Bill Andrews

39750

Mapping Crew - Colorado

My Profile

Year Started:
1976
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
  • 2004 Jeep Wrangler (2 door) (Stock lift, 30" tires)
  • 1994 Jeep Cherokee (6+" lift, 31" tires)
  • 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee (Stock lift, 29" tires)
Bill is an off-road enthusiast with nearly 30 years of 'wheeling experience. At one time he had a streak of about 20 years of 4-wheeling at least once a month. He likes anything from easy, dirt roads to difficult trails but stops short of extreme. Over the years he has traveled over 700 different trails, mostly in Colorado and Utah. He loves finding and exploring new areas and sharing his knowledge with others. He has been the coordinator of Calvary 4-Wheelers for many years.

My Garage (3)

2004 Jeep Wrangler (2 door)

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 30"
The Wrangler is actually my wife's trail rig but I borrow it from time to time, especially if my Cherokee is down. It is bone stock except for very slightly oversized BFG All-Terrains.

1994 Jeep Cherokee

Lift Size: 6+"
Tire Size: 31"
1994 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) Stock 4.0L I-6 engine Stock AW-4 automatic transmission NP 231 transfer case with slip yoke eliminator and CV style driveshaft Custom high-flow exhaust Front Dana 30 with 4.10 gears and TruTrack Limit Slip Rear Dana 44 with 4.10 gears, ARB locker, and off-brand rock guard/slider Front suspension: Rubicon Express adjustable upper and lower control arms, Grand Cherokee 3 inch lift coil springs (give about 6 inches of lift on the XJ), Rubicon Express heavy duty trac bar with cross brace, Rancho 9000 shocks with bar pin eliminators Rear suspension: Skyjacker 4.5 inch leaf springs, heavy duty 2 inch lift shackles, lower shock mounts relocated for better clearance Steering: Durango heavy duty steering box conversion, C-Rock inner and outer steering box mount reinforcements, steering box brace, drop pitman arm, Grand Cherokee drag link and tie rod, Rancho 5000 steering dampener 31x10.5 BFG KM2 mud terrain tires on 15 inch Unique Wheel Rockcrawler rims Older style Tomkin front bumper with receiver Older style Tomkin rear bumper Class III receiver hitch Gas tank skid plate Older style Tomkin rock sliders Uniden PRO520XL CB radio with magnetic mount antenna Front fenders were removed a few years ago to re-weld the door hinges. I thought I would trim them and put on JK flares while I had them off and just haven’t finished the project.

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 29"
The Grand is Missy's daily driver, our camper puller and light duty wheeler. It is a "Limited" addition with all the bells and whistles, most of which still work.

My Trail Reviews (23)

(within last 6 months)
Rainbow Road (11/26/2022)
Calvary 4-Wheelers ran Rainbow Road as part of our annual "Turkey Wheeling" trip the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We had three rigs along me in my stock TJ, Rich in his stock Ford Ranger, and Jon and Delila in Jon's stock Dodge Dakota. The first mile or two of the trail were hard-packed snow with a few icy places. Higher up, the trail was less packed but well tracked making it a little slick but manageable. Near the end there were two spots that had partially re-drifted making them mildly challenging for our stock rigs but we all made it to the parking area unassisted. The weather was clear and sunny but chilly and windy so we did not hike the last couple hundred yards to the lake but it was very pretty and scenic.
Chinns Lake (11/26/2022)
Calvary 4-Wheelers ran Rainbow Road as part of our annual "Turkey Wheeling" trip the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We had three rigs along: me in my stock TJ, Rich in his stock Ford Ranger, and Jon and Delila in Jon's stock Dodge Dakota. we got to Fall River Reservoir early enough that we decided to see how far up the spur to Chinn's Lake we could get. Besides being steeper and rougher, this trail was quite a bit snowier than Fall River Reservoir. We made it to Waypoint 2 without much trouble but, with the snow covering it, the rutted section was challenging for our stock rigs without chains. I managed to get the TJ through it in a couple of attempts. Jon needed a couple of tugs with a strap to get the Dakota through, and Richard took a couple of attempts but got the Ranger through unassisted. From there it got increasingly harder as the fine powder got deeper and the tracks on the trail had not packed it. I got the TJ up the hill and around the corner to within a few hundred yards of the hair pin before the final ascent to the lakes. Jon, however, was not faring so well and could not make it to the corner. It was time to either chain up or turn around. We decided to turn around and head up to Yankee Hill, however, in turning around I started sliding toward the edge and could not go forward or back without sliding further toward it. I radioed down to Jon and Rich that I was going to need assistance. They hiked up the hill from where they had turned around with shovels, straps and a come-a-long. We spent the next two hours using the come-a-long to extract the TJ and get it turned around. We never did make it over to Yankee Hill.
Washoe Gulch (11/12/2022)
Calvary 4-Wheeler ran this trail as part of a meandering route through the Yankee Hill network on Saturday, November 12. There was more snow on this trail than others around it since it is in the trees more. The combination of snow and rocks made the trail very difficult for our stock rigs with us having to make multiple attempts is several places, especially in the rock garden but we were able to make it all the way through. Built rigs prepared for snow-wheeling would probably have no problems. A fairly large rut has formed a little before Waypoint 7 which required very careful tire placement. I think the difficulty level could be increased to a 3-4. We did not take any pictures.
Cumberland Gulch (11/12/2022)
Calvary 4-Wheelers ran a large portion of the middle of the trail as part of a meandering route through the Yankee Hill network on Saturday, November 12. We started near the top at the intersection with Sheridan Hill and traveled down to Washoe Gulch, taking a little lunch break at the Lombard Mine. The trail was mostly clear with occasional patches of ice and packed snow.
Sheridan Hill (11/12/2022)
Calvary 4-Wheelers ran this trail as part of a meandering route through the Yankee Hill network on Saturday, November 12. We went backwards from the written guide, starting on Yankee Hill and ending on Cumberland Gulch. The lower part of the trail in the trees had about 2-3 inches of well-tracked snow. As we got higher there was less snow with only patches of packed snow here and there. The weather was partly cloudy to clear and the views were spectacular with snow-capped peaks all around.
Yankee Mosquito Alternate (Kingston Peak Cutoff) (11/12/2022)
Calvary 4-Wheelers attempted to run this trail backwards from the guide, starting off of Waypoint 3 of Yankee Mosquito. After barely making the turn and only climbing a few hundred yards, the snow over the rocks proved to be too much for our stock vehicles and we had to back down and return up Yankee Mosquito. Well-built vehicles prepared for snow-wheeling should still be able to complete the trail.
Yankee Mosquito (Kingston Peak Cutoff) (11/12/2022)
Calvary 4-Wheelers ran the first half of this trail as we took a meandering route through the Yankee Hill network on Saturday, September 12. The trail had a considerable amount of snow with about 4-6 inches of tracked snow and occasional drifts up to two and a half feet. There was one very slick icy patch where a little stream crosses the trail with the stream being frozen solid. The snow made the rocky sections difficult for our stock rigs but we were able to make it to Waypoint 3 where we attempted to go up Yankee-Mosquito Alternate where the snow over the rocks proved to be too much for our stock rigs. We backed down and return back the way we came.
Yankee Hill to Central City (11/12/2022)
Calvary 4-Wheelers ran several segments of this trail as we took a meandering route through the Yankee Hill network on Saturday, November 12. The main trail was mostly clear with patches of ice and packed snow here and there. Some of the side trails had more snow, especially in thick trees or south facing slopes. The weather was very nice, with partly cloudy to sunny skies and cool but not frigid temperatures. The scenery, of course, was spectacular.
Freeman Gulch Cutoff aka Miners Ridge (11/12/2022)
Calvary 4-Wheelers ran the first part of this trail as we took a meandering route through the Yankee Hill network. We went from the trailhead off of Yankee Hill to the cutoff at Waypoint 2 where we turned up Pisgah Spur (Miners Hill). This trail was a little snowier than the main trail with about 2-4 inches of well-tracked snow and occasional drifts up to about a foot. It was still passable in our stock rigs without difficulty.
Yankee Hill - The Actual Hill (11/12/2022)
Calvary 4-Wheelers ran this trail as part of a meandering route through the Yankee Hill network on Saturday, November 12. The climb was clear and dry. The hill can be somewhat challenging for stock vehicles but by choosing our lines carefully, we were able to make it to the top without a problem. There was a little snow on the return loop but not enough to be significant. The views from the top were spectacular, as always.
Kelly Flats (08/19/2022)
After spending the night on Wintersteen Park (the little spur loop near the bottom of Hear Attack Hill) we made our way up Kelly Flats as the first leg of a three day overlanding trip from the Poudre Canyon to Walden. We opted for the "easier" route around the bypass and up Anurysm Hill. It was challenging, especially for Rich's stock Ford Ranger but, by choosing his lines carefully and taking the less challenging options, he made it to the top unassisted. I was able to take some of the harder lines in my lifted Cherokee, although I did skip the very hardest. We were too busy weighing options and picking lines to take pictures on the way up. The rest of the trail was much easier, although very beautiful (we skipped the Chutes as well).
Columbine Sale (08/07/2022)
I was taking a tour of back roads above Central City after completing trail in the Dakota Hill area early. I made the quick trip out Columbine Sale and back. Nothing has changed and the trail is in good shape. This would be a really nice trail if it were longer or connected to something. If camping were allowed, there are several nice spots. As it is, it would make a nice place for a secluded picnic.
Upper Apex Road (08/06/2022)
We finished our excursion in the Dakota Hill area early so, since I had a little time, I decided to take the long way out and traverse some of the county roads above Central City. Upper Apex Road is graded gravel and not really 4-wheeling but I love it because it is so pretty. It also provides an important connection between Yankee Hill and Dakota Hill. The road was clear, dry and smooth and, in the beautiful weather, I was able to enjoy the lovely farms and estates along the way. I did not stop at the cemeteries today but have in the past and they are very interesting.
Apex Valley Road (08/06/2022)
Other than the beautiful scenery and the access to other trails, this road is no big deal. It is definitely a little rougher above the town of Apex with more rocks and a few small washouts, especially in the hairpin turns. We took it down from the top after coming out Utah Hill and found no issues.
Michigan Hill (08/06/2022)
After we finished Pickle Gulch we went on to Michigan Hill. I was in my stock TJ (Cherokee is down with bad control arm bushings) and Mike and his family were in his stock JLU Rubicon hybrid. The trail was clear and dry with no issues to report. As stated in an earlier review, the low trees at Waypoint 3 have been removed. The connector (left turn) at Waypoint 6 has been closed. To get to Stewart Gulch you must continue to Waypoint 8. The views are as spectacular as ever.
Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) (08/06/2022)
We had a really fun time on Pickle Gulch today. I was in my stock TJ (Cherokee is down with bad control arm bushings) and Mike and his family were in his stock JLU Rubicon hybrid. There weather was near-perfect with partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures. The trail was clear and dry the entire way with no issues to report. The bypass at Waypoint 7 has been re-opened, whether legally or not, I don't know. After we finished the trail we headed further into the Dakota Hill network for more fun.
Nevadaville Road (08/06/2022)
It may see odd to give a gravel road a 5 rating but the scenery and mining history along this road are amazing. I was taking a tour of back roads above Central City and finished by coming down Nevadaville Road. The road was in good shape, open and clear all the way through. The buildings in Nevadaville itself are holding up well with no noticeable deterioration. I was told a few years ago that the store was going to be renovated and re-opened but that plan seems to have fizzled out. It does look like a few more of the houses around the area are re-occupied.
Utah Hill (08/06/2022)
We ran Utah Hill backwards to this guide to exit the Dakota Hill area after we finished Michigan Hill. I was in my stock TJ (Cherokee is down with bad control arm bushings) and Mike and his family were in his stock JLU Rubicon hybrid. The trail was clear and open. I think it has gotten a little easier over the past few years. I no longer found anything to warrant a 3 rating.
Bald Mountain Road - Arapaho National Forest (08/06/2022)
Since we had finished our run up Pickle Gulch and Michigan Hill early, I was taking a tour of back roads above Central City. I came across Upper Apex Road and connected to Bald Mountain Road. The road was clear and dry with no issues. I did notice that the sign at the International Association of Odd Fellows Cemetery has fallen down and is hard to see from the road. I also noticed several houses/cabins for sale.
Ptarmigan Pass (07/30/2022)
As others have mentioned, I would rate this trail a 3-4 with the creek section closed. There were only 2 or 3 places I had to be very careful with my line in my stock Grand Cherokee. We ran the trail as an exit strategy after completing McAllister Gulch and finding our planned exit to Shrine Pass Road closed. Apparently I had misunderstood where the closure was located, thinking it was closer to the top of the trail below Ptarmigan Pass. It turned out for the best as it was a very fun and beautiful trail and only added about 45 minutes to our projected run time (we were headed back to Camp Hale anyway). The wild flowers were out in force and we saw lots of ground squirrels, a couple of marmots and a deer. It turned out to be a very nice way to complete the trip. Because we were in a hurry to get back to camp as close to our projected time as possible, we did not stop for any photos.
McAllister Gulch (07/30/2022)
We were camping at Camp Hale for the weekend so we took time to run McAllister Gulch. I hadn't been there in a while but it doesn't seem to have changed much. There are many gorgeous viewpoints and tons of wildflowers. The trail was just hard enough to be a challenge in my stock Grand Cherokee. The biggest challenge was the short side spur to the top of Resolution Mountain. We had intended to exit at Shrine Pass Road (I misunderstood where the closure on Wearyman Creek was) but, as others have mentioned, that option remains closed. Instead we continued the loop up Wearyman Creek and over Ptarmigan Pass.
Ditch West (07/02/2022)
My nephew, Jon and I ran ditch west after our group had finished early for the day on Saturday, July 2nd. The trail was clear and open with a few muddy places from recent rain. The crossing at Waypoint 3 was not very washed out although the ditch was running full making the water depth around 2 feet. The wet Spring in southern Wyoming had everything nice and green and the wildflowers were out in force.
Ditch East (07/02/2022)
We ran Ditch East backwards of how it is written up to finish a day of wheeling in the Aspen Alley area on July 2nd. The trail was clear and open with a few muddy spots from recent rain and one place where the ditch was spilling onto the trail a little. It was a beautiful and peaceful way to end the day.

My Trails (78)