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Old 09-04-2013, 01:40 AM   #1
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Top 5 scenic trails?

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.

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Red Cone would be on my list, but I've only been on a small subset of trails.

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Jenny Creek has a warm spot in my heart, but it is really pretty and there's water crossings.

Middle St Vrain and Coney Flats are also pretty and water crossings too.

Problem is... rocks are all involved but the reward is seeing something you have to climb up to that not many others can.

My recommendation is a sports bra

Chad knows them all tho...
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:37 PM   #4
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I'd say anything out of Breck on the Forks of the Swan, Sts Johns etc would fit the bill. Not technically challenging but has some fun climbs and outstanding views of the 10 Mile Range.

Had no problems in a lightly lifted XJ and it got me hooked on wheeling.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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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
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Really Brian they are are good in there own way....Colorado is a beautiful place
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Yeah I know chad. Just realized that I'm in the dog house with the wife so the harder trails are off the list for a bit. Figured I'd hit up some of the scenic ones.
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Yeah I know chad. Just realized that I'm in the dog house with the wife so the harder trails are off the list for a bit. Figured I'd hit up some of the scenic ones.
I hear ya...I like the scenic ones. There is a filter on Traildamge that will separate by scenic ratings.
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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

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I like driving into my garage after a day of work and then sitting on my back porch with a cold one looking at Mt Princeton and Antero. Got to love living in the mountains.
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I like driving into my garage after a day of work and then sitting on my back porch with a cold one looking at Mt Princeton and Antero. Got to love living in the mountains.
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This is definitely the best
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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.
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Brian,

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...















Those were all taken on Corkscrew Gulch(3/3), California Gulch (2/2) and Hurricane Pass (3/3).

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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Holy Cross
Black Bear Pass (haven't done it yet)
Wheeler Lake
Swan River/Georgia Pass
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Black bear is a must.
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From what I have heard, Black Bear is not going to get him out of the dog house. LOL I will say, Imogene or corkscrew pass in Ouray would be hard to beat.
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From what I have heard, Black Bear is not going to get him out of the dog house. LOL I will say, Imogene or corkscrew pass in Ouray would be hard to beat.
Yeah, I don't think Black Bear will work either. lol I want to do Imogene, but not until my wife is ready to do Black Bear as the first part of that loop.

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