Trint Ladd

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 17900 points
Questions Answered: 1650 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 (27)

(within last 6 months)
Pennsylvania Creek (06/16/2021)
The trail is open through. Mostly dusty, but wet in a couple of spots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.