Spring Creek

4.7/5 (25 reviews)
Downieville-Lawson-Dumont, Colorado (ClearCreek County)
Last Updated: 07/17/2021

Trail Information


This off-road, rock crawling trail has become the "go to spot" for hard wheeling within a short drive from Denver. It sees very heavy traffic during the weekends, so don't expect to be on this trail alone. Traversing large boulders are the norm on Spring Creek. This trail is constantly changing as new boulders become exposed each year and old boulders find new resting spots. It starts out pretty quickly with the first obstacle named "The Wall". Without a proper line here, body damage and/or rollovers are likely. The trail climbs straight up the mountain providing spectacular views above I-70 and the surrounding mountain towns. The final switchback known as "The Hard Left" will challenge even the most modified vehicles, before you enter the premier obstacle of the trail, "The Rock Garden" which has many different routes and lines, all of which will leave your undercarriage riddled with rock-rash scars.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (25)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I was able to run the entire trail sans The Wall in a Jeep TJ on 33’s with a rear locker, but some parts, like the Rock Garden, were very challenging.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is definitely a trail to do with a group, as you will want a good spotter to get up the Wall and through the Rock Garden. There's a lot of challenge to test your skills and outstanding views from the shelf roads.
Visited: 10/10/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

There was some moisture so it was great, no dust and nobody was there. Me and my friend Tom ran it me in my 89 Bronco and Tom in his SAS Explorer. We both have 35” tires and we only struggled on one of the obstacles. We did not do the wall, just too much risk. As a note there is an open area that is great for a new to 4x4 to practice and hone theirs skills. It is located before the difficult obstacles.
Official Crew
Rated 2/5
Visited: 07/17/2021

I drove this back from Saxon Mountain yesterday and it was just a bumpy descent all the way. I'm not a huge fan of these kinds of trails, but I thought it'd be the easier way out at the time and it was not. The views were kinda nice on this trail, but I wouldn't do this one again. I did come across one spot that had a large boulder fall and it put my outside tire at the very edge, enough to cause dirt to go tumbling down the drop-off. If you have anything wider than a Jeep on this trail right now, this spot may stop you.
Visited: 06/04/2021

Passible with some small snow spots around the rock garden. We tried to knock down as much snow as possible today. Go get it!

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