Matt Ewalt

Mapping Crew - Oregon and Washington
Trail Reviews: 1200 points
Questions Answered: 0 points

My Profile

Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Overlanding
My Garage:
  • 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser (3" lift, 33" tires)
I am a 7th Generation Oregonian, with a deep seeded need to explore. Some might say I am a bit of a nomad, having recently relocated back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last 10yrs living in Louisiana, California, Virginia and Colorado. I am married and have 4 young kids (3 boys and a girl). We have a family goal of spending 30 nights camping each year and we are getting close, averaging about 18 nights a year, which ain't bad with 4 little kids! I have been wheeling most of my life, mainly to get to a trailhead or campsite, but as I get older the journey has become as important or more important than the destination. My offroad vehicle of choice has varied greatly over the years; I currently have a mildly built 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser, which has solidified my love for Land Cruisers and the amazing community of Toyota enthusiasts. Previously I've had a Gen2.5 Mitsubishi Montero, Subaru wagons, an old Ford farm truck and an 80's diesel Mercedes which was surprisingly good at exploring the back roads of the NW.

My Garage (1)

1996 Toyota Land Cruiser

Lift Size: 3"
Tire Size: 33"
1996 FZJ80
-ARB Bull Bar

-Warn VR10000S

-Hella 4000 (Driving & Cornering beams) w/ 75W HID

-OME 3" lift

-Slee Offroad SliderSteps

-Prinsu Design Rack

-ARB Locker

-Kenwood TM-281A

My Trail Reviews (7)

(within last 6 months)
Caribou Creek (North) (07/25/2021)
The wildflowers are peaking right now! We tried to take the trail in my wife's stock Gen 2 Toyota Sequoia with 33" Falken Wildpeak AT3W's and eventually had to turn around because the mud holes were too deep and we were dragging the undercarriage over some big (often hidden) rocks. This wouldn't have been an issue for my built 80-series Land Cruiser, so I think the trail is closer to the high-end rating at the moment.
Argentine Pass (07/23/2021)
The trail is in great shape and the valley is LUSH right now. The rock obstacle at waypoint 11 is much more dugout than is pictured here, so be warned.
Kingston Peak (07/23/2021)
Great day on the trail, with minimal traffic. Wildflowers are still going strong at the 10k-11k foot range. The only callout is please, please stay on the trail and do not drive on the tundra! I, unfortunately, witnessed multiple SxS wandering off the trail and onto the tundra.
Hancock Pass (07/17/2021)
I loved this trail! Traveled from the East to the West. As others have noted, the trail has been chewed up and I would say the minimum rating should be upped to a 5. Everything was super green and lush from all of the rain; and the wildflowers were on point! I was surprised at how little traffic was on the trail for a Saturday.
Tincup Pass (07/17/2021)
We ran Hancock, Cumberland and Tincup passes clockwise and it was an awesome day on the trail! There were a lot of sxs out, but traffic wasnt too bad.
Johnny Park Road (06/22/2021)
Awesome trail, with a great mix of scenery and fun terrain. I think the high-end rating of 5 is spot on, but even with the bypasses, I think it's harder than a 3. So if you are in stock, high clearance 4x4, careful wheel placement will be required and a bad line could lead to a rock kissing any low hanging bodywork.
Cherokee Park Road (05/28/2021)
Traversed east to west on my BMW R1200GS. Overall Trail was dry and in great shape. Most of the good camping spots were already taken, but that shouldn’t be too surprising for the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.