T-33 Plane Crash

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4.8/5 (60 reviews)
Allenspark, Colorado (Boulder County)
Last Updated: 11/17/2023
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On June 27th, 1965, United States Air Force 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 members lost their lives. Much of the plane is scattered about the mountainside, serving as a memorial for them. This offroad trail takes you within walking distance of the somber 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.

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FR 203 to the T-33 Plane Crash is comprised of dirt and rock with several obstacles, many of which cannot be bypassed. The majority of this trail is tight, with few places to pass opposing vehicles, so always look as far ahead as possible for someone coming towards you. This is an out-and-back trail 1.8 miles in length and is often run with Bunce School Road and Ironclads. This is a great trail for beginners to start expanding into more technical trails.

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4.8/5 (60)
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Visited: 11/17/2023

Official winter Seasonal Closure is now in effect
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5200
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Visited: 10/24/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this trail along with Bunce and Ironclads over two days. This was our first time on the trails, but they do seem to be washed out in places for sure. I agree with the previous review as way point 5 seems the hardest. There are a few lines that are easier but our smaller tire guys 32/33 scraped going up and down. Fun trail though
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/21/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Calvary 4-Wheelers ran T-33 Plane Crash as part of a fall trifecta of trails including Bunce School Road and Ironclads, as well as this trail. We had our largest group in a while with 13 people in 8 rigs, with everything from a stock JK to a CJ5 truggy on 40s. It had been probably 10 years or so since I last ran this trail. I had done some research and knew it was going to be much harder than it was back then, so I wasn't completely shocked at the change. Even parts between the big obstacles had us thinking about our lines and choosing tire placement carefully. I would disagree on the hardest part being Waypoint 6. We had more difficulty on Waypoint 5. Either way, the 5 low-end rating is accurate, although a 6 high-end rating might be appropriate. Bud had broken a rear driveshaft u-joint on Bunce School Road and was only operating in front wheel drive, so he needed some assistance from a strap Through some of the harder parts. When we got to the end, we took the short hike out to the crash site. Not much had changed there except a little more weathering of some of the pieces. Several members of the group had not been there before, so it was very interesting to them. After exploring the wreckage for a little while, we returned to our rigs and made our way back down to Bunce School Road.
Trail Review: T-33 Plane Crash - Bill Andrews
Trail Review: T-33 Plane Crash - Bill Andrews
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/20/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is one of the more advanced trails I've run up to this point, and I had a blast. However, the entire thing is very rocky/bumpy, even the easier stretches, even when aired down, which keeps me from giving it a solid 5/5 "enjoyment" stars. Rock sliders took quite a few hard hits and scrapes, but other than that our 2006 Toyota Sequoia (2" lift on 33s, no lockers) came out relatively unscathed. My buddy's 2013 Tacoma (32s with a spacer level in the front) took a bit of a beating though, losing a rear mud flap, scraping the undercarriage several times, and getting a significant dent on the side from sliding into a tree during a narrow section. As noted in the main trail guide, there are several notable obstacles that are a lot of fun and require a bit of spotting/line-picking if you don't have a super built rig riding on some massive tires.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/16/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Awesome trail that’s just a little challenging in a full-size!
Trail Review: T-33 Plane Crash - Kevin Story

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