Brad D.

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Off-Road Experience:
0-1 years
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
  • 2019 Jeep Wrangler (4 door) (2.5" lift, 35" tires)

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2019 Jeep Wrangler (4 door)

Lift Size: 2.5"
Tire Size: 35"
Rubicon Warn Winch Sunrider Soft Top Milestar Patagonia 35inch MT Tires

My Trail Reviews (46)

(within last 6 months)
Missouri Gulch (05/02/2021)
Trail was dry and easy to traverse without issue. Connected to is from Hotel Gulch which is a tri as it is through a community. Just take it slow to not make enemies with the folks that call it home. Trail was pretty quiet, only ran in to a couple of other rigs on the trail. Nice day to get out and enjoy the nicer weather before the storms roll in.
Flake Road aka Illinois Gulch (05/02/2021)
Trail was dry and easy to travel on. Traffice was overall pretty quiet and just a few jeeps and side by sides. Hit the middle line on mini Moab and got a little turtled but pulled out just fine. Mud pits were mostly dry. Overall great day for hitting the trail and no real concerns today on the trail.
Rampart Range Road (05/02/2021)
Was able to traverse Rampart from Mt Herman up to Hotel Gulch. Rampart is closed as you get closer to Fern Creek but the south is still open. Portions feel like they have been bladed recently but areas are still pretty rough.
Mount Herman Road (05/02/2021)
Road is open and very passible and quiet this morning. No real mud or anything to worry about. Did stumble on the remnants of a party along the road. Place was trashed and fires left burning with no one around. Thankfully no larger fire issues but a good reminder to make sure everything is put out before you leave. Sad that people treat our public spaces this way.
Hotel Gulch (05/02/2021)
Trail is mostly clear of snow and was easy to drive from Rampart to Missouri. They are a few patches of snow over the trail but nothing to cause any issues and didn't need anything more than 2 wheel. Great little cross over trail.
Gordon Gulch (05/01/2021)
Nice little trail with lots of camping at the trailhead and surprisingly full today. The sites all looked really wet and muddy. Trail was passable in 2 wheel although some of the ruts currently have a bit of run off in them. Baring one small path of pretty deep mud, this one is ready to go for the season.
Oh-My-God Road (Virginia Canyon) (05/01/2021)
Great little road over to Central City from Idaho Springs. Road is in good shape and no issues today. Ran into quite a few bikers and hikers bot road is wide and easy to share. Has some very nice views and a few mines as well which is fun with the kids.
Sugarloaf Mountain (05/01/2021)
Road is open and fairly passable. There are some areas on the north side of the mountain that still have some snow. No issues with sliding or safety but did need a little extra ground clearance with some of the ruts in the snow. Also the trail is extremely wet and lots of puddles. Took it slow just to not cause more trail damage but great trail for some "easy" wheeling.
Gamble Gulch (05/01/2021)
Was able to make it up waypoint 16 (fairburn spurs) coming from the south (Pickle Gulch). Road to waypoint 16 was passable (needed a bit of clearance due to ruts in the snow) and makes for a good lunch spot but continuing on was not possible due to snow. Otherwise would be a nice drive is looking for something a little easier. Road is still covered with snow and lots of water running with the run off.
Eagle Rock (04/11/2021)
Technically the trail is open and passable with some careful tire placement and a winch. Still plenty of snow and ice on the trail. Had one corner specifically about a mile in that had to winch through pulling against 2 trees to make it through. Had a lot of fun but right now definitely don't want to attempt this one solo without a lot of recovery gear that you are comfortable using.
Seven Lakes (04/11/2021)
Trail is pretty dry especially the closer to Gold Camp Road. Trail was in good shape and very light washboards. Traffic was light and had the road to ourselves for the most part.
Gold Camp Road (04/11/2021)
Trail is mostly dry and dusty. Did find some deeper washboards in areas that were pretty darn bouncy and had to slow down quite a bit. Road wasn;t too crowded in the AM but the trip back in the afternoon was noticeably busier. Nice super easy trail for a Sunday drive.
Old Stage Road (04/11/2021)
Trail is mostly dry and dusty. Did find some deeper washboards in areas that were pretty darn bouncy and had to slow down quite a bit. Road wasn't too crowded in the AM but the trip back in the afternoon was noticeably busier. Nice super easy trail for a Sunday drive.
The Catacomb Spur (03/19/2021)
Nice little side trail off of Chicken corners. Had it to ourselves for the morning and catacomb rock was pretty cool to explore. Had some campers out at the various sites.
Chicken Corners (03/19/2021)
Easy trail with great views of the Colorado River, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point. I don't know that it is a 3 rating wise, this was pretty easy with a lot of drive arounds for stock vehicles. The chicken corners were pretty tame by shelf road standards. I know that is subjective and everyone has different limits. For us, no one got sideways at all on this one. Started early and had it mostly to ourselves. Traffic really picked up around lunch time and got heavier on the way out.
Hurrah Pass (03/19/2021)
Trail has lots of great views and is pretty easy to negotiate. I think the pass is a bit more rocky right now so I would say it is closer to a 2.5 and might need a hair more clearance to negotiate safely. Had a lot of traffic on the trail later in the day. Getting there early definitely helped. We were solo on the way in and 75% of the way out.
Top of the World - Utah (03/18/2021)
Trail was a bit disappointing. Had a couple of technical sections but didn't feel like it was as difficult as it was rated. The trail itself was getting pretty beat up with the mud and people digging it out. Views from the top are amazing but the rest of the trail is not so. Got extremely crowded as the day went on.
Entrada Bluffs Road (03/18/2021)
As far as dirt roads go this one is in food shape. Not too bumpy and no washboard. Just watch out for the cows on the road and utvs going really fast and kicking up some dust.
Poison Spider Mesa (03/17/2021)
I see why so many people put this on their list of favorite Moab trails and I can add myself to the list. Great trail with amazing views. Good variety of obstacles with some areas to open her up and breath a bit. Having bypasses is also nice, didn't need them except for 1 severely undercut ledge. Able to do the most difficult lines on the obstacles with 35s aired down to 18 psi and a 2.5 inch lift. Worth going up to the view point as well. Trail wasn't too busy today but could see it getting busy on weekends.
Steel Bender (03/16/2021)
Liked the main trail, lots of fun climbs able to get in to the groove. Even did the big fall to get on flat pass. Boy was that a mistake. Flat pass was way tougher than bargened for and took forever to get out. Would highly recommend the loop and staying clear of the flat pass extension.
Elephant Hill (03/15/2021)
Great trail! Very secluded and felt like we owned the place. Got scolded a bit by the ranger, apparently they count as a party so even though we were at the 3 vehicle limit including him, we were supposed to wait 30 minutes before starting up the trail. Overall well worth the drive and one of our favorite trails of all time. Trail conditions were very good and able to.pass all of it with no issue.
Fins and Things (03/14/2021)
Like others have said, awesome trail, lots of variety to play on and great warm up for bigger and badger trails in the area. Hit it first thing this morning after snowing last night. No issue, rock was still sticky but the sand was a bit too. Tires didn’t clear quite as fast as before the rain and snow.
Sand Flats Road (03/14/2021)
Super sloppy with all of the rain and snow. Nothing super of note on this one, it is a dirt road.
Hells Revenge (03/14/2021)
Had a lot of fun on this one. Tackled it after fins and things a baby lions back. Lots of great views and the trail was pretty clear and dry even with last nights snow and rain. Looking back I really would have cut back over to exit near the entrance. The drop down for the real exit was not as much fun. Had to have decent tire placement, stock even more so but just not that scenic or interesting for the difficulty. Would have preferred to do some of the large fins instead.
Tower Arch (03/13/2021)
I almost want to down vote this one just to keep people from finding out about it. Knew it was here but didn't think much about it until we were in arches and looking for something fun... low and behold this little gem filled our afternoon combined with other wheeling in the park. Funny how many people say there is now wheeling in arches including my wife until yesterday. Ps she drove this one to get a feel for wheeling in moab.
Eye of the Whale (03/13/2021)
Fun trail in Arches, easiest to run north to south as you go down more obstacles than up including a healthy rock slide. Had a lot of fun on this trail although we didn't realize how long it was and started pushing it being end of day.
Potash Road (03/13/2021)
Great trail for seeing parts of the park that you can't get to by paved road. Real easy trail and able to likely do in 2 wheel drive if that is all you had. Had a bit of snow on the trail but nothing that would cause concern.
Shafer Trail (03/13/2021)
This was an unexpected surprise. We drive it from the bottom to the top which makes for some interesting questions as the switchbacks blend in really well leaving you to question how you will get up the wall. Road is plenty wide especially for a shelf road. Had 2 plus inches of snow at the top and ended up airing up in the snow. Wild weather
Long Canyon (03/13/2021)
Great little canyon run. Drove it from top to bottom and had no real issues. Started with a bit of snow at the top but nothing to serious and able to safely push on. Makes a great loop tied with potash and Schafer trail.
Salt Valley Road (03/13/2021)
Not a bad road and good way to get off the beaten path in arches but nothing to go out of the way for. They had warning about heavy rain, guess it wasn't raining enough today, never had any issues on the trail
Switzerland Trail (01/24/2021)
Had a lot of fun on this one. Not overly difficult but does have some shelf roads if not a fan. Snow was well packed and never had any issues with traction. Great views and all around just fun for some winter wheeling.
Ice Cave Road (01/03/2021)
Trail is still open and passible. Snow is mostly packed and had little to no issues with snow. On the outside of the loop, stopped to make sure friends were in good shape and slid to the hillside a bit. Other than that no issues and able to wheel around without issue.
Hotel Gulch (01/03/2021)
Trail is still passable with medium snow pack. One area approximately 30 feet long covered with ice. 4 low and lockers to crawl across and no issues. Good set of trails to start the year.
Mount Herman Road (01/03/2021)
Very lightly covered with snow, able to make it up to rampart with ease. Saw 2 wheel drive cars making it up without issue.
Mount Herman Road (11/22/2020)
Trail is getting a bit heavier on the washboards but still a fun way to popup from monument to rampart. There are also a couple of spurs that are a lot of fun to play around on. Decent hill climb with a lot of undulation.
Dakan Road (11/22/2020)
Trail was quiet today. Forest service signs are up notifying of closure on 12/1mfor winter.
Balanced Rock Road (11/22/2020)
Overall pretty easy and fun trail. Majority is pretty easy with a bit more technical near the bottom. Able to clear in 4 high but bounced around a bit and kicked up some dirt.
Turkey Track Road (11/08/2020)
I had a lot of fun on this trail especially the big hill. Had a new driver hit it and eyes got as big as saucers. Definitely need a higher clearance 4x4 for the big hill climb. The rest is passible in a car. Lots of places to do some target practice.
Rankin (11/08/2020)
There is a downed tree that pushes the rating a little higher to get around it. to go around you end up going over 20 degrees of roll which gets people a little uncomfortable. Fun off road trail.
Rule Ridge (11/08/2020)
Super easy trail with some nice offshoots to get a bit more fun. Passible in a lower clearance car.
Upper Rule Creek Spur (11/08/2020)
fun little trail, fairly tight in places. Would agree with other reviews that it is probably not a 4. Would happily do this one again.
Lower Rule Creek Spur (11/08/2020)
Great little trail, nothing to challenging and fun for a more novice driver without getting outside the comfort zone. Will do this one again.
Dakan Road (11/08/2020)
Snow is gone, trail traffic was really light and only 1 camper. Nice little road to get up in to the rampart area quickly.
Long Hollow Road (11/08/2020)
Trail has gotten a bit more rutted and is closer to a 2 at this point. Still very passable and a nice little trail when you just want to get out in nature.
Flake Road aka Illinois Gulch (11/08/2020)
Decided to take our friends on this one again as a cross over from rule ridge. They had not done anything to like this previously and got their first belly scrapes going down Moab hill. Some of the mud ruts are getting pretty deep. The thing I like best is the amount of bypasses. I can hit more of the obstacles and others in the group can skip.
Boulevard (11/08/2020)
Easy little crossover trail. Nothing of note.