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Easy road, lots of great views, we did it into the night and was still very fun

Super easy for a Jeep, mostly just good views, there’s a couple spots along the way to pull off and check everything out.

off road driving
23 days ago

Vehicle: 2008 Rubicon with AEV 3.5” lift and 33” tires. Drove it on oct 28. Clear sunny day and the trail was in good shape. Good moderate trail for someone stepping up from the easy trails. Enjoyed the drive and had great scenery along the way with some amazing vistas of Estes Park and the Range above Beaver Meadows.

After going through the notch counter clockwise we couldn’t find the return leg of the trail 247 and ended up cutting across the only marked trail which put us back on the trail we had taken heading up hill. Has the trail changed recently?

off road driving
24 days ago

Loved it not a hard one never used my 4x4 in my stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler will go again

If anyone knows of another one in the same area plz let me know

off road driving
29 days ago

Best trail I’ve been to by far! I didn’t finish the trail since my puppy started to get car sick but I’ll be going back to finish it!

made it through in stock 2013 suburban with some scarping. very challenging. had a great time.

off road driving
1 month ago

First half mile is the toughest, good scenery. Crystal Mountain Trail (at the end of Moody) is closed, but the Private Road back to Buckhorn gets you back without backtracking.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great off road trail for beginners or advanced. For the two very hard spots there is also an option to go around them.
Several good camping areas, a few peaks to view from some lookout points, and a couple cool spots to explore on foot.
Went Oct 13th and almost got snowed in while camping. Feel lucky to have made it out honestly. Forecast not accurate.
Xterra, 33" tires (255/85/r16), no lift, no sway bar

1 month ago

10-4-18 trail is blocked by a couple big trees that have fallen down. also right after the entrance somebody shot skeet and didnt bother to pick up at least 20 to 30 bright yellow shotgun shells. classy... :(

off road driving
1 month ago

The main trail is not a 4x4 trail. The side roads/waypoints are what make it fun. We did this in a 2015 JKUR lifted with all the right stuff.
There are narrow spots and you will endure Colorado pin striping on the trails we went down.
Plus side- we saw 6 moose. 2 bulls and 4 females up close and personal.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Trail is open for MTB and hikers although parking is tough.

good trail to take your jeep for a nice drive

1 month ago

pretty enjoyable trail. Couple mostly easy beside the downhill at the back of that trail. I had a wheel up a time or two. You'll want a spotter and or armor underneath


4th gen 4runner 3in lift on 33s

off road driving
1 month ago

Switzerland trail was not a challenge at all! we saw a mini van out here. look out for lots of pedestrians on foot and on their pedal bikes. IF you choose to go down Pennsylvania gultch, then make sure you have a good 4×4 and clearance. It is extremely tight and very challenging. stock jku Rubicon

off road driving
1 month ago

Had a Great day on Pole Hill. Not a ton of foliage but still great views. Ran in stock 2018 4 runner TRD off road. Some places where clearance was a bit of an issue but nothing I was unable to handle. Had a great spotter which made it possible. Glad I have a front skid plate.

off road driving
2 months ago

it was fun until the road got to steep. I tried to do this in a can am 850 outlander but didn't make it to the end. ended up rolling the atv. it was still fun.

off road driving
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this bypass during a busy day in RMNP. Views were great and the SUV cross-over rental car did great! Stopped a lot to view the area; the waterfall was a great stop for pictures. Many places to pull over to help traffic flow.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great road to drive. If you are nervous just take it easy and pull out if you have a huge line behind you. Good for beginners. The steep parts are a bit tricky, but just trust you will get up. Dont gun it. Slow and steady. Only a few spots where I was thankful for a bit more clearances than a sedan. Have fun!

off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail to start on and practice. This is the first trail I went on off-roading and have been back a number of times since.

From what I can see however, this map only shows about half of the trail.

I'd break it down into 3 sections:

1) The start the Peak To Peak highway to the old station clearing at the Sugarloaf Mountain side.

2) Station to Fourmile Canyon Drive (shown as the end on this map).

3) The trail continues on the other side of the road (marked by a blue sign saying alternative evacuation route) and up to gold hill road.
This section includes the Mount Alto picnic area.

As noted in other reviews there are a couple of other trails off here (Pennsylvania Gulch stands out as being the toughest of the bunch, it's very rocky in places and needs high clearance, 4 low to get through without issue, not really a trail for beginners. The others off of here are on par with the rest of this trail though)

They are very similar in difficulty, there's no big rocks and only a few narrow stretches.
You can generally find a place to pass really close, should you meet somebody coming the other way on one of these narrow places.
Most of it is wide enough for 2 to pass.

For me, not keen on heights at all, there are some places with quite the drop off the side of the trail.
The one springs to mind, is close to the Mount Alto Picnic area, where there is a large stone on the driver side of the trail that looks a little bit like a tree stump, though it's actually fairly wide.
Still it is not that scary, even for me, who has an issue with heights.

My fear of heights is something that off-roading in Colorado is helping me come to terms with! LOL :-)

I have seen 2wd cars on this trail, so it's a really good place to get used to your 4wd vehicle and off-roading in general.
This trail has been recommended as a starting trail by a number of different people and is very popular.

Airing down helps make the trail smoother, though I've done it without airing down (because I am a newbie!).
If you don't have a decent air compressor, there are 2 places in Nederland nearby you can air up at. The Gas station on the roundabout and the Kwik Mart across from it.


Note for the complete new starter to 4x4 offroading:

If you're still not sure you want to start with this one, do the Old Fall river road in Rocky Mountains National park about an hour north of this.
That's an unpaved road and really only needs 2wd, has some awesome views up in the Alpine Biome and it is a one way only road, so no need to worry about passing.
It's not listed on this site for some reason though.

off road driving
2 months ago

Pretty fun trail! Decided to take the truck up for her maiden off road trip, and she did great. The trail itself is more advanced than I had anticipated. I've been up the Mount Antero trail many times in other trucks, rated as "Moderate" like this one. This trail is far more advanced than the Antero trail. Scraped the skid plates and running boards a couple of times on this one. Awesome trail with amazing views though! Going again tomorrow with the family!

2013 F-150 SuperCrew, completely stock with exception of 295/70/17 tires.

2 months ago

Great hike overall! But do not go on the part of the trail marked 247D. This part of the trail is completely overgrown and very hard to find a path past all the fallen trees and tall grass. Everything else was a great challenge with a few beautiful vantage points (although not at the highest point in elevation, as you’d expect).

off road driving
2 months ago

It is my favorite of the few trails I've gone through. The area is beautiful and the trail is the perfect difficulty.

I did find the steep hill at the southwest edge and nearly tipped over. I don't suggest trying that hill unless you have a buggy or just bat crap crazy.

I didn't find 247D, which I think may be blocked for motorized vehicles. Also the road is gated at the entrance of Panoramic Peak.

off road driving
3 months ago

It was a bit more rugged than I had anticipated, but my bone stock JK made it through with flying carpets. Choosing the right line is integral, would definitely run this one again!

off road driving
3 months ago

The road was mainly a dirt road, there wasn’t a lot that was very moderate about it at all except when you turn off the main path and go exploring on the side paths. The views were alright, but I will say there were some slightly challenging obstacles along some of the side trails. There is one in particular that is a dead end and you can see a weather station set up at the top. Pretty cool!

hiking
3 months ago

A must do, but patience is needed. We did a lot of stopping along the way to explore and enjoy the incredible views. Rained a bit while we were on this trail, but it just made things more beautiful. We saw a herd of elk about a mile before the rangers station. Incredible day!

Not much traffic and some really nice obstacles.

on Old Fall River Road

hiking
3 months ago

Absolute Favorite Fall Drive!

We loved this drive, even with light rain and clouds today. It had totally different views then Trailridge Rd. as you are on the other side of the range and not nearly as crowded. Water falls right off the road, beautiful flowers, and the views everywhere you looked were breathtaking. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to get to the visitor center because we stopped at so many of the turn offs to take pictures. It is narrow and so happy it was a one way only road.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great drive with some awesome views. Would consider this an easy road for off-road driving. You do drive through private property to get to the trail so mind your speed, so not stop and be courteous if you encounter any land owners. All gates were open when I drove the entire length of the trail 08/04/18.

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