Saxon Mountain Road

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4.5/5 (52 reviews)
Georgetown, Colorado (Clear Creek County)
Last Updated: 11/30/2023
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Colorado is known for high-elevation roads with stunning views. Trails like Black Bear Pass and Red Cone are obviously on that list. And Saxon Mountain deserves to be right there with them. With an exciting ascent, historical significance, and picturesque mountain scenery, Saxon Mountain is a must-visit for experienced wheelers. The trail features a continuous 4x4 climb with 20 steep switchbacks and a 4,500-foot elevation gain, culminating at an 11,500-foot summit. Along the route, you'll encounter rocky and exposed shelf roads that are both thrilling and challenging, even for the most seasoned drivers. The views are magnificent, but don't take your eyes off the trail.

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Saxon Mountain Road is a 6.6-mile straight-through route beginning in Georgetown and running to the top of the mountain overlooking the town. The rocky trail climbs over 3000 feet and has 20 switchbacks to negotiate. It has three sections considered obstacles and plenty of tight shelf roads.

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (53)
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Visited: 11/30/2023

These trails are at a high altitude and are impassable until next season!
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/14/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Pretty fun road, though it's been neutered since the official review was written. At most a 4 now.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/09/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

What an unexpected gem! Had no idea this trail even existed until browsing on Trails Offroad for some fun near Evergreen. Had some friends in from out of town, so we gave this a shot. Up Saxon Mountain and down Lamartine Road into Idaho Springs. Great shelf roads with views you normally only get above treeline. Some really great sections. We were all hyped up for Hold Your Breath Hill, but honestly wasn't an issue with our totally stock Jeep Wrangler Rubicon on 33". Great views from the top, was a nice place to enjoy our sandwiches. Honestly, Lamartine road was borderline annoying on the way out. Relentlessly rocky and all through the woods until you run into all the houses under construction. It was nice it dumped us right into Idaho Springs for dinner. Overall, we all had a great day and we enjoyed Saxon Mountain!
Trail Review: Saxon Mountain Road - Matthew Griffin
Trail Review: Saxon Mountain Road - Matthew Griffin
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Pretty neat trail! Glad I did it, probably won’t go out of my way to do it again but if I was with a group and everyone else wanted to go I’d wouldn’t turn it down. Some parts of the trail are extremely narrow but I made it through with a Bronco Raptor so anything that wide can make it up. I would say this trail is mostly a 4. It’s very rocky with lots of switchbacks which is fun. With the exception of a he width it’s a relatively easy trail.
Trail Review: Saxon Mountain Road - Dan Ochoa
Trail Review: Saxon Mountain Road - Dan Ochoa
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/20/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This trail has some amazing views but I think I’d say is no more than a 3-4 in terms of difficulty. The one spot where the trail gets it’s 5 rating is still pretty easy and not nearly as off camber as say Radical Hill. I think this would be a challenge if not impossible in a full size but any of the typical off-roading vehicles people have will be just fine even in bone stock form. I think that the majority of this trail is also wide enough that this is a decent option to come back down from Spring Creek as there are only a few stretches where it would be hard to pass uphill traffic

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