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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

2N47 - Cleghorn Ridge 12-29-2017

We completed Cleghorn Ridge going the opposite direction as noted here; basically, west to east. We took all of the difficult routes and had a great time. There were a few trails closed near the beginning for restoration, but for the most part, all of the more difficult trails are still open.

Mojave Road 2016-2017 Washout Bypass 11-17-2017

We completed a trip of the Mojave Road and this bypass road was not necessary as the main route was open again. There were some signs noting flood damage but there were not "road closed" signs.

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.


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