Obtuse Angler

Trail Reviews: 800 points
Questions Answered: 50 points

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Off-Road Experience:
4-5 years
Off-Road Style:
Getting to lakes for fishing & scenic/historic places for photography.
My Garage:
  • 2015 Toyota 4Runner (Stock lift, 32" tires)
Have written and published two books (The Obtuse Angler, Vol's 1 & 2 - available on Amazon) about misadventures in buying a mountain cabin & learning to fly fish and 4-wheel.

My Garage (1)

2015 Toyota 4Runner

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 32"
Rear locker

My Trail Reviews (6)

(within last 6 months)
Baldwin Lake (09/26/2021)
Had previously attempted this trail (see 8/12/21 review) without success. This time we were guided by a more experienced driver as part of the annual 14'er Fest in Buena Vista. Jeff was extremely helpful and very patient in getting a couple of novices up to the lake - which was beautiful. Still the most difficult trail I have attempted and would want to attempt in my daily driver, a 2015 4runner with rear locker & sliders but otherwise stock. Besides pinstriping and some fairly hard hits on the skid plates & sliders, my friend ruined a tire on his Rubicon, slashing the sidewall on one of the many sharp rocks.
Clohesy Lake (09/25/2021)
Had some difficulty with this trail a year ago, particularly climbing out of the creek (see 9/30/20 trail review). Upgraded my ride since then, and the rear locker on the newer 4Runner made the creek-exit obstacle a non-issue. Still enough of a challenge to keep it interesting. Hungry little brookies at the south end of the lake. And yes the dirt county road leading to the trailhead seems to not be maintained anymore shortly after passing the reservoir. Enough of an annoyance that we stayed aired-down for that section on the way out. Even so this has become one of my favorite trails in the area.
Tincup Pass (08/13/2021)
I had been putting this trail off for years. Perhaps because shortly after pulling out of the driveway toward the pass several years ago I had a major vehicle malfunction on the highway. But a friend finally talked me into it and I'm glad he did. The trail and beautiful scenery both vary enough to keep it interesting. Plenty of SxS's on a Friday, particularly as you approach the summit from the St. Elmo side and all the way down to Taylor Park. Plenty of wide spots to let them pass though. Good fishing at Mirror Lake - rainbows and brookies. I will be bringing out-of-state guests on this trail to provide a quintessential Colorado experience.
Baldwin Lake (08/12/2021)
To get to the trailhead as described by the admin, you must first travel 2.7 miles of the Mt. Antero Trail. Unfortunately we turned back at 2.9 miles (just beyond Waypoint 2, dispersed camping - as described above) fearful of damage to our daily drivers (stock 4runner Trail & stock JK Wrangler Rubicon). Just didn't have the clearance for the large, exposed rocks. Call me a wimp, (please don't) but there you have it. Fun trail for the first 2.8 miles. Had no problem with trails to nearby Hancock Lake, Ptarmigan Lake and Tincup Pass the same week. May try this again with more experience or with someone who has done it previously.
Jones Mountain/Ptarmigan Lake (08/11/2021)
Have done this several times but only to Waypoint 5, lured by fishing the lake. Even if you don't fish, take the short hike to the saddle overlooking the lake for the outstanding 360 views. The valley below the lake is dotted with smaller ponds, some also loaded with jumping cutthroat.
Hancock Lake (08/10/2021)
Always enjoy this one. Just enough of a challenge to keep it interesting and nice scenery, but damn those pine beetles. Hungry cutthroat in the lake, some of them good-sized.