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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


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

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.

Hungry Valley SVRA - Pronghorn Trail 11-12-2016

We did Pronghorn Trail while I still had my OEM street tires and had a blast! We came from the north (opposite direction of this report) and headed south, down the hill. The pucker factor was up to about a 7/10 trying to get my truck into the correct position before heading down. We visited the motocross area too and watched as it was open to the public and there were quite a few motorcycle riders on the track.

16S17 - Los Pinos Road 09-11-2016

Visited in Sept. 2016 and all trails were open and camped at Bobcat Meadow campground. Many of the individual campsites at the campground were closed due to dead trees with a risk of falling limbs onto campers.


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