This trail is definitely challenging! First off, most people won't believe it but I managed to get to the top of Saxon Mountain in a VW Passat 4motion! It's got a a 2-inch lift and slightly bigger tires. The first part of the trail went without a hitch, which made me think it was a piece of cake, until a series of obstacles presented themselves and became indeed treacherous. The first in line was that rock fall on the inner side, leaving very little space to pass. 2 options, scratching your car or falling off the cliff. As mentionned before, a spotter could have been useful but I stepped out of the car at least 10 times to make sure I wasn't going into one of the aforementionned situations. Then that switchback that has rocks and debris on the outter side leaving not option but taking it on the inside. The consequence is a very steep approach angle. I had to use my offroad traction aid to pull this off. Then a very rocky stretch but overall fine. The ultimate show stopper is that rockfall probably a bit passed halfway in the trail. My god, I was debating if I was turning back but the thought of going back through all of the obstacles made me work on this one for over one and a half hour. The strategy ultimately was to reconfigure the trail by moving rocks with my hands and some bigger ones using a shovel as a lever. It was intense. Altitude symptoms also kicked in for me as I'm not used to this. Eventually I passed it only to hit 2 more passages that would have required locking diffs. The solution for me was to pass an inch-away from the cliff. After that, I completed my ascension to the top in the dark. I spent the night there and woke up to magnificient views, alone at 12000ft. What an adventure! Be ready, bring a lot of water, recovery gear and so on. The return through the trails behind the mountains was almost as challenging. I finally got out and went to my train ride/oktoberfest in Georgetown! The beer was good!
Went for a sunrise hike in this trail in early November. Pretty cold and windy but great view at the top. Trail was covered in snow (the trail is basically a road) so we had to work around that. A bit more challenging above tree line. Give yourself 2 hours at least to get up.
First off this was a bitch that kicked me in the ball sack. The trail starts off quite rocky and continues that way until the size of the boulders increases. At one point I swear I had one tire on the very edge of the mountain cliff. This trail is not for the faint of hearted I believe it ascends around 3000 feet. I drove up confidently in a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with all the bells and whistles. I had just swapped out my very bald stock tires for some slick BFGoodrich KO 2 all terrain tires so I thought I would be able to concur anything right? I was wrong. I came to a section of the road where the road narrowed quite significantly. To one side of the road was a big ass boulder and the other side was the side of the mountain. Needless to say I was hugging the boulder side of the road and inadvertently scraped the side of the jeep. Once I proceeded past the damage I continued on to ascend the road. After again ascending up the treacherously rocky road I continued to a point that was a real ball breaker. The road switched back to the left and was quite steep. I continued on after quite a struggle to ascend the steep grade. I then found myself up on a small rock about to split to hugh ass boulders. The better side of me came about and I decided to turn around at that point. I backed down on a very narrow roadway and proceeded to turn around and continue on my way down. About the half way point I turned right instead of left and found myself in unfamiliar terrain. I quickly descended the road and found myself at at dead end! My only option at this point was to reverse to the top where I made the wrong turn. I started my reversal and found myself in an all too familiar position. I was backing through a big boulder and the edge of the mountain cliff. I finally navigated my way in reverse back to where I started. I continued my ascent down and finally reached the bottom My god I am grateful I made it down in one piece. One final word. This road trail can and will kick you in the ball sack. I recommend you have a very high clearance vehicle as well as a good spotter as you're going to need it. Going up this road with a stock vehicle is not recommended. Bring someone along with you to watch your back. This is a difficult off road trail unless your prepared.
Super fun trail. I would definitely recommend a high clearance 4x4 for some areas. The aspens are awesome. I will say that the trail is not that clearly market so just pay attention and you will be fine. Average speed was about 3.5 mph so plan accordingly. Happy jeeping!
Great trip! If your looking for an area you can spend the entire day this is it! As decribed if you get off the "main trail" you can get lost for hours. (Fun) My daughter and I spent about 6 hours driving the area. We found some pretty good 4x4 obsticles, off the main trail and found some great places to camp in the future. With that said we stayed on all established roads! Very important to "Stay the Trail" !!