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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 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

Capture3

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

SC65 - McIvers Cabin 06-10-2017

A small group of us visited the cabin this past weekend. The road from Jawbone Canyon area to the cabin (Trail #SC65) had numerous whoop-dee-doos every 100' or so preventing anyone from traveling at a high rate of speed. It was pretty annoying. Once the whoops ended we started to climb the Scodie Mountains along a narrow shelf road (Waypoint #11) with pot-holed asphalt with very sharp corners making for a tough and slow commute. Once we reached the top and started traveling across the higher reaches of the trail, we started coming up to Pacific Crest Trail hikers who graciously moved out of the way for all of us. By the time we reached the upper elevation, we stopped at the radio tower for lunch and it was getting cold. We reached the cabin at about 2:30PM and a couple of us set up our campsites along with other hikers. The rest of our group headed back down the mountain as they could only come for the day. We spent the night and made a large campfire for us and the numerous PCT backpackers. They were stoked as they told us they were too tired to make a fire. Most of the hikers went to bed early (5pm) and we called it a night at 10pm. To help keep good relations between us (off-roaders) and them (hikers), we offered to carry out any trash that they had accumulated over their trip and they gladly gave us what they had. They were very happy!

Willow Springs Road 05-05-2017

We visited Arches NP earlier this year with the family and completed this route in our AWD Honda Pilot. We loved the dinosaur tracks! Be sure to throw some water in there to see the tracks better.

Mengel Pass 04-22-2017

I visited in April 2017 and although the weather was nice and sunny, the wind was a force to be reckoned with. We pulled up to the Geologists' Cabin in the afternoon on Saturday and realized that the flag was not up. Therefore, we ran up the flag and scored a night in the lush cabin protected from the fierce winds that night. My buddy and I then drove up to the base of Striped Butte and hiked to the top.

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