Ironclads

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4.6/5 (60 reviews)
Allenspark, Colorado (Boulder County)
Last Updated: 10/22/2023
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Located a short distance west of Lyons, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Ironclads is a rocky and rugged 4x4 trail offering a mix of challenging obstacles from ledges, steep ascents and descents, rock gardens, and narrow sections that require careful maneuvering. Ironclads is an excellent trail to practice line selection and tire placement without the fear of severe damage or deadly consequences. Camping in the area is very popular, and OHV usage is abundant. Close to the metro area, this is a popular, year-round wheeling spot that is sure to be crowded nearly every weekend. Combine Ironclads with several other trails in the area to make a full day of offroad adventure.


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4.6/5 (61)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very little snow and ice. Fun trail with a lot of optional obstacles to play on. Rating feels like a hard 5 but not quite a 6 imo. 1st gen solid axle 4runner on 35s. Only used the rear locker for optional obstacles and probably didn’t even really need it.
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Visited: 11/17/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The trail was mostly clear of snow and ice. This was my 1st time up the Ironclads. The trail description does this track no justice, as there are many tight and very technical spots throughout the loop. I felt the trail was definitely a solid 5-6 in some places. It appears that this trail suffered from the wet spring, like many other trails in the area. That said, I had a blast on my solo run, and the trail was empty on a Friday. For reference, I have a JLU with 3.5" lift, 33's, and only a rear LSD. I only got hung up once and rarely bottomed out with good line choice.
Trail Review: Ironclads - David
Trail Review: Ironclads - David
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Visited: 10/25/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this trail along with Bunce and T33 over two days. This was our first time on the trails, but they do seem to be washed out in places for sure. I agree with the previous review as the top loop gets much harder unless you're on 37s and you're fully committed on either end. way point 5 seems the hardest. We parked the rig with open diffs as he would have never made it up. Another on 32s had a rough time but completed the loop. Fun trail and the playground was cool.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/21/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Calvary 4-Wheelers ran Ironclads as part of a fall trifecta of trails including Bunce School Road and T-33 Plane crash, as well as this trail. We had our largest group in a while with 13 people in 8 rigs, with everything from a stock JK to a CJ5 truggy on 40s. It has been several years since I ran this trail last and it has gotten much more challenging. The smaller rigs in our group bypassed the first optional obstacle but the big rigs had fun on it. Other than that obstacle, the trail lulled us into a false sense of security, thinking it wasn't going to be that bad until we turned the corner and started up the climb toward the top. We were immediately confronted with a narrow, tricky v-notch with a small boulder on the left-hand side. This was followed by a series of hard, rocky obstacles continuing from there to the top, including Waypoint 8. At the top, we encountered another group with a broken-down rig and had to work our way around them. The descent was technical but not overly difficult until we reached Waypoint 9. That obstacle tries really hard to slide you into the tree. Several of us bumped it, most without significant damage, but Rich put a dent in his passenger-side door and tore a hole in the fiberglass fender on that side. Once we made it down to where the trails re-connect, we took a short break at one of the campsites before continuing back to Bunce School Road.
Trail Review: Ironclads - Bill Andrews
Trail Review: Ironclads - Bill Andrews
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Visited: 09/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this trail today and it was awesome. That said, I did my research and expected a challenge but it was a bit harder than I anticipated, more like a 6/7 than a 5/6. Rocky Hill at waypoint 8 is 100-200 yards of very challenging rocks. Large boulders, large gaps, and narrow lines that force you to make some difficult choices. In two spots I slid off a rock on my chosen line, hit hard but thankfully no damage. Very glad I went, good day, good group. JLUXR on 35's with a 3 inch lift.

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