Schubarth Trail

Woodland Park, Colorado (El Paso County)

Last Updated: 08/03/2020
4.5 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 7.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 9461 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Woodland Park
Nearest Town w/ Services: Woodland Park
Official Road Name: 307
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: Pike's Peak Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Schubarth Trail
Located minutes from Woodland Park, CO, Schubarth Road is a popular destination for wheelers on the Front Range. New and seasoned drivers will appreciate the undulating roadway and occasional sections of embedded rock to keep things interesting. The large sections of aspen trees with some huge boulders and evergreens make for unique leaf-peeping in the fall. Early in the trail, these trees give way to open fields that offer spectacular, and unobstructed, views of Pikes Peak. You’ll find tons of camping options on Schubarth and the connecting trails but this portion of the Pike National Forest is also packed full of recreation destinations and nearby is the Rampart Reservoir. Built-in the 1960’s, the 13 billion gallon water source is a destination for fishermen, non-motorized watercraft, and those just looking for a beach in Colorado. Near that is the Farish Recreation Center, a mountain resort accessible to military members and their families. Schubarth Road is open year-round and can make for fun and challenging snow wheeling. Off-camber sections will keep you sliding around and recovery gear is a must. This trail can be combined with Hell Creek Road, Hell Creek Spur Road, Hay Creek East Road, and Roll Over Road to make for a full day of wheeling. No matter what time a year, don't miss this well known Colorado classic.

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Waypoints

1. Rampart Range Road - Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is located on the southeast side of this large intersection.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.004445, -105.015705

Starting Point: Woodland Park, CO

Head northwest on US-24 W toward E Sheridan Ave. Turn right onto South Baldwin Street and follow for 0.5 miles. The road will become Co Rd 22/Rampart Range Rd Continue for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Loy Creek Road and follow for 2.5 miles to the four-way intersection. Schubarth is on the opposite side of the road at that intersection.

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Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 that is requiring the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. Over the next year, 30 roads will be partially or completely closed while this evaluation takes place over the next 5 years. It is imperative that the OHV community lets their voices be heard on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles will be shut down. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you and the history you have there. Media Coverage

Trail Reviews (22)

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Status: Open
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Fun road and great fall colors, this one is easy to do in just about any car. Lots of living off to the sides. Connected to Hells creek and made a lollipop at the end of Schubarth

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Status: Open
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Easy trail with clearance. If completely stock -still doable but maybe a couple scrapes. Started with Dakan Rd then Rampart Range to here. Not very busy - probably because there is no 'real' destination. I only saw a couple other cars. The views are incredible. Really nice meadows and Aspen fields as well. Very peaceful area. Saw many birds and grouse.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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I went out to Schubarth to give a big facelift to this trail. It is now mapped with the correct Forest Service Road and Hell Creek Road is now its own trail that can be found nearby. This trail connects me to the rest of the trails of this network and isn't very technical, but these are the best views of Pike's Peak that I've seen in the area. One of the open areas extends for nearly a mile and has views throughout.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Great views of the area! This is a fun little trail weaving through the tight trees.

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Status: Not Reported
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Seeing as the description reads "Based on the history of this trail, or lack thereof, this trail appears to be purely in existence for the fun of Off-Roading." I thought I would fill you guys in on the history of Schubarth Rd/Trail. Back in the late1910s, when the ice harvesting and distribution industry was in full swing, my grandfather Gus Schubarth decided to cash in by harvesting ice from rampart reservoir and hauling it to Woodland Park and Colorado Springs. When most ice distributors depended on horses the transport their ice blocks, Gus decided to build one of the first successful mechanically refrigerated vehicles. He built it using a large custom build 4 wheel drive vehicle using a tractor motor. He needed to dig the road out as a bridge between the reservoir and Woodland Park. It was used mostly as an ice road until refrigerators became widespread in the 30s. It also gave people easier access to visit the reservoir. My family used to have an old newspaper clipping from 1920ish that had a picture of Gus sitting on his bohemoth of a machine.. I don't know what happened to the picture but I'll see if I can track it down. :)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail Snow packed. Roughly 8-10 inches of snow. The off camber corners are icy and will put you in the trees. Always have a plan, recovery gear and survival gear. Great snow forest trail excellent scenic views of the mountian valleys.

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Status: Open
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This is a fun trail through the trees, with big boulders to navigate around and great views overlooking the plains at the end. It's fairly easy but during the winter, the snow added some challenges. This time of year, don't attempt without a good crew and recovery gear. Everything went smooth for us expect for one particular hill toward the end while heading back where the snow had turned to ice. We had to shovel some snow and gravel onto the trail to get traction. We had a great time though! Slightly modified Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2 lifted Cherokees.

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Status: Open
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This trail is a whole different animal when there is snow on the ground. 311A is a bit sketch in a couple places. Had to winch up one of the hills due to the packed snow/ice. I also got to winch someone else out of there on the bottom of 313 as it changes from 311. Other than those two places, the trail is a blast! Also, the towing company that was called was unwilling to come out and help. Glad I was there and that I had the equipment.

Author:
Status: Open
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Easy trail with one exception-this time of year and it was totally dry as well. Some tighter spots but nothing I worried about in 08 pathy. Basically a bumpy gravel road with some decent humps in it. Near the end of 307 though there’s a hill descent with loose gravel and about 4 rows of off camber bumps. Did 1 and 2 wheel off ground going down. Had abs locker and couldn’t get back up with gravel and all. Getting dark so we went on down the trail farther maybe .5m from hill and found another access trail that essentially bypasses the hill. Thank God for that trail.

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Status: Open
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Great trip that is close to Colorado Springs and did not have much traffic on a weekend. Ran 307 to 311, 311.A (not detailed on the map here), and connected back to 307 via 313. Some really good views of the peak early on 307 and unique USAFA overlook at the end of 311. Got a little pin stripping and really appreciated having a locker on sections of 311.A. Stock Tacoma Double Cab fit everywhere without issue. The loop described above was about 16 miles total from the start of the forest boundary and back.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
First time there with our new jeep. Trail was beautiful, some small challenges along the way and then we got to the Devil's Spur Creek section I think it's called. Apparently it's more for atvs. A couple spots where I was pretty sure the sides were gonna take a hit. My girlfriends first time off roading so it scared the heck out of her, she was white as a ghost. Beautiful trail and fun to drive.

Author:
Status: Open
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Warm sun, cool breeze, flowers blooming, and the smell of pine. Schubarth Trail offered some fun surprises. It was a good way to spend a Memorial Day. Schubarth has many Aspens and free standing boulders. The narrow sections had many low hanging branches. I unscrewed my radio antenna and stored it in the cab. Some good camping spots. Had lunch at a scenic Rock outcropping pictured below. The view was fantastic. Check it out if you haven't already. There was a small water crossing. And a little mud. As I looked out over the Air Force Academy, my mind thought about all veterans of every branch. Thank you for placing your lives on the line so I can live mine.

Author:
Status: Open
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I ran the Rd 307 to Rd 311 (left turn at waypoints 4&9) portion of the trail at night along with a member of the volunteer Teller County 4x4 Search and Rescue group to recover a stuck jeeper. I heard some chatter about a vehicle that was stuck for 16 hours the previous day and we did see lot's of evidence of winching and tires sliding off the trail near waypoint 11 This is also close to the area we recovered the couple in the jeep. The snow is deep and rutted near the end of this spur and has become very icy. I would consider doing this portion of the trail under current conditions in a group with lot's of time, recovery gear and maybe even tire chains. Most of the trail has a light coat of snow and is very passable but those couple of bad spots can really cause problems.

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Status: Open
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This trail can become impassable in the winter but does not close. Use extreme caution in winter months when there is snow on the trail. I've never run the trail in the summer but I can image it can pretty much be done in two wheel drive when dry.

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Status: Open
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fun trail for riding in the snow. beware of icy hills if you dont have a winch, it’s easy to get stuck sliding around halfway up even in 4 low.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We have received word that the vehicle stuck in the trail has been removed. Please note that the bypass created to the left of the vehicle is not considered an official part of the trail.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Even though the reports of this trail say there is "some sort of obstacle" in the trail, we saw only a couple very odd things on the harder part of the trail. On the 311A section of the loop trail at the stream crossing, there is an abandoned car/SUV that is stuck in ice of the stream. There is way around the car and the ice held for a much larger Toyota full sized truck. Our Jeep XJ had no issues. The ruts in the ice are deep and having larger tires is a good idea. The other odd thing in the trail was a large, fallen tree that looks like it has been cut up and cleared from the trail, except for the rather large root ball. But its also very passible. The lower parts of the 311A section is rather wet and slightly slippery in sections. After that, it dries out again once you start to climb out of the valley.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The Colorado Land Cruisers went out to Schubarth on Saturday, January 20th. This is usually the club's "snow wheeling" event, but due to low precipitation and mild temperatures, there was little snow present. Fortunately, a storm arrived on Sunday, January 21st which delivered up to 12" of snow in northern El Paso County (Monument area). We had eleven rigs in our group--three FJ40s, three FJ60s, two FZJ80/LX450s, two Jeeps and one Land Rover LR4. At one point, we had another Jeep drop-in and ride along with us--turns out it is Joe, who's written several trip reports here on Trails Offroad. Great to meet you, Joe! The large obstacle is on FS Road 311A, halfway between 311 and 313 (Road 311A is not mapped with trailsoffroad). The object is not going to get moved until the spring thaw, according to the Pikes Peak Ranger District. The bypass around it is short (50 feet, approximately) and can be easily "repaired' to its natural condition once spring arrives. There are several good, active clubs in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, so when PPRD puts out a call for volunteers, it will get done.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Please note: We have received notice that there is an object blocking part of this trail and will likely be there until spring. We have changed the status of this trail to 'partially open' until the situation is resolved. While we have seen images of the problem, trailsoffroad crew will be out there in the next couple of weeks to investigate the blockage in person and will update the trail with more information at that time. STAY THE TRAIL! There is evidence that people have been driving around the blockage. Doing so will cause damage to the surrounding area and is the kind of abuse that is cited when they try to shut down trails. This area is often abused and the 4x4 community must be the ones to help keep people on trail.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Great day on Schubarth trail. Only passed one other vehicle, saw a couple of campers and one group of hunters. Road gets narrow in spots and there was visible damage to trees where large vehicles have trouble making corners that are no problem in a Jeep Wrangler. Thought about trying FS 313 to go from the first leg to the other without doubling up on so much of the trail, but didn't know anything about it, if it even was officially open, and was running out of daylight so I'll have to check it out again some other time.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Monthly trail ride with Colorado Land Cruisers, a 4WD Toyota club in Colorado Springs. Schubarth Trail is a winter offroad tradition, and it never disappoints. Conditions were very good--temperature, visibility, and snow!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
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Nice, dry day on the trail. Light traffic at best.

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Jen & JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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