Cascade Creek

4.6/5 (43 reviews)
Idaho Springs, Colorado (ClearCreek County)
Last Updated: 01/03/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

Just outside of Idaho Springs the Cascade Creek off-road trail is one of the many trails that are close to Denver, Colorado. This rocky road travels under the cover of the pine and aspen trees in the Arapaho National Forest and can be used as a 4WD route between Idaho Springs and Georgetown when combined with Saxon Mountain. It is part of a network of several other trails that can provide a full day of wheeling that is close to home.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (43 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this in a Tacoma with 2.5 inch lift on 33s. Didn't need 4low until about a quarter the way in. Airdown is highly recommended. Otherwise, great trail that ended up a junction full of aspens! One, maybe 2 walls that a spot was needed for, otherwise, just a rocky, bumpy trail.
Scott
2100
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

We ran this with a Built Landcruiser 100 in combination with Saxon Mountain and Griffin/Woodchuck. This was by far the most challenging part of the day. The upper portion of Cascade Creek was washed out in many places, leaving large rocks and difficult lines in several spots. There were definitely places that exceeded the 4 rating. Conversely the lower section of the trail would rate a 2 to 3 tops with areas running from gravel to smaller rocks. This provided a nice challenge for the end of the day. Scenery is minimal, with the exception of peeking through a fence at the treasures held by a mountainside junkyard while driving through. Gotta say, there were a few old trucks were super cool to see. High clearance is definitely a must in the current state of this trail and should be added to the concerns in my opinion.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail was a ton of fun, but be warned that the pics in the waypoints section don't prepare you for just how rocky it really is. Ran it in a 4Runner with a 3" lift and feel like it was pretty much right at the truck's limit. I don't think I'd recommend trying it in a stock vehicle unless you're willing to stack a lot of rocks. If you've got the right vehicle though it's a fun challenge in a pretty area, and we encountered very little other on-trail traffic on an otherwise busy Sunday afternoon in the mountains.
Joel
1000
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

We ran this trail downhill after going up the Saxon Mountain trail, they were both a lot of fun and offered different experiences. There were at least 3 spots that I would rate higher than a 4 and would not attempt in a stock vehicle.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Since Devils Canyon was so short we were not quite ready to call it a day and decided to run this one up from ***** Pass. Like others have stated there are a few spots that might be a bit tricky for a stock 4WD due to erosion. I was lazy and didn’t air down and as a result had to use A-Trac a handful of times. But the ride back down was where I really regretted that even though I took an “easier” option. There is a some private property along this trail which has quite a few abandoned vehicles that I’m not sure could all make it to where they sit currently, so this must have been a much easier trail at some point in time.

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