John Atkins

Trail Reviews: 200 points
Questions Answered: 0 points
Off-Road Experience:
0-1 years
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
  • 2013 Jeep Wrangler (4 door) (Stock lift, 33" tires)
Newly arrived to Colorado in 2019 from Illinois. I have always loved off road driving weather it was my days in the Army in a Hummer, mud trails in a $25 1977 Chevy Blazer, or now with our 2013 Wrangler Unlimited Moab. We had a 2000 Wrangler sport but it was my wife's and it never made it off the asphalt. :( Looking forward to enjoying the trails out near Colorado Springs and learning how to drive better so I can start knocking off some of the Badge of Honor Trails. Also hope to bring this one back to some wetter climate for some muddier exploits!

My Garage (1)

2013 Jeep Wrangler (4 door)

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 33"
2013 Moab edition JKU I have some plans for this one but everybody says that. LOL So far we have the larger wheels, K&N filter some bling items like grabbars, and shackles (well those are useful) and a bestop under seat lockbox. Things I want to do. 2-3 inch lift, winch just in case, some auxiliary lights (not sure what), better hood latches (probably off the JL), cat back exhaust upgrade and a AEV tire carrier. probably lots of other small stuff too. Its October 2020 so lets see what actually gets done.

My Trail Reviews (2)

(within last 6 months)
Balanced Rock Road (10/10/2020)
Fun trail but getting there sucked. We took the Interstate 25 to exit 167 directions. Mt Herman Road was cool to go up with the exception of trucks with trailers coming down at the same time. A couple places I found it difficult to give enough room in my wrangler to let them by. Not sure what trail etiquette for giving way is but I thought uphill traffic had the right of way. If its easy for me to move over I don't mind but none of the trailer guys made any attempt to give way. On the flat parts of Mt Herman the road has a ton of washboard which is not fun at all. An alternate route I found on the way out was to take Rampart Range Rd south past Mt Herman and this eventually turns to asphalt and dumps you out onto Highway 24 and was a lot quicker. Anyway as for Balanced Rock Rd I found that to be a lot of fun as a newbie. Nothing too challenging but some light fun. All the target shooting garbage off trail kind of spoils the scenery but TBH I will probably go back to shoot at some point myself so that will be an added bonus if you are into that. The trail was a lot of fun like I said and there are several areas with a bypass to choose the harder or easier route. We did this in a stock 2013 Moab Wrangler Unlimited with 33s with all the original parts. I would love to get some new shocks and a 2 inch lift but it is 100% not needed for a trail like this, in my newbie opinion. When I go back I will likely take Rt 25 to Highway 24 then over to St. Baldwin St (turns into Rampart).
Dakan Road (08/29/2020)
Nice trail to try our our new Wrangler. Not much traffic and it had just rained so there were some fun mud puddles. Great views and nothing difficult so just about anyone could do this. Saw lots of stock trucks and even an old van. We went late afternoon so perhaps thats why some drunken fool came blasting down the trail on a super small dirtbike and hit several trees, missed us by a hair and then continued to "not" crash down the rest of the trail. He did wave though so at least he was friendly.