Radical Hill

Montezuma, Colorado (Summit County)

Last Updated: 08/07/2019
5 /5 ( 10 reviews )
Information
Nearby Trails
Status: Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 07/31 - 10/31
Length: 2.6 miles
Highest Elevation: 12649 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Montezuma
Nearest Town w/ Services: Keystone
Official Road Name: 286
Management Agency: White River National Forest
District: Dillon Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Radical Hill
A short, narrow, white-knuckle 4wd climb with several tight switchbacks leading to amazing views above 12,600 feet. Not recommended for full width vehicles, but great for anything else!

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
(DIFFICULT - SEVERE)

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Waypoints

1. FS 286 (0.00 mi)
Start Radical Hill at FS 286 off of Webster Pass heading west.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.537510, -105.841370
From the South: Take Highway 285 from Denver past Grant, then turn right on County Road 60. You will see signs to both Webster Pass and Red Cone at just over 5 miles. Either one will take you to Radical Hill after you have driven over the summits. Red Cone will connect back to Webster Pass where you will continue heading west. Once you have dropped back down into the trees, cross the creek, and the trail will be immediately on your left. From the North: Take Montezuma Road from Keystone through the town of Montezuma. Look for signs directing towards Webster Pass on your left. Turn left on Bullion Mine Road. Follow this up over the first creek crossing and look for forest road 286 on your right. If you reach the second creek crossing you have just passed it.

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Trail Reviews (16)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail is open and passable. Super narrow in spots due to runoff chutes, so just be careful and use good judgment with your vehicle.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Impassable
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The USFS gate on the north side of Webster Pass is still closed, so there's no way to get to the bottom of Radical Hill. I drove up from Deer Creek and flew my drone over the trail. The shelf at WP 5 and the switchback below that are still blocked with snow. From what I could tell, the trail may have a new and pretty severe washout just before WP 5.

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Status: Impassable
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Trail is blocked by lots of snow in the switchbacks. From the top it also looked like some of the road is gone from a rock slide in the mine area. From what I saw from a distance, this road will be impassable even when the snow melts.

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Status: Open
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Ran this trail with a group of stock and very modified vehicles. The most stock vehicle we had was an 89 YJ with 30" tires and 1" lift, fully open diffs. We were able to do the trail in its entirety (from Red Cone) without problems. We had spotters on the rock obstacles for the near stock vehicles but no damage occured. A word of advice don't run the top half of this trail with your sway bar disconnected! We had a few Jeeps (3 - 6" of lift) run without their sway bars and they were puckering on some of the off camber ledges!

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Status: Open
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Ran Radical Hill from top to bottom in the FJ Cruiser (3” lift, 33” KO2s at 20psi, Rear Locker). It was an interesting ride with a 260lb RTT on top. The very narrow shelf halfway down was the most tippy, no inclometer in my FJC, but I can tell you it’s the most camber you’ll ever want to see with a heavy RTT and higher center of gravity. The two rock obstacles are very easy going down. Lots of fun and lots of adrenaline, but use extreme caution if you’re running anything more than a side by side.

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Status: Open
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Last of the snow has melted and the trail is open all the way to the top.

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Status: Partially Open
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Snow is still blocking the trail at point 5 but you can still ride the trail up to the blockage from either side.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Impassable
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The gate on Webster was just opened so we drove up to see how far we could get on Radical. The trail is very wet with a lot of runoff coming down the trail. Many areas are very soft and muddy so please tread lightly. We made it only 1 mile before a large snowfield blocks the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Afternoon showers and a little bit of sleet greeted us on our trip up Radical Hill. The wetness made the rocks a bit slippery at obstacles 1 and 2, but easily passable. Because we completed the trip during the weekday, we encountered very little traffic making the ride smooth sailing. No luck seeing the mountain goats today.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We took Radical Hill after doing Red Cone to work our way down to Breckenridge. Early morning is a beautiful time to do this trail with no crowd and excellent morning sun. The trail was wet and with some slight off camber spots around old tailings just before Waypoint 5, it was a little tricky with the slippery conditions and tippy factor. We were greeted at the top with a herd of a dozen goats, 4 of which were kids. From there we continued to Deer Creek to Saint John and then down North Fork Swan River.

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Status: Open
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We could not get up it on 31s and no lockers. Maybe with lockers you would be ok. Not sure what conditions were like beyond ice obstacle.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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The seasonal gate on Webster is open so you can access the bottom of the trail. You can also access the top of the trail via North Fork Swan that is currently clear and open. However, the switchbacks in the basin are still covered in a bit of snow. You can see the trail in the basin in the right side of the attached photo.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The late coming of winter in 2016 means that most of the high passes are still open in mid November. Radical is still clear of snow, but the lower section (between the two rock obstacles) has significant ice. There are enough rocks poking through that it's passable, but incredibly slick. The forest service will be closing gates on November 23rd, so there's only one weekend left.

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Status: Open
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Great climb of a narrow shelf road, with a short section off camber looking out and down, not for the fait at heart. Then a short section that is as narrow as a Jeep. Great views all the way up, if you like shelf roads and climbs, this is one you need to try out.

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Status: Open
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comin down hairier than goin up. My Pioneer 700 handled it fine. Second trip on this hill just as puckering as first.

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Status: Open
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This was a fun and scenic trail. However, this trail is NOT for the beginner. There are several places where you have to travel over large rocks. There's several switchbacks and several places where you could easily go over the side of a cliff. Once you get to the top, we saw a whole herd of mountain goats that came right up to us. It was an amazing experience.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Anyone done this in a full-size F150? I know it would be close, but wondering if it is possible.
–Nick Obletz (06/19/2018)
–Todd (06/19/2018)

Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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