Trint Ladd

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 21100 points
Questions Answered: 1750 points

My Profile

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 (54)

(within last 6 months)
Keystone Gulch (09/20/2021)
As noted by others, the USFS has added a locked gate where the trail crosses onto Keystone Resort property between waypoints 1 and 2. (This is where the trail ends on the MVUM.) The change is permanent. Only a mile or so of wide dirt road and a couple of campsites are still accessible.
3 Bears (09/18/2021)
This week, Teller County issued a Stage 1 fire ban. This trail is not in Teller County, but it's less than half a mile from the county line, close enough that neighboring landowners might call in a fire if they smell your campfire smoke. Just something to keep in mind.
Boletes (09/18/2021)
This week, Teller County issued a Stage 1 fire ban. This trail is not in Teller County, but it's less than half a mile from the county line, close enough that neighboring landowners might call in a fire if they smell your campfire smoke. Just something to keep in mind.
Borrow Pit (09/18/2021)
This week, Teller County issued a Stage 1 fire ban. This trail is not in Teller County, but it's less than half a mile from the county line, close enough that neighboring landowners might call in a fire if they smell your campfire smoke. Just something to keep in mind.
Fish Creek (09/18/2021)
This week, Teller County issued a Stage 1 fire ban. This trail is not in Teller County, but in places, it's literally feet from the county line, close enough that neighboring landowners might call in a fire if they smell your campfire smoke. Just something to keep in mind.
North Fork Swan River (09/12/2021)
Great day today! NO SMOKE! The great views are back (for now). The fall color is just started to peek out. The willow brush is pretty much all turned. Aspens are just ramping up. Holy smokes! This trail has gotten GNARLY! The rocky stuff between WP4 and WP5 is BAD! And the V-Notch, I swear, is deeper than my whole truck now.
Saints John (09/12/2021)
Great day today! NO SMOKE! The great views are back (for now). The fall color is just started to peek out. The willow brush is pretty much all turned. Aspens are just ramping up. The rain and hail caught up to us at about 3pm at WP 4 and stayed with us all the way to the end. But the trail is in great shape.
Slaughterhouse Road (aka Slaughterhouse Gulch) (09/12/2021)
I saw JD's review and since this trail is just a few miles from my house, I wanted to see how it looked. There's still one paper sign about the closure, but no barricades and all gates are open. Rather than repair the washout, the FS just created a bypass and blocked the bad section. There are a LOT of new water breaks throughout the trail, some of them are huge, so watch your break-over angle. They added one huge water break that cuts all the way across the big rocky hill on the south side of the loop. That should make some lines more ... interesting. There is plenty of new weathering here and there, notice the pic of the mini-wash out down by the bottom parking area (between WP 11 and 12). I agree with others, the south side of the loop has gotten a lot rougher and the rock obstacles are pretty gnarly. Even the bypasses are pretty rough, but still doable in a stock truck. I'm not sure a 3 really cuts it anymore. Maybe a 4. We ran across a hunter in a stock Ford Expedition (on street tires) who got himself hung up trying to turn around (right at WP 7). We were able to yank him out and get him turned around. (No pictures to protect his dignity. ;) )
Mount Bross (08/15/2021)
Finally some clear skies!! So great to get up high! (But, MAN it sucks to have to skip the summit road.)
Buckskin Joe (08/15/2021)
What a great day to shake out the new bumper and suspension! Sunny skies (with much less smoke)! Buckskin Joe has some new washouts down that mean keeping your eyes on the road. Still a great trail.
Georgia Pass (08/15/2021)
Great day to shake out new bumper and suspension! And finally some clear skies! Is it just me or has the trail gotten rockier this year? (Especially from waypoints 7 to 11.) I do feel like the monster water breaks are starting to smooth out a little. Maybe long-wheel-base trucks are "plowing" them off a bit. :)
Georgia Gulch (08/15/2021)
Someone's done a fair job of clearing downed trees, although it looks to me like they were in a SxS, because most of the trees still impinge on the trail. I found one big tree down and took care of it. The logging operation has blocked part of the trail AGAIN forcing us off trail into their mess. I've sent those pics to the USFS. Maybe they can rein these guys in.
Sledge Hammer (07/16/2021)
Great trail. Great area! It had rained the night before, so there were lots of puddles to splash, but before that, it had been dry for weeks, so the mud was pretty firm.
3 Bears (07/15/2021)
Hot, dusty day, but afternoon clouds cooled things off. What a great, out-of-the-way, trail. Only saw a couple of other trucks all day.
Fish Creek (07/15/2021)
Hot day out. The creek and fishing pond are gorgeous, but it was nice to get back into the trees. Talked to a cool old guy who said he and his wife have camped here every year for 15 years!
Borrow Pit (07/15/2021)
Warm day. Too warm. It was nice to get into the trees for some shade. Fun, easy trail. So many epic campsites! Saw almost no one on the trails today. A couple of campsites were occupied.
Boletes (07/15/2021)
What a beautiful day on the trails! Warm, but with afternoon clouds rolling in. The trail was dusty and lonesome. We only saw a couple of trucks all day.
Middle Fork Swan River (07/13/2021)
Middle Fork is now completely open. Even the easy side of Tombstone Hill. The skies are terribly smokey, shrouding the normal views. Blech.
Mt. Lincoln (07/13/2021)
Fantastic new trail. It was overcast and trying to rain, but the views were still spectacular. And this year's wildflower crop is amazing.
Webster Pass (07/13/2021)
Dreary day. The skies are terribly smokey. The snow cornice still exists, but with little nerve and LOT of CAUTION, narrower rigs can squeeze through. PLEASE be careful here! Full-size trucks WILL NOT fit. (Then again, full-size trucks are not recommended for the Narrows anyway.) Note: The Tacoma is about the same width as a stock Jeep JK or JL.
South Padre Island Beach (06/28/2021)
We camped here in June of 2002, about halfway between waypoints 4 and 5 (yes, the "nude beach"). We slept in the back of my 94' Explorer and spent the days walking the beach all alone. We probably only saw 3 other trucks all weekend.
Red Cone (06/26/2021)
Wet, sloppy, but great day with MHJC. Thanks, Ryan, for spotting me through the rock obstacles. Buster the Taco Supreme did amazing. Made it through with zero drama.
Webster Pass (06/26/2021)
After Red Cone, came down the north side. The big snow cornice at the summit has a LONG way to go before the trail will be open through. The water crossing was not bad at all for this time of year.
Deer Creek (06/26/2021)
Wet, sloppy day. But any day on the trail is a good day.
Saints John (06/26/2021)
Wet, sloppy day. Rain, sleet, and patches of sun. Trail is open through.
North Fork Swan River (06/26/2021)
Wet, sloppy day, but at least I was on a trail! Came down from Saints John. VERY slick, with water running down most of the (lower) trail.
Georgia Pass (06/26/2021)
Wet, sloppy day, but glad to be on the trails!
Pennsylvania Creek (06/16/2021)
The trail is open through. Mostly dusty, but wet in a couple of spots.
Middle Fork Swan River (06/16/2021)
The trail is open up to Tombstone Hill. The "hard side" has almost no snow. The "easy side" is completely buried near the top. It looks like the high tundra before waypoint 15 is also buried. Give this another few weeks before trying to connect to Deer Creek.
Indiana Creek (06/16/2021)
The Forest Service has done a lot of work to the beginning of the trail. It's much wider, much less rocky, and no longer goes into the stream bed. Also, the junction with the Pennsylvania connector has been totally reworked.
Indiana Creek - Pennsylvania Creek Connector (06/16/2021)
The trail is open through. The Forest Service has made some big changes to the junction with Indiana Creek, eliminating the water crossing and adding a lot of smooth gravel.
Lower Yankee West (06/13/2021)
Trail is blocked by a 2 or 3 foot drift about 1/2 way down from Yankee.
North Fork Swan River (06/09/2021)
Per Jason at the Dillon Ranger District, the gate is open but the trail is snow blocked near treeline.
Middle Fork Swan River (06/09/2021)
Per Jason at the Dillon Ranger District, the gate is open but the trail is snow blocked near treeline.
Summitt Gulch (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe. Also, the USFS is doing a great job of clearing fallen trees, but they're still falling. Be prepared. Bring a saw!
Spruce Road (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe. Also, the USFS is doing a great job of clearing fallen trees, but they're still falling. Be prepared. Bring a saw!
Brewery Hill (06/07/2021)
The trail is open through. Muddy throughout. The big snowdrift still blocks the mud pit bypass at waypoint 3. Looks like earlier, someone slid off it into the pit and used a bunch of logs to get out. Fortunately, the pit has a firm base right now, so it's stock-passable.
Prospect Hill Road (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe. Also, the USFS is doing a great job of clearing fallen trees, but they're still falling. Be prepared. Bring a saw!
Prospect Hill/French Gulch Connector (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". LOTS of new trees down this year. The USFS is doing a great job of clearing fallen trees, but they're still falling. Be prepared. Bring a saw! Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe.
Preston Road/Prospect Hill Connector (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". A LOT of new trees down this year. The USFS is doing a great job of clearing fallen trees, but they're still falling. Be prepared. Bring a saw!
Preston Road (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe. Also, the USFS is doing a great job of clearing fallen trees, but they're still falling. Be prepared. Bring a saw!
Humbug Hill/French Gulch Connector (06/07/2021)
Open and nearly dry. The USFS is doing a great job of clearing fallen trees, but they're still falling. Be prepared. Bring a saw!
Gold Run Gulch (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe.
American Gulch/Humbug Hill (06/07/2021)
Small drifts between waypoints 5 and 10 are ripe for bustin', but I was by myself and didn't chance it. The rest of the trail is open. Wet, muddy in spots, but open. Clear-cut operations continue to change the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe. The area around the junction with Georgia Gulch has been cut. Looks like they've bulldozed a bunch of chipped material into the entrance of Georgia Gulch. It's a real mess.
Georgia Gulch (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe. The area around the end of the trail (waypoint 5, on American Gulch) has been cut. Looks like they've bulldozed a bunch of chipped material into the exit of Georgia Gulch. It's a real mess. Also, the USFS is doing a great job of clearing fallen trees, but they're still falling. Be prepared. Bring a saw!
Galena Gulch (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe. Also, the USFS is doing a great job of clearing fallen trees, but they're still falling. Be prepared. Bring a saw!
Forest Queen (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe. Also, the USFS is doing a great job of clearing fallen trees, but they're still falling. Be prepared. Bring a saw!
Draw Road (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe.
Extension Mill Road (06/07/2021)
Open through and "moist". Lots of clear-cutting going on in the area and changing the look and feel of the Golden Horseshoe.
Upham Gulch (05/15/2021)
Ran this with a group, cutting over from Gordon Gulch at WP 3. The trail was mostly wet but passable. The mud pits were REALLY bad, with water running through them. The trail leader had a FunTreks book that showed the (closed and illegal) route between Upham Loop and Upham Gulch which caused some confusion. Thankfully, I'd downloaded the tracks from TrailsOffroad and we got it sorted out.
East Upham Spur (05/15/2021)
Ran this with a group. The trail was mostly dry with a few wet/muddy spots. The trail leader had a FunTreks book that showed the (closed and illegal) route between Upham Loop and Upham Gulch which caused some confusion. Thankfully, I'd downloaded the tracks from TrailsOffroad and we got it sorted out.
East Upham Loop (05/15/2021)
Ran this with a group. The trail was mostly dry with a few wet/muddy spots. The trail leader had a FunTreks book that showed the (closed and illegal) route between Upham Loop and Upham Gulch which caused some confusion. Thankfully, I'd downloaded the tracks from TrailsOffroad and we got it sorted out.
Gordon Gulch (05/15/2021)
Ran this with a group, backwards from Sugarloaf. The trail was mostly dry with a few wet/muddy spots. At WP9, we cut across to Upham Gulch where the mud pits are REALLY bad, with water running through them. The trail leader had a FunTreks book that showed the (closed and illegal) route between Upham Loop and Upham Gulch which caused some confusion. Thankfully, I'd downloaded the tracks from TrailsOffroad and we got it sorted out.
Flake Road aka Illinois Gulch (05/01/2021)
Trails is open, dusty, and dry except for a couple of puddles near waypoint 2. No real mud. Saturday was VERY busy. More SxS's than trucks, but lots of trucks too. Moab has gotten a lot meaner since I was there last (a few years ago). The bypasses are still easy though.