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Old 01-04-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Easy First Run

Santa brought me 2013 Rubicon Unlimited and I was looking for a easy run to take the family and brake in the Jeep. I live in Parker and was looking at some runs in the Springs but as I am fairly new to the area by way of Tampa Fl and a rookie on Colorda off roading I was hoping to get some ideas on where to go.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:02 PM   #2
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A good one near you is Dakan Road, but I believe it's closed for the winter. The other "easy" one I would suggest would be Mt. Herman Rd, which is down near Monument. Its an easy road with some nice views and drops you out at Rampart Range Rd where there are tons of easy trails to hit in the form of Forestry Service roads. Let me know when you want to go and I'll tag along.

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Old 01-04-2013, 07:31 PM   #3
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Yeah, I was looking at playing on Dakan Road with my son while he was out here, but from what I've read all of those trails off Rampart Range are closed till April....Congrats on the Jeep! I moved out here by way of St Pete about 4 1/2 years ago now....
I'm not all that familiar with trails near the Springs yet, but the Rollinsville area has quite a few trails that are easy....
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I can vouch that most of the mountain roads are down once the snow starts. They're probably not to a point that you couldn't do them once properly air'd down. However, if you have limited experience and no recovery gear most companies wont come tow you out or charge and arm and a leg if you get stuck. I almost had to do this last year with my Tacoma. Got a little brave and tried to cross into the Springs via Rampart. Sunk the front wheels frame deep. Thankfully I had the locker in the back.

That being said, if there is a group with recovery gear going out, I'm sure you could tag along with them.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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@Igrok I was looking at Mt Herman Rd and it looks like a good starting point. Do you happen to know if it is still open?
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:24 PM   #6
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I used to camp up on mt.Herman road in the winter can't imagine it would be closed
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:51 PM   #7
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@Igrok I was looking at Mt Herman Rd and it looks like a good starting point. Do you happen to know if it is still open?
Yep, its still open. The only trails that are closed as of last weekend on Rampart Range road are up in Douglas County. FS323 and FS324 are good starter trails that make a big loop off of Rampart.
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Rule Ridge (FS357 & 364) is an easy fun run... with or without snow... as long as you stay off of the mini loop (FS357A & 357B). If you want to make it a little longer you can take FS357 to FS355 to FS363B to FS363 an then right on FS364 that will lead you back to FS357.

A couple of great resources are TrailDamage.com and the "Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails". Good Luck!
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I am new to the Jeep world myself. Monday we went up Old Stage to Gold Camp. We hit a few trails along the way. I don't have my book but I want to say its FS 381 that is a short easy trail that goes up and back. We started up Mt Baldy but the first hill after the water crossing was a sheet of ice. Made it up it ok but since I was winch less I decided to turn around instead of being stupid. Emerald Valley Ranch is another trail off of Gold Camp. It's another easy trail.
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Traildamage is great but their difficult rankings I've found through doing 10+ trails are ranked on their opinions and everyone is different. More importantly they do not discuss weather conditions during the winter as most of them are going to be in deep snow.
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Since you drive a JK I would suggest a Starbucks parking lot.

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Old 01-06-2013, 03:10 PM   #12
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Since you drive a JK I would suggest a Starbucks parking lot.
Or the Citidale mall if you want to get in some shooting also.
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Since you drive a JK I would suggest a Starbucks parking lot.

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Since you drive a JK I would suggest a Starbucks parking lot.

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Yep, its still open. The only trails that are closed as of last weekend on Rampart Range road are up in Douglas County. FS323 and FS324 are good starter trails that make a big loop off of Rampart.
I would take an exception to that loop in the winter. I got stuck in two feet of snow on the back shelf road last winter, barely got out and almost took out my windshield in the process. It is no place for a beginner from Florida in the winter.
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Rule Ridge would probably be ok if you don't go off the main trail. I wouldn't even suggest Gold Camp this time of year as it is getting snow compacted and iced in spots. And whatever you do, DON'T GO ALONE !!! Go with someone experienced or better yet wait till next summer.
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Rule Ridge would probably be ok if you don't go off the main trail. I wouldn't even suggest Gold Camp this time of year as it is getting snow compacted and iced in spots. And whatever you do, DON'T GO ALONE !!! Go with someone experienced or better yet wait till next summer.
Sound advice!
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That's the thing Mike, there is no such thing as an easy trail in the winter. They're snow compacted or iced up and a simple mistake that would be no big deal in the summer can leave you in a world of hurt.
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That's the thing Mike, there is no such thing as an easy trail in the winter. They're snow compacted or iced up and a simple mistake that would be no big deal in the summer can leave you in a world of hurt.
I agree.
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Guys, ran 323 to 324, then over to 346 down to 67 this afternoon and there is very little snow up there - maybe 3 - 4 inches at the most. OldGuy is right, don't go alone. I am planning a trip next Saturday; Easy run since I will be towing along my buddy that just picked up his TJ this past weekend. Post up if you want to join up.
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jt - i live in parker also, stonegate. i got a 2012 rubicon last august. did one run (argentine pass) before the snow started. i'm a newby at colorado off roading also. it would be cool if we could hook up some time and break our jeeps in together. keep me in mind
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Guys, ran 323 to 324, then over to 346 down to 67 this afternoon and there is very little snow up there - maybe 3 - 4 inches at the most. OldGuy is right, don't go alone. I am planning a trip next Saturday; Easy run since I will be towing along my buddy that just picked up his TJ this past weekend. Post up if you want to join up.
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