Trint Ladd

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 15200 points
Questions Answered: 1650 points
Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
  • (1.5" lift, 32" tires)
Trint grew up riding dirt bikes in the creek beds of the Texas Panhandle. While attending college in Colorado in the late 1990's, he saw a magazine article about a Ford Explorer four-wheeling club. He never saw his Explorer as an adventure vehicle before, but quickly joined up and caught the bug. With his engineering background, Trint has always respected the factory design of a good truck (and recognized when manufacturers put cheap parts into something marketed for off road use). "A good driver, with a well built, stock truck can do trails that would break a $50k, built-up rig with an inexperienced driver." He put that 1st gen Explorer though hell and it always held up, earning great respect from the "big dawgs" in the club. (And earning the nickname, "The Idiot Stocker.") The truck was christened "BamBam" because of the frequent sounds ringing out from the factory skid plates. Now that Trint is "grown-up" (quotation marks intentional), he's a bit less inclined to dent up his pretty Toyota Tacoma, but still feels the same way about superior engineering. Trint's love for the mountains was ingrained at a very early age. 8mm film exists of 18-month-old Trint in a backpack on his dad's back while riding dirt bikes through the mountains of Red River, NM. Although Trint does enjoy a good, tough, technical rock trail, he can often be found on easier, winding, Alpine roads just taking the glory of God's country.

My Garage (1)

Lift Size: 1.5"
Tire Size: 32"
2011 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road - "Buster" "Leveling lift" raised the front about 1.5 inches via Bilstein 5100 adjustable shocks. Otherwise stock. 32" Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx on American Racing Mojave 16x8 wheels 4XInovation rock sliders RCI front skid plate AVEC 30" LED light bar (hidden behind stock front bumper) Cobra 75 WXST CB with Firestik antenna on Relentless hood mount. Custom on-board air with Viair pump and 2 gallon tank

My Trail Reviews (11)

(within last 6 months)
Georgia Pass (11/12/2020)
Snow is FINALLY falling in Summit County. There is still some time to get snow wheeling in before the gates close. There is somewhere around 4 to 8 inches on the trail down in the trees. I assume there will be much more higher up. I turned around at 4 as I was riding solo and didn't want to get into trouble.
North Fork Swan River (11/11/2020)
Snow is FINALLY falling in Summit County. There is still some time to get snow wheeling in before the gates close. There is somewhere around 4 to 8 inches on the trail down in the trees. I assume there will be much more higher up. I turned around between WP 3 and 4 as I was riding solo and didn't want to get into trouble.
Middle Fork Swan River (11/11/2020)
Snow is FINALLY falling in Summit County. There is still some time to get snow wheeling in before the gates close. There is somewhere around 4 to 8 inches on the trail down in the trees. I assume there will be much more higher up. There is a tree down just past WP 3, but it's not enough to force you off trail. Tire tracks in the snow stopped about halfway between WP 3 and 4. I made it to WP 4 with no problem but turned around there as I was riding solo and didn't want to get into trouble.
American Gulch/Humbug Hill (11/11/2020)
Snow is FINALLY falling in Summit County. There is still some time to get snow wheeling in. I was following someone else's tracks up from Georgia Pass. I probably went farther than I should have considering I was riding solo. Snow was over 8" deep by the time I got to WP 9. I slid off the up-hill side pretty badly. Seems like the tracks I was following were not exactly on the trail and it's narrow there. I couldn't get enough momentum to continue up. Decided to turn around rather than chance sliding off the downhill side. (Yikes!!)
Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) (10/17/2020)
Hot and dusty today. Very windy with a hint of smoke in the air. Ran this for the first time today solo in a (almost) stock Tacoma on 32s. The pit at WP4 is dry and rock-hard. It looked easier than trying the narrow bypass, so I took it without issue. I wasn't sure about the Hill obstacle at WP6, and my GPX data mentioned the bypass, so I took it. (No indication it was closed. I should have done more research before heading out!) I find it hard to believe the hill is harder than the bypass! It was gnarly. But I made it through the rock climb on the left with a heavy dose of ATRAC.
Gamble Gulch (10/17/2020)
Drove the south half of this road after doing Pickle Gulch. It was very windy with just a bit of smokey smell in the air. Road is dry and dusty.
Gamble Gulch Connector (10/17/2020)
Drove this to head back to town after doing Pickle Gulch. Dry and dusty. Very windy and just a hint of smokey smell in the air.
American Gulch/Humbug Hill (10/10/2020)
The lumber work going on around Lincoln Park has spread down American Gulch. The road is wider and smoother now from the meadow past waypoint 13. It's been SO dry this summer and with all the heavy machinery on the trail, the dust is unbearable. Baby powder fine and probably an inch deep.
Webster Pass (09/19/2020)
Great day on the trails! Man, the forest is SO dry! Please don't do anything stupid and burn down our playground. Please.
Georgia Pass (09/19/2020)
Great day on the trails! I was surprised to find new "no camping" signs at the camp sites at waypoint 2.
Middle Fork Swan River (09/19/2020)
Great day on the trails! I was surprised to find new "no camping" signs at the camp sites at waypoint 3.