My Trail Reviews (22)
(within last 6 months)
My small group came up Schofield Pass and turned west at WP 10 and went up and over/down the west side. The road was wet but in good condition, and it was nice to have some smooth driving after coming up the Devil's Punchbowl. We hung out at the lake (WP 9) and took sunset photos. We saw three elk (two cows and one juvenile bull).
My small group drove up Schofield Pass from Marble after having completed Kebler Pass from Crested Butte. My group consisted of a stock '97 Tacoma (29" A/T tires), a modified 2014 Tacoma, a modified 2019 4Runner, and a stock '03 Land Cruiser (33" A/T tires). None of us had issues (we all have 20+ years of 4x4 experience).
We found there were two slightly difficult rock ledges between Lead King Basin (WP 7) and the bridge at the bottom of the Devil's Punchbowl (WP 6). Both were approximately 16-18" high.
Uphill from the bridge (WP 6) less than 100 yards is another rock ledge and loose rocks; I slipped off my line, backed up three feet, and then successfully climbed over. The '14 Tacoma, 4Runner, and Land Cruiser were able to take a different line because they have bigger tires, so this was no problem for them.
The rock obstacle shown at WP 5 has changed a lot and is much, much flatter and simpler now. There is little risk of rocker damage.
Above the obstacle at WP 5 are two large rocks, one on the right side and one on the left side of the road. Each is approximately 20" high and 30-40" in diameter. They are separated enough that even the Land Cruiser ("full-size" width) drove between them without issue (using spotter).
Beautiful as ever, especially in Autumn colors.
The road is in decent shape; it is rocky and bumpy, with lots of water-filled potholes, but nothing difficult. I drove a 1997 Toyota Tacoma (stock with 29" A/T tires)
I drove west to east over Weston Pass to return from Leadville after driving Mosquito Pass. Weston Pass is an easy drive. The road is in good condition--not too rutted, not a lot of washboard. One must be cautious on the west side of the pass because the road is narrower with several curves, the trees are more dense, and camping on this side seems more popular (more traffic). Overall, a good drive with great scenery. The 4Runner is a fellow who is visiting Colorado from out east. He joined us on Mosquito Pass and chose to return to Fairplay via Weston Pass.
Drove Mosquito Pass on Saturday with a small group from Colorado Land Cruisers and Ute Pass Iron Goats. We picked up a "stray" at the trailhead--a 2019 Toyota 4Runner visiting from back east! I had no issues in my stock '97 Tacoma.
A friend of mine posted an image of the rockslide (Sunday, 8 August on his instagram: salty_cookie_cruiser) which appears to have happened shortly prior to WP 9 (Rocky Point).
I have contacted Colorado Springs Christian 4Wheelers (the club that has a road adoption agreement with the USFS) and they're going to contact the local Ranger District about the rockslide.
I went to the "gate swing" with Sam from Stay the Trail and a group from Colorado Four Wheelers this morning. Colorado Four Wheelers adopted China Wall many years ago and does stewardship/maintenance on this road every year. This year they've done some dozer work, and got a new segment (used to be closed) re-opened. I had to get back to Springs for work, but snapped a few photos.
This is a fun natural feature to visit while in Moab. It is very easy to access (quickest in-and-out would be on the north side-- from Hwy 191 to Blue Mesa Road to Bartlett Wash Road going south on Bartlett Wash).
Closed our Moab trip with a visit to Dellenbaugh Tunnel, which we accessed from the Short Cut Road and Dubinky Well. This road is a fun mix of sand, slickrock, and sandy wash. There are some ledges and steps, but pick your line or use a spotter to easily negotiate the tougher spots.
We in on the East Alternate and departed on this road. Like the other, it's a fun combination of sandy wash and slickrock. There are some steps/ledges but these are easy to pick through. We enjoyed the Dellenbaugh Tunnel and the canyon view beyond it.
My friend and I used this Short Cut Road from the Dubinky Well to access the East Alternate of Dellenbaugh Tunnel.
I drove the Hidden Canyon Rim Escape after hanging out on the Hidden Canyon Overlook for a while. The weather was getting colder and there were intermittent snow flurries. I found WP4, WP5, and WP6 to be the most challenging, but not difficult . Pick your line and let 4LO do its thing! This is a fun road when combined with Mashed Potato and Hidden Canyon Overlook.
I used Bartlett Wash to access several other roads on Day 3 of my Moab trip. I entered from the south, driving north. Found the wash wet between WP7 and WP6. Also, there was a wire cattle gate just north of WP6 (open to pass, close behind you). Lots of free-range cattle in this section, too, so be mindful of your speed.
One of the best 4x4 roads in the NW sector of Moab, especially for stock/stock-ish vehicles. The sandy wash is fun and the canyon wall scenery is hard to beat.
Fun as always, and sometimes challenging to see the white paint markers. A few of the steps and ledges are eroded making them slightly more difficult but still within the capability of a stock rig and experienced driver.
After finishing Mashed Potato, I turned right to back-track to the start of Hidden Canyon Overlook. The only change or items to update is at Waypoint 5 because the ruts are gone, as is the wire gate.
Otherwise, this guide remains accurate and the overlook into Hidden Canyon is spectacular as ever. Despite being cold and windy, I hung out at the overlook for a while to take in the scenery. Make this trip, you won't be disappointed.
Spring Canyon Point is a long and dusty road but the scenery is constantly changing from sagebrush fields to rocky hills and bare sandstone mountains and monoliths. Of course the river canyon view at the end is worthwhile.
Visited the Secret Spire with a friend and his family. We drove the short entrance road from the eastern end of Spring Canyon Point. After hiking around for a while, we drove west on Spring Canyon Point and I subsequently drove Secret Spire from west to east while my friend came back on Spring Canyon Point.
Day 2 of our Moab trip was out Dubinky Well Road to see the Secret Spire and Spring Canyon Point. We entered from Hwy 313/Spring Canyon Bottom Road and had lunch at the well. The road is in good condition with less washboarding than years past.
Little extraordinary about the trail itself, but the canyon feature at the end was the highlight of Day 1 of our trip to Moab.
Drove a portion of Bull Canyon to access Surprise Overlook. The road is in good condition.
Visited Moab with a friend and his family for a week of mild 4-wheeling, camping, hiking, and biking. Gemini Bridges is a good place to start because it has all of these and grand scenery.