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off road driving
1 month ago

Great and easy.

off road driving
3 months ago

What a fun, super easy trail to do during the off season. The last 3rd of the trail was closed do to reclamation projects. Great views and lots of great hiking trails along the way as well.

off road driving
3 months ago

Cool drive on unmaintained dirt roads through the woods up to the trail head, but FS348 is closed Dec - April, so we didn’t actually get to do the trail as described here. Will come back in May to check this out!

off road driving
5 months ago

unable to drive entire winding stairs trail, it's since been closed at about 80%. real shame because its basically all smooth and right where it turned downhill and seemed to get fun- closed. see my recording, we continued on the more main road and ended up doing 324, 324a, and 325a which popped us out on hwy67. all those roads are also very smooth. couple cool views but mostly was a bummer to find out, again, that everything in rampart has been graded smooth or closed. tried to make the best of it and get a little drifting in, if you'd like to see a video i have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC8T64cENOU&lc=z22fe1cw1sn4cdrwj04t1aokg2lsh0zfxku54o2cvp3zbk0h00410

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
6 months ago

Top of the pass is snowed in. I got stuck on 10/8 in a stock Jeep Wrangler Willys edition. Two other vehicles were stuck as well, we all banded together and left the mountain with our vehicles. If you do go I'd advice going in pairs WITH recovery gear...preferably a winch. Good trail though!

off road driving
6 months ago

this trail used to be a lot of fun when i was here about 6yrs ago. seems like they are clearing out some dead trees and graded the trail to bring in machinery 1-2yrs ago i'm guessing. the ruts are 6" deep in places and i bet it will be pretty fun in a couple few years, as long as they don't grade it every year. still a fun trail because it was pretty high speed , pretty good views, and i saw some fall colors. all in all a good trail. if you'd like to see a video i have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgNU-mPjZPA

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
33psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
6 months ago

this trail should be changed from moderate to easy. a unicycle would do fine here. it seems they've been piling/removing old dead trees and graded the trails in the area to bring in heavy equipment. had great fall colors and ran pretty high speed which was fun. i took this to 362, rule ridge, 364, manchester creek. if you'd like to see a video of the trip i have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgNU-mPjZPA

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
33psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
6 months ago

Came from the Jefferson side. Easy for JKU Rubicon on 37’s. Was snowing at the higher elevations. Got bad directions from another trail on here coming from Boreas Pass. There was no mention of turning on 54 from 35. Was even easy with a little snow and mud.

off road driving
6 months ago

Fairly easy trail for stock '12 dodge ram 1500 until you get to london mine. the road up to the summit/pass, then down to the switch backs is not recommended unless you have a decent 4x4 setup with good clearance.

off road driving
6 months ago

scenic driving
6 months ago

Nice drive on a fall day with snow at the top of the pass

off road driving
7 months ago

I did this trail in a Stock 2017 GMC Canyon Diesel 4x4. I'm not that experienced but I was able to get through without any issue. Its definitely not easy but not difficult. Took a little less than 2 hours. I was not trying to rush at all. The air dam on the front of the bumper scraped once, but other than that, my clearance was fine when going slow. There is a pretty long stretch of rocks. The other review said 300 feet, but I remember thinking "no way" but maybe I was concerned for my wheels haha. it took the most amount of time. There is also a large sandy stretch where its kind of deep and loose but easy with 4WD. A few steep inclines/declines but nothing crazy. This was mid sept 2017. Going pretty slow, only one ATV passed me. Coming the opposite direction a couple trucks and a group of ATVs. Mostly was just me the whole time.

off road driving
7 months ago

Easy trail and a good views

off road driving
7 months ago

Started from the Leadville, Co side of the pass and it was a easy trail and had some good views.

off road driving
7 months ago

Was a fun drive after a weekend of camping near Leadville

fantastic views, loose rock in a few areas but relatively easy pass. suggest high profile vehicle for Pacific side!!

off road driving
8 months ago

Great trip for off roading. It was my 1st trip with a Jeep I purchased. Rated at moderate in my opinion due to some difficult spots heading up the Alma side. This side kind of sneaks up on you as all of a sudden you are in the middle of a solid boulder field headed up to London mine. Pick your line and go!
Good time.

snowshoeing
8 months ago

Paved road, nice scenery, Closed to motor vehicles in winter, gate is seven miles up from Grant and closes in November til Memorial Day weekend. Forest Service Has closed 90% of the dispersed camping areas along Guanella Pass road. Really nice Snow Shoeing and Cross Country Skiing along the road in Winter. Keep an eye out for Big Horn Sheep, Moose, Bear, Mountain Lion, Elk, Horses, Cattle and Sasquatch on the road along with all the little critters. Enjoy

off road driving
8 months ago

Approached from Jefferson side. An official told me they were going to begin enforcing the "no ATVs on County Roads" laws, with $500 fines given to violators. Any one else encounter this?

off road driving
8 months ago

Was awesome but you couldn't go the whole way because wife thot it was to rough and there was still some snow the kept you from goin all the way through

off road driving
9 months ago

An amazing day, with amazing views. Dropping down into Leadville for lunch was a huge bonus.

off road driving
9 months ago

This trail was so much fun in our 100 series Land Cruiser. Took the whole family (three little kids), and spent the entire afternoon taking our time through the 323/324 loop connecting at Rampart Range Road. The trail as identified here is about 2/3 off road driving, but the last 1/3 is not accessible by motor vehicle. The final stretch that leads to the lake is blocked off by a forest service sign indicating it is only for hiking or biking. Once we reached that point we decided to just continue the circuit by heading north and eventually back west to Rampart Range Road. It was a lot of fun, and no one on the road but us!

hiking
9 months ago

Phil B I was up there a week ago and it was closed due to snow on the corner. Is it still closed?

off road driving
9 months ago

This trail is actually a well maintained asphalt roadway. I wouldn't consider it a trail rather a park road.

With that said it is a well worth beautiful drive. Just don't expect to be "off-road".

10 months ago

Remote and desolate. Went on a weekday and had the entire mountain to myself. It's an 11mile dirt-road trip to get to the trailhead. Not strictly a 4x4 road, but you'll go a lot faster if you have one.

The trail is along a series of abandoned mine trails, so it's easy to follow. Some mining debris along the way keeps things interesting. Other than that, the trail doesn't hold much beauty, except the sheer size of the surrounding mountains and the feeling of being completely by yourself.

The views upon reaching the ridge and looking west are staggering. Not simply the vision of the Sawatch in the distance (both Elbert and Massive can be seen), but because of the enormity of the valley that opens up in front of you. It literally took my breath away.

On the way down, do yourself a favor. Sit by the lake and just look up at the "horseshoe", and reconcile just how small and temporal you are compared to immensity of the piece of earth in front of you. You'll thank me.

off road driving
10 months ago

Plenty of parking at TH. Tons of awesome views and multiple places to shoot if that's your thing. Took our 4 seat RZR and it was perfect for a leisurely family drive in a forest. Lots of places to camp as well. A few side trails that we DID not get to explore.

This is a paved road, not a trail

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent trail with spectacular views and a sweet oasis at the turn-around point. The trail head is a little confusing as the first few miles of the trail is route 323 off of Rampart Range Road. You will walk the dirt road and then turn left onto route 324 after about two miles. After another mile, leave the trail to the right down a Restoration Trail. The last half mile of the trail before landing at the Palmer Watershed is a killer descent. Take your time as it is easy to lose your footing on the loose gravel.

off road driving
10 months ago

Great trail with even better views, only one area that was pretty rocky for a few hundred feet.

off road driving
10 months ago

Easy trail except for the optional 357A and 357B loop. The optional loop is very steep and narrow. Need high ground clearance and 4x4 preferably with a rear locker. Other than the loop never needed 4x4. Beautiful but busy on weekends!

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