|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||9332 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Nederland|
|Official Road Name:||203|
|Management Agency:||Arapaho National Forest|
|District:||Boulder Ranger District|
On June 27th, 1965 United States Airforce Major Currie and 1st Lieutenant Darby veered from their flight path in a Lockheed Martin T-33 trainer jet and crashed into the mountainside in the Arapahoe National Forest. Both crew lost their lives and what remains today are the remnants of the aircraft. This off-road trail takes you within walking distance of the somber and memorialized scene also known as "The Bunce School Road Plane Crash". Close to Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins Colorado this more difficult 4wd trail is popular to run in combination with Bunce School Road, Ironclads and Middle St. Vrain.
Rocky or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 24" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 24" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 54" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep and off-camber.Read more about our rating system
Follow the narrow trail labeled Forest Service Road 203 uphill.
Stay left and slightly uphill.
The rough portions of the trail begin here. You can pick and choose your lines until the next non-optional obstacle.
You can approach the obstacle from the right or left. Coming down is more tricky for stock vehicles where a rear bumper tap can happen. When descending, if your vehicle does not have much downward front axle travel or not lifted - stay left. It is common to see vehicles have their rear passenger tire in the air on the descent.
Optional choices here to either tackle the large boulders in the rock garden by going straight/left, or turn sharp right to put your driver tires up on a smaller boulder and be off camber into the trees on your driver side.
Follow the trail to the right. The trail to the left leads to nowhere.
Optional easy line to the left or hard line to the right.
Long wheelbase rigs will have a very difficult time squeezing through the trees here.
There is room for 5 or 6 rigs to park here. The hiking trail to the wreckage is well marked. A short 5-minute walk will take you to the bulk of the wreckage that is still complete with painted markings. Pieces are scattered throughout the area. This is a memorial location where two people have died, so please leave the wreckage as you found it.
Starting Point: Nederland
There are only one or two less than ideal dispersed camping locations along this trail. Most people camp along the popular Bunce School Road. For designated and improved camping, this trail is just near Camp Dick which has 41 designated fee sites and vault toilets.