Trails in Colorado

 

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271.1G - Idaho Springs, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.67 Miles
Duration: 10 minutes
Status: Open

271.1G

Idaho Springs, Colorado

Part of the Yankee Hill Network, this off-road 4X4 trail can expand your fun factor for the day when combined with other trails in the area.

Acme Creek Road - Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 9.0 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Seasonal Closure

Acme Creek Road

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Creek crossings are an enjoyable part of 4-wheeling in the forests of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This trail is affected in different ways by three different creeks: Sheep Creek, Acme Creek, and Beaver Creek. Even during the late, dry summer months, Acme Creek Road has several water filled creek crossings with some having the potential for muddy conditions. Along the trail, you will run through some thick, narrow forest and wide open mountain meadows. This route might require you to remove downed trees for completion giving plenty of opportunity to practice winching and rigging techniques.

Adams Lake - Dotsero, Colorado
Technical Rating: 4-6
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 17.8 Miles
Duration: about 5 hours
Status: Open

Adams Lake

Dotsero, Colorado

Adams Lake trail is a beautiful high alpine loop road located in the Flat Tops of the White River National Forest. It travels through an extremely delicate environment so staying the trail and packing out all trash is very important. Adams Lake is the destination on the trail with primitive camping and some truly incredible alpine views. The trail is an experience with a variety of obstacles, gorgeous scenery, and a good possibility of seeing wildlife. The trail also connects several other trails in the area as well such as Transfer Trail, Wagon Wheel Road, and Clinetop Mesa. Overall, it's a great trail and a must do when camping in the Flat Tops.

Alpine Tunnel East - Buena Vista, Colorado
Technical Rating: 1
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.66 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Partially Open

Alpine Tunnel East

Buena Vista, Colorado

Situated near the famous ghost town of St. Elmo and within the San Isabel National Forest, this trail will lead you through an area with some of the most historic and beautiful country that Colorful Colorado has to offer. If turn of the century railroads, mining history, and ghost towns are what you are looking for, you will not be disappointed.

You will travel through the ghost town of Romley which existed as a service town for the Mary Murphy Mine. Romley was also known as the "red town" because all it's buildings were painted red with white trim. It was originally called Murphy's Switch because of the presence of it's railroad siding. With an even more scenic setting, you come to the ghost town of Hancock, with only its log foundations still showing. Hancock served the workers who built the famous Alpine Tunnel. Its main population peak was in the 1880's and 1890's while the tunnel was being built. The train ran through Hancock carrying miners, passengers and supplies. It is said Mark Twain took the ride one time just for the experience.

The Alpine Tunnel was the first railroad bore ever drilled in the United States, the first ever to carry tracks under the Continental Divide and, in 1882, the highest point ever reached by a railroad at 11,251' above sea level. The railroad grade is closed to motorized travel after Waypoint 8, but there is a hiking trail that travels the remaining 2.7 miles of the railroad grade to the site of the east portal. The portal has long since been caved in but the views of Tunnel Gulch and the Hancock Valley are worth the trek. The Alpine Tunnel Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 1996.

Alpine Tunnel West - Pitkin, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 10.11 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Closed

Alpine Tunnel West

Pitkin, Colorado

The main trail of The Alpine Tunnel Historic District. This trail is for anyone interested in ghost towns, mining history, and of course, railroad history. The Alpine Tunnel was the first railroad bore ever drilled in the United States, the first ever to carry tracks under the Continental Divide and, in 1882, the highest point ever reached by a railroad at 11,251' above sea level. Anticipating that the mineral rich area would be the next big mining "bonanza,” as many as 10,000 different men worked to build the line and the tunnel at various times. Laborers, working for $3.50 per day, and explosives men, who worked for $5.00 per day, were often forced to go from their worksite to their cabins in groups in order to avoid being lost in the snow. The only complete structure remaining is the Telegraph Office, which was built in 1890. The railway through the tunnel operated from 1882 to 1910 and cost $300,000 to build. The Alpine Tunnel Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 1996.

Alta Lakes - Ophir, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.7 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

Alta Lakes

Ophir, Colorado

Alta Lakes is another in a long list of off road trails in the Telluride area which will stun you with its incredible beauty and easy access. Being that the beginning of the trail is a few feet off the highway, it is easily reached by anyone in the Telluride/Silverton area, and it should not be missed. As the road climbs to the Alta Ghost Town, it pops out of the trees every now and again to reveal breath-taking views of Wilson Peak, Lizard Head, Sunshine Mountain, and the Wilson Mesas. As you pass the Alta ruins and old mill site, the number of camping spots increases significantly. Although there are not a lot of big camping areas, you will find countless double tracks traveling into the bushes, most of which are well worth exploring. The lakes themselves offer a great place to fish, paddle board, swim, or camp. Although Alta Lakes Road is decently short (just about 5 miles), it is gorgeous and well worth the drive, especially if you are attempting to find a great dispersed camp site.

Argentine Pass - Georgetown, Colorado
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 10.33 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Partially Open

Argentine Pass

Georgetown, Colorado

This is a run filled with history and heights. Taking you up to 13,205' this trail has some amazing views and just enough challenge to make for a fun day.

Shortly after silver was discovered in this area in 1864, private and public entities stepped in to turn this area into what became known as the Argentine Mining District. The name Argentine actually comes from the latin for Silver, Argentum. At it’s peak, no pun intended, between 1864 and 1883, it was considered the highest pass for stagecoaches and the main route for mining camps in the Montezuma and Breckenridge areas. The activity gave rise to a place to rest up, the town of Waldorf that is now gone, acted as a waypoint between those areas and Georgetown.

In 1869 construction was started and completed on the toll road over the pass that ran for fourteen years as a stagecoach and freight pass, costing a whole dollar to get over and to the west when it was first built. Fourteen years later, the counties bought the pass and took it over. The county's lack of maintenance and the completion of a rail line straight to Dillon, CO led to it becoming impassable for passenger and freight traffic.

Today the trail serves no purpose for commercial traffic but is a popular destination for the off-road community and tourists thanks to its accessibility and its height.

Aspen Mountain

Aspen, Colorado

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Aspen Ridge - Johnson Village, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 13.0 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

Aspen Ridge

Johnson Village, Colorado

Aspen Ridge features open ranges, dense forests, and wide views. As the name implies, the 10,000ft elevation ridge is covered in Aspen trees. The Forest Service Road is generally a graded dirt road that travels in a north-south track. The road crosses broad meadows providing expansive views of the Collegiate Peaks. Despite rougher conditions at elevation, the entire road is easily navigable by a stock 4WD vehicle. Aspen Ridge is popular among ATV and motorcycle riders, mountain bikers, and equestrians who enjoy the wide open spaces. There's dispersed camping available along all segments of the road, and nearby towns of Nathrop, Johnson Village, Buena Vista, and Salida offer commercial campgrounds, motel lodging, and outdoor supplies.

Badger Mountain Road - Florissant, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.6 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

Badger Mountain Road

Florissant, Colorado

Badger Mountain Road is a short spur that is located along the La Salle Pass Trail. The spur is no more difficult than the La Salle Pass Trail, but will take you for a short drive near the ridge and offer you views of the South Park Valley that you will not see while at the top of La Salle Pass due to the thick trees. There are a few campsites along the route, and it would make a great location to drive to and watch the sun set over the South Park Valley.

Balanced Rock Road - Monument, Colorado
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7.5 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

Balanced Rock Road

Monument, Colorado

This is a fun off-road trail that's close to Colorado Springs and easily accessible to those in Denver and other points along the front range. Trails within the Rampart Range can provide a challenge to vehicles that are a little more than stock yet still offers some fun routes for more built rigs. The Mount Herman Road (FS 320) drive up to the trail gives you great views of Monument and Black Forest. The southern section of the Rampart Range is notable for unique rock formations consisting of large boulder piles and valleys filled with rock outcroppings, dense forests and fine gravel soil. Open during all seasons (except rare closures for excessive precipitation), the Rampart Range portion of Pike National Forest offers year-round 4x4 adventure!

Bald Mountain - Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
Technical Rating: 5
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 13.11 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Partially Open

Bald Mountain

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Bald Mountain is a 4WD trail located in the Roosevelt National Forest a few miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes, CO. The trail winds through the dense Lodgepole Pine forest as it climbs to nearly 11,000 feet. The trail is known for its rocky path mid-section and then its muddy path end-section. The route is open in both summer and winter months and is a common destination for locals looking to snow wheel when many other trails are closed. Hitting bottom on the large rocks is likely for most stock 4WDs.

Bald Mountain Gulch - Johnson Village, Colorado
Technical Rating: 1-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.8 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

Bald Mountain Gulch

Johnson Village, Colorado

Bald Mountain Gulch (FS Road 300) is a 4WD road in the Fourmile area of Colorado, southeast of Johnson Village. Bald Mountain Gulch traverses scenic, high elevation terrain in a northeast to southwest track. It provides the 4x4 enthusiast spectacular rock formations and sandy terrain, plus occasional tawny rock-framed views of the Collegiate Peaks. There are numerous 4WD roads in the vicinity, making Fourmile an ideal destination for a weekend of 4x4 trails, camping, hiking, and fishing. Bald Mountain Gulch is recommended to drive in conjunction with Bald Mountain Loop.

Bald Mountain Gulch Cutoff - Johnson Village, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.2 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

Bald Mountain Gulch Cutoff

Johnson Village, Colorado

Bald Mountain Gulch Cutoff (FS Road 300C) is a connector 4WD road off of Bald Mountain Gulch (FS Road 300) in the Fourmile area of Colorado, southeast of Johnson Village.The Cutoff provides a shortcut into, or out of, Bald Mountain Gulch. Additionally, the Cutoff has great views of the Arkansas River Basin and Collegiate Peaks. There are many other 4WD roads in the vicinity, so Fourmile is ideal for a weekend excursion of trails, camping, hiking, and fishing.

Bald Mountain Lane - Arapaho National Forest  - Central City, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.0 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

Bald Mountain Lane - Arapaho National Forest

Central City, Colorado

The area around Central City, Colorado is known as "The Richest Square Mile on Earth." During the late 1800s to early 1900s millions (perhaps billions) of dollars worth of gold and silver were extracted from the hills of Gilpin County. Located in the hills just west of Central City, Bald Mountain Lane is one of the primary access points into the Yankee Hill network of 4x4 trails. Originally constructed as a supply road to the outlying mines in the area, it connects the county roads above Central City to the east end of Yankee Hill. In addition, Bald Mountain Lane passes the interesting and historical Bald Mountain Cemetery and is a beautiful drive through the forest.

Bald Mountain Loop - Johnson Village, Colorado
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.9 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

Bald Mountain Loop

Johnson Village, Colorado

Bald Mountain Loop (FS Roads 300B and 300B.1) is a spur 4WD road off of Bald Mountain Gulch (FS Road 300) in the Fourmile area of Colorado, southeast of Johnson Village. It provides expansive views of the Arkansas River Basin and Collegiate Peaks. There are many other 4WD roads in the vicinity, so Fourmile is ideal for a weekend excursion of trails, camping, hiking, and fishing. Be sure to include the panoramic Bald Mountain Loop.

Bald Mountain Road - Arapaho National Forest - Central City, Colorado
Technical Rating: 1
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.3 Miles
Duration: 40 minutes
Status: Open

Bald Mountain Road - Arapaho National Forest

Central City, Colorado

In 1859, John Gregory discovered gold in a gulch near what became Central City, Colorado and the gold rush was on. Within a few months, the population grew to 10,000 people seeking their fortunes. The area around Central City, Colorado became known as "The Richest Square Mile on Earth." During the late 1800s to early 1900s millions (perhaps billions) of dollar's worth of gold and silver were extracted from the hills of Gilpin County.

Bald Mountain Road was once a bustling supply road between the town and the outlaying mines. Now it is a sleepy back road through the scenic hills past private ranches and summer cabins. There are at least six cemeteries in the vicinity of the trailhead off of Bald Mountain Road, Columbine Campground Road and Upper Apex Road. The easiest one to see from Bald Mountain Road is the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery. You do pass several mines along the way but there is not much of them left to see or they are hidden back on private property. There are several well-preserved mines to see if you continue down Nevadaville Road. When combined with Bald Mountain Lane, Bald Mountain Road provides one of the main access points into the Yankee Hill network of 4x4 trails.

Baldwin Lake - Buena Vista, Colorado
Technical Rating: 4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.22 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Closed

Baldwin Lake

Buena Vista, Colorado

The Baldwin Lake Trail follows the Baldwin Creek drainage, gaining elevation as it climbs out of Baldwin Gulch. The trail offers postcard worthy views of Baldwin Lake as it sits in the basin below Grizzly Mountain (13,708'). The trail is part of the Mount Antero Trail system, and is a side trip off the Mount Antero Trail. Baldwin Lake offers the opportunity for high alpine fishing and the trail continues into the basin above giving a glimpse of the areas past mining history. Views of Mount Antero (14,275') are prominent on the return trip down the valley.

Ballard Road - Fort Collins, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2-6
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 7.7 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

Ballard Road

Fort Collins, Colorado

Ballard Road is a year-round off-road trail that takes you through the beautiful Roosevelt National Forest and offers access to primitive camping and the Donner Pass, and one other, single track off-road trail. These single track trails are open to hiking, horses, mountain biking, and motorcycles. Ballard Road also has some historical presence along the trail, with remnants of old logging camp remains found throughout the route, but most of these camps have been reduced to just piles of lumber. In the winter months, Ballard Road is a perfect snow wheeling trail that doesn't get too much snow, but will always give you a challenge and is occasionally impassable. With everything from smooth grades to mild rock crawling and snow wheeling, Ballard Road is a great 4wd road for any outdoor and 4x4 enthusiast in the Northern Colorado area.

Banana Peel - Jefferson, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.6 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Seasonal Closure

Banana Peel

Jefferson, Colorado

Banana Peel is a short trail connecting Topaz Mountain with Bonis Creek in the hills west of Lost Park near Jefferson, Colorado. It can be used as an alternate exit or entrance from the Topaz Mountain trail or can be combined with Bonis Creek and a section of Topaz Mountain to make a pleasant little loop. The route is mostly in the trees with occasional open areas where you are treated to beautiful views of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area across the valley.

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