Trail Creek Road

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4.3/5 (42 reviews)
Idaho Springs, Colorado (Clear Creek County)
Last Updated: 02/01/2024
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Tucked within the old mining trails of Clear Creek County's gold and silver rush era, Trail Creek Road forms a part of the renowned Saxon Mountain Trail network. This rough and bumpy trail presents an exciting climb up Alps Mountain, offering panoramic views and a couple of captivating scenic overlooks. Dotted with mining ruins, the trail brings history to life and even offers a glimpse into the still-active Phoenix Mine. For those looking to prolong their adventure, dispersed camping along the trail allows a closer connection with this remarkable landscape. This is more than a trail; it's a journey through Colorado's rich mining history.

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4.3/5 (43)
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Visited: 01/31/2024

The latest satellite image of the area shows light snow. Have not been there directly to know the depth or accuracy, however.
Trail Review: Trail Creek Road - TJ Bosworth
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 09/17/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Fun trail close to Denver. Basically a rocky trail through the forest with only one scenic views. Several cool mines along the way. Just before waypoint 17 is a rocky, rough section the I got stuck on. 3 of my 4 tires couldn't get traction in the loose sand between the large rocks. A local with a Jeep and winch pulled me out. He said the locals tell people not to take that trail because that section is much tougher because of the rain earlier in the summer. I marked it harder due to this one section.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/02/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun, Good views, pay attention at waypoint 13, I missed the turn and had to back track because I was having to much fun.
Rated 2/5
Visited: 06/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Another uber rocky trail that beats you and your rig to death even when aired down. No real technical challenges, no breathtaking views. Does have some cool mines, but not worth the flogging you take getting up and down. A lifted subie could do this trail, along with all stock 4x4's. You'll just probably never want to do it again.
Rated 3/5
Visited: 06/17/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I think this was easier than it is rated. Some cool mine ruins along the trail.

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