nate

Trail Reviews: 600 points
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Off-Road Experience:
2-3 years
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads
My Garage:
  • 2016 Toyota Tacoma (2" lift, 31" tires)

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2016 Toyota Tacoma

Lift Size: 2"
Tire Size: 31"

My Trail Reviews (3)

(within last 6 months)
FR 153A (11/12/2021)
We camped around waypoint 3, and the views were incredible. We did not proceed further as we were loosing daylight. Between waypoint 1 and 3 there are several obstacles that may look intimidating, but if you exercise careful tire placement and have decent ground clearance they are fairly tame. Good tires will also make this area easier, more so if they are 33’’ or larger. We saw a lot of inexperienced drivers power through the beginning part of the trail, and most left with trail damage (and damage to the trail!). If you aren’t confident navigating rock obstacles or with your vehicles clearance it might be worth parking at the bottom and hiking to see the views.
Imogene Pass (07/24/2021)
Did this trail a few years ago, and was excited to come back and do it again. Imogene did not disappoint, and am already planning a return trip. The shelf rode was more rutted coming out of Telluride, which made it feel narrower and more intimidating. This continued the rest of the trail. While I wouldn’t say it increased the difficulty, it did make for slower going. Additionally, the area around waypoint 11, as well as some of the shelf obstacles in the forest as you descend from the summit to Ouray took a bit more time to check lines before descending. There were far more tour vehicles (trucks with seats in the bed) and UTV’s on the trail compared to a few years ago, and the vast majority were heading east to west. While uphill traffic has the right of way, in practice we usually stopped for the UTV’s to go around and half the time had to give way for the tour trucks. Because of this, I would recommend going east to west to go with the flow.
Dry Creek Road (05/22/2021)
To echo a previous review, the entrance has changed. I’m not sure if it was an addition of boulders, or simply erosion, but there is a wall or line of higher boulders (kinda like broken arrow), and on the left side in front of the wall there is a small depression. When approaching it, you can cut a line to the drivers side and going over the obstacle shouldn’t be that hard, but due to the depression I think lower clearance and/or longer wheel base vehicles may run the risk of high centering on the obstacle. When we arrived, I pulled over to inspect the obstacle, and watched a half ton pickup exiting the trail approach in the center, and when the vehicle went down one side into the depression the side steps hit and dented. They had larger tires but the long wheelbase worked against them. I was driving a new full size SUV that had the clearance otherwise, but didn’t have rock sliders, so I did not go down the trail (and it wasn’t mine). Outside of the entrance, this is a great trail and relatively easy. Upon reflection, it feels like the entrance obstacle is biased towards shorter wheel base vehicles, such as Jeeps driven by the many tour companies. Given some of the attitude I’ve gotten from the drivers when I’m in my own rig on “their” trails, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the case.