Profile 2016 11 26

Bill Andrews

Bill is an off-road enthusiast with nearly 30 years of 'wheeling experience. At one time he had a streak of about 20 years of 4-wheeling at least once a month. He likes anything from easy, dirt roads to difficult trails but stops short of extreme. Over the years he has traveled over 700 different trails, mostly in Colorado and Utah. He loves finding and exploring new areas and sharing his knowledge with others. He has been the coordinator of Calvary 4-Wheelers for many years.

My Builds

Difficult

1996 Jeep Cherokee XJ, 6" lift, 31" BFG mud terrains, front d30 with TruTrac and 4.10 gears, rear d44 with ARB and 4.10 gears, RE heavy-duty trac bar, Dodge Durango steering box, steering box brace (I don't remember the brand), older Tomkin bumpers front and rear, rocker sliders, gas tank skid plate, sway bar removed, ViAir compressor, Uniden CB and Wouxun 2m ham radio.

In the works: Cross-over steering conversion, major fender trimming and TJ flares.

Recent Trip Reports

Switzerland Trail 04-22-2017

Calvary 4-Wheelers ran Switzerland Trail on Saturday, April 22, 2017 as out Early Spring Warm-up trip. There had been rain in the Denver area the night before and, as we made our way to the trail, it was obvious there had been a light dusting of snow in the foothills. Most of it was already melting off by the time we turned off Highway 72 onto the trail but a little stuck out into the trail here and there in the shady places. It wasn’t enough to affect the driving conditions, though. Shortly after starting the trail we met a large herd of trail runners coming up the trail. The trail is wide enough in that section that we only had to slow down a little to get past them. From there we made our way down to the Sugarloaf Mountain trailhead without incident. We stopped for a short break at Sugarloaf before heading on down to Sunset. I was disappointed to see that many of the temporary closures of some of the side trails due to the floods of 2013 seem to have been made permanent. We passed through Sunset and started our way up toward Mt. Alto. Along the way we met a Jeep coming down at one of the few sections not wide enough to pass. She ended up backing up for about a quarter mile to a pull out to let us pass. From there it was on to Mt. Alto and lunch at the picnic ground. After lunch we finished the trail to the Gold Hill Road trailhead. From there we headed straight across Gold Hill Road and continued on the lesser known and not as well used last segment of Switzerland Trail. This last segment of Switzerland Trail dead ends at private property before reaching Ward (the terminus of the old railroad) but there is an escape route up FSR 461, over the ridge and on to Sawmill Road. I hope to go back in a few weeks to map out this route and add it to the database. On our way over to Sawmill Road, we encountered a pair of moose laying down in a meadow several hundred yards off the road. It was either a very large cow with a yearling calf, or a bull who had shed his antlers and a smaller cow. As I told the rest of the group: I didn’t want to go over and check underneath to be sure. Once we reached Sawmill Road, we called it a day and headed home.

Devil's Racetrack 04-01-2017

On Saturday, April 1, 2017 several members of the Calvary 4-Wheelers out of Broomfield, Colorado ran the Devil’s Racetrack as part of our Spring Break trip to Green River and the San Rafael Swell. I was leading in my lifted Cherokee on 31s followed by Karen in her stock TJ, Richard driving Missy’s stock TJ, Cheri in her lifted YJ on 33s and, running tail, Jon in his lifted Cherokee on 31s. It had rained the night before and the access road up Road Draw to the trailhead was a little muddy. This made it interesting for me since my fenders are currently removed for a trimming and TJ flare project. It wasn’t too bad until I ran out of washer fluid. Fortunately Jon had a jug of fluid in the back of his Cherokee and I was able to replenish when we got to Dutchman Arch. After spending a little time checking out Dutchman Arch, we headed on up the trail. Once we passed through the gate into the wilderness study area, the trail became rockier and mud was no longer an issue. We wound our way over the rocks and around the trees enjoying the beautiful Utah scenery. Eventually we arrived at Razorback. Razorback was a little more challenging than we had anticipated and it took us a while to pick a line the stock rigs could handle. We worked everybody over it one by one and even the stock TJs made it without damage and without having to be strapped or winched. By the time we all got through it was well after noon so we stopped for lunch, thinking the hardest was behind us. After lunch, we headed out and immediately encountered the shelf obstacle. This obstacle was actually harder than Razorback and it took us quite a while to figure out a line and stack some rocks to get through. It didn’t help that halfway through the process we were inundated by a swarm of quads and side-by-sides that just decided to play through. Once we were past the ledges there wasn’t anything that was a significant challenge. It was bumpy enough that we couldn’t pick the speed up very much to make up for lost time. Then we were delayed one more time by a flat tire on Jon’s Cherokee. He got the flat changed and we finally made it to Coal Wash about 5:30 p.m. With it being so late, we scrapped the idea of returning via Eva Conover and headed up Coal Wash and across Dutch Flat Road to Ferron. From there we returned to Green River via highway.

Turkey Track Road 04-13-2017

Turkey Track Road is temporarily closed due to a wildfire in the area. http://gazette.com/wildfire-north-of-woodland-park-started-at-shooting-range-forest-service-says/article/1600941

Trails

  • Ellis Jeep Trail
    Colorado
  • The Wickiup
    Green River, Utah
  • Sierra Madre CDT
    Colorado
  • Seedhouse Road
    Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Southern Cross
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Green River, Utah
  • Hahns Peak-Anderson Mountain
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Ward
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Upper Ways Gulch
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Twin Saddle
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Deep Creek
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Green River, Utah
  • Hahns Peak-Blue Jay Mine
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-West Hahns Peak Spur
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Apex Spur
    Black Hawk, Colorado
  • Circle Bar Basin
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Green River, Utah
  • Cliff Dwellers Flat/Hyde Draw
    Green River, Utah
  • Driveway Trail
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Farwell Mountain
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Driveway Loop
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Crane Landing
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Westcreek, Colorado
  • Circle Bar Basin aka Independence
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Dead Mexican Park
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Black Hawk, Colorado
  • Round Knoll/Round Hollow
    Green River, Utah
  • Oil Well Flat
    Green River, Utah
  • Ault, Colorado
  • Hamlin Gulch
    Idaho Springs, Colorado
  • Pisgah (Columbine Cutoff)
    Central City, Colorado
  • Locomotive Point
    Green River, Utah
  • Rattlesnake Flat
    Green River, Utah
  • Browns Lake
    St. Elmo, Colorado
  • Mount Ontero
    St. Elmo, Colorado
  • Texas Creek (Taylor Park)
    Gunnison, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Royal Flush
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Elkhorn Mountain
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Westcreek, Colorado
  • Dakota Hill Spur
    Rollinsville, Colorado
  • La Junta, Colorado
  • Nederland, Colorado
  • Gamble Gulch Connector
    Rollinsville, Colorado
  • Gamble Spur
    Rollinsville, Colorado
  • Dakota Hill
    Black Hawk, Colorado
  • Dakota Hill North
    Rollinsville, Colorado
  • Michigan Hill
    Rollinsville, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Middle Deep Creek
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Utah Hill
    Rollinsville, Colorado
  • Dakota Hill East
    Rollinsville, Colorado
  • Jenny Lind-Perigo
    Rollinsville, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Little Mountain
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Nederland, Colorado
  • Ault, Colorado
  • Nederland, Colorado
  • Nederland, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Hahns Peak Spur
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Ault, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Twin Mountain
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Placer Mine
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Hahns Peak-Red View
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Cane Wash
    Green River, Utah
  • Nederland, Colorado

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