Brian and blaze

Brian Hoag

Mapping Crew - Nevada

Brian has been 4 wheeling since 1976. He first learned at age 7 that "The best things in life are dirty" in a brand new 1958 Jeep FC-170 on his aunts Nebraska farm. That forward control pickup seemed like it would go anywhere and he was hooked, even though he didn't know it yet.

Jump forward to 1972... Brian's first duty assignment in the US Air Force was as a vehicle operator assigned to the USAF Survival School at Spokane, Washington. Part of his duties required hauling equipment and transporting vehicles to a remote training area in northern Washington national forest locations, and he often would be asked to take radio equipment to a mountaintop radio antenna site. The road was awful, or at least seemed that way in a 1967 6 passenger Dodge Power Wagon with 45 lbs of pressure in the tires, but it also hooked Brian on backcountry 4x4 exploration.

Brian's first 4x4 was a used '76 Ford F150 pickup. It didn't take very long to figure out that the long wheelbase of the pickup didn't work well on the narrow Colorado trails near his home, so he traded for a brand new 1983 Chevy Blazer S10. The S10 was a nice vehicle, but it wasn't a Jeep, and that was what Brian ultimately wanted. Well, it didn't take long to move over to the Jeep brand, and Brian has been the proud owner of 7 Jeeps of one sort or another over the years.

Brian has been 4 wheeling from Mexico to Alaska. After moving from Colorado, he ended up in southern Nevada where his current home is completely surrounded by public lands with thousands of miles of back roads and trails to explore.

He looks forward to sharing some of the best 4x4 trails in California's Death Valley National Park, and southern Nevada's mountain and desert locations

My Builds


2013 Wrangler Unlimited - Rubicon 3" Lift 37" Nitto Trail Grappler M/T CB and Ham Radios Warn Winch/Compressor

Recent Trip Reports

Rocky Gap/Potato Ridge Road 05-06-2018

A great day in the Spring Mountains! I feel this trail should be rated 4-7 instead of 2-7. The rock garden is significantly more difficult than the time I ran this trail last year, which was worse than the year before. Great scenery with some fun challenges. If you are not in a modified vehicle, I'd recommend this trail only if you are an experienced wheeler.

Warm Springs Road - Death Valley 03-27-2018

A beautiful day in Death Valley and plenty of other folks thought so too as we saw at least 20 vehicles from West Side Road to Ballarat. At waypoint 4, the short water crossing is now completely overgrown and impassible. What a shame the old equipment pictured has deteriorated so badly in the 4 years since I was last here. It's starting to look a bit like a junk pile now.

Queen of Sheba Mine - Death Valley National Park 11-28-2017

There is a lot to look at around the Queen of Sheba Mine ruins.


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