|Typically Open:||04/16/2018 - 12/14/2018|
(MODERATE - DIFFICULT)
|Highest Elevation:||7900 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||East|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Kremmling|
|Official Road Name:||Sidewinder|
|Management Agency:||Bureau of Land Management|
|District:||Kremmling Field Office|
The Sidewinder extreme 4x4 Jeep trail is located on BLM lands in the Wolford Mountain area, just outside of Kremmling Colorado. This is the only constructed technical four-wheel drive trail of it's kind in the west! Sidewinder is open for travel one-way south to north, bottom to top. There are 9 obstacles constructed of large boulders and some are fitted with railroad ties. Each obstacle is different and each varies in difficulty. There are no winch points on this trail, thus lockers are a high recommendation. Most of the trail is very narrow, and drivers in wider vehicles will have a much tougher time. High clearance is a must, and it may not be possible to get a vehicle with tires smaller than 35 inches through this trail without a lot of effort and damage. Therefore, a minimum of 35-inch tires are recommended.
Heavy rock and/or severe ruts. Rocks exceeding hub height frequent. Shelves to 12". Deep mud or uphill mud sections. Steep grades to 25 degrees and can be loose or rocky. Water crossings may exceed 30" in depth. Side hill to 30 degrees. One vehicle wide. Body damage possible. Experience needed. Vehicle Modifications helpful.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Conditions can very day to day from wet to dry|
|Summer:||Dry, Dusty, and Hot|
|Fall:||Dry, nice and cool|
The best place to leave trailers is at the Wolford Mountain Open OHV Area. About a half mile down Cow Gulch Road, look for a sign on the north side of the road that says "Wolford Mountain open OHV Area". Make the turn and you will quickly come to a very large open area suitable for trailer parking. It is a short drive to the trail start from here.
After following Cow Gulch for 1.3 miles, turn right at this unmarked spot which is the trailhead start. The turn here parallels Cow Gulch for just a short bit, and then it curves right, away from the road. There is a wood sign a little way from the road with a map and good trail description.
Here you will find the Sidewinder Trail information kiosk. This is the best spot for airing down because of the open space. Check out the sign as it has lots of good information. From here the trail then dips down into the wash and the obstacles start almost immediately.
This pile of rocks is considered the guardians rocks but does not present much of a challenge after a hard rain as the boulders fill in with silt. These boulders are not a good representation of the rest of the trail. The trail becomes extremely difficult beyond this.
This is the first of two obstacles fortified on one side with railroad ties and large boulders on the other. Most vehicles will have to drive up on the railroad ties to make it through the obstacle. With less than a 40'' tire, the only real line is to stay as high on the railroad tie wall as long as possible. With large enough tires, you should be able to drive up and over the boulder on the right. The white Jeeps in these photos are on 37s.
This obstacle is almost a replica of obstacle one, with very similar lines.
After snaking through the sandy wash for a bit, you make a hard right turn and find yourself at the base of the first rocky hill climb filled with boulder. The first set of boulders here can provide giant wheel stands to entering vehicles. There are many diff catching boulders on the way up this hill.
After the first boulder hill climb, there is a "Y" in the trail. The route to the left is an early exit route. It is challenging and very steep, but is also shorter than continuing to the right. Going to the right will lead you through another boulder hill climb and several other challenges.
Just past the top of the second boulder hill is the tippy tree. This obstacle leans you very far right, right into a tree. Careful tire placement must be taken here to avoid a flop one way, or blowing out rear corner windows the other way. If you have a removable soft top, it is highly recommended to put it down at this point.
You finally climb up out of the washout and reach the top of the trail. Here you can regroup and make any trail repairs you might need to take care of. Be careful though, as there is some cactus in the area. The trail exits to the left. It is hard to find the trail as it is often overgrown by grass. Head west just over the ridge and you will see where the trail becomes very distinctive once again.
Continue straight ahead following the trail across the ridge. The road you see to your left is where the early exit dumps out onto the main trail. Do not go down that way.
Follow the road down to the right to exit back on to Cow Gulch Road. Uphill to the left is Mulberry Hill, which is closed to motor vehicles. Only foot traffic is allowed that direction.
Near the end of the trail, there is a very large camping spot that can accommodate any size trailer.
The trail ends back at Cow Gulch Road. Take a left to head back to town, or to run the trail a second time!
Trailhead Coordinates: 40.073236, -106.367311
Starting Point: Denver