back on a weekday when there is a little less traffic. Looking forward to spending more time on this trail and the ones that connect to it.
Blue Ridge (Williams Peak) (08/14/2020)
The Willams Fork Fire has closed this area until further notice.
Byers Peak (08/14/2020)
This trail is closed until further notice due to the William's Fork Fire in Grandy County.
Big Meadows (08/14/2020)
This trail is closed until further notice due to the William's Fork Fire in Grandy County.
Cook Creek Rim (08/14/2020)
This trail is closed until further notice due to the William's Fork Fire in Grandy County.
Rocky Point (08/14/2020)
This trail is closed until further notice due to the William's Fork Fire in Grandy County.
Beaver Creek (08/14/2020)
This trail is closed until further notice due to the William's Fork Fire in Grandy County.
Lake Evelyn (08/14/2020)
This trail is closed until further notice due to the William's Fork Fire in Grandy County.
Keyser Creek (08/14/2020)
This trail is closed until further notice due to the William's Fork Fire in Grandy County.
Little Muddy Creek (08/14/2020)
This trail is closed until further notice due to the William's Fork Fire in Grandy County.
Keyser Ridge (08/14/2020)
This trail is closed until further notice due to the William's Fork Fire in Grandy County.
Ormes Peak Road (08/08/2020)
I ran this trail while doing mapping in the area and this turned out a be a scenic surprise. Since it runs through the burn, the landscape is stark but stunning as well. Highly recommend this one for folks that live nearby and if you're in the area.
Ensign Gulch (08/08/2020)
Ensign Gulch is part of a group of trails that I really like near Monument. Since this trail is close to Mt. Herman Road, it's easy to get in, have a little time in the dirt, and get back out if my schedule doesn't allow. It's just a pretty drive and the terrain keeps the driving interesting.
Farish Memorial Road (08/08/2020)
There isn't anything terribly exciting on this trail but I would camp here because the views are pretty decent and if you get back towards the end of the trail, there isn't much traffic. Ensign Gulch is a must do for me, so I'll take this to Ensign, to Beaver, to Mt Herman and out of the network.
Northfield Road (08/08/2020)
I give this one a 4 instead of a 3 star because the views are really amazing. If I'm wheeling in this area again, I'll head down here to see growth of the new forest and chase some fun light for photography.
Argentine Pass (07/21/2020)
Remediation work will continue this year at Waldorf Mine. Be aware that there may be construction traffic, especially on weekdays. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD768377 Construction delays anticipated on road to Waldorf in preparation for mine reclamation project GEORGETOWN, Colo. (JULY 20, 2020) – Construction delays are anticipated on the road to Waldorf, Forest Service Road 248.1, from its junction with Guanella Pass Road (County Road 381) beginning at daybreak on July 24 through July 30, 2020, while crews walk in large construction equipment for a mine reclamation project. The equipment is large and slow moving and will require the entire width of the road, which is why we anticipate delays for the majority of each day. It will be difficult for motorized vehicles to pass the equipment, which has a 6 mile trip along the road to the project area. The excavator, loader, skid steer and tracked dump trucks are needed for a mine reclamation project that will address elevated levels of metals in tailings piles near the Waldorf Mine site. These tailings piles are actively impacting Leavenworth Creek, which is an important municipal water supply for Georgetown. The USDA Forest Service’s Abandoned Mine Lands Program and Trout Unlimited are partnering to address these hazardous tailings from entering the stream channel. This project is being completed through the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The road will be open while the project is underway. Work will last through the end of August 2020, weather dependent, and then traffic delays will be anticipated again while the equipment is walked out of the area.
Beaver Creek Road FS Rd. 315 (07/21/2020)
I really love this trail and it's my preferred way into the Rampart Range area off Mt Herman Road. It's a scenic and calm drive for me. I noticed that the logging operation has completed in the area and the last half of the trail looks very different than it used to. The area we got our Christmas tree a few years ago now looks a little barren. That said, it's opened up some amazing views of Pike's Peak.
McClellan Mountain (07/21/2020)
Remediation work will continue this year at Waldorf Mine. Be aware that there may be construction traffic, especially on weekdays. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD768377 Construction delays anticipated on road to Waldorf in preparation for mine reclamation project GEORGETOWN, Colo. (JULY 20, 2020) – Construction delays are anticipated on the road to Waldorf, Forest Service Road 248.1, from its junction with Guanella Pass Road (County Road 381) beginning at daybreak on July 24 through July 30, 2020, while crews walk in large construction equipment for a mine reclamation project. The equipment is large and slow moving and will require the entire width of the road, which is why we anticipate delays for the majority of each day. It will be difficult for motorized vehicles to pass the equipment, which has a 6 mile trip along the road to the project area. The excavator, loader, skid steer and tracked dump trucks are needed for a mine reclamation project that will address elevated levels of metals in tailings piles near the Waldorf Mine site. These tailings piles are actively impacting Leavenworth Creek, which is an important municipal water supply for Georgetown. The USDA Forest Service’s Abandoned Mine Lands Program and Trout Unlimited are partnering to address these hazardous tailings from entering the stream channel. This project is being completed through the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The road will be open while the project is underway. Work will last through the end of August 2020, weather dependent, and then traffic delays will be anticipated again while the equipment is walked out of the area.
Powerline East Road (07/20/2020)
This trail was a nice surprise and I'm sorry it took me five years to find it when I've driven by it so many times. It's a fun drive through the woods and was pretty quiet in terms of traffic.
Schubarth Trail (07/20/2020)
I went out to Schubarth to give a big facelift to this trail. It is now mapped with the correct Forest Service Road and Hell Creek Road is now its own trail that can be found nearby. This trail connects me to the rest of the trails of this network and isn't very technical, but these are the best views of Pike's Peak that I've seen in the area. One of the open areas extends for nearly a mile and has views throughout.
Hay Creek East Road (07/20/2020)
I like the scenic overlook on this trail, but every time I've been up there the weather changes the closer I get to it. Either way though, the scenery off this spot is amazing. Had the weather not been changing, I probably would have stopped for lunch here. My dog Hades had a good time trying to bite the 'evil' trees as we drove by.
Hell Creek Road (07/20/2020)
I think this is currently my favorite of the Schubarth trails, the large boulders are just fun to drive around.
Mount Herman Road (07/20/2020)
I drove from Monument to Beaver Creek Road on my way in and out of the Rampart Range area. This isn't my favorite drive, but it's the best way into the system from where I live. The views don't suck though and anyone looking for some scenery should run through here at least once.
Powerline South Road (07/20/2020)
I had never run these and they were a nice surprise to find out here. The views of Pike's Peak are great and I would camp here.
Roll Over Road (07/20/2020)
I don't believe we had ever been down this spur off Schubarth and it was a pleasant surprise of a trail. There was virtually no one on it and I had plenty of time to check out the rock and scenery at the end of the trail in peace.
Middle St. Vrain (07/18/2020)
We went out today to run MSV/Coney to get trail updates and we are glad we did. The rock obstacles are ALL much more dugout than pictured above as of this writing. New photos and video will be available here soon but do not underestimate this trail, it is rated difficult and lives up that. We got held up for about an hour today while a large group with stock vehicles not necessarily designed for what we were all doing. More than one vehicle got hung up and caused the delay. I love this trail for the views and the giant water crossing, but it really does beat up the body due to the bumpiness, even with low-air tires and upgraded suspension. Go on a weekday to avoid the large crowds that this trail tends to bring in on weekends.
Coney Flats (Coney Creek) (07/18/2020)
We went out today to run MSV/Coney to get trail updates and we are glad we did. The rock obstacles are ALL much more dugout than pictured above as of this writing. New photos and video will be available here soon but do not underestimate this trail, it is rated difficult and lives up that. We got held up for about an hour today while a large group with stock vehicles not necessarily designed for what we were all doing. More than one vehicle got hung up and caused the delay. I love this trail for the views and the giant water crossing, but it really does beat up the body due to the bumpiness, even with low-air tires and upgraded suspension. Go on a weekday to avoid the large crowds that this trail tends to bring in on weekends.
Upper Geneva (Geneva Creek) (06/28/2020)
I removed the old highlight picture as it was taken at Sill Mine before it was closed. This picture is a reminder to please stay the trail and walk up to the mine if you'd like to see it up close now.
Mt. Rosa (06/20/2020)
I've driven Mt. Rosa before but came by to get some fresh information. This trail is very scenic but the off-camber sections are not great for my wife or the pup trying to keep his balance.
Shelf Road (06/16/2020)
We drove Shelf Road from Cripple Creek for the first time today. This is a beautiful and scenic drive though my wife did not expect the nearly 2 miles of shelf road and the handle of the brace bar was imprinted on her hand. While this trail isn't technical, it is a pretty drive and we combined it with The Bank for a full day.
The Bank (06/16/2020)
I ran this trail with Shelf Road to make a day of being in the area I enjoyed this trail from a technical perspective and because of the scenery. The trail really beats you up though since it's just rocky for 2/3rds of the trail. My wife didn't care for the off-camber sections but I personally didn't think they were that bad.
Marksbury Road (06/08/2020)
We went out to do La Salle Pass on my birthday and we enjoyed taking this off 77 to cut over to route 31. The views towards the end of this trail are really nice and this is our preferred way of getting to La Salle.
La Salle Pass (06/08/2020)
We went down here for my birthday, this is one of my favorite trails and worth the drive, especially if you go on a weekday.
Engineer Pass - Alpine Loop Connector (05/28/2020)
Trails and towns are open, be aware that some local orders may include things like mask requirements.
Quarry Road (05/27/2020)
I ran this trail after running Flake Road and Illinois Gulch. While Flake Road has the most well-known obstacle in the area, this was a pleasant surprise both for the lack of traffic and the surprising little climb that this trail has. With the scenery, I've gotta recommend this one to anyone wheeling in the area, make this one part of your day.
Mount Herman Road (05/27/2020)
Drove up from Monument on my way to Woodland Park. The trail is open and decent shape, the traffic was light thanks to it being a weekday.
Rampart Range Road (05/27/2020)
Drove from Hotel Gulch to Rim Road. I was happy to see all the gravel that has been laid down to some of the worst areas of washboard. Today was a pleasant drive.
Devils Head Campground Road - FS 300.P (05/27/2020)
Rampart Range Road is open, but the Devil's Head area and trail are closed for the 2020 season due to COVID concerns.
Devils Head Trailhead and Campground Road (05/27/2020)
Rampart Range Road is open, but the Devil's Head area and trail are closed for the 2020 season due to COVID concerns.
Flake Road aka Illinois Gulch (05/27/2020)
I went on a Wednesday to re-map this trail as it's proper "Flake Road". It had previously been labeled "Illinois Gulch" incorrectly. That trail has it's own guide and will be posted soon., The trail was in good shape all things considered. The year-round traffic means that there are usually some changes to routes and available paths from washouts and traffic. Since it's still early in the summer, the large mud holes were full of water and mud. It is starting to get thicker though and will be a sticky mess in a few weeks. I'm adding the link for the old video for this trail to this review just to save it for posterity,
Argentine Pass (05/27/2020)
It's reported that the trail is open to the mine, waypoint 9.
Jackson Creek Road (05/27/2020)
Drove this out from Rampart for the first time this season. Trail is in good shape and was dry except for the light rain I was getting this afternoon. Even in the rain, the views coming down were pretty great.
Devils Head Campground Road - FS 300.Q (05/27/2020)
Rampart Range Road is open, but the Devil's Head area and trail are closed for the 2020 season due to COVID concerns.
RIM Road (05/27/2020)
Drove this out from Rampart for the first time this season. Trail is in good shape and was dry except for the light rain I was getting this afternoon.
Illinois Gulch (05/27/2020)
This is a nice trail that I wouldn't mind camping on during the week or later in the year when there is less small vehicle. I drove through here to connect through to Quarry Road and the rock obstacle there.
Hotel Gulch (05/27/2020)
I drove this trail in both directions today and didn't run into any traffic while on the trail. Always a fun trail and a good way to get out of Woodland Park and back to the Eastern side of Rampart Range.
Rule Ridge (05/18/2020)
Ran through here while updating and checking on trails in the area. No changes to note on the writeup but I will note that there was a LOT of ATV and bike traffic in the area. We were stopped from going all the way to Woodland Park as someone had broken their leg and the trail was blocked off. We turned around and headed out via Painted Rocks.
Manchester (Manchester Creek) (05/17/2020)
We were out in the area to get out of the house and check on trails in the area. There are no major changes to the trail to report at this time. There was a significant amount of small vehicle traffic all day.
Boulevard (05/17/2020)
Did this trail while updating trails in the area. No changes to the writeup at this time.
Metberry Gulch (05/17/2020)
A vehicle flipped over this weekend on Metbury. This should serve as a reminder to everyone not to underestimate any trail.
Rampart Range Road (05/06/2020)
Gates are open at the north and south ends of the trail.

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