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Barbour Forks Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and ohv/off road driving and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 1,902 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Horseback riding Ohv / off road driving Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Closed
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This loop covers an area immediately south of Idaho Springs. You can reach start of the trail in just a few minutes. Not particularly scenic because much of the trail is in the trees. Covered shelter at Point #5 is handy if you have a group that wants to get together. Lots of dispersed camping nearby. High Point 10,200 ft., Best time to go: Late June - October. Located in Arapaho National Forest. For current conditions call Clear Creek Ranger District (303) 567-3000. Trail is closed to motorized traffic Dec. 2 to June 14.

For current conditions call Clear Creek Ranger District (303) 567-3000.

Large gate at bottom doesn't open to motorized traffic until June 15. Watch for hikers on the trail. Large parking lot at bottom. Open to unlicensed vehicles but there are few side roads to explore. Trail conditions can change without notice.

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peter ssuna
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Off Road DrivingIcyMuddyRockySnow

Good trail. Definitely need good ground clearance. with the snow and ice sheets under tree line, it's good to have lockers on the flexy parts. turned around just before 10,000 feet coz the snow was getting deep for my stock xterra and I was riding solo

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Jonathan Juarez
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Off Road Driving

Now is closed

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John Hernandez
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Off Road DrivingClosed

Trail is closed

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Travis Mack
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Off Road DrivingGreat!Rocky

Great Jeep trail

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Amanda Corbin
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Off Road Driving

Difficulty level must be changed to hard/difficult. Not recommended unless you have a significant lift and at least 33” tires

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Arne Hoffmann
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Off Road Driving

Fun and moderate trail. I drive a wrangler with 3,5” lift and 37” tires. A few nice obstacles that could be avoided, but are fun to take. Please respect the hikers; go counterclockwise to avoid oncoming traffic.

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matthew tuffin
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Hiking
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Dan S.
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Off Road DrivingGreat!
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Marla User
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail! Hiked about 8.5 miles. Leaves changing and blanketing the path. Great workout!

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Stephanie Grover
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HikingGreat!Off trailRocky

It’s mainly good for off road driving adventures. However I was able to get a good hike in with just my dog and I and not having to worry about cars, people and other dogs. It’s beautiful at this time of the year with the leaves changing! I would rate this as a moderate hike but a difficult terrain for cars the higher up you go!!

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Donna Jo Martinez
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Off Road DrivingGreat!Off trail

Likely should be adjusted regarding level. But an amazing trail and very fun.

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Chase Younggreen
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This trail is getting much harder over the years, the rating should be moved to a difficult/hard. If you dont have at least 33s and experience you won't make it up. If you have 33s and locker, you'll make it but not without a technical driving and little Rock touching in some spots. Its a great trail but gotten much harder as the erosion gets to it.

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Jacob Fox
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Hiking

Great up and down climb

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Ken Other
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Off Road Driving

Nice technical challenges but not very sce

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Eric Park
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Off Road DrivingGreat!Rocky

Harder end of a medium 4x4 trail. A lot of fun if you have a properly equipped vehicle. I ran the route counter-clockwise in a 3rd Gen Tacoma off road with a 2.5” lift, rock sliders, steel skid plates, and 32” all terrain tires. Bottomed out once, but other than that did not have an issue completing this trail. Highly recommend having a lift and locking differential for this trail.

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Chase Prosser
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Scenic drivingGreat!Rocky

This was a very nice trail to test your mettle. I am currently running a stock 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport. I did scrape a couple times but nothing hard. My buddy was behind me in his 2020 4Runner with a 3” lift and 33” tires. He went through with no problems at all. Plenty of technical spots. We started the trail clockwise. Will definitely go back and run it counter clockwise once I get my lift and tires installed.

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Michael Ellison
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Off Road Driving

It was not a bad trail. Took my raptor out and there were quite a few spots where my truck barely squeezed through.

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Kyle Buss
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CampingRocky

Completed the loop counter clockwise in a 2013 2dr Rubicon no lift with 33” tires. Lockers or a winch are definitely needed. The trail is super rocky with steep inclines. Got up on 3 wheels a few times. Had a blast on this trail, it took about 3 hrs to complete

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Tyler Baker
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Off Road DrivingRockyScramble
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Katie Danner
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Off Road Driving

Great Off-Roading. It was moderate-difficult. There were a few spots when we were on 3 wheels, would recommend having a spotter with you. I think it would be too challenging for stock vehicles. Was tight in some places but made it through. Vehicle: Land Cruiser with armor, 2.5”lift and 33s

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