Marcus Trusty

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 17400 points
Questions Answered: 1950 points

My Profile

Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Rock Crawling
My Garage:
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler (4 door) (3.5" lift, 37" tires)
  • 1988 Jeep Wrangler (2 door) (6+" lift, 40"+ tires)
  • 1946 Jeep CJ (Stock lift, 26" tires)
Marcus is a 3rd generation Buena Vista, Colorado native who grew up bouncing around the central Colorado mountains in the back of his dad's CJ5. During his younger years, Marcus grew to appreciate public lands and the recreation opportunities backroads and 4-wheel drive trails offer. Marcus has been wheeling for 20 years now and has wheeled in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California. Until a few years ago Marcus had just been a participant in the wheeling community, but he has become much more active in preserving trails and working to make sure the wheeling community has their access maintained for future generations. Marcus helped to found Colorado Off Road Enterprise - CORE, based out of Buena Vista. CORE has worked with the Forest Service and BLM and has volunteer agreements in place with both organizations. CORE also has a Forest Service trail adoption agreement in place for Grizzly Lake, Pomeroy Lake, Hancock Lake, Hancock Pass, and Tincup Pass, Tomichi Pass, Williams Pass, Ptarmigan Lake, Mineral Basin, Clohesy Lake, Lost Canyon, Champion Mill, Iron Mike Mine, and Slide Lake. If Marcus is not working you can generally find him somewhere out on the trails around Buena Vista.

My Garage (3)

2018 Jeep Wrangler (4 door)

Lift Size: 3.5"
Tire Size: 37"
2018 Jeep JLU, 3.6L motor,​ and 8-speed automatic transmission. 3.5" Metal Cloak Game Changer Lift. Falcon 3.3 shocks. 37" Nitto Trail Grappler Tires on 17x9 Battleborn Bootlegger Beadlock Wheels. 10K Warn Winch and ARB dual compressor.

1988 Jeep Wrangler (2 door)

Lift Size: 6+"
Tire Size: 40"+
1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ...well the body is an 88 at least. The motor is a 4.0 HO from a cherokee which is mated to a AX15 transmission and then to a doubler built with the front half of an NP231 case and a 4 to 1 low range Dana 300. The wheelbase has been stretched to 105"and the lift is from a 4-link rear and a 3-link front with ORI Struts. The front axle is a SuperDuty Dana 60 with a Yukon Grizzly Locker. The rear axle is a SuperDuty 10.5 with a Yukon Grizzly Locker. Complimenting all of this is a hydro assist steering system, 40" Cooper STT Pro Tires, BattleBorn beadlocks and armor on just about everything.

1946 Jeep CJ

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 26"
1962 CJ2A. All original with a 12v conversion. Still running bias-ply tubed tires.

My Trail Reviews (45)

(within last 6 months)
Pomeroy Lakes (09/09/2021)
Ran this trail to scout a future volunteer project. Light traffic, only saw a few vehicles. Beautiful fall day, the colors are starting to turn.
Morrison Jeep Trail (09/05/2021)
Awesome day for sure. We left Cody at 7:15am, drove the full trail, went down the Beartooth Highway to the Chief Joseph Highway and was back in Cody by 3:15pm. I used exactly half a tank of gas in a 2018 JL. Trail was fairly quiet, I could see a few vehicles show up at the bottom of the switchbacks while looking down from the top.
Williams Pass (09/01/2021)
Williams Pass is now closed for the season. Check back on August 1st, 2022, for the next opening.
Alpine Tunnel East (09/01/2021)
Nice fall day in the mountains. Drove this road to close the Williams Pass Gates for the season. Minimal traffic and the willows are just starting to turn yellow.
Hope Gulch (08/31/2021)
Crystal clear summer day in the Colorado High County. Fall has not yet started, but some of the foliage had a hint of color, it won't be long now.
Saxon Mountain Road (08/07/2021)
CORE removed several unsafe boulders as part of the county agreement for maintenance to keep this trail open. Fun day but really smoky. Trail is open and in good shape.
Birdseye Gulch (08/05/2021)
We installed the sign panels as part of All-4-Fun with Mile-Hi and CORE.
Williams Pass (08/01/2021)
We swung the gates today and Williams Pass is open for August. Williams Pass is an over-and-back trail as the West Alpine Tunnel Road before the Williams Intersection is still closed. Please remember to always stay on the trail. The road up to the West Alpine Tunnel Site is also open, so after traveling Williams you can drive up to the West Tunnel Site and then return by way of the same route.
Tower Arch (07/21/2021)
Easy trail and a fun, short trip before heading to Eye of the Whale.
Eye of the Whale (07/21/2021)
Fun, sandy, easy trail with great scenery!
Klondike Bluffs (07/21/2021)
Great trail for kids with the dinosaur tracks and to get away from high trafficked areas. Didn’t see another vehicle today.
Klondike Bluffs Escape via Baby Steps (07/21/2021)
Short and fun trail with a few challenges. A little beat up from recent rains and washouts.
Hells Revenge (07/20/2021)
I love this trail but it’s losing some the appeal with the increased tours and rentals. Weekday at the end of July and it was an absolute zoo with traffic.
Poison Spider Mesa (07/20/2021)
Great evening run. Zero traffic.
Long Canyon (07/19/2021)
Beautiful day, only saw one other vehicle.
Day Canyon Point (07/19/2021)
Fairly easy trail, very bumpy. The view at the end is worth it.
Top of the World - Utah (07/18/2021)
Awesome day with the epic view at the end.
Tincup Pass (06/21/2021)
Shoveled out the drift at the top. Pass is open!
Hancock Pass (06/20/2021)
Drift on the east side is passable! Hancock is open!
Birdseye Gulch (06/14/2021)
Trail is fully open for the 2021 Trail Season.
Clohesy Lake (06/14/2021)
Trail is fully open for the season.
Hancock Lake (06/14/2021)
Trail is fully open to the lake parking lot.
Iron Chest (06/14/2021)
We cut through three snowdrifts and the trail is fully open.
Mount Princeton (06/14/2021)
Busted through snow today and the trail is fully open!
Hancock Lake (06/01/2021)
Open for 1 mile with heavy snow.
Jones Mountain/Ptarmigan Lake (06/01/2021)
Open for 1 mile with heavy snow.
Grizzly Lake (05/31/2021)
Trail is fully open to the lake.
Hancock Pass (05/31/2021)
Open on the St. Elmo side for 1 mile with deep snow.
Grizzly Lake (05/16/2021)
Deep snow still at Waypoint 4.
Pomeroy Lakes (05/16/2021)
Open only for .2 miles before deep and slanted snow.
Tincup Pass (05/16/2021)
Made it almost to Waypoint 5. Be prepared for deep and slushy snow.
Mount Antero (05/16/2021)
Only open for .5 miles, ice across the road and sloping downhill.
Cottonwood Lake (05/15/2021)
Road to the lake is dry. No ice remaining on lake.
Clohesy Lake (05/15/2021)
Open to Waypoint 4, then deep snow blocking the trail.
Lost Canyon (05/15/2021)
Trail blocked by deep snow before Waypoint 5. Numerous trees in the road and along the edge from a wind storm.
Grizzly Lake (05/02/2021)
Blocked by deep snow before the first obstacle and creek crossing.
Mineral Basin (05/02/2021)
The trail is open to about .5 miles past Waypoint 4, with deep snow on the road.
Cottonwood Lake (05/02/2021)
The road to the lake is dry all the way. The lake still has ice covering about 85% of it, some of the shoreline and the inlet by the boat launch have open water.
Coyote Canyon (04/17/2021)
Amazing day on Coyote Canyon with 5 rigs and temps in the mid-60s. Coyote Canyon is one of the best crawler trails I have ever done. The only minor casualty was a destroyed Dana 44 u-joint.
Fourmile Area: Fourmile Creek (04/15/2021)
The seasonal Closure for this trail will not be lifted until May 1st this year! Plan accordingly.
Fourmile Area: Pipeline Overlook (04/15/2021)
The seasonal Closure for this trail will not be lifted until May 1st this year! Plan accordingly.
Fourmile Area: Lenhardy Cutoff (04/15/2021)
The seasonal Closure for this trail will not be lifted until May 1st this year! Plan accordingly.
Fourmile Area: Sevenmile Creek (04/15/2021)
The seasonal Closure for this trail will not be lifted until May 1st this year! Plan accordingly.
Fourmile Area: Chubb Park (04/15/2021)
The seasonal Closure for this trail will not be lifted until May 1st this year! Plan accordingly.
Cottonwood Lake (03/09/2021)
The road to Cottonwood Lake is mostly clear. Some muddy and snow-packed sections in the shade. Lake is still fully frozen.