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4/5 (11 reviews)
Walden, Colorado (Jackson County)
Last Updated: 12/07/2023
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Mendenhall is a mountain forest trail that drops from the Medicine Bow Mountains down into the North Park Valley just north of Walden, CO. The trail offers off-roaders a variety of experiences including a rocky road, dense forest, and great views of the Zerkel Wilderness area to the west. This trail is a nice scenic drive for experienced off-roaders while it can be challenging for novice wheelers. This trail is also near the popular North Sand Hills Recreation area.

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4/5 (11)
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/01/2023

Closed for the season.
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 06/15/2023

Many trails in the high country remain closed due to snow pack and potential for resource damage. This trail is on that closed list. We'll keep you updated about conditions and road status as they change.
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/01/2021

Closed for the season! See you in 2022!
Rated 3/5
Visited: 08/29/2021

Ran in reverse to get home from North Sand Hills. Logging operations are underway in the area and as a result, the trail from around WP3 all the way to CR8 have been recently minidozed to allow machinery to enter the area. All mentioned obstacles have been replaced with loose dirt and equipment ruts. No one was working today (sunday) but dont know if the trail closes when they are. Would definitely be nasty in wet weather.
Visited: 07/29/2021

Coming from the north, we got just a few miles and found the gate colosed, but not locked, Vwent through the gate and just 100 yards or so there were multiple deadfall trees across the road. We were on dirt-bike motorcycles, and still could not get around the blockage. It was at point 3 or perhaps point 4 on the route notes. (Hard right turn) Bummer - we had to go to Kings Canyon and then highway to get to Walden.

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