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Marc Nitz

Mapping Crew - California

Marc Nitz is a southern California native who loves exploring the outdoors. This is in large part due to his parents' love of summer road trips. Each summer the Nitz clan would venture out for at least one week driving and camping to assorted U.S. destinations west of the Rocky Mountains. Marc bought his first 4x4 at 17 years old and began seeking out more places off the beaten path. Now 30 years later, Marc explores the countryside with a family of his own. Some of Marc's favorite trails include Titus Canyon and the Pleasant Canyon Loop Trail in Death Valley, the White Rim Trail in Utah, John's Canyon near Mexican Hat, Sidewinder Trail in Corral Canyon, and the Lockwood Creek Trail near Frazier Park, CA. Most of all, Marc enjoys meeting fellow off-roaders and he is affiliated with a few 4X4 clubs in Southern California that has allowed him to do just that.

My Builds


Marc's 2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition is mostly stock with the exception of Demello rock sliders, RCI steel skid plate, Billstein shocks front and rear (5100/5160) with 2.5" lift, Yakima Load Warrior roof rack, and a Dometic fridge/freezer for ice cream on the trail.

Recent Trip Reports

Sydney Basin 08-24-2017

Of all the trails that we visited around Ouray this past August, this one scared me the most! The 200 yard narrow shelf road really frightened me. Black Bear Pass' switchbacks were nothing compared to this seldom used road. We actually did this trail in the opposite direction of your write-up so the driver side (my side) was leaning down the mountain. I literally asked my passenger how much room I had on the passenger side and when he noted "About 6 inches", I moved over 5. I really didn't care about my paint and body at that point. Just like your write-up shows, no one is getting out of their vehicles to take photos of this section because it is too scary. I wish I would have had a GoPro or drone, but it wouldn't do it any justice anyway. My #1 question after coming back down to Ouray was "How come they don't have any stickers of this road?!" Someone needs to make one.

California Pass 08-23-2017

This California boy completed a trip to California Gulch and California Pass on the 4th day of our Colorado trip in August. We encountered sheep. Lots of sheep. Animas Forks was full of marmots. I too visited the mill and didn't know why each wood beam was numbered. Thanks for informing me about that.

Jawbone Canyon to Piute Mountain Road - Sequoia National Forest, CA 06-10-2017

Led a Trailsoffroad trip to Piute Mountain and it was a crisp day. A little windy and foggy up top but nice and warm in Red Rock Canyon. We ventured up along the LA River piping too and found some mines near the end of the trail.


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