Red Cone

4.9/5 (83 reviews)
Grant, Colorado (Summit County)
Last Updated: 08/20/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Red Cone is one of the most iconic trails in central Colorado. This four-wheel-drive trail provides spectacular views of the divide with several rocky obstacles at the beginning and a once-in-a-lifetime decent near the end. The upper portion of the trail traverses the ridge lines around 12,000 feet with views for miles, but the steep, one-way descent at the end is a unique feature of this trail. Red Cone is also a key connecting trail to other nearby trails such as Webster Pass and the Montezuma trail system. Combining this with those trails creates a full day of offroad fun. A well-equipped vehicle with high clearance and low range is required.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The south end of the trail climbs steeply as you wind through the forest with sporadic rock obstacles, small creek crossings, and several muddy sections. The climb continues above tree line, across a few ridges untill you reach the very top of Red Cone. At this point the trail becomes one-way and descends down hill till it meets up with Webster Pass. The east side of Webster Pass stays snowed in till late July or August, but Red Cone only opens for the season once the west side of Webster Pass is clear, so there is always an exit from the trail. Heading east down Webster would return you to highway 285, heading west on Webster will drop you into the towns of Montezuma or Keystone.
If you are not comfortable with steep descents, avoid this trail.

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (83 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great run on Red Cone with good friends before winter. Short wheelbase or higher lift will prevent getting hung up on a few obstacles. Vehicle - 2000 TJ With 3" Lift and 32" Tires - no issues
Trail Review: Red Cone - Miles Heritage
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Fun trail but descents are way overrated. Zero danger at all. Great views and would do again in a second.
Paul
6250
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this trail with the following: 2000 Frontier, 33's, 3" lift, no lockers, winch. 2004 4Runner, 32's, 2" lift, no lockers, no winch. The 4Runner got stuck on 1 line and I had to pull him about 1 foot to get off the rock that high-centered him on the frame. Probably could have been avoided with a different line. The entire trail is pretty rocky/rough the whole way, so don't expect dirt road status. There's a section one 1 of the switchbacks that is pretty chewed up right now with really deep holes left/right/left/right/etc. It flexes you out and if you don't have lockers, you may not be able to drive this section. I tried a bunch of times an ended up having to winch a bit to get past it. But I also have completely open diffs, IFS, and no lockers. The GX470 that went after me made it without lockers, but it has really good traction control, he stacked some rocks, and sent it. Whatever, I digress - the trail's awesome and you're going to have a good time. See pictures.
Trail Review: Red Cone - Paul
Trail Review: Red Cone - Paul
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JD Marshall
Official Crew
99850
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I had never done Red Cone before and this trail lived up to the hype. Go on a weekday though, the crowds made us feel both rushed and impatient for the large groups squatting at the summit. I'll do this one again during the week.
Trail Review: Red Cone - JD Marshall
Trail Review: Red Cone - JD Marshall
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Matt
4750
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

What an awesome trail! Moderate rock crawling with a couple extra credit hard lines that are avoidable if you want. The main obstacle isn’t hard but it’s a scraper unless you take it just right! The climb to the top was beautiful and the descend fun and exciting but quite easy.
Trail Review: Red Cone - Matt
Trail Review: Red Cone - Matt
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