My Trail Reviews (7)
(within last 6 months)
Ran this trail for the first time - absolutely epic views! The Steps are terrifying, but if you're paying close (close, close, close) attention, following a good line from the vehicle in front of you, and/or have a good spotter, they're not as bad as I thought they'd be. I'd run this trail again in a heartbeat - it's just amazing!
The trail is now completely clear, from beginning to end. Awesome views at the top, though it's a bit rocky coming down into Montezuma, so watch your speed and lines. Ran into a herd of mountain goats near the trailhead, which was super cool. Great trail overall!
Ran this trail yesterday - it was the perfect mix of technical obstacles and excellent views at the top. Didn't hit any snow on the Tombstone Hill bypasses - easy wheeling all the way to the top! Managed to come across a cool herd of mountain goats at the top near the Saints John trailhead, which was super cool.
Excellent trail! There are some rough, rocky spots throughout which will require good tire placement to avoid any undercarriage/rocker panel damage. The water depth at Mirror Lake was no more than the hub of my wheel at any point. The trail was somewhat busy, but there are multiple places to pass oncoming traffic. We didn't take the Old Tincup route, as time was running short. The rock obstacles on the rest of the trail more than made up for that!
Unless you plan on heading back down Tincup Pass once reaching the end of the trail in Tincup, I highly recommend heading north on FSR 765 (dirt road) in Tincup to the Taylor Park Reservoir, then taking CR 209 (paved road) back to Buena Vista via Cottonwood Pass. The views at the top of Cottonwood Pass are beautiful.
Fun trail - a few rock obstacles here and there, but nothing a stock truck couldn't handle. Snow drifts were blocking the trail after the mine - will probably be melted by July. Super frustrating to see people running up and down the mine tailings at Waldorf - kicking up toxic dust for everyone around. We spoke to a few people that were trying to head up the tailings, just to let them know of the dangers of kicking up all that dust and potentially getting the trail shut down. Most were pretty amenable and backed down - others rolled their windows up and continued on...
This was my first time running this trail, as well as any other trail in the area. It's not technical, but offers great views in spots, and some pretty awesome camping areas as well. Beware the washboard sections of Rampart Range Road, though...nearly rattled the teeth out of my head. :-)
This was my first time running this trail, as well as any other trail in the area. I agree with the previous reviews that it's a great opportunity to get a feel for your vehicle off-road, especially the ruts at the very end. I have a built 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser (lifted, locked, armored) and my buddy drove his slightly built (lifted, locked) 1999 Land Cruiser - neither had any issues with the trail, though good tire placement and probably a good spotter will help stock vehicles avoid any potential damage through the rutted section.
We also learned (from a very friendly hiker) that dogs are not allowed past the gates at the end of the trail, when entering the area around the reservoir (part of the Palmer Lake Watershed, I believe). There are no signs at this point notifying you of this rule, but apparently there are on the hiking trail that leads up the mountain on the east side of the reservoir.