Fourmile Area: Big Sandy

4.5/5 (8 reviews)
Johnson Village, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 09/08/2021

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (8)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/04/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

There are a few rocky, sandy, and steep sections on this trail but nothing difficult or requiring 4low.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/01/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I ran this trail backwards. Would have probably been more fun coming the way described on the site, but it was still enjoyable. I don't think the description/waypoints properly prepare you for the obstacles on this road. They aren't hard and most have bypasses, but there is a bit of rock crawling and some narrow shelf to navigate. Definitely put the 4Low and lockers to work. The mine site is kind of cool, you have to climb straight up the hill basically to get to it.
Visited: 04/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Despite being indicated that the trail is still seasonally closed, it was wide open and quite popular. Dry and as described. Fun trail, but mostly used as a connector to other trails in the area.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/25/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Did this trail on a stock Toyota Tacoma off-road with armor. Only a couple of other vehicles on the trail. A few patches of snow/ice. Trail was good practice for just starting out. Love the views in this area!
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.

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