Scott Mitchell

Mapping Crew - New Mexico
Trail Reviews: 7000 points
Questions Answered: 300 points

My Profile

Off-Road Experience:
2-3 years
Off-Road Style:
Rock Crawling
My Garage:
  • (4.5" lift, 38" tires)
Scott Mitchell is a Personal Defense and Defensive Tactics Instructor in Albuquerque. A New Mexico native, Scott lives in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, adjacent to the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area in the Cibola National Forest. Scott likes to get out at every opportunity to explore his state's off-road trails. As a Trailsoffroad contributor, his goal is to find and share as much reliable information as possible to help others navigate and enjoy the great New Mexico outdoors.

My Garage (1)

Lift Size: 4.5"
Tire Size: 38"
2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, Hard Rock Edition. Mods include: - 4.5" Rubicon Express Super-flex suspension lift - G2 Core 44 front axle housing - Redneck Ram Hydro Assist steering ram - Wilson's custom 1310 drive shafts, front and rear - Carbon Offroad front and rear chromoloy axle shafts - Teraflex HD Tie Rod and Drag Link - Teraflex Forged Monster Track Bars, front and rear - Motobilt Frame Chop Rear Bumper - Motobilt Hatchet Frame Chop Front Bumper - Synergy rear shock relocation kit - Synergy Track Bar and Sector Shaft Braces - 38" Milestar Patagonia MT tires - Pro Comp Series 97 Rock Crawler 17" steel wheels - Teraflex Big Brake Rotors (front and rear) - Rock Hard 4X4 Ultimate Sports Cage - Rubicon Express Transfer Case and Gas Tank Skid Plates - Motive Gear 4:88 Rubicon Front and Rear D44 Gears - WARN VR10 winch - Genesis Offroad Dual Battery Kit - Pypes High Clearance Cat-Back Exhaust - Metal Cloak Evap Canister Relocation - Metal Cloak Sway Bar Relocation - EVO Vacuum Pump Relocation - Smittybilt XRC front fender flares - MCE rear fender flares - ACE aluminum inner fenders - Rancho Rockgear skids on rear differential and oil pan - Rigid Industries LED Pods - Smittybilt Defender roof rack - Rough Country MLC-6 power distribution unit and switch pod - Uniden 510 XL CB radio

My Trail Reviews (7)

(within last 6 months)
Kane Creek Canyon (04/26/2021)
Fantastic trail, easily one of my favorites! Great diversity in terrain, scenery, and plenty of challenges. As you read this, bear in mind that the most recent previous reviews are two years old and I think the trail has probably since changed somewhat at waypoints 5 and 7. The ledge at waypoint 5 (a.k.a. Hamburger Hill) no longer looks like the photos - it has been dug out to the point that it is a solid level 8 obstacle and can be very difficult for short wheelbase vehicles. The short wheelbase line around it to the left is off-camber and nears the edge so good spotting and wheel placement are critical there. Between waypoint 6 and 7 there is a boulder in a very narrow section of the trail that must be climbed on the passenger side, leaning the vehicle out to the driver's side very near the edge. This off-camber situation so near the edge will be really uncomfortable for many drivers and extreme caution is advised. The waterfall at waypoint 7 was difficult, even with modified rigs and lockers due to it being pretty dug out and covered with loose dirt and gravel. I would agree with the review from 04/17/2019 that an experienced person can get a rig on 35s with lockers through this trail without winching. Overall, I'd rate the trail a solid 8 due to the stretch from waypoint 5 through waypoint 7.
Metal Masher (04/26/2021)
Great trail, killer views. It was windy and chilly when we ran it, and with three capable rigs, we were able to do it in about 4 1/2 hours. Most of the named obstacles have bypasses but we chose to attempt all of them except Rock Chucker due to waning daylight. It would be a great trail even without the obstacles but they sure make it interesting!
Fins and Things (04/25/2021)
This is a great trail on which to get your first taste of the "Moab Experience" with slickrock. Some of the inclines and drops have a high pucker factor but taking it slow and steady while following the markers and black lanes will get you through. We went late on a Sunday evening and didn't see another vehicle on the trail.
Arroyo de los Pinos Loop (01/30/2021)
Trails were dry and conditions were as expected on this sunny February day. A little crisp and breezy in the morning but once you're down in the arroyos in the sun, very mild. A very enjoyable day with some hiking, rock hunting and of course rock crawling.
Quebradas Backcountry Byway (01/30/2021)
Trails were dry and conditions were as expected on this sunny February day. A little crisp and breezy in the morning but once you're down in the arroyos in the sun, very mild. A very enjoyable day with some hiking, rock hunting and of course rock crawling.
Bad Hair Day (01/30/2021)
Trails were dry and conditions were as expected on this sunny February day. A little crisp and breezy in the morning but once you're down in the arroyos in the sun, very mild. A very enjoyable day with some hiking, rock hunting and of course rock crawling.
Pucker Falls (01/30/2021)
Trails were dry and conditions were as expected on this sunny February day. A little crisp and breezy in the morning but once you're down in the arroyos in the sun, very mild. A very enjoyable day with some hiking, rock hunting and of course rock crawling.