Marcus Trusty

Mapping Crew - Colorado

My Profile

Year Started:
Off-Road Style:
Rock Crawling
My Garage:
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler (4 door) (3.5" lift, 39" tires)
  • 1988 Jeep Wrangler (2 door) (6+" lift, 40"+ tires)
  • 1946 Jeep CJ (Stock lift, 26" tires)
Marcus is a 4th generation Buena Vista, Colorado native who grew up bouncing around the central Colorado mountains in the back of his dad's CJ5. During his younger years, Marcus grew to appreciate public lands and the recreation opportunities backroads and 4-wheel drive trails offer. Marcus has been wheeling for 20 years now and has wheeled in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California. Until a few years ago Marcus had just been a participant in the wheeling community, but he has become much more active in preserving trails and working to make sure the wheeling community has their access maintained for future generations. In 2017 Marcus helped to found Colorado Off Road Enterprise - CORE, based out of Buena Vista. CORE has worked with the Forest Service and BLM and has volunteer agreements in place with both organizations. CORE also has a Forest Service trail adoption agreement in place for Grizzly Lake, Pomeroy Lake, Hancock Lake, Hancock Pass, and Tincup Pass, Tomichi Pass, Williams Pass, Ptarmigan Lake, Mineral Basin, Clohesy Lake, Lost Canyon, Champion Mill, Iron Mike Mine, and Slide Lake. If Marcus is not working you can generally find him somewhere out on the trails around Buena Vista.

My Garage (3)

2018 Jeep Wrangler (4 door)

Lift Size: 3.5"
Tire Size: 39"
2018 Jeep JLU, 3.6L motor,​ and 8-speed automatic transmission. 3.5" Metal Cloak Game Changer Lift. Falcon 3.3 shocks. 39" KM3 BFG Tires on 17x9 Battleborn Bootlegger Beadlock Wheels. 10K Warn Winch and ARB dual compressor.

1988 Jeep Wrangler (2 door)

Lift Size: 6+"
Tire Size: 40"+
1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ...well the body is an 88 at least. The motor is a 4.0 HO from a cherokee which is mated to a AX15 transmission and then to a doubler built with the front half of an NP231 case and a 4 to 1 low range Dana 300. The wheelbase has been stretched to 105"and the lift is from a 4-link rear and a 3-link front with ORI Struts. The front axle is a SuperDuty Dana 60 with a Yukon Grizzly Locker. The rear axle is a SuperDuty 10.5 with a Yukon Grizzly Locker. Complimenting all of this is a hydro assist steering system, 40" Cooper STT Pro Tires, BattleBorn beadlocks and armor on just about everything.

1946 Jeep CJ

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 26"
1962 CJ2A. All original with a 12v conversion. Still running bias-ply tubed tires.

My Trail Reviews (43)

(within last 6 months)
Hancock Lake (07/03/2022)
Fishing with the family. Had the lake all to ourselves.
Pomeroy Lakes (07/02/2022)
Busy day fishing at the upper lake, 20 fly fishermen came in after us. Hailed the entire drive out.
Hancock Pass (07/01/2022)
No snow left anywhere. The west Alpine Tunnel road to Pitkin is now open.
Iron Chest (06/26/2022)
A day in the clouds. Quick drive up and back, didn’t see anyone else outside our group.
Hancock Pass (06/26/2022)
Fully open, no issues. You still can’t get to Pitkin yet due to rock scaling.
Mount Princeton (06/19/2022)
Trail is fully open to the top.
Alpine Tunnel West (06/18/2022)
Closed due to rock scaling.
Hancock Pass (06/17/2022)
If you can handle deep snow on the St Elmo side, the pass is open. However, you can’t get to Pitkin because the Alpine Tunnel road is closed to rock scaling.
Cumberland Pass (06/13/2022)
Pass is totally free from snow. Went over the pass early this morning to a trail work job. Didn’t see another vehicle.
Baldwin Lake (06/10/2022)
Trail is fully open to the mine if you can manage the snow. Lake still has ice on it.
Mount Antero (06/10/2022)
Open to about halfway up the lower switchbacks. Still deep snow in places.
Mount Princeton (06/09/2022)
Busted through snow on the switchbacks and it’s open to waypoint 6. Deep snow at that point.
Pomeroy Lakes (06/02/2022)
Open to almost waypoint 8. Deep snow on the road.
Hancock Pass (06/02/2022)
Open to treeline, Waypoint 2. Deep snow on the road, will take several days for our tracks to melt out.
Hancock Lake (06/02/2022)
Today we opened the trail to the lake parking area. Still some deep snow in places but within a few days our tracks will be melted out.
Clohesy Lake (05/30/2022)
Trail is fully open for summer!
Puma Road (aka La Salle Pass) (05/28/2022)
Nice drive, easy road. Tons of SxS machines and motorcycles.
China Wall Road (05/28/2022)
We put up a new kiosk signs at the gates and pre-ran the trail with the Forest Service and the Colorado 4-Wheelers. Trail is ready to open June 16th.
Mineral Basin (05/24/2022)
It’s close to being fully open. Made it 8 miles pushing through deep snow. Another week or two and it will be fully open.
Jones Mountain/Ptarmigan Lake (05/22/2022)
More new snow is keeping the trail closed at waypoint 4.
Hope Gulch (05/22/2022)
Trail is almost open to waypoint 4. Deep snow on the shelf road at that point.
Grizzly Lake (05/19/2022)
Trail is fully open! That is, if you can navigate the snow slide at waypoint 5. Lake is still mostly covered in ice.
Tincup Pass (05/19/2022)
The pass is open to the large cornice just before the summit on the St. Elmo side.
Jones Mountain/Ptarmigan Lake (05/15/2022)
Open to almost waypoint 4 if you can handle deep snow.
Mineral Basin (05/15/2022)
Open to almost waypoint 10 if you can handle deep snow.
Pomeroy Lakes (05/10/2022)
Deep snow at the trailhead. It will be a couple weeks before you can get up the first section.
Alpine Tunnel East (05/10/2022)
Couldn’t quite get to the Hancock Townsite. Deep snow on the road.
Mount Antero (05/10/2022)
Open for about 1.5 miles. Deep snow at an incut preventing further progress.
Tincup Pass (05/10/2022)
Made it about 4.5 miles in from St Elmo. Deep snow in places.
Grizzly Lake (05/10/2022)
Made it to just before waypoint 4. Snow still covering the road at the off-camber section.
Fourmile Area: Spanish Mills (05/08/2022)
Totally dry on the trail. Creek is running shallow.
Fourmile Area: Sevenmile Creek (05/08/2022)
Gates are open and the trail it totally dry.
Fourmile Area: Natural Bridge (05/08/2022)
Totally dry throughout the loop!
Fourmile Area: Lenhardy Cutoff (05/08/2022)
All the snow is gone and lithe trail is open for the season. Waypoint 2 has some water issues as the beaver pond outlet is going across the road.
Fourmile Area: Chubb Park (05/08/2022)
Totally dry in Chubb Park today. Open for the summer.
Pritchett Canyon (04/30/2022)
Spectacular day on Pritchett. Weather was gorgeous, and there was quite a bit of traffic on the trail. Our group had a water pump issue, but otherwise made short work of all the obstacles.
Coyote Canyon (04/29/2022)
Awesome day crawling Coyote Canyon rocks. 6 rigs, zero issues.
Mineral Basin (04/24/2022)
Made it to waypoint 6 through deep snow today. No other vehicles on the trail.
Broken Arrow (03/25/2022)
Great trail for an afternoon run. Combined with Soldiers Pass for a day of fun. The pink Jeep parade was in full swing, but not much other traffic.
Soldier's Pass Trail (03/25/2022)
Short but fun trail. Fairly easy for a stock JT Mojave. Lots of hikers but only saw 4 other vehicles. Combined this trail with Broken Arrow for a full day in Sedona.
Gemini Bridges (02/20/2022)
Easy morning drive. Saw 4 other vehicles and a few people camping. Nice loop combined with Long Canyon.
Long Canyon (02/20/2022)
Trail was clear and dry. Recent road maintenance makes it seem a bit easier than last summer.
Tukuhnikivatz Arch (02/19/2022)
Beautiful day in February, mid 50s and clear skies! Easy trail for my Gladiator Mojave.