Marcus Trusty

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 12700 points
Questions Answered: 1500 points
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 102"and the lift is from a custom spring over axle with Alcan leaf springs in the rear and a 3-link with ORI Struts in the front. 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 (15)

(within last 6 months)
Montezuma Basin (10/10/2020)
Open all the way. Beautiful day. Lots of hikers.
Pearl Pass (10/10/2020)
Beautiful day!
Imogene Pass (10/04/2020)
Dry, dusty and lots of traffic. Beautiful day in the mountains.
Black Bear Pass (10/04/2020)
Awesome day. First on the trail, didn’t see anyone else.
Mount Antero (10/01/2020)
An early fall snowstorm has made the trail impassable before you reach Waypoint 5. Users should turn around near the last lower switchback after Waypoint 4.
Fourmile Area: Natural Bridge (09/27/2020)
National Public Lands Day cleanup project with Stay the Trail and CORE. Trail is dry and dusty.
Fourmile Area: Spanish Mills (09/27/2020)
National Public Lands Day cleanup project with Stay the Trail and CORE. Trail is dry and dusty.
Jones Mountain/Ptarmigan Lake (09/19/2020)
Awesome fall day. Picked up hikers at the lake.
Wheeler Lake (09/01/2020)
Project with Mike-Hi and CORE. New winch anchor, signs and blocking off trail issues.
Halfmoon Creek (08/02/2020)
CORE project to mitigate off trail issues above the mill. Trail fully open. Awesome day.
Baldwin Lake (07/02/2020)
Trail is fully open.
Hancock Pass (06/29/2020)
The pass is fully open for the 2020 summer trail season.
Iron Chest (06/29/2020)
The trail is fully open for the summer 2020 trail season.
Tincup Pass (06/27/2020)
Recovered a rolled ATV that was driving off-trail at the summit. Remember, always Stay the Trail.
Mount Princeton (06/17/2020)
**Road Maintenance Alert** The Mount Princeton Trail will be closed from Monday 6/22/20 - Friday 6/26/20 for road maintenance. The Forest Service will have a dozer working the lower section of the road and the public is asked to stay clear of the area.