Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 20900 points
Questions Answered: 3700 points

My Profile

Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Overlanding
My Garage:
  • (2.5" lift, 32" tires)
  • (2" lift, 33" tires)
  • (Stock lift, 29" tires)
Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. His family moved to central Utah when Tracy was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah, where he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. He started many years ago in his dad's F-150 pickup truck, and subsequently his own 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991).

My Garage (3)

Lift Size: 2.5"
Tire Size: 32"
1983 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60 4.2l inline six cylinder carbureted 2F H42 4-speed manual transmission wheels and tires: 235/85/16 MT's on American Racing wheels other: 2" OME suspension lift, Trail Gear sliders, custom front / rear bumpers, 9k winch, Camping Labs rooftop tent

Lift Size: 2"
Tire Size: 33"
1994 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80 295k miles on the 1FZFE inline six-cylinder, four-speed automatic, and manual dual-range transfer case. OME 2" lift springs, ARB bumper with 8k winch, custom sliders and rear bumper. Camping Lab rooftop tent.

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 29"
1988 Isuzu Trooper II 4ZE1 2.6L fuel-injected 4-cylinder, MUA5 five-speed manual transmission, and manual dual-range transfer case. 4.56:1 ring and pinion in OE Isuzu 10-bolt front (IFS) and Isuzu 12-bolt rear axles. Aisin manual locking hubs.

My Trail Reviews (8)

(within last 6 months)
Hotel Gulch (09/26/2021)
I drove over Hotel Gulch as a "shortcut" from Woodland Park to Monument following the 14erFest weekend in Buena Vista (side note--14erFest is the best autumn festival in Colorado!) Hotel Gulch was in good condition, a few ruts but nothing a stock rig cannot handle. Color on the Rampart Range at the end of September was really, really good.
Lower John's Gulch (09/26/2021)
Checked on Lower John's Gulch since it's been over a year since my last update. I drove the road to the end and found that it has not changed much. It's not an exciting road, nor does it connect to another to make a loop, but it's a decent little in-out road that lets you get away from traffic, and it has good views of Pikes Peak.
Schofield Pass (09/19/2021)
My small group drove up Schofield Pass from Marble after having completed Kebler Pass from Crested Butte. My group consisted of a stock '97 Tacoma (29" A/T tires), a modified 2014 Tacoma, a modified 2019 4Runner, and a stock '03 Land Cruiser (33" A/T tires). None of us had issues (we all have 20+ years of 4x4 experience). We found there were two slightly difficult rock ledges between Lead King Basin (WP 7) and the bridge at the bottom of the Devil's Punchbowl (WP 6). Both were approximately 16-18" high. Uphill from the bridge (WP 6) less than 100 yards is another rock ledge and loose rocks; I slipped off my line, backed up three feet, and then successfully climbed over. The '14 Tacoma, 4Runner, and Land Cruiser were able to take a different line because they have bigger tires, so this was no problem for them. The rock obstacle shown at WP 5 has changed a lot and is much, much flatter and simpler now. There is little risk of rocker damage. Above the obstacle at WP 5 are two large rocks, one on the right side and one on the left side of the road. Each is approximately 20" high and 30-40" in diameter. They are separated enough that even the Land Cruiser ("full-size" width) drove between them without issue (using spotter).
Crystal City (09/19/2021)
Beautiful as ever, especially in Autumn colors. The road is in decent shape; it is rocky and bumpy, with lots of water-filled potholes, but nothing difficult. I drove a 1997 Toyota Tacoma (stock with 29" A/T tires)
Paradise Divide (09/19/2021)
My small group came up Schofield Pass and turned west at WP 10 and went up and over/down the west side. The road was wet but in good condition, and it was nice to have some smooth driving after coming up the Devil's Punchbowl. We hung out at the lake (WP 9) and took sunset photos. We saw three elk (two cows and one juvenile bull).
Mosquito Pass (08/21/2021)
Drove Mosquito Pass on Saturday with a small group from Colorado Land Cruisers and Ute Pass Iron Goats. We picked up a "stray" at the trailhead--a 2019 Toyota 4Runner visiting from back east! I had no issues in my stock '97 Tacoma.
Weston Pass (08/21/2021)
I drove west to east over Weston Pass to return from Leadville after driving Mosquito Pass. Weston Pass is an easy drive. The road is in good condition--not too rutted, not a lot of washboard. One must be cautious on the west side of the pass because the road is narrower with several curves, the trees are more dense, and camping on this side seems more popular (more traffic). Overall, a good drive with great scenery. The 4Runner is a fellow who is visiting Colorado from out east. He joined us on Mosquito Pass and chose to return to Fairplay via Weston Pass.
Mount Baldy (08/08/2021)
A friend of mine posted an image of the rockslide (Sunday, 8 August on his instagram: salty_cookie_cruiser) which appears to have happened shortly prior to WP 9 (Rocky Point). I have contacted Colorado Springs Christian 4Wheelers (the club that has a road adoption agreement with the USFS) and they're going to contact the local Ranger District about the rockslide.