Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 29500 points
Questions Answered: 1450 points

My Profile

Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
  • (2.5" lift, 35" tires)
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler (2 door) (3.5" lift, 37" tires)
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg

My Garage (2)

Lift Size: 2.5"
Tire Size: 35"
2015 Jeep Wrangler Willy's Wheeler, 2dr. AEV 2.5" duel sport lift, stock drive train, Rockhard front bumper with a Smittybilt X2o 12k synthetic line winch. Cooper MTX 315/70/R17 tires. Smittybilt XCR rear bumper with XCR tire carrier.

2018 Jeep Wrangler (2 door)

Lift Size: 3.5"
Tire Size: 37"
2018 Jeep JL Rubicon with the 2.0 l turbo engine. Teraflex 3.5” lift with Falcon series 3.0 shocks. Rockhard mid-width aluminum front bumper with a Smittybilt 10k lbs. synthetic line winch. Bestop NX soft top. BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM3 tires with ProComp series 34 wheels. Cobra SXT75 CB radio and Yeasu 7200 duel-band Ham radio.

My Trail Reviews (40)

(within last 6 months)
Johnny Park Road (06/20/2021)
Ventured out on Johnny Park for a beautiful father's day in the mountains. The trail was is great shape and temperatures hovered around 65 degrees making for a great afternoon. The trail was a little crowded with quads, dirt bikes and other jeepers. Right now, Johnny Park is one of only a few trails that are open in Northern Colorado's front range because of last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It was great to finally get out on a trail.
Sevenmile Road (06/19/2021)
I went to visit the area this weekend to get a first hand look of the conditions. The Cameron Peak fire burned really hot through this area causing considerable devastation for the Sevenmile and Swamp Creek trails. I do not suspect that this trail will open in 2021.
Pole Hill (06/16/2021)
I contacted the local District ranger this morning. She advised that the trail is are now open. Happy wheeling!!!
Montgomery Pass (06/16/2021)
Snow still covers the upper part of this trail. The Colorado State Forest reports that it is open up to the Yurts for now.
Panorama Peak (06/16/2021)
I contacted the local District ranger this morning. She advised that the trail is are now open. Happy wheeling!!!
Pierson Park North (06/16/2021)
I contacted the local District ranger this morning. She advised that the trail is are now open. Happy wheeling!!!
Pierson Park South (06/16/2021)
I contacted the local District ranger this morning. She advised that the trail is are now open. Happy wheeling!!!
Solitude Creek (06/16/2021)
I contacted the local District ranger this morning. She advised that the trail is are now open. Happy wheeling!!!
Johnny Park Road (06/16/2021)
I contacted the local District ranger this morning. She advised that the trail is now open. Happy wheeling!!!
Bald Mountain (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Button Rock (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to open annually on June 15, the USFS still shows it closed for the season. We will keep this guide updated as USFS information becomes available.
Johnny Park Road (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to open annually on June 15, the USFS still shows it closed for the season. We will keep this guide updated as USFS information becomes available.
Pierson Park North (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to open annually on June 15, the USFS still shows it closed for the season. We will keep this guide updated as USFS information becomes available.
Sand Creek Pass (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Pierson Park South (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to open annually on June 15, the USFS still shows it closed for the season. We will keep this guide updated as USFS information becomes available.
Pole Hill (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to open annually on June 15, the USFS still shows it closed for the season. We will keep this guide updated as USFS information becomes available.
Long Draw Road (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Nunn Creek (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Old Flowers Road (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Salt Cabin Park Road (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Roaring Creek Road (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Crown Point Road (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Acme Creek Road (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Button Rock (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Storm Drain (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Storm Mountain (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Swamp Creek Road (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Foggy Park Road (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Forest Service Road 523 (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Green Ridge Trail (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Hurley (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Kelly Flats (06/15/2021)
Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Kelly Flats (06/02/2021)
Although Kelly Flats is typically open this time of the year, it remains closed by the USFS due to road damage from last year’s Cameron Peak fire. We will keep an eye on opening information.
Switzerland Trail (05/16/2021)
A foggy and drizzly day greeted us for a ride along Switzerland Trail. When mother nature takes away the spectacular views of this trail, the ride is a little eerie. The trail was wet with a little bit of mud, but that also meant that it was not very busy for the ride. A little bit of snow remains in the trees along the route, but the trail is clear of all snow.
Pennsylvania Gulch (05/16/2021)
Heavy fog and rain were the basis for today's trip up Pennsylvania Gulch. There was mud in the washed out portion of the gulch. There was also still a little bit of snow at the far west end of the trail, but it was easily passable. The washed out area tends to be a bit off camber and there is a risk of rubbing fenders and doors along the steep dirt embankments.
North Sand Hills (04/25/2021)
The North Sand Hills are finally open. The Mountaineers, a Fort Collins, CO 4 x 4 club, took to the hills for their April club trip. The area was nearly empty of visitors so the group had unencumbered access to the freshly wind-blown sand. There were only a few patches of snow anywhere to be found and the sand in perfect shape to test out a driver's ability to climb sandy hills. It was a bit breezy with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees so not yet topless weather. Although ATVs can fill the area during the summer, none were to be found this weekend.
Crow Creek Road (01/10/2021)
Based on some reports that the trail was closed, I led a Trails OffRoad crew to visit the area to check the trail Status. The trail is open with no construction impeding the trail what-so-ever. Southern Wyoming has not received much snow this season and that allowed easy access to the entire trail. There were snow drifts in the usual areas with the worst one being between Waypoint 3 and 4. Even this notoriously difficult drift was easily conquered. We spotted some deer along the trail laying down as if keeping watch over the area. With a light snowfall during the trip, the trail was peaceful .
Pumpkin Vine Road (01/10/2021)
With a light snow falling, the trail was a very pleasant drive through the Wyoming countryside. The trail was in great shape with no difficulty along the way. Southern Wyoming has not had much snow this season so trails remain accessible. Just north of the railroad crossing off to the west we saw a rather sizable herd of prong horns. There were maybe a couple hundred animals. Catching a glimpse of wildlife along the trail is always an enjoyable sight.
Vedauwoo Road (01/10/2021)
Open and easily passable. There are a few snow drifts in the usual spots, but they are all packed down with plenty of vehicles driving the trail. Southern Wyoming has not had much snow yet allowing for easy access with the right vehicle. Stock jeeps, for example, will find the trail passable. With the notorious Wyoming winds, it will not take much snow to change the trail's condition quickly.
Pratt Creek (12/19/2020)
This is one of those trails that is a winter time must. A little more than 12 inches of snow has blanketed the area so far this season. With a little bit of wind, this is a great snow trail. The worst drifting is between the last two Waypoints with the worst drift predictably just before the trail's end. Conditions here can be treacherous with no cell service to call for help. Be prepared for the conditions, expect to get stuck, and take others with you on this trail this time of the year.

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