Barbour Fork

4.8/5 (31 reviews)
Idaho Springs, Colorado (Clear Creek County)
Last Updated: 09/20/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

If someone told you they had a day to explore the mountains in their 4WD vehicle within a stone's throw from Denver and wanted a bit of challenge and fantastic scenery, Barbour Fork definitely should be on the shortlist. This trail has just about everything you'd want in a trail. As you traverse this rolling hillside, expect heart-racing obstacles, off-camber sections, deep ruts, and big rocks. If camping is your thing, Barbour Fork provides top-notch sites with established fire pits. Since it wasn't easy to get past these obstacles, you might have the entire place to yourself. Factor in the vast swaths of Aspen trees; this trail might be your go-to high-country fall leaf-peeping zone. Either bring the tent and stay the night or leave in the morning or even afternoon and still be home in time for dinner. Barbour Fork is one of those trails close to Denver that has it all!

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

NOTE: This trail is no longer a loop. Gates have been installed at Waypoint 14 and 15. Barbour Fork is mainly comprised of dirt with a few sections of rough/loose rocks and boulders. This trail steadily ascends, gaining about a 2000-foot increase in elevation. There are a few true obstacles on this trail that will undoubtedly challenge stock rigs, with larger rocks protruding out of the ground and deep ruts that will require either suspension flex or perhaps a locker. Barbour Fork is a great trail for someone looking for relaxing campsites or a nice day trip, given its proximity to Denver. Driver experience will be essential if your rig is in stock.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (31 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Like other recent reviews have noted, trail has been graded essentially to WP6. Still an enjoyable trial. We turned around at WP 12 Due to time constraints. It is a bummer that all the early obstacles are gone!
Trail Review: Barbour Fork - Joe. No...... the other Joe
Trail Review: Barbour Fork - Joe. No...... the other Joe
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran out to waypoint 8 and back as a quick afternoon activity (4th gen 4Runner, ~3" lift, ~32" tires). The first two gatekeeper obstacles (wypts 2 and 3) no longer exist, apparently due to some recent grading, so the trail is pretty easy (albeit narrow in places) up to wypt 6. The current gatekeeper obstacle is now wypt 6, the first big rocky climb. The photos on here don't capture it well -- it's a series of rocky ledges with a few ways of getting up, all of which are non-trivial but very doable and fun in a lightly modified vehicle (but not doable in a RAV4). The view from wypt 8 was a bit underwhelming, but will probably be better once the leaves start to change. Five stars for the fun challenging obstacles at wypt 6 and between wypts 7 and 8.
Status: Open
Visited: 08/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Not only is the trail no longer a loop as others have mentioned but it appears they have taken a bulldozer and bladed half the trail, covering some of the fun obstacles with dirt. It was quite the disappointment to find. You could do this trail is a rav 4 now.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I’m going to give this 4 stars just because it’s no longer a loop which are always better than our and backs IMO. Also if you were to run this on a busy weekend there are many spots where it would be very difficult to pass or backup if you are the downhill vehicle. As for the trail itself, it is a lot of fun. I’d say the rating is spot on. You don’t need a super built rig for it but I’d recommend some ground clearance and at least some option beyond just standard 4L As other pointed out the gates are basically in front of way points 14 and 15 so going the clockwise direction is about a 5 min trip. I recommend stopping and turning back at either waypoint 12 or 13 as there is not much to see beyond that now.
John
Official Crew
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Status: Partially Open
Visited: 06/19/2022

Thanks to all members leaving a review letting us know this is partially open. We will be updating the trail guide shortly.

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