Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado
Trail Reviews: 25400 points
Questions Answered: 1050 points
Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
  • (2.5" lift, 35" tires)
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler (2 door) (3.5" lift, 37" tires)
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg

My Garage (2)

Lift Size: 2.5"
Tire Size: 35"
2015 Jeep Wrangler Willy's Wheeler, 2dr. AEV 2.5" duel sport lift, stock drive train, Rockhard front bumper with a Smittybilt X2o 12k synthetic line winch. Cooper MTX 315/70/R17 tires. Smittybilt XCR rear bumper with XCR tire carrier.

2018 Jeep Wrangler (2 door)

Lift Size: 3.5"
Tire Size: 37"
2018 Jeep JL Rubicon with the 2.0 l turbo engine. Teraflex 3.5” lift with Falcon series 3.0 shocks. Rockhard mid-width aluminum front bumper with a Smittybilt 10k lbs. synthetic line winch. Bestop NX soft top. BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM3 tires with ProComp series 34 wheels. Cobra SXT75 CB radio and Yeasu 7200 duel-band Ham radio.

My Trail Reviews (84)

(within last 6 months)
Panorama Peak (10/01/2020)
Due to the Cameron Peak forest fire, The USFS has closed the entire Canyon Lakes Ranger District in the Roosevelt National Forest. This trail will likely be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. A copy of the map for the closure area can be found here.
Johnny Park Road (10/01/2020)
Due to the Cameron Peak forest fire, The USFS has closed the entire Canyon Lakes Ranger District in the Roosevelt National Forest. This trail will likely be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. A copy of the map for the closure area can be found here.
Button Rock (10/01/2020)
Due to the Cameron Peak forest fire, The USFS has closed the entire Canyon Lakes Ranger District in the Roosevelt National Forest. This trail will likely be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. A copy of the map for the closure area can be found here.
Solitude Creek (10/01/2020)
Due to the Cameron Peak forest fire, The USFS has closed the entire Canyon Lakes Ranger District in the Roosevelt National Forest. This trail will likely be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. A copy of the map for the closure area can be found here.
Pratt Creek (10/01/2020)
Due to the Cameron Peak forest fire, The USFS has closed the entire Canyon Lakes Ranger District in the Roosevelt National Forest. This trail will likely be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. A copy of the map for the closure area can be found here.
Pole Hill (10/01/2020)
Due to the Cameron Peak forest fire, The USFS has closed the entire Canyon Lakes Ranger District in the Roosevelt National Forest. This trail will likely be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. A copy of the map for the closure area can be found here.
Pierson Park South (10/01/2020)
Due to the Cameron Peak forest fire, The USFS has closed the entire Canyon Lakes Ranger District in the Roosevelt National Forest. This trail will likely be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. A copy of the map for the closure area can be found here.
Pierson Park North (10/01/2020)
Due to the Cameron Peak forest fire, The USFS has closed the entire Canyon Lakes Ranger District in the Roosevelt National Forest. This trail will likely be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. A copy of the map for the closure area can be found here.
Roach Road (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Fox Park, WY more than doubled in size today to over 80k acres. This prompted forest closures along the Colorado / Wyoming border.
Cascade North Twin (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Rob Roy Reservoir has caused the Forest Service to close trails in the area.
Libby Flats (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Rob Roy Reservoir has caused the Forest Service to close trails in the area.
Jim Creek Road (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Rob Roy Reservoir has caused the Forest Service to close trails in the area.
Middle Fork Canyon (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Rob Roy Reservoir has caused the Forest Service to close trails in the area.
Centennial Ridge (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Rob Roy Reservoir has caused the Forest Service to close trails in the area.
Ehlin Road (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Rob Roy Reservoir has caused the Forest Service to close trails in the area.
North Sand Dunes Road (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Fox Park, WY more than doubled in size today to over 80k acres. This prompted forest closures along the Colorado / Wyoming border.
Village Belle Road (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Fox Park, WY more than doubled in size today to over 80k acres. This prompted forest closures along the Colorado / Wyoming border.
Mendenhall (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Fox Park, WY more than doubled in size today to over 80k acres. This prompted forest closures along the Colorado / Wyoming border.
Medicine Bow Road (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Fox Park, WY more than doubled in size today to over 80k acres. This prompted forest closures along the Colorado / Wyoming border.
King’s Canyon Road (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Fox Park, WY more than doubled in size today to over 80k acres. This prompted forest closures along the Colorado / Wyoming border.
Bull Mountain Road (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Fox Park, WY more than doubled in size today to over 80k acres. This prompted forest closures along the Colorado / Wyoming border.
Hohnholz Lakes (09/26/2020)
The Mullen Fire near Fox Park, WY more than doubled in size today to over 80k acres. This prompted forest closures along the Colorado / Wyoming border.
North Temple Wash (09/20/2020)
The trail is not difficult and driving through the narrow canyon is worthwhile. The views are spectacular! We ended up camping in the canyon near Waypoint3 with the canyon walls towering on both sides. The camping gave me an opportunity to practice a little night-time photography.
Hidden Splendor (09/19/2020)
A smoky, hazy sky created a different kind of view along this trail. We stopped for a while at Waypoint 7 to take in the beauty of this central Utah treasure. There are some great views along this route.
McKay Flat Road (09/19/2020)
A small Trails Offroad crew ventured into the area for some mapping work in the San Rafael Swell. I found this trail to be dry and dusty with weather conditions ideal for a September trip. We found antelope and wild horses running wild along this trail.
Snake F19 - Hot Springs ORV Park (09/05/2020)
The ORV Park has this listed as one of their easier trails, but don't be fooled as this trail will challenge a stock vehicle. The trail starts as a winding path through the forest but becomes rocky with some moderate sections. Just past Waypoint 5, the trail has a split with the easier route on the right. The left option is an enjoyable rocky climb with ledges that have you paying attention to your line. There is another rocky section just past Waypoint 7 that adds in a little off-camber descent.
Rubicon Ridge D1 - Hot Springs ORV Park (09/05/2020)
This was my first time wheeling in Arkansas. The Hot Springs ORV Park is a delight. Once in the park, the trailheads are well marked. Rubicon Ridge was a particular trail that I wanted to get in for the Badge of Honor program. Any excellent choice. I do recommend, however, that you should visit the park on a weekend other than Labor Day weekend. There were many large groups there to enjoy the park. As a result, there was a lot of stopping and waiting on the trail. The first segment of the trail was the most difficult heading downhill in a particularly rocky area. Stock vehicles will scrap along this section. The middle of the trail was much more tame.
Fun Run G3 - Hot Springs ORV Park (09/05/2020)
This was the third Badge of Honor trail completed on this trip. It is the shortest of the three BOH trails in the park, but the most challenging. The "Bigger Rocks" at Waypoint 4 offer the best challenge but would be difficult for a stock vehicle. I would recommend visiting the park on a weekend other than Labor Day weekend. There were multiple large groups which made the trail slow going with a lot of start and stops.
Main Road 5 - Hot Springs ORV Park (09/05/2020)
There are several main connecting routes through the park, Road 5 is one of them. These main routes are signed with the road number on top of the shape of Arkansas and are well marked. Road 5 gets you away from the park entrance and provides access to the outlying trail, including Rubicon Ridge. Although the park was busy, there are plenty of places to pass oncoming vehicles along Road 5. Also, if you're looking for cell phone service to log into your Badge of Honor app, Road 5 gets you high enough to get great cell signal.
East Greer Road (08/21/2020)
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continues to grow prompting additional closures to the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is affected by the Forest Closure Order effective 08-20-2020. Ongoing information about the fire, it’s progress, evacuations and closures can be found at Inciweb.gov website.
Ballard Road (08/21/2020)
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continues to grow prompting additional closures to the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is affected by the Forest Closure Order effective 08-20-2020. Ongoing information about the fire, it’s progress, evacuations and closures can be found at Inciweb.gov website.
Hurley (08/21/2020)
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continues to grow prompting additional closures to the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is affected by the Forest Closure Order effective 08-20-2020. Ongoing information about the fire, it’s progress, evacuations and closures can be found at Inciweb.gov website.
Pennock Pass (08/21/2020)
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continues to grow prompting additional closures to the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is affected by the Forest Closure Order effective 08-20-2020. Ongoing information about the fire, it’s progress, evacuations and closures can be found at Inciweb.gov website.
Camaan Springs Road (08/21/2020)
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continues to grow prompting additional closures to the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is affected by the Forest Closure Order effective 08-20-2020. Ongoing information about the fire, it’s progress, evacuations and closures can be found at Inciweb.gov website.
Pingree Park Rd. (08/21/2020)
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continues to grow prompting additional closures to the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is affected by the Forest Closure Order effective 08-20-2020. Ongoing information about the fire, it’s progress, evacuations and closures can be found at Inciweb.gov website.
Kelly Flats (08/21/2020)
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continues to grow, prompting additional closures to the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is affected by the Forest Closure Order effective 08-20-2020. Ongoing information about the fire, it’s progress, evacuations and closures can be found at Inciweb.gov website.
Moody Hill (08/21/2020)
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continues to grow, prompting additional closures to the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is affected by the Forest Closure Order effective 08-20-2020. Ongoing information about the fire, it’s progress, evacuations and closures can be found at Inciweb.gov website.
Barbour Fork (08/15/2020)
This trail is a lot of fun and a bit challenging. I took the left option at Waypoint 7 and got up on three wheels in my lifted JL on 37's. The rocky climbs are no joke and stock vehicles will be challenged at Waypoints 7 and 11. We saw a group of three stock Toyota pickups get turned around after not making the climb at Waypoint 11. We only saw two other built rigs on the trail. Peaceful and quiet day on the trail.
Deadman Hill (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Crown Point Road (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Salt Cabin Park Road (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Deadman Road (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Bald Mountain (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Roaring Creek Road (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Nunn Creek (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Green Ridge Trail (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Sand Creek Pass (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Forest Service Road 523 (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Acme Creek Road (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Pearl Beaver Road (08/14/2020)
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continues to grow, prompting additional closures to the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is affected by the Forest Closure Order effective 08-20-2020. Ongoing information about the fire, it’s progress, evacuations and closures can be found at Inciweb.gov website.
Sevenmile Road (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Swamp Creek Road (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Long Draw Road (08/14/2020)
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf
Pole Hill (08/14/2020)
Surprisingly, the trail was only lightly used today and most of the dispersed campsites were unused. Because the Cameron Peak forest fire has much of the Roosevelt National Forest closed, a trail in the Estes Park area was in order. Pole Hill has always been one of my favorite routes. If you don't mind driving down in the dusk or if you are camping, the sunset will be worth waiting for.
Panorama Peak (08/14/2020)
A quiet day on the trail and did not see another vehicle on Panorama Peak. Surprisingly, we did not see any campers along the trail either. The weather was beautiful and the temperature was mild for a summer's afternoon. The trail was dry and dusty in spots.
Solitude Creek (08/14/2020)
The view at Waypoint 7 never gets old. While Pole Hill and Solitude Creek are an exciting drive, I always enjoy the view from The Notch. There was very little traffic on the trail today.
Schofield Pass (08/08/2020)
We came in from the Marble, CO side after driving Crystal City. We had received reports along the way that an SUV was broken down on the road near the punchbowl. Apparently the stranded vehicle completely blocked the road and it had been there for a couple of days. About 3/4 of a mile in (from Waypoint 7) we found the obstruction. There was a jeep there with a tow strap attached, pulling the stranded SUV when the owner of the vehicle returned. I'm not sure the pulling jeep had permission from the vehicle's owner. It was quite tense for a bit. In the end, we decided to turn around and did not complete the route.
Crystal City (08/08/2020)
This trail has been a bucket list trail for me. Crystal Mill is the most iconic image that represents Colorado, and a must-see. We decided to start the drive early in the morning and that turned out to be a good choice. By late in the day, the trail became busy, and finding a place to pass was difficult at times. I was surprised by the number of waterfalls that we saw along the way. Hikers and mountain bikers are abundant so drive with caution. This is a must do trail!
Lead King Basin (08/08/2020)
I did not have high expectations about driving this trail but decided to complete the loop (Marble to Crystal City then Lead King Basin back to Marble). I highly recommend this trail. The views along the trail are spectacular and iconic. Much of the trail is a shelf road that is narrow, especially between waypoints 6 and 7. We ran the trail backwards from this guide. We went through the avalanche debris with no difficulty but were surprised to find snow still mixed with the downed trees.
Acme Creek Road (07/24/2020)
The US Forest Service is fighting a wildfire in the Acme Creek drainage. As of 07-14-2020, the estimated 15 acre fire was not yet contained.
China Gulch Road (07/18/2020)
Very hot conditions (near 100 degrees) made the trail dry and dusty. The only other vehicles we saw on the trail were a few side-by-sides. The north edge of the trail, as it goes through Nugget Gulch was the most enjoyable part of the trail. There were fields of wild flowers in full bloom from start to finish, very colorful.
Lightning Creek Road (07/18/2020)
This is an easy route to drive, but is a visually stimulating road in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The fields were filled with all kinds of wild flowers and the scenic view near the end was worth a short stop for a little camera time.
Medicine Bow Road (07/12/2020)
This is one of my favorite roads in the Old Roach area. It has a more dense tree canopy and the road is a bit more narrow than other nearby route. There a quite a few large groups of campers at the last part of the trail near the Colorado-Wyoming State line, but the trail itself was not busy. We cleared out all the downed trees across the road during our trip.
Roach Road (07/11/2020)
Roach Road is the main forest service road through this part of the forest. There are still quite a few downed trees on and partially across the road. Beetle kill pines are seeming to fall in greater numbers in this area. There were a few campers along the first mile of the trail, but very few after that. The only other vehicle I saw on the trail were ATVs, UTVs, and dirt bikes. Don't let the recent hot weather fool you. Each morning, the temperature was in the 30's. It was a little chillier overnight than I expected.
King’s Canyon Road (07/11/2020)
Hot and dry. The trail was late to open this year because of a heavy, late snow season. Since then, little rain has fallen in the forest. There are current fire ban restrictions for the Routt National Forest. The road itself is in great shape. While other parts of the forest seem to be rather crowded, it was peaceful here.
Hohnholz Lakes (07/05/2020)
The lakes were busier than normal because of the holiday weekend. Conditions were dry but because of the late spring, the area was really lush and colorful for this late in the season. Some gravel road-base was added to the section of road that typically gets muddy. The improvement to the road should help out a ton once the summer monsoon rains begin.
Button Rock (07/02/2020)
I expected this area to be crowded with the 4th of July holiday. I was pleasantly surprised and found no other campers along Button Rock Road. There were a few side-by-side and a slew of hikers. The trail was in great shape. Fire restrictions in the forest prevented a camp fire.
Montgomery Pass (06/27/2020)
Trail was in great shape. There was still a couple snow drifts near the summit, but easy to get through. Camping is clearly the go to activity this summer as every campsite was filled in the state forest.
Bockman Road (06/27/2020)
The Colorado State Forest has finally opened the roads in the park. Park crew just completed a little bit of maintenance at the Hwy 14 intersection and about half way across. If wet, the road repair could be a bit muddy. Saw a bull moose on the trail near waypoint 4. This is becoming a usual event near this waypoint
Silver Creek Road (06/27/2020)
This is still one of my favorite trails in the Gould area. There were several large groups of campers along the first part of the trail and the area was heavily used during the weekend. The trail was in great shape. The water crossing at Waypoint 3 was surprisingly low considering the late season snow fall.
Teller Divide (06/26/2020)
The forest around Gould was really busy with a lot of ATVs and side-by-sides. There were quite a few downed pines and aspens along the trail. We cleared out the most intrusive offenders. Make sure you bring bug spray as the mosquito population is high.
Michigan River (06/26/2020)
Spent the weekend camping along Michigan River. With all the COVID issues for the past few months, it seems everyone else had the same idea. For some reason the sunsets have been spectacular this weekend. There is still a little snow up high, but the trail is in great shape.
Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch: Guard Rail (06/11/2020)
Guard Rail is a steep climb that is not really difficult. Although the route is fun, I an surprised that it is classified as a Jeep Badge of Honor trail. There are many better trails in the Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch.
Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch: Pee-Wee's Crossing (06/10/2020)
I attended the Jeep Jamboree USA event at the SMORR over the weekend and was able to catch Pee-Wee's Crossing during the event. Southern MO has received 42" of rain so far in 2020, so the trail was very wet with Pee-Wee's Crossing resembling a river from start to finish. The waterfall at Waypoint 3 is difficult and best suited for a vehicle with a little lift and a locker. An open diff TJ with our group got a little hung up at the tree on the right and needed a little tug to get past the section. This trail was a lot of fun playing in the water.
Deadman Road (06/03/2020)
Although this road typically opens on June 1st each year, there is still significant snow in the northern Colorado mountains. Larimer County Has announced that the Deadman area should open around June 30 this year.
Kelly Flats (05/30/2020)
Thankfully, something is finally open. The Northern Colorado Mountains had good snowfall this year and it has been slow to melt. Many trails will have delayed openings, but Kelly Flats is ready. Because it is one of the few trails open, it was really busy with several large groups running the trail on the weekend. For those of you who want to run the Chutes with an audience, a busy weekend offers quite a crowd to cheer drivers through the challenge. Enjoy the ride.
Rimrocker (05/17/2020)
Just Completed the Rimrocker, start to finish. This trail is a marathon. I especially enjoyed the section through the old mining area of Uravan, CO (Waypoint 24-37) as I enjoy to old mining ghost towns from Colorado's history. The scenery along this part of the trail was spectacular with the best part along the Atkinson Creek canyon. When we hit the Buckeye Reservoir, the backdrop of the La Sal Mountains was like the scene from an old western movie. The trail took us two days to complete with a bunch of sightseeing stops along the way. I'm not sure that this will be my regular route to get from Colorado to Moab, but I'll visit this trail again.
North Sand Dunes Road (05/17/2020)
The trail to Waypoint 5 is in the sun and free of snow for the most part. The rest of the trail is still heavily burdened with considerable snow. It will be a while before this one opens.
Kelly Flats (05/17/2020)
Had contact with the US Forest Service who advised that Kelly Flats was still closed because of snow and wet conditions. This next week is slated to be unusually warm. We'll see what that does for the trail conditions. Maybe next week.
North Sand Hills (05/17/2020)
The sand dunes are open and free of snow. Considerable snow is still present in the mountains to the east of the dunes, but the dunes are open. There were quite a few campers, ATVs, and side-by-sides in the area for the weekend. It seems that people are needing to get outdoors.
Turkey Roost (05/03/2020)
This is one of the first trails in the Northern Colorado Foothills to open for a spring time drive of camp outing. The trail was in great shape. Heavy rain the night before made the trail a little muddy and slick in a few spots. We ran across only one other vehicle on the trail. The weather was perfect for the trip. Because recreational shooting is not allowed on the SWA, camping is quiet and comfortable. This trail is not difficult for an experienced off-road driver, but it is a great opportunity for and inexperienced driver to test their muster and take in the beauty of this area.
Halligan Reservoir (05/03/2020)
When most other Colorado Trails are still closed, the Cherokee Park SWA is at least open. This is one of the earliest opening spring time trails in Northern Colorado. The road was rutted in a few places due to a recently melted spring snow storm. The benefit was that the trail was not dusty at all. The rocky spur at Waypoint 3 was the most enjoyable part of the trail. At the end of this spur, the old road was clearly visible down by the North Fork Poudre River. This section has been closed for some time now and doubtful if it will ever open again.
Camaan Springs Road (05/02/2020)
It is still early in the spring for trails along the the Pingree Park Road. Camaan Springs Road was in great shape and free of snow. There were a few areas water and mud on the trail, but easily passable without difficulty. The nearby Quigley Mountain to the south, still has snow visible. The camping season for this area has begun as we saw several camps established.
Sevenmile Road (04/27/2020)
The USFS has closed Seven Mile for the remainder of the spring. This closure is normal and lasts through the snow melt runoff. The trail usually open again on June 15.

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