PBenn

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Off-Road Experience:
0-1 years
Off-Road Style:
Dirt Roads/Backroads
My Garage:
  • 2020 Jeep Gladiator (Stock lift, 33" tires)

My Garage (1)

2020 Jeep Gladiator

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 33"
I have the Rubicon package

My Trail Reviews (5)

(within last 6 months)
Engineer Pass - Alpine Loop Connector (08/10/2021)
Drove this trail as part of a camping and hiking trip and a plan to drive the entire Alpine Loop. After completing the hike to the top of Handies Peak (14056 ft) we continued the drive up Cinnamon Pass to the Alpine Loop Connector. The drive down to the Alpine Connector was also pretty easy and I only came across one vehicle.
Engineer Pass (08/10/2021)
We started in Lake City and drove this trail as part of a camping and hiking trip and a plan to drive the entire Alpine Loop. After completing the hike to the top of Handies Peak (14056 ft) we continued the drive up Cinnamon Pass to the Alpine Loop Connector. We then began the trek up Engineer Pass. As a Novice 4 wheeler, in a stock Jeep Gladiator Rubicon with 33" tires, I found this trail a challenge and a test of my fortitude and off road driving skills. I have never driving anything like this before. The description (and pictures) on the site do not accurately describe what I actually drove. The ascent up from the Alpine Connector up to the top of the Pass was steep in many places and many of the switchbacks have rocky mound obstacles just above the turn of the switchbacks that I found a challenge in many cases and in one case I had to back up twice to get a good line over the obstacle. I drove the lower portion in 4H with the sway bar disconnected and the Off Road + mode on, but later switched to 4L and locked the front and rear axles as the ascent seemed to get steeper making some of the switchback obstacles more difficult. I also came upon a section of the trail that seem to be more Talis (lose rock) than dirt road. After reaching the Summit I felt a true sense of pride and accomplishment. The drive back down was much easier. The views along the trail were stunning. I drove the trail in the afternoon and only came across two Jeeps as I was getting started on to the Pass from the Alpine Connector. This trail, for me, was the most difficult trail I have completed thus far.
Cinnamon Pass (08/09/2021)
Started the trail in Lake City as part of a camping and hiking trip and to drive the entire Alpine Loop. The first part of the trail to the camp site near Cooper Creek trailhead was pretty easy with minimal obstacles. One of our friends we were camping with drove this part of the trail in a Honda CRV. This part of the trail was very busy and there were vehicles running back and forth into late evening. At one point we felt like we were camping next to I-25 (HaHa).The next morning we hiked to the top of Handies Peak (14056 ft) and then parted ways and we continued the drive up Cinnamon Pass to the Alpine Loop Connector. This part of the trail was a bit more of a challenge for a novice 4 wheeler like myself. I have never driven anything like this before. There were several switchbacks that I found a bit challenging to maneuver over due to the rock mound obstacles and the angle of the approach to get over them. The steep angle of ascent added to the challenge at the switchbacks. The views at the top of the pass were stunning. There were a lot of vehicles running in both directions on this section of the trail. The rest of the drive down to to the Alpine Connector was also pretty easy.
Clohesy Lake (07/10/2021)
Drove this trail with an Off Road Group I had recently joined. The dirt road leading to the trailhead in some places looked like a parking lot with a lot the campers and people visiting the mines and the Museum. We got to the trailhead and there was a large family camping at the entrance to the first stream crossing. The stream was maybe 10 to 12 inches deep an was easy to cross. We stopped for lunched between the two stream crossings and then proceeded across the second stream. The far bank of the second crossing was a bit steep and had two imbedded rock obstacles as you exited the that caused some issues with a couples of lower riding vehicles in the group. The rest of the trail was not hard, but very rough and bumpy, with many large "whoppie do's" that caught my center sked plate several times. At the end of the trail there was a very large amount of timber that had been cut down making parking and turning around for our large group a bit if a challenge. The views at the end of the trail and the lake were fantastic. Over-all this was a fun trail.
Rampart Range Road (06/18/2021)
My wife and I drove this trail today. Started at the garden of the Gods and drove the entire length. It was a beautiful day and the trail was in great shape, but a bit dusty. The views were great and also enjoyed the drive through the forest. The were serval others folks out and about on the trail and also saw a lot of campers along the way. Found serval hiking trails to check out later. Also looking forward to hitting some of the other 4x4 trials along this road. Great trail and enjoyed it a lot.