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off road driving
22 days ago

Trail is closed between MM 7 & 8 until Jan 3rd.

off road driving
26 days ago

Had a great time. I didn’t finish the whole trail because of the snow. Riding solo in a stock 2019 Tacoma TRD Off Road 4x4 I finally got to some rocks to crawl but with snow on them and no recovery equipment or buddy I turned back. There were beautiful spots to camp and great things to see on the way. I will definitely return.

This is a great place that is fun and great trails. We have even camped here before. Greet for taking the kids.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail, did this in a stock jl sport s with an average of ~3-6 inches of snow. Some parts were definitely a challenge but in dry conditions.

Trail is a good mix of fantastic view points, moderate challenges and fun trail driving weaving through trees.

Wouldn’t recommend full size trucks, may be a bit tough to navigate but not an issue for 4door Jeep sized vehicles.

off road driving
3 months ago

It was snowing heavily up this trail. We had a Rubicon JK. Road had probably 6 inches of snow and it’s a rough ride. Likes of rocks etc. The snow probably created the additional difficulty, but we used our lockers quite a bit and were in 4 wheel low most of the day. Coolest lake I’ve ever seen 1/2 mile hike off the trail. Best view I’ve seen my entire life. Great trip, but tough!

off road driving
3 months ago

Jeep Wrangler JK. Really great ride through beautiful area. Best views! Fun for 4 wheel drive vehicle, but saw some standard cars and trucks on the path doing just fine. Bring a camera

scenic driving
3 months ago

Nice, easy scenic drive. I drove it south to north and the traffic wasn't too bad on Saturday. The first 4.3 miles headed south to north is actually paved, and the rest of the drive north on this gravel road is easy - not even that many washboarded areas. Any car in halfway decent shape can make it. It's nothing like the eastern half of Gold Camp Road, which will bounce a sedan or other low-clearance vehicle all over the place.

The aspens really pick up as you get withing 10 miles of Victor and are peaking or just past peak as of Saturday, 9/29/2018. There is plenty of color in the southern portion of the drive too, you just have to look up along the canyon faces to see the red and yellows. The traffic wasn't bad either - probably saw a car every 5 minutes.

The bridges are cool, and I bet the canyon is something else during Spring after a a winter of heavy snowfall and Phantom Creek is really flowing.

off road driving
3 months ago

Found this trail to be quite nice. Views were absolutely stunning. Several water crossings but not bad for a stock Wrangler. Will definitely come back again.

hiking
3 months ago

I walked the Gold Camp Road that is closed to vehicles, leads to Seven Bridges Trail and St. Mary's Falls Trail. The parking lot at the trailhead had very limited space. The hike was decently busy, granted it was a weekend afternoon. It was a bit warm, with limited shade. Unfortunately, Tunnel 3 is closed, barred off from pedestrians. The hike did offer some very nice views though!

scenic driving
3 months ago

Just drove it South to North... easy, beautiful canyon drive. No real Aspen color until the last few miles on North end. Victor area was peaking and amazing... continued back to the Springs on Gold Camp Road and really enjoyed the Aspens. If you only have time to do one road this time of year...I'd pick Gold Camp...

fishing
4 months ago

Road was very rough. Views are beautiful but really need ATV type vehicle to enjoy it. I would not recommend it without off road vehicle.

off road driving
4 months ago

Pretty mild at first just zig zagging through the trees and some ruts to go through. Then once you get on 313 gets real fun and a little challenging for a stock vehicle. There is a trail that wasn’t on the map by the air force over look, so went and checked it out. The trail was pretty fun at first but then it gets real difficult at a rutted out turn between two trees, then goes onto being a steep v notched road that leads to a camp spot on a deadend. Probably not the best for the stock rig but made it none the less. But other than that sticking to the main trail on the map makes for a fun little trip, definitely again.

Bone Stock Cherokee

I did this trail for the second time, it was fun and I enjoy the scenery around the lake at the bottom. Somebody did come and flatten the mounds right at the end just a little bit, my vehicle didn’t even hesitate.

2003 Toyota 4Runner
1” leveling kit
265/70/R17
35 PSI

off road driving
4 months ago

This a nice easy drive that is mostly forested with a few Aspen groves, large granite boulders and just a few views. There are several good picnic/camping spots. Balanced Rock is a hundred yards from a left turn off at 6.5 miles. If the road is dry, most of this could be done with a high clearance 2 wheel drive and an experienced driver. The last 1.3 miles (beyond Balanced Rock) does get steep and rutted and 4WD is highly recommended and probably required to get back out. At 7.7 miles there is a gate and at 7.8 miles the road ends at a beaver pond just above the upper of two reservoirs just upstream of Palmer Lake.

1999 Jeep Cherokee, stock saggy suspension, 29" tires.

Nice trail! Camped with friends and there were amazing views. Most of the trail is easy, but with recent rains the three technical spots were washed out making a fun challenge. Definitely need 4x4 clearance though and not awd.

‘16 power wagon on 315s made the trail easy.

Great trail, we camped there this past weekend and ran it Sunday when we left, the views are amazing!

Excellent trail for beginners. Tons of wildlife and scenic views. Overall a great experience and will definitely go back.

4 months ago

I have a stock FJ with road tires that need changing and it did fine. Don’t listen to Robert...

off road driving
4 months ago

Fun but very easy.

beautiful drive but not somewhere I would like with kids, it's a busier road.

off road driving
5 months ago

Great course for beginners to experience easy to moderate trails. There is just enough traffic to feel safe if you go alone, but also spaced out enough to feel like you are the only one in the world. The recording is spot on and the notes along the way help a lot. Highly recommended.

off road driving
5 months ago

Great moderate course for beginners improving their skills. Some very technical spots and some nice easy spots. Very well balanced.

As far as scenery... very very nice. Some really cool rock formations, great views, and if you do the hardest portion of the loop to the north, you’ll get a nice view of the Air Force Academy

Drove thru here in Nissan titan during a trail road trip. Camped along the way, easy road for anyone.

Hard? What is listed isn’t hard at all. Apparently you can get to harder areas to navigate but we couldn’t find them. The first part of the ride was awesome. It was super easy but the views made up for it. The last 15 mins or so were obnoxious. It was all bumpy washout. No challenge- just annoying.

off road driving
5 months ago

Fun drive, I brought the kids along and explored the lake. It got very sticky at the end for a short time, definitely worth more than an easy rating. My stock 03 4Runner balanced on 2 wheels and rubbed the ground a couple times.

off road driving
5 months ago

Did the trail all the way from Great sand Dunes up and over onto county road 559 (south of Bradford). Going up and over the pass was doable in a 4x4 Wrangler without having to air down or up but the sand was damp from previous rains. We couldn’t turn on 69 south however because the bridge was washed out headed to 25. We ended up going to Westcliffe to make our way to CO Springs. The whole route over the pass is about 22 miles with the last 1/4 being on private lands (signage will definitely let you know when you get to that point)

The Mt. Herman part of the trail was fine. Super easy, but great views and rocks. The Rampart Range part was awful. It was 95% washboard and made for a terrible ride. Subarus and Suburbans were flying by us and you could see they were shaking their cars to death. We love a good, challenging trail but washboard like that are no fun.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great fun and amazing vistas!

on Phantom Canyon Road

6 months ago

Beautiful around every turn! Pretty relaxing drive, not much traffic and amazing views for a picnic lunch!

off road driving
6 months ago

Trail started at GoG and is a beautiful drive any stock sedan should do fine on. Once you reach the Loop it gets a little interesting. I went left at the fork with my 4Runner that has a small suspension lift. Had to 4WD for few spots and if you are unskilled at off-roading I wouldn't attempt this with anything stock.

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