Mapping Crew and Land Cruiser Specialist - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 900 points
Questions Answered: 100 points
Many in the Land Cruiser community may know me by my user name on the various forums, nuclearlemon. I am into all things Land Cruiser. It started in the 1980s when i was living in Illinois and was chatting with a local police officer and mentioned I had spent the day looking at Jeeps. He told me to go to his house the next day and schooled me in a 4x4 that would be far better at handling my abuse. A week later, I had a 1970 V8J40 cruiser. Since we women like accessorizing, I had to add a 78 FJ40 and a 69 FJ55 to go with. From there, it snowballed and I've since owned eight fj40s, four fj55s, and an fj60 in addition to my current stable of a 1962 fj40, two fj55s , an fj45 and two fzj80s.
I love getting out of town. I'm just as comfortable wheeling Chinaman Gulch as I am a dirt road, as long as there's not a Starbucks or Applebees in sight. I'm also active in the Colorado Association of 4wd Clubs and am a lifetime member of Blue Ribbon Coalition and a Cohvco member because I believe we need to do all we can to keep our roads and trails open.
Most of my rigs are long term projects, so I mostly wheel my 1996 fzj80, with 315/75r16s, 4.88 gears with arb lockers and well decked out for the comfort trip with a Maggiolina roof top tent, Arb fridge, ham radio and rear drawers packed with gear. On the milder trails and warm summer days, I like to take out my bone stock 1962 FJ40 and see how far up in altitude my little one barrel carb and 27" tires will take me.
My Trail Reviews (1)
(within last 6 months)
definitely an awesome trail. as mentioned NO fullsize and NO newbies. definitely recommend at least a rear locker, but a front locker will also help with wheel spin on the loose toddler head sized rocks that will keep you struggling on the switchbacks. we had two very experienced people in two very well set up land cruisers running the trail and the switchbacks took almost two hours due to one of the landcruisers being close to fullsize (full in width, not in length). he said he would not take a 200 series up it again but was glad he did. the rock on the switchbacks appears to be gone as neither of us remember it. a couple of the switchbacks show runoff ruts being created that resulted in a very impressive (and dangerous) wheel stand in the 200.
but don't think that once you're over the switchbacks you're done. you'll still climb a couple thousand more feet in elevation before going into tight trees with off camber turns and pigslop holes. you'll be paying attention the entire time which will wear you out by the end of the day and plan on a full day. we took about 7,5 hours from start to finish and with the exception of a 45 minute lunch break, we were pretty much non stop.