John

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Year Started:
2014
Off-Road Style:
Overlanding
My Garage:
  • 2019 Jeep Wrangler (4 door) (Stock lift, 33" tires)
  • 2005 Toyota Tundra (Stock lift, 30" tires)
John is a Colorado native who's been 4 wheeling since he got his first tacoma. His original goal of 4 wheeling was to get back into the campsites the Subarus couldn't quite get to. One trip after another, and now it's pretty much consumed all of his free time. He is currently living in Laporte, CO. When he is not coding for Trails Offroad or 4 wheeling, he also enjoys hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain biking.

My Garage (2)

2019 Jeep Wrangler (4 door)

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 33"
Bone stock JLU Rubicon...for now

2005 Toyota Tundra

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 30"
Stock...for now

My Trail Reviews (59)

(within last 6 months)
Moody Hill (12/01/2022)
According to the MVUM, this trail has closed for the year.
Caribou Creek (South) (12/01/2022)
According to the MVUM, this trail has closed for the year.
Chicken Park (12/01/2022)
According to the MVUM, this trail has closed for the year.
Dakan Road (12/01/2022)
According to the MVUM, this trail has closed for the year.
Long Hollow Road (12/01/2022)
According to the MVUM, this trail has closed for the year.
Red and White Mountain (11/22/2022)
This trail has closed for the season. See you next year!
Adams Lake (11/22/2022)
This trail has closed for the season. See you next year!
Blair Mountain (11/22/2022)
This trail has closed for the season. See you next year!
Bowen Lake Loop (11/22/2022)
This trail has closed for the season. See you next year!
Montezuma Basin (11/22/2022)
This trail has closed for the season. See you next year!
Moody Hill (11/12/2022)
I ran this trail for the first time after living in Fort Collins for the last six years, and I have to say, it's one of my new favorites. I am not much of a rock crawler personally, but I found the mandatory obstacles to be challenging with amazing views and superb dispersed campsites. I think Moody just made it to my once-a-year must-do trail list.
Potts Mountain Jeep Trail (11/05/2022)
WHAT A TRAIL!! This is what it's all about - camping, obstacles, mud, rocks, and water crossings. I had an absolute blast on Potts Mountain. If you have the rig to do it, this is an all-time trail. Why this isn't a Jeep Badge of Honor trail? I have no idea, but it should be. The obstacle at Waypoint 10 will undoubtedly be the biggest test for your rig. Call up your buddies and plan a weekend to do this. You won't regret it.
Stone Camp (11/02/2022)
This was easily my favorite trail we did in our exploration of Virginia. This is just one of those trails that has it all! I loved the rock obstacles and the scenery on either side was top-notch. The next time I find myself out east, I will make it a point to loop this trail in.
Union Springs (11/02/2022)
I found this trail to be rather average compared to a few other trails in the area. The one saving grace is that it takes you to Stone Camp, which is a MUST-DO trail in this area if you have the rig. Would I run this trail just to run this trail? No. Would I run it to access Stone Camp? All day long!
Skidmore Fork/Dunkle Hollow Road (11/01/2022)
I liked this trail up until the rocky, shelfy, off-camber portion that never seemed to end. Just rocky enough to be tiring, but not in a fun or challenging way. The reservoir at the bottom was awesome, but I can see that getting very busy. I would definitely recommend this trail for someone new to offroading, but I found Stone Camp to be the most interesting way up to the Flagpole Knob area.
Flagpole Knob (11/01/2022)
I am a bit conflicted in writing this review. I think Flagpole is a must-do trail if you have never done it. The view from the top is absolutely incredible. However, the trail is very easy so expect to see a lot of people. The amount of illegal off-trail paths nearing the summit was disheartening to see as well. I also found it a bit weird that people left memorials of their family and friends who have passed in such a spot with the potential for disrespect/vandalism.
Rausch Creek Off Road Park: 11 (10/29/2022)
Trail 11 was one of my favorite trails at Rausch Creek. It had just a little bit of everything. I would recommend this trail to anyone new to offroading and looking to test their skills!
Rausch Creek Off Road Park: Crawl Daddy (10/28/2022)
Crawl Daddy was a blast. We technically did not go up "Crawl Daddy" - the signs made that very apparent, but the bypass to the top provided a good challenge for the 2 door on 37s. I'd recommend this trail to anyone running 35's or larger who loves to challenge their skills and vehicle.
Rausch Creek Off Road Park: Crawler Ridge (10/28/2022)
If you have a purpose-built rig, this little section of trail should be on your to-do list. For me as a basic wheeler who loves to get as far out and as remote as possible, I didn't really care much for this trail/obstacle. However, it was very cool to see what a built rig can do.
Gulches ORV Park: Arrowhead Alley (10/14/2022)
This trail was very short but also, really fun to watch the Jeep's solid axle flex through the ravines. Stay on top of the highest points to make sure you don't get high-centered!
Gulches ORV Park: Trail 1 (10/14/2022)
Honestly, I wouldn't take my review seriously as I am not the clientele this ORV park is catered to. If you have a built rig and you seriously enjoy offroading, I can see this park being a 5-star network of trails. But if you are an overlander who just uses their rig to get away from the Subarus to find an epic remote campsite, this won't be your cup of tea. Regardless of my whining, I still had a fun time watching our Jeeps flex through the obstacles in this park.
Gulches ORV Park: River Road (10/14/2022)
This was one of my favorite trails at the Gulches and I was blown away by the harder trails that you see along the way. I could see a highly modified rig/buggy having a blast out here!
Gulches ORV Park: Palmetto Krawler (10/14/2022)
Out of all the trails in The Gulches, I enjoyed this one the most. The off-camber obstacles and the rutted, trenched trails definitely added a bit of excitement. I didn't find this trail to be very tough either in our JLU Rubicon. I had a blast and I would recommend this trail to anyone!
Gulches ORV Park: Trail 14 (10/14/2022)
This was my least favorite trail in the suggested easy loop. Since the blue trails aren't too tough (we just didn't know what to expect so we stayed on the greens), I would recommend bypassing this trail and taking Palmetto Krawler out, which was much more enjoyable.
Wolf Den (10/12/2022)
This trail had a really fun optional obstacle and some great camping, otherwise, it is relatively boring. We just used it to connect a few other trails in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way to just run this trail.
Slab Pile (10/12/2022)
This trail was rather..."meh". I ran it once to say that I did it, but wouldn't go back. The other trails in the area provided much more interesting experiences.
Rocky Mountain Loop (10/12/2022)
We ran this trail twice to map it correctly, and honestly, I found this trail to be a really fun time. The camping was spectacular along this trail and the mandatory obstacles still provided us some challenge. I could see a built rig having a blast on the optional obstacles.
Dickey Bell (10/11/2022)
I really had no idea what to expect along this trail but let me just say, pictures just never do it justice. We ran this with a stock JLU Rubicon and a JLU Rubicon with a 2.5" lift with 35's. Both rigs took the easiest lines of the harder line choices (not the bypasses, which were hard in their own right). Both rigs used lockers to get up and over. The tension was palpable spotting both rigs up to the top, but the feeling of joy and satisfaction was overwhelming as we neared the top. This Jeep Badge of Honor trail is not to miss! I had a great time. As an avid camper, this trail fit all the bills with some nice camp spots to boot. I would recommend this trail to anyone looking to take their wheeling to the next level!
Dutch John (10/11/2022)
This trail was another great trail to explore in Uwharrie. Not a ton of challenge but the leaves changing colors were a real treat when we went. It was crazy to see how deep the walls are on the steep incline portion and that the trail at one point was at the elevation of the surrounding walls. I would recommend this trail to anyone.
Falls Dam (10/11/2022)
This was a fun trail at Uwharrie but not nearly the best IMO. The mud pit I am sure is a fun spectator event in the wet months as it is DEEP. I would suggest this trail to access Dickey Bell and still wanting to stay on a trail vs a maintained dirt road. The camping was not bad along the way.
Bald Mountain Jeep Trail (10/04/2022)
This trail was the first trail we ran in Virginia. Coming from the west, where wheeling is plentiful, I found this trail to be absolutely incredible. Lots of good challenges, great views, awesome camping, and overall, just a great trail all around. I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for some technical overlanding in this area. I can't wait to run this trail again!
Chihuahua Gulch (08/11/2022)
We ran Chihuahua Gulch and hiked up to the lake. Just an awesome trail so close to Denver. This one will definitely test a stock rig!
Middle St. Vrain (07/30/2022)
I ran MSV again as an out and back to access the Gibraltar Lakes hike at the very end of this trail. This trail is one of my all-time favorites! Great camping, great hiking, and great wheeling. Plan for about 5-6 hours for the Gibraltar Lakes hike (~10 miles RT with 1500ft vert and a bit of route finding at the very end as you approach the lake). We had a great time taking my buddy up there with a full-size rig (Silverado 1500 on 33's), who needed a bit of spotting but made it all the way! As we were coming back down, we saw an even bigger rig tackling this trail. This trail is full-size friendly, but you will want at least 33's.
Chihuahua Gulch (07/24/2022)
This was my first time running this trail, which was awesome for several reasons. The main reason, this is a great 4x4 trail that connects to a hiking trailhead up to a gorgeous Colorado mountain lake. The mosquitos were awful, but a small price to pay for views of mountain lakes and streams surrounded by peaks. There was awesome camping as you neared the top, making the morning pretty easy for us to wake up and hike to Chihuahua Lake. I think this trail guide rating is pretty darn accurate. However, I would say it's a well-deserved 4-difficulty rating. I had no issues in my JLU with a 2.5" lift and 35" tires. I only bottomed out on a few spots, mostly due to looking at my surroundings instead of the trail. We saw a few stock rigs up there, so it's definitely possible, but I would wager a guess and say they got out a few times to spot lines. All in all, the 4x4 trail is a 4-star trail, but the fact this trail has awesome hiking access and nice dispersed camp spots bumps this up to a 5-star review. I would easily go hike this again and camp along this trail! A lot of Colorado counties have Stage 1+ fire bans, but Summit County did not while we were up here, hence the pictures of the fire. If you are unsure, the best thing to do is call the Ranger District where you plan to travel.
Coney Creek Road (aka Coney Flats) (07/21/2022)
I always run MSV to Coney as a loop and still feel the same way about it. After the epic water crossing, this trail is a dud. The most challenging obstacle (between WP 2 and 3) was much easier this year than it has been in the past, so the 5-5 difficulty is spot on.
Middle St. Vrain (07/21/2022)
I love this trail! Great wheeling, great camping, and great hiking opportunities at the end. Today was a quick mission but fun and rewarding trail all the way through. The 5-5 difficulty rating is spot on.
Caribou Creek (South) (07/04/2022)
Open for the season
Imogene Pass- Alternate Northern Access (07/02/2022)
According to one of our members, this trail is passable the entire way. Have a great year exploring the San Juans!
Lead King Basin (06/22/2022)
According to reports from some of the members here, Lead King is open and passable.
Red and White Mountain (06/21/2022)
According to the MVUM, this trail is open! Snow may be present on high country trails, so please plan accordingly.
Old Flowers Road (06/19/2022)
They don't call it Old Flowers for nothing! If you or someone you know loves wildflowers (especially Columbines) and you have a stock 4wd vehicle, this is a great trail to do outside Fort Collins. Highly recommended!
Chicken Park (06/19/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Barbour Fork (06/19/2022)
Thanks to all members leaving a review letting us know this is partially open. We will be updating the trail guide shortly.
Deadman Road (06/17/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Deadman Hill (06/17/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Kingston Peak (06/17/2022)
I just called the ranger district. They are still working on opening up this trail, and say it might be next week before this trail opens but told me to check the website as they are going to update it as soon as they verify it is safely passable. The ranger I talked to was very nice and apologized for the delay. Apparently, they are understaffed and are working as fast as they can to ensure these trails get opened in a safe manner. We will also update Trails Offroad as soon as we see the status change to OPEN. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5339508
Pole Hill (06/17/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Pierson Park North (06/17/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Johnny Park Road (06/17/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Pierson Park South (06/17/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Button Rock (06/17/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Middle St. Vrain (06/17/2022)
I just called the ranger district. They are still working on opening up this trail, and say it might be next week before this trail opens but told me to check the website as they are going to update it as soon as they verify it is safely passable. The ranger I talked to was very nice and apologized for the delay. Apparently, they are understaffed and are working as fast as they can to ensure these trails get opened in a safe manner. We will also update Trails Offroad as soon as we see the status change to OPEN. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5339508
Caribou Creek (North) (06/17/2022)
I just called the ranger district. They are still working on opening up this trail, and say it might be next week before this trail opens but told me to check the website as they are going to update it as soon as they verify it is safely passable. The ranger I talked to was very nice and apologized for the delay. Apparently, they are understaffed and are working as fast as they can to ensure these trails get opened in a safe manner. We will also update Trails Offroad as soon as we see the status change to OPEN. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5339508
Caribou Creek (South) (06/17/2022)
I just called the ranger district. They are still working on opening up this trail, and say it might be next week before this trail opens but told me to check the website as they are going to update it as soon as they verify it is safely passable. The ranger I talked to was very nice and apologized for the delay. Apparently, they are understaffed and are working as fast as they can to ensure these trails get opened in a safe manner. We will also update Trails Offroad as soon as we see the status change to OPEN. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5339508
Crown Point Road (06/17/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Old Flowers Road (06/17/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Pearl Beaver Road (06/17/2022)
According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, this trail is open for the season!
Boulder County 93 aka Switzerland North (06/10/2022)
Not a bad little trail to spend the day on, especially due to its proximity to the Front Range. This would be a good trail for off-season wheeling, but it's not a trail I would seek out in prime season. While there is no camping along this trail, camping can be found on some of the side trails.
Transfer Trail (06/03/2022)
According to the MVUM, this trail is open for 2022! It may be impassable at this time of year due to snowpack, so travel/plan accordingly.