|Typically Open:||04/16 - 12/14|
|Permit Information:||Permit Required - Click Here|
(MODERATE - DIFFICULT)
|Highest Elevation:||7900 feet|
|Duration:||About 45 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|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 10 obstacles constructed of large boulders, a few fitted with railroad ties, and one waterfall climb. Each obstacle is different and each varies in difficulty. There are no winch points on this trail, thus lockers are a high recommendation. 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|
Sidewinder starts just off of Cow Gulch Road. Here there is a very large staging area where you can park your trailers and air down your tires. Please do not block the entrance onto the trail. Here you will find the Sidewinder Trail information kiosk. Check out the sign as it has lots of good information. From here continue past the sign where you have a quick decision to make... drop down into the washout and drive that to the first obstacle, or stay on the higher road. Either option is legal per the BLM.
The Guardian Rocks are the first obstacle you come to on the trail and were built for the sole purpose of keeping out unprepared vehicles. There are multiple lines over the rocks, pick your line wisely. Reminder: there are no winch points along this trail.
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 split in the trail marked with two carsonites. The route to the far left is the bailout route. It is a very steep incline, but is much shorter and easier than following the main route to the right. Far right right will lead you through another boulder hill climb and several other challenges. Between both of these routes is the waterfall obstacle.
The waterfall is an optional obstacle between the bailout and the main route. It is a steep, difficult, near vertical wall climb covered in loose sand. Short wheelbase vehicles tend to lift the front end before it will carry them over. Be extremely cautious on this obstacle as the risk of rollover is very high.
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 bailout dumps out onto the main trail.
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!
Starting Point: Denver