Red Mountain 199

Scout Route
5/5 (1 reviews)

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Cutting across the rugged eastern foothills of Red Mountain, RM 199 offers beautiful scenery, picturesque campsites, mining artifacts, and a tough offroad driving challenge. A spring drive after recent rains may bestow colorful flower-carpeted hillsides. Deep vertical mine shafts, now safely shuttered, can be inspected on either side road.

Dispersed camping and lunch spots are plentiful along the trail, with several pre-disturbed sites or simply scenic spots to enjoy lunch and the views. The trail ends near the Cascade Placer Tungsten Mine, whose massive silted tailings pond is now a limited-use site for camping.

The trail is rough, with one section being a steep 20-degree incline with loose rock and an intimidating 90-degree turn at its top with steep drop-offs on either side. At the top of the incline, the trail cannot be seen over the vehicle's hood. A spotter is required to keep the tires on the trail safely. A four-wheel drive high clearance vehicle is required for this trail, and a transmission with four-low may be necessary to climb the slippery incline.