I've been thinking that its time to do some scenic trails... Then I realized I don't really know any. I know when we drove threw independence pass we really enjoyed the views. So I was curious what you think the best are and why.
The only real criteria is that a stock jeep should be able to do it. I know that my rig is way more capable than that but considering I replaced an axle on the fly... Lets just say my wife is not to warm to the idea of rocks.
I'm hoping some amazing back country trails will warm her back up to wheeling.
all of the san juan trails around Ouray would be first on my list.
Then Swan River Loop around Breckenridge
Kingston Peak is gorgeous
Twin Cone has some great views of the South Park Valley
Bill Moore would probably have to be in there.
Wheeler lake too but you have to work for it. the views at the end are outstanding
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you;
that is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
-- Mark Twain
I made a loop out of Eagle down and then across Hagerman Pass Scenic, forest and pretty easy. (you could skip the "hardest" part of this drive and be all easy if you wanted)
We did three roads/trails that day (trail descriptions on traildamage)
Eagle Thomasville (very easy forest road)
Diemer and Sellar Lakes (moderate on east side of lake), skip if you want all easy.
Hagerman Pass (easy)
Made for a great day! but it is 50 miles of offroad/dirt roads
A couple of my favorite that are pretty easy, all in Ouray County. Owl Creek Pass to Silverjack, Ouray County Road 2 through Billy Creek to County Road 4, Last Dollar Road. Very pleasant drives, especially in fall.
At the end of the month I'm taking the wife to a BB in Ouray for the weekend. We went as a family last month, but the weather kept us from wheeling much. The one one day we did go out, this is what we saw...
As you can see, those are all just on bumpy dirt roads, but the views can't be beat. We were down off the tails around 3pm, plenty of time to go soak in the hot baths in town.
If you need to get out of the dog house and get her back on the trails, this is the way to do it. And if you want some wheeling company, you are welcome to join us that weekend (just PM me), but after the trails you would be on your on your own
Oh, and there is a lots of quaint mountain town shopping if that helps with the dog house
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