Trint Ladd
30850

Mapping Crew - Colorado

My Profile

Year Started:
2001
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
  • (2.5" lift, 32" tires)
Trint grew up riding dirt bikes in the creek beds of the Texas Panhandle. While attending college in Colorado in the late 1990's, he saw a magazine article about a Ford Explorer four-wheeling club. He never saw his Explorer as an adventure vehicle before, but quickly joined up and caught the bug. With his engineering background, Trint has always respected the factory design of a good truck (and recognized when manufacturers put cheap parts into something marketed for off road use). "A good driver, with a well built, stock truck can do trails that would break a $50k, built-up rig with an inexperienced driver." He put that 1st gen Explorer though hell and it always held up, earning great respect from the "big dawgs" in the club. (And earning the nickname, "The Idiot Stocker.") The truck was christened "BamBam" because of the frequent sounds ringing out from the factory skid plates. Now that Trint is "grown-up" (quotation marks intentional), he's a bit less inclined to dent up his 2011 Toyota Tacoma, but still feels the same way about superior engineering. The "Stocko Taco" wheeled for over 10 years with no mods other than trail armor. In 2021, it finally got a couple of inches of lift... and a new name: "Taco Supreme." Trint's love for the mountains was ingrained at a very early age. 8mm film exists of 18-month-old Trint in a backpack on his dad's back while riding dirt bikes through the mountains of Red River, NM. Although Trint does enjoy a good, tough, technical rock trail, he can often be found on easier, winding, Alpine roads just taking the glory of God's country.

My Garage (1)

Lift Size: 2.5"
Tire Size: 32"
2011 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road - "Buster" OME ~2.5 inches of lift. 32" Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx on American Racing Mojave 16x8 wheels BAMF plate front bumper 4XInovation rock sliders RCI front skid plate Cali-Raised 30" slim light bar (integrated into BAMF bumper) Cobra 75 WXST CB with Firestik antenna on Relentless hood mount. Custom onboard air with Viair pump and 2-gallon tank

My Trail Reviews (32)

(within last 6 months)
Indiana Creek (06/26/2022)
Posted on social media by White River Nat'l Forest: Approximately 170 acres of forest are being harvested in the Indiana Creek area above Goose Pasture Tarn to reduce hazardous fuels for wildfires. Additionally, the Indiana Creek Road will be realigned uphill and out of the creek bed to reduce sedimentation.
Deer Creek (06/25/2022)
Gorgeous day!! Deer Creek is open through.
Keystone Gulch (06/25/2022)
I tried to get a picture of the new gates, but the main gate is closed for another few days for moose calving. I talked to some rangers there. There will be TWO new gates. One will open in September for hunting access and another gate further down will ALWAYS be locked. Basically, this is now a short, wide, smooth road for a couple of miles to access lame campsites. Everything good about this trail is now behind a permanently locked gate.
Michigan Creek (06/25/2022)
The trail is open through. Not too dusty as it's been raining lately.
Middle Fork Swan River (06/25/2022)
I came down from the top to check on things. I stopped above Tombstone Hill and took some pics. The "easy" option (that follows the gpx) at waypoint 14, "Bypass", is not only blocked with snow, it is DESTROYED by washouts. Seriously, like 3 feet deep. That option will never be passable again. The "easy" option between waypoints 12 and 13 has a LOT of snow. Probably 10 feet. Plan on the "hard" side being the only way up for at least two more weeks. Maybe more. Oh, and the easier option just above the saddle (waypoint 15, 3rd pic) is also blocked with snow. The steeper right option is clear.
Georgia Pass (06/25/2022)
Gorgeous day!! Started the day on Georgia Pass coming up from Jefferson on the Park County side. There's still some ice in the sluice box, but it's manageable.
North Fork Swan River (06/25/2022)
The only snow left on the trail is on the harder side of "the Devil's Fork" hill (waypoints 11 and 12). The trail has gotten a LOT harder around the small water crossing between waypoints 4 and 5. Pics here are of the new embedded rocks there. There is no way around this. There's no way this can be 3 anymore. I think it's a solid 5 right now.
Saints John (06/25/2022)
The trail is open through. Thankfully, there's been some rain so it's not dusty at all. There are still scars from folks driving on the tundra around the snowdrift last snow drift. Grrrr.
Santa Fe Peak (06/25/2022)
I did not have time to drive up Sante Fe today, but looking over from Saints John, it looks like there's still some snow on the shelf road at the summit.
Mount Guyot East (06/25/2022)
The trail is all clear of snow, including the bypass at the mud pit (waypoint 3). This is what the pit looks like in late June!
Indiana Creek (06/10/2022)
Ran this trail with Matthew and Roby (who we met on the trail). Indiana Creek has been plowed smooth and widened from end to end. Only the Dyersville spur remains untouched. I assume this has to do with future logging or fire mitigation work. The trail has been completely re-routed away from the creek bed. This will have to be re-mapped and is now an easy 2.
Galena Gulch (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Mount Guyot East (06/10/2022)
Georgia pass remains closed due to snow, making this trail inaccessible
Indiana Creek - Pennsylvania Creek Connector (06/10/2022)
Ran this trail with Matthew and Roby (who we met on the trail). We ran into Dillon District rangers coming the other way. They said they were checking the trail before unlocking the gates. They're unlocked now. (There's no gate if you come up from Indiana Creek via Boreas Pass!!) Clear and mostly dry. The few lingering snow drifts were no problem.
Spruce Road (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Summitt Gulch (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Draw Road (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Extension Mill Road (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Forest Queen (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Georgia Gulch (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Humbug Hill/French Gulch Connector (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Preston Road (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Preston Road/Prospect Hill Connector (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Prospect Hill/French Gulch Connector (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
Prospect Hill Road (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots.
American Gulch/Humbug Hill (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots. At waypoint 9, lingering snow made the shelf road narrow, but we got through. The snow should be gone in a week or so.
Brewery Hill (06/10/2022)
I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots. The bypass at the mud pit (waypoint 3) has a couple of feet of snow on it, but the mud was no problem. So far, it's got a firm base.
Pennsylvania Creek (06/10/2022)
Ran this trail with Matthew and Roby (who we met on the trail). We ran into Dillon District rangers coming the other way. They said they were checking the trail before unlocking the gate. It's unlocked now. (There's no gate if you come up from Indiana Creek via the connector!!) Clear and mostly dry. The few lingering snow drifts were no problem. I feel like the ruts at waypoint 6 have gotten deeper. Enough to bump the rating up to a 4.
North Fork Swan River (06/10/2022)
The gates are open, but the trail is impassible with snow between waypoints 4 and 5. We cleared a BIG tree just after waypoint 4. (Got to use my chainsaw AND my winch! *GRIN*) There's another tree (pictured) at a smaller water crossing that will be a problem for taller rigs.
Middle Fork Swan River (06/10/2022)
Talked to the rangers today. They opened the gates and cleared some trees, but the trail is still impassible with snow before treeline.
Yankee Hill to Central City (05/08/2022)
We did a shake out trip today running from east to west (reverse what is written here). The eastern 3/4 of the trail is clear of snow but wet. From about waypoint 13 to waypoint 6 (Yankee Hill, the actual hill), snow and ice patches force you to one side, force you into ice ruts or, in a couple of places, cover the trail completely. The snow that is there is hard packed, rutted, and icy. The trail is completely open, but you'll be forced to take the harder options in places. The actual Yankee Hill looks like it might have some drifts near the top (last pic), but we didn't go up to see. Also, as with most trails, this one seems to be getting harder with the increased traffic.
Nevadaville Road (05/08/2022)
This is just a dirt road. Dry and open through. I wish Nevadaville got the same kind of attention St. Elmo and other ghost towns get. The remaining buildings are in good shape.