T-33 Plane Crash

4.8/5 (41 reviews)
Allenspark, Colorado (Boulder County)
Last Updated: 06/13/2022

Trail Information


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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The road is comprised of dirt and rock with two obstacles which can not 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. The obstacles can be difficult for stock vehicles. Being lifted is recommended. This is an out and back trail and is popular to run with Bunce School Road, Ironclads and Middle St. Vrain.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (41)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful day and a great trail. The Aspens were just starting to turn and the trail was in great condition and lightly attended. Only saw 2 motorcycles, 2 razors and a 4-runner on the actual trail. My jeep is sitting on 35s with a 2.5” lift and it was easy going so long as you picked a good line. The rock rails on each side did get light usage and the rear bumper did drag a bit on the way down just like the trail notes warn. Plane wreckage at the end makes for a great, if somber, picnic and relaxation spot before heading back down.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

It was raining pretty good when I ran so the rocks were a bit more slippery, but not bad at all. Ran it in a JL 2-door, 35" and 3" lift, no issues. Ran it in conjunction with the adjacent FR202 spur which had some challenges as well. Rating of Difficult seems about right, judging by my wife's white knuckles.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Arrived later in the afternoon after a brief rain, and only saw a few SxS’s to the top. I have a JLURD on 37” tires and did not have any issues, taking it slow. Some good size rocks and ruts, and definitely risk of pinstriping if full-size. Fun trail!
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/17/2022

Had a nice day climbing this trail. It wasn’t terribly busy which was also nice.
Visited: 06/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this trail many times in a 2016 4runner and 2015 Tundra over the last couple years. Bit tight in spots in the trees with the Tundra for sure but a full size can make it. Just the couple real obstacles that are just fun not super difficult. My 15 year old made it no problem with me spotting a bit. T-33 is becoming more and more popular so expect traffic with not many pull outs so either stand off or some backing up will be in order especially on the weekends. Side by Sides are in abundance here for sure. The plane crash is defiantly a sight to take in and understand the background of this.

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