John

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Trail Reviews: 15400 points
Questions Answered: 1750 points

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Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Overlanding
My Garage:
  • 2019 Jeep Wrangler (4 door) (Stock lift, 33" tires)
John is a Colorado native who's been 4 wheeling since he got his first tacoma. His original goal of 4 wheeling was to get back into the campsites the Subarus couldn't quite get to. One trip after another, and now it's pretty much consumed all of his free time. He is currently living in Laporte, CO. When he is not coding for Trails Offroad or 4 wheeling, he also enjoys hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain biking.

My Garage (1)

2019 Jeep Wrangler (4 door)

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 33"
Bone stock JLU Rubicon...for now

My Trail Reviews (41)

(within last 6 months)
Sand Creek Pass (07/20/2021)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season
Caribou Creek (North) (07/06/2021)
This trail is open according to the Boulder Ranger District
Caribou Creek (South) (07/06/2021)
This trail is open according to the Boulder Ranger District
Cascade North Twin (07/06/2021)
I just called the Ranger District to verify whether this trail is open or not, and the answer I got is that it's open for the season!
Kelly Flats (07/05/2021)
If you are within a few hours of Kelly Flats and this is a trail you haven't done yet, do yourself a favor and go run this trail. This is easily one of the best trails in Northern Colorado and contends with one of the best trails in the state IMO. Amazing scenery, challenging obstacles, varying landscapes, water crossings, meadows filled with wildflowers, thick pine/aspen forests...this trail seriously has it all. I personally wouldn't run this trail with anything less than 33" tires. While there is evidence of the burn from the Cameron Peak fire last year, the trail is in incredible shape. My hat goes off to all those who helped protect this trail and helped get it running again. I try to save my 5-star ratings for trails that are really deserving of them, and this is one of those trails. The video linked below is mostly Kelly Flats (the 4runner scenes are from Old Flowers...)
Old Flowers Road (07/02/2021)
This trail is open for the season. They don't call it Old Flowers for nothing! Right now is prime time for wildflowers.
Kelly Flats (06/29/2021)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Kelly Flats is open for the season. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5300963
Santiago Mine (06/27/2021)
Fully clear and open to the mine! Park at the last WP and enjoy the mine by foot...and respect all signs!
McClellan Mountain (06/27/2021)
I love this trail. I love everything about it. We went out the weekend the forecast was looking ominous and were not disappointed. We had the entire place to ourselves camping off McClellan. We ran this trail all the way to the last 2 waypoints. The snowdrift image is heading out to the mine at WP 17. Talking to a few others running the trail, the section up to WP 18 also has a big drift. It will be a few weeks until this trail is 100%, but it's all clear to WP 16. A stock vehicle will be challenged on this trail, but it's one of the best in this area, especially this time of year. The columbines were out and it was a sight to behold.
Blair Mountain (06/03/2021)
This trail is open per the MVUM but may be impassable due to snowpack.
Montezuma Basin (06/03/2021)
This trail is open per the MVUM but may be impassable due to snowpack.
Transfer Trail (06/03/2021)
This trail is open per the MVUM but may be impassable due to snowpack.
Adams Lake (06/03/2021)
This trail is open per the MVUM but may be impassable due to snowpack.
Bear Town aka Kite Lake (06/03/2021)
This trail is open per the MVUM but may be impassable due to snowpack.
Bowen Lake Loop (06/03/2021)
This trail is open per the MVUM but may be impassable due to snowpack.
Rimrocker (05/25/2021)
According to rimrockertrail.org, as of 5/10/2021 "It’s official . . . The Rimrocker Trail is now open for adventure!"
Halligan Reservoir (05/25/2021)
This trail is open
Turkey Roost (05/25/2021)
This trail is open
The Catacomb Spur (05/22/2021)
Great place to camp near Chicken Corners. We were out here in the wind advisory and were very thankful we got a protected camp spot out here.
Onion Creek (05/22/2021)
I had an absolute blast on this trail. I would definitely run this again as I love water crossings. I got lucky and ran in it a rain storm which was a super atmospheric experience. Definitely one of my favorites in Moab!
Lockhart Basin (05/22/2021)
Ran this trail again in 2021, and we had a great time. IMO, still a solid 6. We had to winch a stock rubicon over WP 10 as the undercut was a bit gnarlier than last year. If you go solo, make sure you go prepared. This route is not for the faint of heart. I scraped pretty good on in my JLUR with a 2.5" lift on 35's, but successfully made it over with a bit of spotting.
Chicken Corners (05/21/2021)
Ran Chicken Corners out to Lockhart Basin during the wind advisory for San Juan county. This is still one of my favorites.
Switzerland Trail (05/16/2021)
Pretty cool trail for either having an easy day out in the woods, if it's early season and nothing else is open, or if you are a beginner. A few fun optional obstacles that truly give this trail the upper 5 rating. I had fun testing out my JLU Rubicon with a 2.5" lift on 35's. Otherwise, it's more or less a dirt road with some rocks.
Boulder County Road 68J (05/16/2021)
We ran this trail today. Just before the first obstacle there is a massive mud pit. I am in a lifted JLU Rubicon on 35s. Fully locked I could not get up it. Another Jeep and a lifted 4Runner turned around as well. To protect the trails resources I would consider this trail impassable until further notice. The mud pit swallowed my 35 instantly.
Pennsylvania Gulch (05/16/2021)
For me, a very type 2 fun (think not so much fun in the moment but gratifying after it's all done) trail. I am top heavy with an Ursa Minor (add 250lbs on the roof) so I was extra tippy on the off-camber shelf portions of this trail. This style of wheeling is not my cup of tea personally. The rocky portions were fun, however. I don't think I would do this trail again for how unstable I felt going up (again, this is for someone who is top-heavy).
Turkey Roost (05/14/2021)
Went up tonight to go camping and the gate was closed. Assuming the closure is due to all of the moisture we have had recently. If you plan on going up, give the Colorado parks and wildlife a call before you do just to verify.
Halligan Reservoir (05/14/2021)
Went up tonight to go camping at Turkey Roost and the gate was closed. Assuming the closure is due to all of the moisture we have had recently. If you plan on going up, give the Colorado parks and wildlife a call before you do just to verify.
Cherokee Park Road (05/14/2021)
We took this all away to waypoint 14. There was not a lot of mud but the road was in rough shape in a few spots (still easily passable by a 2wd vehicle). There was a moose and a baby along the way which was pretty cool to see!
Camaan Springs Road (05/10/2021)
A friend checked this trail over the weekend and this is what he saw. This is just after WP 2. Make sure you have the right recovery gear if you are going out in early conditions! Apologies for the small photos but apparently this guy needed recovery.
Halligan Reservoir (05/10/2021)
This trail is open for the season.
Turkey Roost (05/08/2021)
This trail is open for the season.
Hidden Splendor (04/12/2021)
We camped at the very end of Hidden Splendor after a long weekend trip. This is still such an amazing spot. Muddy Creek was running pretty good too, so a nice dip in the water after a long few days was extremely welcomed. I love this area of Utah.
Behind the Reef (04/11/2021)
This is THE trail to do in the swell! There are lots of great trails in this area, but this one has it all. Technical driving, incredible scenery, and some awesome hiking right off the trail. The camping at Chute Canyon was a peaceful spot to spend the night. This is one of those trails that I could run over and over and not get bored. So much to see and do, this is a bucket list trail!
Eye of the Whale (03/07/2021)
This is a really fun trail in Arches! Lots of fun sections and amazing scenery. A stock 4wd vehicle will have a challenge, but nothing too bad. Great trail if you are in Arches and you are trying to get out for some wheeling.
Klondike Bluffs (03/07/2021)
This is a great trail with some fun obstacles. Most of the concern you will experience will be off-camber segments. A few spots get rather tippy! The views along the way are awesome, and just enough technical obstacles to keep it interesting. I'd definitely run this trail again!
Klondike Bluffs Escape via Baby Steps (03/07/2021)
I had a blast spotting my fiance on this trail! I agree that the rating should be bumped up to a 4. Definitely has its challenges! I'd definitely run this trail again heading into Arches.
Tower Arch (03/07/2021)
This is a really fun trail in Arches! Lots of fun sections and amazing scenery. A stock 4wd vehicle will have a challenge, but nothing too bad. Great trail if you are in Arches and you are trying to get out for some wheeling.
Chicken Corners (03/06/2021)
This is a great trail if you have never been in the area, or if you are newer to offroading. It has amazing scenery and has a few technical obstacles. We saw a stock Jeep Patriot at the end for reference, so a stock 4wd vehicle will have no issues. An AWD vehicle with an experienced driver should be able to complete this trail. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is it sees a lot of traffic. Go early or go on a weekday to have a more remote experience.
Vedauwoo Road (01/10/2021)
Fun day exploring this area. Never been, but plan to return this summer to check it out! Easier trail with some awesome rock formations!
Crow Creek Road (01/10/2021)
I liked this trail a lot! This area is on my to-do list when the snow melts. Ample camping opportunities the entire way!
Pumpkin Vine Road (01/10/2021)
Basic connector road in the area. Not much to write home about, but it was awesome to do in the winter time when you're feeling the itch to get out!