Explore the most popular scenic 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.

off road driving
3 days ago

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

off road driving
5 days 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.

off road driving
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

March 3 hike was beautiful, but the last stretch towards Lower Mohawk Lake was a little too sketchy for me. Not much hard pack there. I regretfully had to turn around just after the cabin before the top, because there was nobody else around, didn’t seem very safe. Otherwise almost the entire trail and Spruce Creek Road are both super easy in boots without snowshoes. Highly recommend poles, got icy in parts especially on the way back in late afternoon.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Fun and easy trail! More just like a dirt road and no guard rails. Did have some great views! I’d say just about any stock vehicle could make it through just fine. Just check the weather. It was very dry when I went today. A good trail for being just 40 or so minutes away from Denver

off road driving
1 month ago

I've drove off road on this trail with jk 2dr and a 2010 xterra, also stock, but with some larger ko2s. It's fun, just plan your line and go slow. At the peak make sure you turn right to go down or left as you make way up, or the road will get very narrow to a dead end, and you'll have a very tough and dangerous time getting out.

hiking
2 months ago

great hike. however definately bring snowshoes. Also saw a mountain lion on a trail so stay alert.

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful road, well maintained, stick to the inside if heights scare you. Nice views.

hiking
3 months ago

Went up in the truck to 4 wheel it and gaste was closed. Decided to hike a little ways and if you break off the trail to the left as soon as you start you can hike along the stream with several small falls. Almost everything was froze over but still pretty.

We saw moose! Unbelievably beautiful and memorable trail.

It was neat to see the old mine shafts other then that it was just a dirt road

off road driving
3 months ago

Drove it 12/20/17. Fun and challenging drive through the woods. Lots of terrain variety, steep climbs, and beautiful views. Drove it in stock Jeep Sahara, will need a spotter for about a dozen spots. Snow was minimal on the trail, if there is more/moderate snow levels I would NOT recommend driving it.

Gate was locked. No way in!!!

Great hike. Easy to follow trail up until it starts becoming steep going to the first lake. I did the climb following animal tracks. Really cold and windy but it's so beautiful and quiet at the top.

off road driving
4 months ago

Fun trail went up Saxon then down cascade creek. Very bumpy trail with a few tight spots. Iced out road was an issue. We were lucky to have someone on the other side to help us across.

hiking
4 months ago

I actually hiked this yesterday with my dog. A few big open fields to play fetch in. There were a couple steep spots but nothing too strenuous, just enough to get the heart pumping. Not much for views, but nice walk through trees.

hiking
4 months ago

Walked up the road today using poles and spikes. Beautiful morning for a hike to Shrine Pass. Good elevation training for this Denverite soon to be hiking Mt Kilimanjaro.
Today 11/30/17 is the last day this hike is free. For the rest of the winter there will be a fee.

off road driving
4 months ago

Had a great day on this trail. Moderate and fun. Saw that they updated the closing dates to be Dec. 15. Great trail to get some last minute off roading in on some decent trails before winter.

off road driving
4 months ago

Did this trail on November 26th. No issues at all with a stock 2017 Taco. Wasn't a whole lot of snow on the trail this weekend. Did a bunch of the other side trails as well, had some fun with those. A few tight spots but didn't have any real clearance issues with a stock truck.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike - beautiful views and lakes
Sept 2017

Road tires35 psi, stock 2017 Tacoma SR. made it up until the snow really kicked in and then chickened out. Clearance was not a problem.

Lots of mud and a little snow here and there. Most of the road you can do 20-25mph with road tires.

2017 Tacoma sr 4x4 stock.

I took this route on the way down, from Cascade Creek went to the peak of the mountain turned around then went to goerge town. Had to cross a Iced out road, Lil sketchy, then the route down the mountain, was close call coming within inches of a sheer cliff, making it exciting as ever. Dont take a wide vehicle on this people.

off road driving
5 months ago

First time I did just this route as I was alone, I intend to take some of the detour trails on my next time on this trail. My photos say 2016 instead of 17, but i w3ent the day of the Eclipse.

Serius XM works the entire route, Nice cell coverage over the route.

Some cruising points, a little paved roads, plenty of rough dirt roads, and plenty of boulders to crawl over, and lots of additions trails along the way.

I stopped and checked out a waterfall along the way. on a slight detour.

Overall a very fun and enticing trail, that i plan to tackle a couple more times as I explore the additional trails the splice off.

Plan this as a day trip and possibly overnight if you plan on taking the side trail as well.

You will also Stop at the Continental Divide on Tincup Pass which is the highest point before you cruise on down to Mirror Lake.

I initially took this route as I was planning a fishing trip at Taylor Res, Wich has great deals on boats, and had tons of fun catching lots of fish, that lake is full...... no joke.

off road driving
5 months ago

Very nice trail, some of end was not on google maps and saw signs no tresspassing so too back route to goergetown, which in a jeep was a little sketchy. As We had to get within inch of cliff a couple times.

Lots of history, and scenic views.

Advise, get Pro for this trip very limited reception.

a few spots that are tricky but mostly easily transverable. nowhere near as rocky as tincup pass to buana vista, or trail to Hanhs peak, but just as enjoyable. was usualy in 4low 4th gear due to ocassional ice n snow.

2003 TJ on 33 with lift.

I did get stuck on one portion but looking at map was not suggested route, so partner or winch suggested.

off road driving
5 months ago

...bouncy and jarring 95% of the way.... high clearance only.. a few spots are tricky ... 1 spot is pretty scary..

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