Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Pike 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
14 days ago

Great trail, did this in a stock jl sport s with an average of ~3-6 inches of snow. Some parts were definitely a challenge but in dry conditions.

Trail is a good mix of fantastic view points, moderate challenges and fun trail driving weaving through trees.

Wouldn’t recommend full size trucks, may be a bit tough to navigate but not an issue for 4door Jeep sized vehicles.

15 days ago

My first time going and we had a blast. I gave a 99xj 6.5” long arm with 4:88 on 35,s and went through this trail like nothing to it. I went during the summer and it was nice. Few other trucks wheeling. I will go back. Can’t wait for snow! I give 5 starts cuz my entire family had fun driven.

off road driving
29 days ago

Road this trail with Atvs. Difficult at times but keeps you alert! Narrow and winding trail does cross other trails so take map/GPS. Douglas County Mountain Rescue was in the area. Good to know!

off road driving
29 days ago

This trail was not very difficult, but still somewhat fun. The views are amazing, but I just wish the trail was harder. As of 10/20/18 there are hunters everywhere, but that is probably ever October.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great trail for stock 4x4, views were excellent. There was a fair amount of traffic Saturday morning going up stage coach and gold rush... once we got up to almagre trail we felt pretty secluded! Our stock Jeep Grand Cherokee did excellent we had no problems, had a blast.

off road driving
1 month ago

Really fun trail, not for beginners though. Lift, skid plates and rock sliders are a must, as there are lots and lots of very big rocks. The lake is very beautiful. Lockers are helpful if you are more adventurous and want to go for the harder lines, but can be completed without. This trail is also wide enough for full size trucks.
2nd gen Tacoma single cab
3” lift, 14psi 33” TSL stickies.

off road driving
1 month ago

My husband and I took this trail in my stock Toyota Tundra only two points where we had to Check the clearance otherwise it was a fun easy trail with some great views.

off road driving
1 month ago

Metberry Gulch is a cool trail with lots to look at. The rock formations are endless and the mix of red dirt makes it a cool area. The trail has been nerf'd so the notch area I drove past and almost missed it. The giant rut at the bottom of the slab has been filled in as well making it more like coming out of a parking garage than a major obstacle. Even when this trail was "bad" my buddy did it in his stock Frontier, never been offroad before. If you'd like to see a video of the run I have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-CwxL1FEHQ

2nd gen Xterra, 33" tires, 2" lift, no sway bars.

off road driving
1 month ago

Mosquito Pass is a great trail without any major obstacles. There is one long loose rock hill with a bunch of basketball sized rocks but nothing too crazy. Just put your tire on the tall rocks instead of your oil pan. Many stock _______'s have made it but that'll have to be your call. The views are awesome pretty much the whole time with many plants, animals, and old mining structures. Unfortunately the day I was there the smoke was still crazy in CO so my views were obscured. I do have a video of the run up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFjUpym2QXg

2nd gen Xterra, 33" tires, 2" lift, no sway bars.

off road driving
2 months ago

This is a down back single-lane Trail where you have to watch out for traffic and give way. A slow trail with some tall obstacles, I would suggest a lift at minimum, and if open diffs a working winch. That said the views are amazing, the trail is fun, and I will be coming again and again!

hiking
2 months ago

2nd time I finally found the right trail! turn left at the 2nd turn off past the leavick parking lot. we parked where the road forked and hiked. about .75 miles into the hike you'll see Horseshoe. Just follow the road/trail. Lots of cool mining relics on the way. The lakes below look really pretty and coming back down we did see a Jeep but that was pretty much the 1st person my friend and I saw the entire hike. At the saddle between peerless and horseshoe the views are amazing and we climbed higher I'm not sure we made the "summit" but we we're well over 13,000ft and content. I would recommend it for how quiet it is compared to seeing the tons of cars/people headed to Sherman

2 months ago

It is a beautiful hike but there are too many Jeeps on the trail. Colorado has plenty of single track trails. This trail is best left to Jeeps

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun trail, not too difficult. I did about half the trail in a leveled Chevy Silverado on 34" all terrain tires. Didn't finish the trail due to afternoon storms rolling in.

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun high trail

off road driving
2 months ago

Great fun in the jeep

2 months ago

On the way back, I’d recommend staying on the trail rather than getting on the Centennial Trail as there’s a nice stretch through young aspen.
Long Gulch is a gentle trail, in pines and/or aspen most of the way. The traffic on 67 repeatedly pulls a person out of a trail trance. That’s the price for a trail that is this accessible.
To paraphrase legendary Gazette sports copy editor Ray Evans: It’s the type of trail people who like this type of trail would like.

hiking
2 months ago

An overall great hike. The views are absolutely incredible all around. We started about 11AM and finished a little before 3PM, taking our time. Lots of big 4x4's on the trail but easy to navigate around.

off road driving
2 months ago

Pretty mild at first just zig zagging through the trees and some ruts to go through. Then once you get on 313 gets real fun and a little challenging for a stock vehicle. There is a trail that wasn’t on the map by the air force over look, so went and checked it out. The trail was pretty fun at first but then it gets real difficult at a rutted out turn between two trees, then goes onto being a steep v notched road that leads to a camp spot on a deadend. Probably not the best for the stock rig but made it none the less. But other than that sticking to the main trail on the map makes for a fun little trip, definitely again.

Bone Stock Cherokee

hiking
2 months ago

Due to the recent fire, the road leading to the trail is currently closed.

Super easy trail . Nice to chill and look at the scenery , moderately busy on the weekends.

Went up today and found it was blocked off and a sign was up that said "area closed for re vegetation" Well gee would be nice if they posted that at the beginning of the trail so you don't drive all the way up there to find out.

I did this trail for the second time, it was fun and I enjoy the scenery around the lake at the bottom. Somebody did come and flatten the mounds right at the end just a little bit, my vehicle didn’t even hesitate.

2003 Toyota 4Runner
1” leveling kit
265/70/R17
35 PSI

Great off road trip from Alma to Leadville. Wouldn’t consider the drive hard, but multiple tough spots where my clearance helped out. The road down from the top to Leadville is tight without many spots to pull off.

off road driving
2 months ago

We finally conquered this trail in our stock 4Runner after literally breaking our Jeep Commander a few years ago just past London Mill. This time we got all the up and over from Alma to Leadville enjoying the mining artifacts, some bazaar Dr. Seuss looking thistle, wildflowers, pika, mountainscapes and amazing cloud formations. We even got snowed on just a bit so take warm clothes for exploring.

I would not describe this trail as "easy" or "for beginners" as some other reviews described it. While we were able to complete the trail in a stock 4Runner, we did scrape the skid plate several times and managed to get ourselves into some minor sticky situations. Going slowly, the trail took us nearly 3 hours with several stops to explore.

off road driving
2 months ago

This a nice easy drive that is mostly forested with a few Aspen groves, large granite boulders and just a few views. There are several good picnic/camping spots. Balanced Rock is a hundred yards from a left turn off at 6.5 miles. If the road is dry, most of this could be done with a high clearance 2 wheel drive and an experienced driver. The last 1.3 miles (beyond Balanced Rock) does get steep and rutted and 4WD is highly recommended and probably required to get back out. At 7.7 miles there is a gate and at 7.8 miles the road ends at a beaver pond just above the upper of two reservoirs just upstream of Palmer Lake.

1999 Jeep Cherokee, stock saggy suspension, 29" tires.

off road driving
2 months ago

It was an awesome run! Once we got to the top, the sleet started coming in, but the scenery was beautiful. It was disappointing to not see an American flag waving, at the top. So, if anyone makes this run, please take a flag to the top with you.

off road driving
2 months ago

Since this trail description was changed to be more accurate, I can give it a better rating. The drive is straight forward and the road is pretty easy to find. It is Forest Service road 262. There are many spurs off the main road which will afford you some amazing picture taking opportunities. Don't forget to have a look at the remains of the Pennsylvania mine.

Nice trail! Camped with friends and there were amazing views. Most of the trail is easy, but with recent rains the three technical spots were washed out making a fun challenge. Definitely need 4x4 clearance though and not awd.

‘16 power wagon on 315s made the trail easy.

Great trail, we camped there this past weekend and ran it Sunday when we left, the views are amazing!

2 months ago

Great trail. Took longer than expected though. If you don’t make it to the water crossing, you didn’t do Hackett Gulch

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