My Trail Reviews (16)
(within last 6 months)
Ran trail East to West, which appeared easier than going the opposite. The sand is tricky - 4wd and momentum needed. Helped a stuck truck at the sandiest area about 2-3 miles East from the main park entrance. Beautiful Aspen forest and fall colors. 9 creek crossings with the deepest at about a foot - none were an issue. Very interesting history regarding the explorer Zebulon Pike at the summit.
Trail review by Jeffrey A is spot on. 2.5 hours of bouncing and jarring to reach the mine/cabins. Like driving a rocky riverbed the entire way. 4wd low and clearance required. About 1.5 hours back down. The two lakes, the mine, and related structures are completely worth it. Very remote.
Beautiful mountain views. Mildly bumpy up to the pass summit. Easier after the summit except one rocky section but its downhill so its not bad. Baseball size rocks at largest. Included a picture of the hardest part - used 4 low and made it up no problem. Did not use 4 low the rest of the trail. Not a lot of traffic. A few spots turn into a narrow shelf road with no opportunity to pass, however the visibility range is sufficient to see any upcoming traffic at the narrow sections. Higher clearance recommended.
Took Gold Camp Rd from Victor to Co. Springs. Super easy, no problems. Very beautiful views along a historic rail line. To reach Co. Springs take Old Stage Road which provides nice views of the city.
Easy off road trail until last few hundred yards from the Blue Lakes Pass trail head. At that point, 4wd low and clearance required. Beautiful waterfall, cool mining structures, rock face mountain views, and amazing tundra basin. Camped at Thistledown which is a nice campground.
The pictures from the way points don't look like the trail when I did this. Not sure when those pictures were taken, but the road is a lot more rocky and degraded than those pictures suggest. I would say this trail is on the more difficult side of moderate. Went from Mirror Lake and turned around at approximately waypoint 7. Still very pretty and Mirror Lake campground is awesome. Tincup is also very cool, read the history and see the old town pictures by the town Church.
Easy trail with clearance. If completely stock -still doable but maybe a couple scrapes. Started with Dakan Rd then Rampart Range to here. Not very busy - probably because there is no 'real' destination. I only saw a couple other cars. The views are incredible. Really nice meadows and Aspen fields as well. Very peaceful area. Saw many birds and grouse.
Rampart Range Rd is a washboard road. Nothing technical, no obstacles. You'll be jarring the entire way. Lots of camping but very popular. Did a few connectors like Mt Herman and Dakan Rd. Saw quite a bit of wildlife including a black fox. Beautiful Aspens, pines, and huge boulders.
Great way to exit Rampart Range road. No obstacles, just a dirt road. Beautiful views, especially from Rampart to Monument.
Just a dirt road - no worries. Great route to connect to Rampart. Nothing but boulders, dirt, and pine trees. Awesome.
Made it to what was Geneva City. A few structures and the remnants of a mine. Very cool views and structures. I would say this trail is on the harder side of moderate. The harder part is past the iron fens cutoff road. Geneva City is behind a hill once you get to the last 'designated campsite' opposite the remains of a log cabin. No room to pass another car past the Iron fens from what I remember.
If you make it up Argentine Pass, you can easily make it to Santiago Mine. Not far. Bumpy, but no real obstacles for a stock suv/truck. Cool history and views.
Awesome trail. Agree with rating of moderate. I think a beginner (not first timer) could still pull this off. Its got rocks from fist size to volley ball sized. Tight at spots where you would not be able to pass. Backing up would be tough. Thankfully the only point we came up on other Jeeps we hugged the side and they got by. Go all the way to Santiago Mine if you make it up, its not much harder.
Easy dirt road trail with rocks here and there. Blocked by snow near the summit but still beautiful to reach up to that point which is above tree line.
Went from what was the town site of Caribou to the Rainbow Lakes campground road. The trail is easy except for the 4 or so mud holes, which were still present when we went. These mud holes alone, I would rate as difficult. 11 inch clearance and still scrapped the skid guards. Very beautiful scenery but nothing dramatic.
Very beautiful. Awesome basin with rock face mountain-side views. Cool mine structure near Grays Peak trail-head and an old miner's bunk house on the way there. You can enter the mine shaft a small distance. Makes for a cool picture. Easy trail but bumpy enough to be fun.