Devil's Canyon

4.5/5 (73 reviews)
Idaho Springs, Colorado (ClearCreek County)
Last Updated: 06/15/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Devil's Canyon off-road trail is one of the gems close to Denver, Colorado. The trail is relatively easy and gives you a great taste of what mountain terrain is like in that low 10,000-foot level ecosystem. You experience dense forests, mixed with pine and aspen, which are all intermittently separated by open grassy areas making for great dispersed camping opportunities. This is a great four-wheel drive trail for anyone seeking an easier trail with mountain scenery, or merely a quick adventure.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Mostly a dirt and cobble road. Narrow in spots with limited passing due to the trees. As described here, the trail is a lollipop loop utilizing Forest Service Road 246.1 and 246.1A where the loop portion can be driven in any direction. As soon as you leave Highway 103, the trail begins climbing some mild switchbacks. Mileage is notated the entire length beginning at Highway 103 and ending at Highway 103.

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (73 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Great trail for new off roaders
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Really nice easy trail. Some rut out and a few climbs.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

We found it more of a 4 than a 3 in current condition. One section later in the trail we had to take the new alternate route to get around some serious washout ruts. Other than that section it was fun as hell. We hit it in a 2016 Ram Rebel with air suspension.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful views. Most of the trail is relatively easy. A couple cruxes are starting to push 4. Our friends got a stock JKU w/ 32" tires up it, though it took a couple tries to find the right line in the worst of the ruts. My frontier (2" lift, 32" tires) needed a little speed to make it without using the locker. Take your time and please don't cut alternate routes as it looked like some ATVs had.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was my very first trail in my new truck ('00 Dakota) and what a blast! It was a really good confidence builder for me and learning my truck. I won't lie, I basically took this route in a figure 8. But, being a Tuesday afternoon, the only others I saw on the trail were some elk and chipmunks. I went through waypoints 1-6, then came back from the lookout point at 6 and took the loop around to 7. Then came back around and got stuck at 14. Here's where I got stuck and had to back up, and go back down the way I came in. It was very steep, lots of erosion and I kept slipping. If I aired down, I'm sure I would have been able to make the crawl. So be ready for that Either way, what a ride.

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