Fourmile Area: Big Sandy

4.3/5 (4 reviews)
Johnson Village, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 09/08/2021
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Trail Information


This trail is a connector route to the Lenhardy Cutoff Trail/FS 376 and is an access point for several additional trails in the Fourmile Travel Management Area. You can expect amazing panoramic views of the Collegiate Peaks Mountains and an opportunity to take in some of the area's history that won't disappoint. The trailhead is at the south end of Sleeping Indian, a rocky formation directly east of the town of Buena Vista. The first section of the trail travels the old Midland Railroad grade. The Midland Railway was incorporated in 1883. It was the first standard gauge built over the continental divide. It ran from Colorado Springs to Leadville and through the divide at Hagerman Pass to Glenwood Springs and then to Grand Junction. This trail also passes through a section of the Trout Creek Pegmatite Mineral District and offers a short hike to an old quartz quarry. Be sure to bring your camera and a pair of your favorite hiking shoes.

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Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (4 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 06/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I've done this trail many times and I think it is a very easy trail. A stock Jeep Wrangler would do this no problem, most trips I don't even have to put it in 4H. I've even done it pulling my off-road trailer. I do like this trail, it is a fun little trail to do. A great place for beginners.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is a really fun area. Great trails with enough obstacles to keep it interesting. Lots of dirt bikes, ate's, etc., but they were all responsible drivers. Really great camping spots too. This would be a great area to take someone that is just getting started with technical trails.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/05/2021

Ran this from hyw285 to CR376. This road is not shown on Google maps were I save my offline maps. The road on map ended but not the road in front of me. I was trying to get back to my campsite true a road shown on Google was not accessible at one point so stayed on Big Sandy trail. Got true it in about 25 mins on a stock FJC. Trail got technical in a few spots but had no trouble getting true. Nice views towards county road.
Trail Review: Fourmile Area: Big Sandy - Jose
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 06/29/2019

I ran this trail on 6/27 & 6/29 while leading the Overland Bound Buena Vista June Jam. Trail was dry and in good condition and could be run in 2wd in my stock full size Chevrolet. I don't know where the name "Big Sandy" originated, but the trail isn't very sandy and not nearly as much as others in Fourmile. On my second trip down, we were surprised to see a stranded Chevy Impala that appeared to have been damaged on some of the rocks perhaps the night before. There are some expansive camping areas with great views in the area of where this trail terminates on the uphill end, but they can be quite busy on the weekends during tourist season. This trail was fun and provided an alternate path back to the highway form our campsite.

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