Trint Ladd

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 10700 points
Questions Answered: 1250 points
Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
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" Hankook DynaPro ATM 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 custom mount Custom on-board air with Puma pump and Viair 2 gallon tank

My Trail Reviews (19)

(within last 6 months)
Mount Bross (08/16/2019)
What a thrill ride! The highest trail in the state! It snowed on us near the top. Snow! In August!! How cool is that?
Buckskin Joe (08/16/2019)
A clear summer day, so the views were excellent. The trail is dry, but not dusty. Looking up at Mt Bross across the valley is really awe-inspiring.
Radical Hill (07/26/2019)
The USFS gate on the north side of Webster Pass is still closed, so there's no way to get to the bottom of Radical Hill. I drove up from Deer Creek and flew my drone over the trail. The shelf at WP 5 and the switchback below that are still blocked with snow. From what I could tell, the trail may have a new and pretty severe washout just before WP 5.
Peru Creek (07/26/2019)
Peru Creek is clear and open. The USFS has done a spectacular job clearing huge avalanche debris and resurfacing the road in several places. The avalanche remnants are staggering!! Several 50-yard swaths. Massive trees snapped like twigs. Even now, there's 8 feet of snow in one spot just off the trail. Sadly, an avalanche obliterated the Maid of Orleans. There is nothing left but an ore cart perched on the debris pile.
Deer Creek (07/26/2019)
Great day today! We went up Deer Creek and down Saints John and made a few friends along the way. (Photos by my awesome wife.)
Webster Pass (07/26/2019)
The USFS gate on the north side is closed and locked. From the top of Radical Hill we saw a lone dirt bike going up the switchbacks on the north side of Webster. Unless he was a USFS Ranger, he rode around the gate. PLEASE don't be "that guy." I flew my drone from the top of Radical Hill over to the summit of Webster. The snow cornice nearly clear, but not quite.
Cinnamon Gulch (07/26/2019)
After extensive work to clear and repair avalanche damage, Peru Creek has reopened. Cinnamon Gulch has some avalanche debris blocking the spur trail to the Lower Pennsylvania Mine (WP 3). A locked gate has been added at the Upper Pennsylvania Mine (WP 4). And the road is now permanently closed just a few yards passed the Unknown Mine (WP 5).
Saints John (07/26/2019)
Drove up Deer Creek and Down Saints John today. The snowbank on the high tundra has receded and the trail is clear. The tracks out on the tundra are bad, but hopefully, they are dispersed enough that they will heal soon.
Brewery Hill (07/12/2019)
The trail is clear and varies between dusty dry and slippery wet. The mud pit bypass is clear. The mud pit is, well, muddy, but fairly firm and easily passable.
North Fork Swan River (07/12/2019)
The trail is very wet with runoff especially along the section between Waypoints 4 and 8. The Rocky Hill (Waypoint 11) is blocked with snow. (I flew my drone over it for the pics below.) The easy route is very nearly clear and maybe someone with more intestinal fortitude than me could try busting through. The hard route is buried deep and will be for a while yet. I got second-hand reports that the high tundra is blocked with a drift somewhere, but I could not verify this.
Middle Fork Swan River (07/12/2019)
Avalanche debris blocks the trail at Waypoint 8. (See drone pic.) PLEASE do not bypass this blockage by going off trail!! I flew my drone up to Tombstone Hill (Waypoints 10-14). The easy route of the climb is blocked by deep snow. The hard route looks clear but very wet. Both routes above Tombstone are blocked with snow. The high route is nearly clear and might be bustable. The low route is buried deep. Based on this, it's very likely that the tundra will be blocked further up. Tragically, the record breaking snow from last winter was too much for the Swandyke cabin. Check the last pic for the carnage. We lost an icon here.
Georgia Pass (07/12/2019)
The trail is very wet with late runoff. The ice in the Sluice Box (Waypoint 14) is very thick, but breaking off in large chunks. I didn't try it, but it is passable with enough skill or enough rig. PLEASE don't go off trail or make the trail wider as you navigate this obstacle!!
American Gulch/Humbug Hill (07/12/2019)
The trail is clear, dry and dusty!
Georgia Pass (07/08/2019)
I talked to Dillon Ranger district today (7/9/2019). The gate to Georgia Pass is open. However, the trail is impassable with snow just below treeline.
Cinnamon Gulch (07/08/2019)
I talked to Dillon Ranger district today (7/9/2019). Peru Creek is still closed and gated. They said the open date is a "moving target." The road needs some repair before Chihuahua. Just past there, the road is blocked by avalanche debris and will be closed for some time yet.
Warden Gulch (07/08/2019)
I talked to Dillon Ranger district today (7/9/2019). Peru Creek is still closed and gated. They said the open date is a "moving target." The road needs some repair before Chihuahua. Just past there, the road is blocked by avalanche debris and will be closed for some time yet.
Chihuahua Gulch (07/08/2019)
I talked to Dillon Ranger district today (7/9/2019). Peru Creek is still closed and gated. They said the open date is a "moving target." The road needs some repair before Chihuahua. Just past there, the road is blocked by avalanche debris and will be closed for some time yet.
Peru Creek (07/01/2019)
Today (7/2/2019) I talked to the Dillon Ranger District. Peru Creek is still gated. They hope to open the gate sometime this week, but even then, Peru Creek will only be open to Chihuahua Gulch. Anything beyond that will be closed until the FS guys can get up there and assess the trails.
Cinnamon Gulch (06/08/2019)
As of 6/9/2019, FS gate on Peru Creek is closed. Thus, Cinnamon Gulch is inaccessible.