Red Cone

4.9/5 (86 reviews)
Grant, Colorado (Summit County)
Last Updated: 09/23/2022
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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 (86 reviews)
Official Crew
34600
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This wet summer was NOT kind to the trail. Everything was harder. All the rocks were bigger. The "gate keeper" is a solid 6 now. Forget doing this in a stock unless you've got ALL the armor, lockers (or ATRAC), and a LOT of driver skill. The "moguls" on that one switch back must have been a foot and half deep. Still, it was a glorious, sunny day, but VERY windy. I'm talking 60+ mph at the summit. Felt like it was going to blow my truck over.
Trail Review: Red Cone - Trint Ladd
Trail Review: Red Cone - Trint Ladd
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1100
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This trail has everything a Colorado trail can offer, and is definitely a 5/6 depending on vehicle. The 'gatekeeper' obstacle seemed easier than the washed out, rutted switchbacks. The narrowness through the trees and their exposed roots will make this difficult for full size vehicles. The portion above timberline has some of the best views you will experience exploring Colorado. If you are in the area and have a moderately modified rig, do not skip Red Cone. Easily one of my favorites.
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
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.
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Massive Erosion and traffic has made this simple trail quite hard. The Gatekeeper is lift required. And be careful on the boulders all they way up

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