Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Gunnison 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.

Beautiful drive!

off road driving
6 months ago

trail is easy, maybe (2) S-M obstacles, but bumpy. since its a pass, obviously the views are amazing. if you'd like to see a video of the pass i have one here, but the second half is half of coney flats trail:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHuTfvpeSBU&index=4&list=UUOwWBeGU3w1bW52fFA_O6BQ

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

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

road biking
6 months ago

Autumn aspen leaves galore, nice views, go up hill and then down hill !

In spite of a constant descent you really dont appreciate the return trip until you do it. a great hike, poeple very courteous. A bit of high traffic with the SUV and off road vehicles. This was Labor day wknd.

off road driving
8 months ago

This pass was amazing. I had a hard time gauging whether or not this would be a good novice trail. Going up from St. Elmo in a stock 05 4runner it did excellent. I do have general grabber at2s on it. There were quite a few burms that clearance was concerning but it cleared fine. Had a couple rocks that I could have navigated more seamlessly. Scrapped once. Regardless I would have felt more comfortable with additional clearance. Drop offs don't mess around up top but the scenery is worth it!

Coming down into mirror lake the pass is more rough. This took my buddy getting out and spotting. We slowly decended into mirror lake. The drive took around 3 hours total, half of which we did at night.

Coming into the camp ground we had a snowy owl land on the trail, super special! Amazing to see. Stayed two nights at the campground. Clean outhouse and great sites.

The lake is amazing, clearest water I've seen in Colorado, literally can see the fish. Let's keep it that way

off road driving
8 months ago

scenic driive on dirt roads that any 2wd can do in the summer.

off road driving
8 months ago

Went from St Elmo to Tincup. Spend a little time in St. Elmo and look around, they have a general store, antique store, small hotel and cabin. The trail starts at heading north out of St Elmo, a left over a bridge. Definitely, air down your tires as this is a very bumpy ride over rocks. Lots places to camp with gorgeous views. The road is wide enough to be fairly easy to pass oncoming traffic. About six miles in the trail will come out to high plains and you will see the switchback road that leads to the summit, the trail narrows a bit here so keep your eye out for oncoming traffic.....but there are still plenty of areas to pass by.

You reach the summit with plenty of area for parking. Tincup pass is located on the continental divide.....take some pictures at the sign! After leaving Tincup pass the trail becomes even more rocky and is moderate trail, a spotter is suggested for a few areas. In our opinion this is the hardest part of the trail. The trail winds down to Mirror lake. Mirror lake is one of the top 10 rated lakes in Colorado.....plan to have a picnic and enjoy the lake for awhile. There is Mirror Lake campground with bathrooms on site. We unfortunately found there to be hungry mosquitoes all through this area...wish we had known! We saw many fishing and all stated they were having a great day fishing and catching many on the north side. We were told that the trail from Mirror Lake to Tincup was treacherous and rocky but we found that the state of Colorado leveled out this road and it is now easy typical dirt road.

Tincup has a general store and a restaurant.....we found it to be very busy for a ghost town, definitely busier than St. Elmo.

Ps- Eight miles north out of Tincup is gas station by Taylor lake to air up your tires.

Happy trails!

off road driving
8 months ago

Very beautiful, saw a bull moose, Mirror Lake is absolutely gorgeous.

scenic driving
9 months ago

Awesome views and vistas. Found my dispersed camping site for next weekend

this is not a hike! It's a dirt/ Gravel Road
that is awesome for Aspen viewing in the fall when the leaves are turning color. Can be driven buy any car or written on a bicycle but certainly wouldn't want to hike it.

97% blacktop suitable for street bike. Several wooden bridges. Start at mile marker 0 across and south of ranger station and at base of sledding hill. Head up hill for 6 miles. Old mind is cool to see. Nice vistas and mostly shaded. Can stop in Leadville half way through for lunch or drinks. We made the loop in 1 hour and 30 minutes. Glad we went up hill first.

road biking
10 months ago

My wife and I rode bikes clockwise around this loop. It was great. Rented bikes in town for a reasonable price and left from right there. Clockwise is the easier direction to go, there's more downhill. Going the other way would be a little more of a workout. Awesome views at every corner, and lots of old mines to ride by. Definitely a worthwhile activity if in Leadville. Paved the whole way, every town should have bike paths like this!! But not many will have this kind of view.

Historic trail, but no motor vehicles allowed or skateboard. It's mostly a bike trail

walking
10 months ago

Good trail, definitely more for bikes than hikes. Paved the entire way, lots of interesting signs describing the history of Leadville. Rated moderate mostly for the 10,000 ft elevation the trail sits at. Incline is very gradual.

coolest, biggest, oldest stand of Aspen that i,'ve ever had the privelege of experiencing

trail running
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Beautiful. I love how much mining history is spread throughout this trail. Moderate is a stretch - I would consider this easy. Miles 3-5 (marked by trail mile markers) is where almost of the gain is. Miles 7-10 are fairly boring - bring some music or an audiobook - you'll likely have cell reception the whole hike!

off road driving
Monday, September 19, 2016

Went up during the changing of the seasons. Very busy! Beautiful going to the pass. Gets a little bumpy on the way to mirror lake. Lots of atv activity. Well worth it!

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Beaver Pond trail. Beautiful Aspen trees ... Easy hike to Pond .. Amazing

road biking
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Great paved trail. But it's only 12 miles. If you do it clockwise, it's about 4 miles of climbing and the rest is flat/downhill. Highly recommend.

off road driving
Friday, July 17, 2015

Jeeped the trail in 2009. Rough riding but the pass was beautiful. Did a three mile hike up one side of the pass. Full of rocks and boulders. Played like a kid.

off road driving
Monday, June 22, 2015

Went up in a jeep with a large pick-up following behind. Nice trail. Steep for the first few miles but levels out a bit near the top. Definitely needed 4WD low to get up the steeper climb. Road was dry that day but could see it becoming a muddy, slippery mess had it rained. Two water crossing but we went in June 2015, when there was still a lot of snowmelt. In fact the road over the divide was still closed and we could see a snowplow at work. Very cool town. Learned it was private land & the owners keep it open as long as there is no vandalism. But you can see many people have carved initials into the old wood, not respecting the wishes of the owners. That was disappointing. We are lucky the site is still open to tourists that brave the road.

scenic driving
Friday, May 22, 2015

Great pass for scenery (especially in the fall). There are a few other great hiking trails along the way.

off road driving
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Drove Ohio Creek Pass, beautiful scenery, well maintained off road. Several trails to hit along the way.

off road driving
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Great trail on a Polaris RZR 900 XP. Beautiful views and fun times. My 14 year old daughter drove all the way. Easy peasy.

off road driving
Friday, July 13, 2012

Fun trail mostly easy with some moderate sections. Views at the top are amazing. I've taken a Dodge Dakota and this year a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited stock over this pass. Lots of trails and camping on the St. Elmo side as well.

scenic driving
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I drove my 4WD Ford F-150 up this road on a beautiful summer day in June. The road was much better than I anticipated. If the weather hadn't have been so perfect I would not have taken this road as bad weather could easily turn this road difficult in a hurry. After reaching the pass, I hiked up to the top of the mountain directly to the east (13,230') and got some amazing views. Well worth the trip!

off road driving
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

nice trail, carson ghost town is interesting in that it has a group of semi-restored buildings that are definately worth viewing. The trail up and down is fairly straight forward, as we were in a Polaris Ranger. Watch the weather at the top, can blow up fairly quickly.

off road driving
Monday, April 23, 2012

Very fun trail for ATVing. THere is something for everyone here. It is all easy or moderate. Lot's of ghost mines and towns to see. Can get a little technical once you go past Hancock, but nothing too bad. Recommend an ATV or modified Jeep past Hancock....it get's rocky. The Alpine Tunnel is something to see. Again, ATV or Jeep country. You can use a regular passenger 4WD or AWD on the flat railroad beds...no problem. But again, once you get into the rocky parts of this trail, I highly recommend an ATV or modified Jeep. If you don't own one, rent one. If you do it anyway despite this warning, hey, it's your oil pan.

off road driving
Monday, April 23, 2012

Awesome ATV trail. I recommend NOT taking a regular passenger 4WD or AWD up here and definitely not a regular passenger vehicle. I only say this as I have seen people and get into trouble. I just shake my head. If you don't own one, rent an ATV or modified Jeep. I've done it couple of times so I won't mark the activity date.

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