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Old 08-05-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Looking for a trail suggestion

Hi All,

Okie here. I just bought my Jeep over the weekend (13 Wrangler Sport, pretty stock). It's got the 16" wheels and the stock rubber, but I am headed up to CO for a long weekend over labor day. Prior to purchasing the Jeep we had a hotel in Buena Vista, but now we are considering roughing it and saving some money to spend some more time driving on trails.

Can anyone recommend a nice trail that would be suitable for a totally stock Jeep with the factory rubber? I won't have time to do anything to it before headed up. I'm fairly familiar with the area around BV, and managed to drag a 2WD Stock XTerra up to Mary Murphy Mine, but I remember white knuckling it for a little bit of that, so I'm not sure of the suitability for that.

I've thought about Tincup Pass from St. Elmo to Tincup, but I'm not sure if a stocker would do it, I hear it has gotten rough recently.

Can anyone make a suggestion that would be good for a stocker? A big plus if it ends us at a nice, quiet, friendly campsite that we can set up at for the night.

Thanks from a new guy!

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Old 08-05-2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Theres to many to list in that area. A good source of trail info is traildamage.com. though it seems to not be updated frequently. I usually trust my handy funtreks trail books for good trail info. They are sold at most book stores or 4x4 shops. Happy trails

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Old 08-06-2013, 11:33 AM   #3
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Good to see another okie. Boomer Sooner. I've done Mt. Baldy and a few that branch off from there. Not to difficult. Mostly scenery drives. Just go up old stage road from the Springs area.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:58 PM   #4
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Good to see another okie. Boomer Sooner. I've done Mt. Baldy and a few that branch off from there. Not to difficult. Mostly scenery drives. Just go up old stage road from the Springs area.
Awww, come on. I'm a O-State Alumni .

I'll have a look at those suggested. I went through Trail Damage last night for awhile, and the Tincup pass has a 2-3 rating assuming you stay off the 'Old Tincup', so that may just be the one for us.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:04 PM   #5
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Tin Cup

I did Tin Cup pass on Sat. 8/03, lots of fun, first time out with new Rubicon. I saw a lot of stock Wranglers going up. We went all the way over to the town of Tin cup and returned to Buena Vista over Cottonwood.
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Tin Cup Pass

If your gonna be in that area Tin Cup is a must. I would recommend a loop of coming home via Cottonwood Pass. (Cottonwood is paved on the east side). It has everything you would want for a Colorado jeep trail. Just hard enough to be challenging and super scenic!
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Sounds like Tincup is a must do then. I like the idea of swinging back around over Cottonwood back into BV.
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The Mary Murphy mine and up to Pomoroy lake can be done in a stocker. It can get narrow because of the willows. Hancock lake is another easy lake to go to. Beautiful drive too. There is also the road up to and past Cottonwood lake. We call it the Mineral Basin road. This ia an easy trail that gets way back into the high country.

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Old 08-12-2013, 10:00 AM   #9
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The Mary Murphy mine and up to Pomoroy lake can be done in a stocker. It can get narrow because of the willows. Hancock lake is another easy lake to go to. Beautiful drive too. There is also the road up to and past Cottonwood lake. We call it the Mineral Basin road. This ia an easy trail that gets way back into the high country.

As you can tell by my User name I live in Buena Vista.
The last time I went up to Mary Murphy Mine it was pretty rough and washed out, have they done some work on it? This will be my Girlfriend's first trip to CO, so I was actually really wanting to take her up there. If it is a little more smooth, I may add that to the day trip.

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