Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 55900 points
Questions Answered: 6700 points

My Profile

Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Rock Crawling
My Garage:
  • (5" lift, 40"+ tires)
  • 2016 Ram 1500 (Stock lift, 32" tires)
Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.

My Garage (2)

Lift Size: 5"
Tire Size: 40"+
2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (LJ) Genright Aluminum Front Hiline fenders Genright Aluminum Rear Corner Armer Genright Mini boatside rock sliders Poison Spyder full cage Front custom bumper built by The Flop Shop Genright rear bumper Front axle is a custom 609 - Spidertrax 9'' center section with D60 outters, running a Yukon Grizzly locker, Yukon Hardcore locking hubs, and chromolly shafts. Rear axle is also a custom 609 - Trailgear 9" center, d60 shafts, Yuko Zip Locker. 40" Mickey Thompson Baja Boss tires 17'' ATX slab beadlocks Custom long arm lift with 14" ORI struts

2016 Ram 1500

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 32"

My Trail Reviews (37)

(within last 6 months)
Trail Creek Road (01/13/2022)
The trail might be impassable to most people, but it is no longer closed due to any fire activity.
Rollins Pass East (01/08/2022)
A great snow wheeling spot, but don't plan on getting more than a couple miles at best.
Jenny Creek (01/08/2022)
Trail can't even be reached at this point. I wouldn't venture down it with snow across it anyway.
Slaughterhouse Road (aka Slaughterhouse Gulch) (12/27/2021)
As mentioned from the day before, the trail is still open and 100% passable. There was maybe an inch of fresh snow from the night before and most of the trail was bare dirt; very unusual for this time of year. I felt the rating was spot on for the trail. For stock SUVs, pickups, and new off readers, this is a good trail to hone your skills. If you have a moderate to highly built vehicle, don't expect any challenges here. There are a few sort of steep hills, and a handful of flexy sections to twist your suspension, but no major obstacles and just random boulders and mud holes. At waypoint 12, there is a 100 yard spur heading south that does stop at fencing and not mentioned here, but it would make for a fantastic campsite, and is clearly used a lot for such. Also, above waypoint 12 is where I found the most fun spots. There are some deep washouts to really twist up the suspension.
Lininger Cutoff (12/27/2021)
A fresh snow the night before made for a winter wonderland trail ride. The water crossing was non existent as it was pretty dried out, and any remaining water has been well frozen. Once starting up the hill after waypoint 2, there were a couple of dicey sections trying to push us off the trail and down the hill. We were lucky enough to make it through without much issue because there was no ice under the fresh snow due to lack of snow so far this season. Made it all the way to the end and then returned the way we came back to hall valley. Only a few more days to enjoy this trail if you can.
Beaver Creek (12/27/2021)
Really great snow wheeling spot! The trail received probably 6-8" of fresh snow the night before and it made for great scenery and awesome snow shot. The trail is still passable in a high clearance vehicle and there were no issues with ice. This guide says the trail closes on 1/1 per the 2015 settlement agreement. However, I do not believe that to be correct. I can not find this trail listed in that settlement, and it is also not listed on the renewed seasonal closure list just signed in October. The lininger trails this connects to, are listed on both of those documents, just not this one. There is a different Beaver Creek trail in pikes peak ranger district that closes as well, but again, not this trail.
Slaughterhouse Road (aka Slaughterhouse Gulch) (12/23/2021)
The seasonal closure of Slaughterhouse does not begin until Jan 1 per the Forest Service. You can find the document backing that up here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd672409.pdf
White Owl Lake (11/23/2021)
This road is seasonally closed 11/23-5/20.
Blue Ridge (Williams Peak) (11/15/2021)
Seasonal Closure now in effect.
Red Cone (10/26/2021)
Wind drifted snow, and icy conditions have made the trail extremely dangerous. The pass is now considered impassable to regular 4wd users. For anyone still willing to attempt the trail, go prepared with chains, shovels, and stay on the designated trail.
Tierod Bender Rock Crawling Trail (10/23/2021)
This trail has changed severely over the summer due to flash flooding. A few obstacles are easier, a few are more difficult, and there are a ton more boulders in the drainage. An update to the trail guide will come very shortly.
Crystal Lake (10/15/2021)
Seasonal closure now in effect
Webster Pass (10/02/2021)
First snow of the season has fallen! Several inches came down Friday night, but the road was still passable. Lots of traffic all day. I came down Red Cone and then traversed the southern side to just below treeline to join a work project crew in the area doing fence repair. With the warm weather expected, this trail should dry out completely and I wouldn't expect it to be closed to travel until we get either one big snow or 2 back to back snows. Be cautious! It is not the snow itself that will make the trail dangerous, it is the ice under the snow you will not be able to see.
Red Cone (10/02/2021)
The first snow of the season has fallen! Snow began to accumulate just below treeline, and once above that, there were several inches of snow on the ground. The deepest was maybe 4"-5". The last 10 feet efore the summit was the most difficult as there was a little deeper snow drifted there and there was a thin layer of ice under the snow. Made the first tracks to the summit though, and then hung out a while and watched a couple jeeps and some UTVs take the descent down. When I went, it was a Bob sled run! Definitely a bit sketchy. I then headed down webster back towards hall valley to help on a trail repair project. As the day progressed, it got warmer and I saw a lot of snow melt off. With the warm weather expected, this trail will remain open a big longer. I would say the first time we have back to back snows it was close it off. Just be careful and don't try the descent if it looks icy or you are not comfortable. There are no problems with turning around.
Jones Mountain/Ptarmigan Lake (09/25/2021)
One word... EPIC!! This trail has totally epic views. The road up is a super steep, super rough, slow slog, but it is totally worth it. I can't really describe it, you just have to see it yourself.
Hope Gulch (09/25/2021)
I wish I would have read this guide before I ventured out today. I ran this trail totally by chance and as the user before me stated, I stopped not long after the MVUM. Which from my maps I could tell stops as it enters some private property parcels, but the road continues well beyond and has historically thus its validity. Still, the portion I drove was great. Yes... SUPER narrow and hard to pass if you come across someone. But... still a very nice trek.
Mineral Basin (09/25/2021)
Great trail for the views. Tons of camping along the road up, but it was very busy with campers. Not sure if it's usually that busy, or just the typical "covid" busy from the last year. Fall colors are definitely at their peak, maybe a little past this weekend.
Clear Lake (09/15/2021)
As of 9/15/21 the previous Forest closure has been lifted. The trail is now open.
Brush-Gypsum Road (09/07/2021)
As of 9/7, all closures related to the fire earlier in the year have been lifted. This road is back open.
Homestake Collection System Road (08/03/2021)
Homestake Road has experienced a washout which has closed the road, affecting access to Holy Cross.
Nolan Creek (07/31/2021)
Pretty limited traffic on this road and it doesn't have a lot of excitement, but it does have some really nice camping spots and offers a lot of seclusion and great hiking trails into holy cross wilderness. Fulford is a really cool town. A bunch of off grid cabins.
East Brush Creek (07/31/2021)
Super easy dirt road that should have some fantastic fall colors based on all of the aspens I saw. I traveled this on a rainy weekend and it was still pretty busy. The campgrounds in the area are pretty small, so don't be surprised if they fill up fast.
Stillwater Pass (07/30/2021)
The western side of Stillwater is closed again due to mudslides related to the East Troublesome Fire.
NFSR 815.1 (07/30/2021)
Trail is once again closed due to mud slides related to the East Troublesome fire.
Camway Trail (07/30/2021)
Due to mudslides related to the East Troublesome Fire, waypoints 9-10 are closed
Webster Pass (07/11/2021)
The final section of snow blocking the pass was shoveled open by users on Sunday, 7/11/21. Open to everything now including Jeeps.
NFSR 815.1 (07/09/2021)
This trail has finally opened back up after the fire. Not all roads in the area are back open, so be sure to check the closure order. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD930052&fbclid=IwAR31lE-KTMonx2qxlTwtz7r1zelsg51bOcy76TPQWzVmnCZ7-ugC2EOEUCs
Stillwater Pass (07/09/2021)
Stillwater has finally opened back up after the fire. Not all roads in the area are back open, so be sure to check the closure order. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD930052&fbclid=IwAR31lE-KTMonx2qxlTwtz7r1zelsg51bOcy76TPQWzVmnCZ7-ugC2EOEUCs
NFSR 814.1 (07/09/2021)
Updated closure info was released today, and this trail still remains closed from last year's fire. Although some roads in the area are now open. Please refer to the closure order for specifics along with a map. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD930052&fbclid=IwAR31lE-KTMonx2qxlTwtz7r1zelsg51bOcy76TPQWzVmnCZ7-ugC2EOEUCs
Camway Trail (07/09/2021)
Stillwater has finally opened back up after the fire. Not all roads in the area are back open, so be sure to check the closure order. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD930052&fbclid=IwAR31lE-KTMonx2qxlTwtz7r1zelsg51bOcy76TPQWzVmnCZ7-ugC2EOEUCs
Little Gravel Spur (07/09/2021)
This trail has finally opened back up after the fire. Not all roads in the area are back open, so be sure to check the closure order. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD930052&fbclid=IwAR31lE-KTMonx2qxlTwtz7r1zelsg51bOcy76TPQWzVmnCZ7-ugC2EOEUCs
Gravel Mountain (07/09/2021)
Gravel Mountain has finally opened back up after the fire. Not all roads in the area are back open, so be sure to check the closure order. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD930052&fbclid=IwAR31lE-KTMonx2qxlTwtz7r1zelsg51bOcy76TPQWzVmnCZ7-ugC2EOEUCs
Mosquito Pass (07/07/2021)
Open all the way
SOB Hill (07/07/2021)
Trail is open and passable for the season
Schofield Pass (07/07/2021)
Open all the way
Iowa Amphitheater (07/03/2021)
Although this trail is extremely short, I really enjoyed it. The views are spectacular and there is very little traffic along the Iowa Gulch drainage. We had this particular trail all to ourselves on a holiday weekend. The mining remains are slowly disappearing into the land, so I am not sure how many more years you will be able to see them. In a few instances, all that remains are a few piles of lumber and some steel bracing. Great trail for those that want to explore more of the rich mining history of leadville.
Lower Iowa Gulch (07/02/2021)
This trail is cool and provides great scenic views. And the Hellena Mine is really cool to see as well. However, I wouldn't go out of my way to do this trail by itself. Just connect this with the other roads in the area and make it a full day of exploring the mine history Leadville has to offer.

My Trails (112)