Trough Trail

Kremmling, Colorado (Eagle County)

Last Updated: 01/02/2019
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 1.65 miles
Highest Elevation: 7266 feet
Duration: About 2 hours, 40 minutes
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Kremmling
Nearest Town w/ Services: Kremmling
Official Road Name: CR 1
Management Agency: Bureua of Land Management
District: Kremmling Field Office
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Highlight: Trough Trail
This is the second man-made rock crawling trail in the area specifically created for extreme 4x4s. Trough Trail was approved by the Kremmling BLM Field Office and was created in 2002 by the Mountain Metal Mashers Club and Renegade Off Road. Construction required brush clearing and movement of very large boulders. The route changes with each passing vehicle as boulders periodically move from their prior resting spot. The main canyon is only a half mile long, but there are two optional spurs; Trough Your Rocker, which is an in and out spur, and Trough Hill, which is a short loop up and back down a steep hill.



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1. Air Down / Trailer Drop (0 mi)
Once you cross the Bridge on Trough Road, look for the large dirt parking lot to your right. If you trailered your rig, you will need to park here and unload. This is a good spot to air down as the trail starts on the other side of the railroad tracks.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.890941, -106.617169

Starting Point: Silverton

From Silverthorne Colorado, Head north on Highway 9 for 35 miles and turn left on Trough Road. From Kremmling Colorado, Take highway 9, 2.3 miles South from the intersection with US40 and turn right on Trough Rd. Continue down trough road for 20.9 miles. Just as you pass over the bridge, you will see a large dirt parking area to the right. This is where you can unload your trailers and air down. The trail starts 100 yards farther down Trough Rd. Cross the railroad tracks and turn right up hill.


Land Use Issues

Travel along this route requires an OHV Permit for ALL vehicles, including street legal plated vehicles. Visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website to read more information on how to purchase OHV registrations and permits, and the projects that the OHV Registration program funds, call (303) 791-1920, or visit one of the OHV Registration Locations.

Trail Reviews (2)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
It was a great day to go out that day..Went with a couple guys Morgan and Adam from Patrol 16 the Sasquatch Jeepers from Mile High Jeep club..Only 3 of us hit the trail.. My Jeep was a 2015 Jeep Wrangler JK unlimited sitting on 37s...Trip was fun and challenging for me being still new to this rock crawling adventures...The sand was dry rocks were moving a bit..Recommend you have rock sliders and skid plates and lockers if possible so spots will need them. The rocks can be large and beat up skid plates and rock sliders or your rig if you don't have them.. The side trails I did not try but one of the other guys in the group did and was challenging but fun for him.. It was a fun trail for the three of us turned out to be a great day with the weather being cooler in the morning but warmed up nice during the run..The drive up to the trail is amazing great places to stop for photo opportunities for anyone to take...I have attached some photos of my Jeep hittting some parts of the trail and the photo of the 3 Jeeps that hit the trail...

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Last time I ran this trail, it was wet and I think that actually made the trail easier because the sand actually packed and gave you traction. It was very warm and dry on this trip and you could tell the soil had not received any moisture in quite some time. Crawling over larger boulders was challenging because the rear tires just wanted to dig deep holes in the sand. Boulders tended to move more often this time around and so watching the vehicle in front of me didn't really give me help on what line to take. The good thing about running the trail in the fall was that the river was cold and low so there were not as many other recreationalists in the area. The trail is still just as difficult and we certainly encountered our fair share of damage for the day.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Anyone run this trail in early May? What's trail conditions?
–John Peterson (04/30/2017)
–Ryan Boudreau (04/30/2017)

Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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