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Old 06-26-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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Newb planning a visit to CO

Planning a trip with my son in late July to Gods country / Colorado. We have a stock 2013 Sahara Unlimited 3.73 ( no winch or lift).Looking to do some camping, hiking, and some basic trails in the Jeep. Coming from ILLinois so the NE corner of the state, CO Springs to FT Collins. Looking to go to Pikes Peak, Estes / RMNP. Looking for some local info on some basic safe trails we can do without getting into trouble. Thanks in advance for any input.

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Old 06-26-2014, 04:21 PM   #2
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I'm driving back to Colorado from Rockford right now. (Actually my wife is driving for a while right now).
To get the best scenic experience, I'd recommend heading up I-70 out of Denver and hitting the Deer Creek/Saints John loop that starts near The Keystone ski resort. Or Bill Moore Lake out of Empire. Both are easy trails, super scenic and have a couple of slightly technical spots so you won't feel like they are just dirt roads.

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Old 06-27-2014, 04:26 PM   #3
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Deer Creek and Sts John are closed as of now and maybe all summer because the road is washed out to Montezuma just west of Peru Creek. Which means Peru Creek is also closed.
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Deer Creek and Sts John are closed as of now and maybe all summer because the road is washed out to Montezuma just west of Peru Creek. Which means Peru Creek is also closed.
Bummer. I was going to explore that area tomorrow. Change of plans I guess. Maybe some other trails are open around the Breck area (North Fork, Galena Gulch, Brewery Hill).
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:17 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I will look into those. Any other suggestions?
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:19 AM   #6
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Rollins pass – on the east side and south of RNMP is nice that is an out and back.

RNMP - Old Fall River road will be closed in RNMP this year. The floods took out many roads in that area. Still traveling over in a trail ridge road is always has amazing scenery and wildlife. Good hikes in the area are Bear Lake to Emerald Lake (about 2-4 hours round trip) Ouzel falls. Mornings and evenings will garner the most amount of animal traffic (IE good time for driving the park). IMO… completing the path to the west side is amazing and less crowded. Lulu city is a ghost town and I often see some moose in there with that 4 mile hike. Adams falls by Grand lake is a simple hike with some neat water falls.

Georgia Pass is a nice crossover in the Breckenridge area that has nice scenic stuff and is not too intimidating to flatlanders. Easy on a stock ride.
For a bit more challenge - Twin Cone is an out and back in the Jefferson area.
Look for this group to be pretty active on the weekends and as your trip approaches, a trail and meetup may be in the cards. A run with the group will may you some more technical trails and still keep you guys comfortable.

Buena vista has some amazing trails and views.

And southwest of Colorado Springs has the Gold camp road area. Pretty easy and a contrast to RNMP way up north.

In a week… that is a lot of ground to cover. Might want to focus to an area since there is so much to see with lots of trails in each area.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:20 AM   #7
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Rollins pass – on the east side and south of RNMP is nice that is an out and back. RNMP - Old Fall River road will be closed in RNMP this year. The floods took out many roads in that area. Still traveling over in a trail ridge road is always has amazing scenery and wildlife. Good hikes in the area are Bear Lake to Emerald Lake (about 2-4 hours round trip) Ouzel falls. Mornings and evenings will garner the most amount of animal traffic (IE good time for driving the park). IMO… completing the path to the west side is amazing and less crowded. Lulu city is a ghost town and I often see some moose in there with that 4 mile hike. Adams falls by Grand lake is a simple hike with some neat water falls. Georgia Pass is a nice crossover in the Breckenridge area that has nice scenic stuff and is not too intimidating to flatlanders. Easy on a stock ride. For a bit more challenge - Twin Cone is an out and back in the Jefferson area. Look for this group to be pretty active on the weekends and as your trip approaches, a trail and meetup may be in the cards. A run with the group will may you some more technical trails and still keep you guys comfortable. Buena vista has some amazing trails and views. And southwest of Colorado Springs has the Gold camp road area. Pretty easy and a contrast to RNMP way up north. In a week… that is a lot of ground to cover. Might want to focus to an area since there is so much to see with lots of trails in each area.
Thanks! Sounds like a lot around RMNP. I think we'll focus there for our first trip.
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Let us know when you come out, we might be able to catch up
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Let us know when you come out, we might be able to catch up
I will! Thx
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:16 PM   #10
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Looks like we will be in Co 8/4. A friend told me to go to ouray which we may. I found a website by a co club "trail damage". They list a lot of trails. What are the ones around ft Collins or RMNP you suggest? Thanks for your input.
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Ouray is an amazing area at 5-6 hours from Denver depending on the weight of your foot and tolerance for RVs. So much to see in each area pick a zone and you can't go wrong.

Traildamage is a great resource for trails, keep an eye on this board for runs people are doing and you can jump in.
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Old 07-26-2014, 02:07 PM   #12
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Thx SM, also can we tent camp 1 night off these trails or do we need to be in designated areas? Assuming we can park and hike a few hours.

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