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Old 10-24-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Beginner trails?

Hey all. Just got my new jeep and have been trying to research some beginner trails. Ive loomed at Trail Damage, but still thought it would be better to ask around here. I'm in Denver so anything hopefully within an hour or so.

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Old 10-24-2013, 10:03 AM   #2
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Have you jumped a curb yet?

Get that accomplished then get back to us for more aggressive maneuvers.

We'll get you into the woods eventually.

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Old 10-24-2013, 10:40 AM   #3
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Think there is a few up in the northern area for you. Down here with the savages we have the gulches and china wall for the newbs. Just be weary of the term "follow me"
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:11 AM   #4
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Where ever you go if you're a Noob don't go alone! China Wall as stated is a good one to scrape up your skid plate without damage...
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:25 AM   #5
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China wall is a great place to develop the driver mod. Good driver can take a bone stock 4 dr thru it and hit every "hard line" including the wall.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #6
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I agree with the others...china wall is a great beginner trail

another one really close is slauterhouse gulch, can easily do that in a stock vehicle.
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Awesome, thank you all for the responses.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:25 PM   #8
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I think beginner should really be redefined. If you've never been out before do these first:
Hotel Gulch
Ice Cave Creek/Winding Stairs Loop
Mt Herman Rd.

Starting from Hotel Gulch on 67, you can do all 3 in a few hours and end up in Monument for an easy drive home. All 3 can be completed with any stock 4x4. It is a very enjoyable drive with good scenery of Pike's Peak and a good start for your first outing. Plan round trip of 6 hours from Denver, inclusive of a lunch stop on the trail.

Other easy options for beginners are Phantom Creek or Rule Ridge.

China Wall is harder than the above trails, but completely doable in a stock wrangler. If you have taken your Jeep out on easier trails and have a good feel for it off road, then try China Wall.

These are all good trails for this time of year given their lower elevations and smaller snow content.

As stated before, go with a buddy and with another Jeep. Always bring water and food.
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I think beginner should really be redefined. If you've never been out before do these first:
Hotel Gulch
Ice Cave Creek/Winding Stairs Loop
Mt Herman Rd.

Starting from Hotel Gulch on 67, you can do all 3 in a few hours and end up in Monument for an easy drive home. All 3 can be completed with any stock 4x4. It is a very enjoyable drive with good scenery of Pike's Peak and a good start for your first outing. Plan round trip of 6 hours from Denver, inclusive of a lunch stop on the trail.

Other easy options for beginners are Phantom Creek or Rule Ridge.

China Wall is harder than the above trails, but completely doable in a stock wrangler. If you have taken your Jeep out on easier trails and have a good feel for it off road, then try China Wall.

These are all good trails for this time of year given their lower elevations and smaller snow content.

As stated before, go with a buddy and with another Jeep. Always bring water and food.
Great info, I appreciate it.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:08 PM   #10
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Head out to Georgetown and drive up to the Santiago Mine. That was the first trail I did after buying my Jeep earlier this summer. It's very easy, but if you are new to driving off road, it will have enough to challenge you on the first time out.

Virginia Canyon Rd. on the north side of Idaho Springs all the way to Central City has a lot of easy roads to explore with lots to see.

Also, pick up the 2 Colorado trail guide books by Charles A. Wells. They are geared more towards the beginner/intermediate driver than Trail Damage is and a great way to discover what is out here.

You'll be driving Scofield Pass in no time and wonder what all the fuss is about!
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Have you jumped a curb yet?

Get that accomplished then get back to us for more aggressive maneuvers.

We'll get you into the woods eventually.

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