Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Arapaho National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Road blocked off by snow drifts that are impassable as of May, 19 2018. In a 4 inch lifted jeep it was not possible for us. Come back when its warmer.

Do not waste you’re time with this road. Simple as that.

off road driving
9 days ago

Fun trail, but as of this date (5/12/18) it becomes unpassible at about 3 - 3 1/2 miles in because of deep heavy snow. Had to turn around.

hiking
13 days ago

Trail was a little difficult to follow and there is s bunch of trash from people shooting their guns.

We parked right at the end of the road by the signs that point towards the lake. The trail was doable without snowshoes but we definitely wished we had them as we got to the top third or so of the trail. We sank up to knees and hips every 5 or 6 steps or so in spots. Windy at the top. Really beautiful! Will definitely go back his summer so we can see the water!

off road driving
16 days ago

Great trail. Plenty of choices for route difficulty. Rocky, snowy, and muddy. Recommend over sized tires and armor. I contacted my rock sliders and skid plate.

off road driving
21 days ago

About 12 of us in Jeeps(mostly Cherokees and JKs) did the entire trail. Super fun at the top! 285 KO2s did great in all the terrains...rocks, snow, and mud! 2011 JK 2.5” lift

Yankee Hill offers amazing views but gets a fair amount of traffic. If you trailer your vehicle(s) note that there is now a staging area that they enforce everyone to use. Expect mostly moderately easy terrain with plenty of places to up the difficulty as you desire. We generally visit on our dirt motorcycles but there are plenty of atv, utv, and off road vehicles of all types. Following the suggested route is fine but if you venture off most of the trails eventually end up at the same location.

off road driving
24 days ago

Stock 2018 Subaru Crosstrek:

Did this trail by accident on the way to Mt. Evans. I saw a spiderweb of trials on the gps and turned offroad.

Went up the first switchback and kept left up the Mt. Road. Got to where there is a destroyed shed directly below the trail and one next to the trail that's full of trash and bullet holes. To the left was sketchy metal door with the bars bent.

30 yards ahead we decided not to try our luck on the rocks so we parked by the shed and walked a bit to get some photos, but turned around to head back down since the sun was gonna set soon.

I need some better tires and maybe a life before really going at it. Only scraped one time on the way out near the end.

off road driving
24 days ago

Haha wow! It’s a good intermediate trail unless you miss the hairpin switchback at the first lookout point after the old mine shaft.

Continuing on the obvious trail straight ahead gets tough really quick! I made it about a quarter mile on 33s and 3” lift on my Tacoma and needed the rear locker twice. It’s fun, but probably the hardest trail I’ve done, and without a spotter and a winch I gave up after that!

The turn I should have taken was obvious on the way back down. +1 for downloading the map first!!

24 days ago

No parking at the trail head or surrounding residential area. Someone was there towing people out of the snow a couple yards into the start of the trail. Said nearest parking is st Mary’s glacier which has a fee

off road driving
27 days ago

Confirmed from Andrews experience. Went today and didn’t get very far after that first big switchback. Don’t get stuck, wait a few mor weeks!

off road driving
27 days ago

Traveled 4/24/18. Giant puddles a plenty. TRD 4Runner Off Road stock with KO2’s. Fun easy trip near denver to hold you over till the higher elevation trails open up this summer

snowshoeing
28 days ago

Hiked 4/21. Broke fresh trail as it had snowed about 5 inches overnight. Definitely needed snowshoes for the top 1/3. This trail is far more beautiful covered in snow than in the summer time, so get it while you can!

off road driving
1 month ago

Can I take my Honda Pioneer on this or do you have to have a licensed vehicle??

off road driving
1 month ago

Headed up April 14th 2018 through Apex road, made it after the switchback and a little up the road there was a turn around followed by another snow cover unmaintained road. We headed up the snowy road for about .25-.5 miles. Got stuck in a snow drift and had to call AAA to come pull us out. 8 hours later we made it out. Tow truck had lots of trouble even with chains getting up to where we were. I m the dummy for not waiting.

01APR18 Gate is closed and locked.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 3/25 in hiking boots without spikes and the trail was manageable. Right as you’re ascending toward the lake at the very end of the hike, the snow gets about knee deep so you should try and stick to the packed sections. Overall, the hike is worth it with amazing views , just prepare to sink in snow in a few spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked today Saturday 3/24. Mostly covered in snow, though did not use snowshoes. Used microspikes the first half going up but would have been OK without those as well. Top third was very dip and you'll sink down every once in a while but it's more or lass packed down at this point.

Great hike with great views. You can always find more breathtaking views in the Rockies, but you can't beat this one only an hour from Denver.

off road driving
1 month ago

Went up on 3/18/18 right before it snowed. Trail was a ton of fun. I have a stock 2017 Forester XT, only thing done so far is new AT tires (KO2s). I didn’t bottom at all. Some steep rocky spots. Car handled it no problem. Was snow on the trail and I got off the trail before a snow storm came. Later found out a bunch of vehicles had to be rescued. I’m posting a YouTube video of my ride up.

https://youtu.be/1dFoosRjOwE

off road driving
2 months ago

I have driven this "trail" several times in my 2017 E300.... That should give you a good idea of the challenge level with this trail. When I want to get from Central City to Idaho Springs it is my preferred method of travel. It is honestly just a dirt road and there weren't even ruts towards the end of 2017 when I drove it. It has some great views of the mountains, but that is really the biggest draw that I am aware of. I cannot speak to how well the road is maintained in the winter after snow as I have not driven it during those conditions.

off road driving
2 months ago

Terrible "trail". The only reasons anyone would say "oh my god" is due to he amount of ruts on this dirt road. There was no peak overlook or anything interesting. Old mining stuff was along the route but you could also just go down 70 and see much better stuff.

Do not recommend at all. Save yourself the time I wasted.

This trail has no access.

Went a few weekends in a row now. Weekend of 3/10 was dry with ice in the shade. No issues. Easy trail.
Weekend of 3/11: blizzard. 2ft or more of fresh snow while we were on the trail, large drifts towards the top. Lots of fun!
2011 Tacoma single cab 3.5” lift
18psi 285/75r16 mudstar radials
No lockers
No sway bars.
No issues with this trail.

off road driving
2 months ago

In the summer difficulty 3.5/10. Winter 7/10. Trail does not shut down, and there are enough trails that connect to keep you busy as long as you want. The back side drops down st. Mary’s glacier.

hiking
2 months ago

We completed this trail today. Snowshoes were not needed for the first two thirds of this trail, but were very helpful for the top third. That’s how my wife did it, I didn’t take my snowshoes and still did fine. A lot more snow than last weeks pics.

This trail is not available for hiking anymore and has been blocked off.

hiking
2 months ago

I hit the trail at about 9:30 am. Made it on the packed area...straight up to the lake...without traction assistance, but definitely needed my snowshoes to bound around up by the lake. I saw three people on the way up (all within the first half mile) and about ten—on their way up—in the last mile of the descent. :) Windy but great!

off road driving
2 months ago

I've hit this trail every week for the past month and it never gets old. Varying snow amounts make or break each trip and today was the day I'd been waiting for....THE SNOW IS MELTING. Tons of mud puddles to hit and there's no serious snow until you get up past the second shooting range clearing. Another wheeler was stuck on the path so that's as far as I got today. This trail is perfect for seeing what you're comfortable with. Plenty of modest alternative routes to the more intense lines and just enough sketchy to get the blood flowing. My stock '15 Wrangler does just fine on this trail. If you see a tank green 4 door on the trail, stop and say what's up!

off road driving
2 months ago

My ‘07 Grand Cherokee worked this trail just fine. Some steep rocky slopes were difficult to maneuver with the ice/snow, but after a couple tries I was able to get passed them.

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