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off road driving
6 days ago

My buddy and I took our trucks up here. Had a great time. I’d say the trail is moderate but there is one section that is very technical. Right next toe Quartz Hill. The right side was tough for my friend without lockers. He ended up breaking an islet arm. My Raptor did just fine.

Great trail, due to the weather we didn't get to finish it, so it's on the list for next year.

off road driving
12 days ago

Easy trail with moderate spots. Some drops over 18 inches. Can be a little slick where there’s snow. No problem at all for our vehicle (jk wrangler with 3 1/2 lift and 35 tires), but maybe smaller tires or less clearance could be a problem in a couple spots. Great views and many spots to pull off or camp. Saw several other vehicles along the way(Saturday in October), so I would consider it moderately trafficked today. I have added this as one of our favorites for an easier trail.

off road driving
14 days ago

Quick little pop in this afternoon. Was fresh snow on the ground and some icy areas in other parts. My first trail and review so I was thinking about the braking coming down. No problems in a stock Tundra. Hope to do this one again in the summer.

off road driving
19 days ago

Taco, 2.5” Lift, 33s

Fairly narrow in spots with a few semi-difficult features, most of which have an alternative route. A stock truck/SUV would be capable enough for the majority of the trail. In terms of narrowness, it’s not narrow enough to pull in the mirrors but it’s narrow enough to add some light scratches. Wouldn’t bring a big truck in there. First 3 miles-ish are pretty slow moving, but it opens up just as you encounter a nice view.

Connects to a network of trails accessed from Apex Rd. Note: there is one small section of the trail that has been blocked off. When you encounter it, use the AllTrails map to take the shortest path around (pretty intuitive).

Not the most challenging or scenic trail, but it’s a good trail with relatively quick access from the front range. I would rate this trail as moderate, considering the alternative routes for most features.

off road driving
21 days ago

Both my stock 96 Cherokee and stock 00 explorer did this trail without any issues. who set the rating for this trail?

off road driving
21 days ago

Fun little trail with a couple of rocky sections to keep it interesting. It has old cabins to explore, found the creepy mine, a few great camping spots and I was treated to a few amazing overlooks.
I made the mistake of not giving myself enough time to really explore, but I’ll be back another season!

off road driving
26 days ago

Great little trail with some good little hills and rocks to climb

Taco, 2.5" Lift, 33s, Sliders

Road to trailhead certainly looks like private property, but just do the "grip the wheel and don't make eye contact" thing. Only did the hill and part of the loop. Many snowy areas, lots of mud, and you can tell there are multiple holes that have been increasingly dug out by spinning tires, making the features more challenging. The 1 mile section of the loop I did (headed counterclockwise) was very tight with tricky spots that were entirely covered in snow.

In comparison to other AllTrails ratings, I would rate this firmly within Hard and certainly not Moderate. You need considerable clearance, some skill, and a spotter. Rock sliders, skid plate, rear locker, maxtrax, and hand winch all saw some action on it today, primarily due to snow, mud, and big wet roots. Drive up the hill, but do not drive down; take the Bill Moore Lake trail back to Empire. Bill Moore is rated as Hard, but the section I drove back from Red Elephant was a very easy Moderate.

off road driving
1 month ago

BLUF: this is not an easy trail! This is a moderate trail. At least 3 spots that required technical driving and someone guiding you. Not entirely a problem, made it more fun, but you shouldn’t go alone. Nice little pullouts to grab lunch and a beverage. Scenic for a the majority. I love how close to Denver it is!

off road driving
1 month ago

Great views from the top ran it at night not too long ago and didn't find it particularly challenging. Lots of camping spots and offshoots to explore. Wish needle's eye was open though. Kinda sucks to get up there and not crossover.

off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing trail with some difficult sections. With good tire placement, no bypasses are needed.

Nice trail. Was easy enough in my '14 Tacoma Baja. nice trail tips in app made navigation a breeze.

good, medium hard trail for UTV's. nothing too crazy at all.

Beautiful trail. A little tricky in some spots. Very rocky. Nice fall drive.

off road driving
1 month ago

Attempted this in a stock Subaru Crosstrek. Didn't get very far, clearance wasn't an issue but the stock tires couldn't grip the soft sandy dirt. I think after a set of all terrains and maybe some underbody protection (didn't scrape but not sure what the rest of the trail looks like) I'll attempt it again (with my brother's Rubicon tagging along). I'm new to "soft-roading" so I don't really know what an easy trail looks like but I think this might be miscategorized.

off road driving
1 month ago

Nice trail. Definitely a bit challenging in some areas

Jeep xj 3.5 lift with 30s

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun little trail with great views.

off road driving
1 month ago

It’s not all that easy people. Don’t know who rates these things. It was a BLAST! But not entirely easy. Many parts were a solid moderate. There were a ton of places to get off the marked path! The rocks were beautiful. Wish we would have been there last week when more of the aspens would have held their leaves but it was still beautiful.

1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail that gets increasingly more difficult. Most of the trail I traveled was slow going, bumpy and rocky with a few sections that had me wondering but wasnt bad after doing it. There are little off shoots and trails that look fun but not many places to park and enjoy. Up until Pisgah Spur most 4x4 vehicles will be alright, however, right before there and at that section you will certainly need a more serious jeep. I could not get past that section and had to back up down the hill and thats when I got in trouble. I got stuck and had to be rescued. I was very lucky to have cell service and called Co 4x4 Rescue. They are life savers. 2.5 hours later they showed up with a convoy of jeeps in the dark and bailed me out. Needless to say I felt really stupid that day. Lifted F350. Keep this on you... 4x4 Rescue... 720.722.1204.

+Scenic

-I dont know if I managed to miss all the obstacles, but I would rate this trail easy

-i wouldn't go unless you are in an ATV, so many of them already. I was worried about hitting them as they flew around corner.

- there are better trails close by

off road driving
1 month ago

+beautiful trails above the treeline
+more trails than what the app said
+beautiful lakes

-1 or 2 mildly challenging spots
-nearly all very rocky, but I imagine that comes with the altitude

It was a good trail up until I got to a technical point that I wasn’t going to attempt for fear of damaging my 2017 Tacoma. I have a 2” lift and the trail seemed to be washed out more than usual. If I wasn’t alone or if had a winch I would’ve attempted it. I will be coming back later when I am more equipped to tackle the obstacles.

Trail was in great shape. Parts of the trail were technical and def need a well equipped vehicle to make the boulder field and few other rock sections. First time on the trail and will make sure I hit it again the next time I’m in Denver! Drove a 2014 JKU with 3in rock krawler lift and 35’s.

on Yankee Hill Road

off road driving
2 months ago

Been doing this trail for years. Rough and smooth riding at times. Continued to the Rockhouse via different trail. Take map, numerous trails intersect.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great little trail, one of my favorites so far. I have a 2016 JK Rubicon with 3.5" lift and 35's. Quite an easy one with a couple fun challenges. I only saw a couple people on the trail all day. Leaves are changing and it was just a beautiful ride. Not very rocky at all. Didn't even air down.

I literally felt like I had reached a pot of gold at the end of the Moon and Gamble Gulch trail in Black Hawk, Colorado. Not because there was some fantastic view at the end of the trial, no ending climax here, instead the entire length of the trail was a wave of emotions fueled in part by anxiety, quick thinking, heavy breaking and most of all a ludicrous amount of profanity worthy of any fine pirate vessel; what was my pot of gold then? Getting out without a single scratch, dent, or broken part in what I undoubtedly thought would be the day I would roll off of a narrow one way road.
Would I do it again you ask? Does a Pirate drink rum?

Check out my IG for images @wranglerjk_

Did it for the first time this past weekend. Moon gulch definitely sketched me out where it's all leaning to the edge but I made it no problem in my xj. There are lots of offshoots to the main trail so this could have a lot of potential for camping and such. Only saw 2 FJ's on the trail. Not the most fun in my opinion but it's a nice area.

off road driving
2 months ago

Pretty mellow trail. Good for people just starting to wheel. Jenny creek, although now rerouted, is a little more techy if your wanting a bit more of challenge. Took a bit for the snow to fully melt though.

off road driving
2 months ago

Super fun trail with some good obstacles but nothing crazy. Its a little tougher to run it the way it says here, but if you’re confident in your driving most stock vehicles with 4x4 and good clearance shouldn’t have any trouble. Otherwise just run it taking a right at the first fork. Most of the camping is on that side of the loop as well.
2018 tacoma off-road stock.

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