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Old 01-11-2010, 08:20 PM   #1
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Trail in Denver area

Me and the old lady are heading out to Denver for her birthday this weekend.....shes big into photography so i figured id take her up a mountain and let her take some pictures while i get my wheelin fix in. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for any good trails up that way, im looking for something easy, as ill be alone, and something thats scenic for her as well. Any suggestions??

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Old 01-11-2010, 08:35 PM   #2
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"Trails" are hard to come by this time of year. We've got lots of snow, and the higher up trails have that nasty off-camber snow-covered-drop-until-you-die problem going. Snow piles up on an already off-camber shelf, which forces you to lean really far the wrong way, and some of those drops are ass-puckering in the summer.

So, that said, there are still great places. One of my favorites for out-of-towners is the Loveland Pass. It goes over the top of the Eisenhower tunnel, and they keep it open year round. Trucks with flammable cargos use it instead of the tunnel. It's a fantastic drive, even a little scary this time of year. You get up to 12,000 feet, and it'll be cold! But gorgeous.

True off roading? The Switzerland trail right behind Boulder MIGHT be passable. It's a lot lower, and in the summer can be done in a Subaru. It would be a challenge right now.

The road right behind Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs might still be passable.

Try colorado4x4.org for local trail info.
And try traildamage.com for a fantastic list of all the local trails.

But really, I'd suggest sticking to the roads. It was 50 degrees and absolutely beautiful in Denver today. But it is still winter.

I was up at Johnny Park last weekend, which is one of the easier, lower trails. It didn't look like anyone had made it over the first obstacles. I didn't even try. It was slippery. Great day out with the dogs, though.

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WOW traildamage is awesome! its the most extensive website that I have ever seen at least. I wish I lived in Colorado kinda! It's quite a ways to trailer Sally down there from here.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:01 PM   #4
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haha im not looking for a near death experience, just something scenic, and that i can have a little fun on too. Its just gonna be me, so perferablly something i can get through alone. Know anything about the oh-my-god road up into russel gultch this time of year? sounds easy and scenic but i dont know with all the snow you Coloradans steal from us kansas folk
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haha im not looking for a near death experience, just something scenic, and that i can have a little fun on too. Its just gonna be me, so perferablly something i can get through alone. Know anything about the oh-my-god road up into russel gultch this time of year? sounds easy and scenic but i dont know with all the snow you Coloradans steal from us kansas folk
Great name for a road, ain't it?

I'm not sure if it's open. Post something on Colorado4x4 and ask them. They can be a little grumpy online, but they're good guys (some of them think Attila the Hun was a liberal wussie, though!).

There is a highway now that goes through the same space - they built it about 5 years ago. So a trip to Central city would be a good destination, and then you could return to Denver or go over to I70, even if the Oh-My-God road wasn't open. That's a real pretty Sunday drive, even if you stay on pavement.
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WOW traildamage is awesome! its the most extensive website that I have ever seen at least. I wish I lived in Colorado kinda! It's quite a ways to trailer Sally down there from here.
What? You're practically the next state up. Come on down and visit.
Traildamage is done by a friend of mine. We were talking just a few minutes ago, actually. She's done a great job with that site. And she's wheeled all those trails. Or at least all the tough ones.
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Not sure of the name of road
but it runs from Idaho spring
over to central city

or by evergreen up mount evans way
devils canyon
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Great name for a road, ain't it?

I'm not sure if it's open. Post something on Colorado4x4 and ask them. They can be a little grumpy online, but they're good guys (some of them think Attila the Hun was a liberal wussie, though!).

There is a highway now that goes through the same space - they built it about 5 years ago. So a trip to Central city would be a good destination, and then you could return to Denver or go over to I70, even if the Oh-My-God road wasn't open. That's a real pretty Sunday drive, even if you stay on pavement.
Awesome, ill keep that in mind for sure.
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Not sure of the name of road
but it runs from Idaho spring
over to central city
or by evergreen up mount evans way
devils canyon
That first one is the Oh-my-god road he's talking about.

Your second suggestion is right on Mt Evans, and no way. Too much snow.

There is also the Apex road that goes behind Central City. That would be pretty this time of year. Might be passable.
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Maybe even SOME of Rollins pass East. Try colorado4x4.org, some of those guys might know the good trails too. I'm kinda new to 4wheelin out here.

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