Cascade Creek 4x4 Road

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Cascade Creek 4x4 Road is a 12 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2857 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Loop route winds through complex network of roads This loop passes through a network of mountain roads between Georgetown and Idaho Springs. It is surrounded by residential property on all sides. We've chosen to enter via Cascade Creek Road because it passes less private property and offers parking for unlicensed vehicles. High Point 11,050 ft., Best time to go: Late June-early October. Located in Arapaho National Forest. For current conditions call Clear Creek Ranger district (303) 567-3000 Very rocky and slow-going. Should only be attempted by the most aggressive stock SUVs with skid plates and high ground clearance. We've done it in our stock Grand Cherokee, but it was brutal.

off road driving
7 days 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
23 days ago

Conditions were some snow, but drier than I was expecting (snowing tomorrow). Only saw a couple ATVs the whole time. Pretty rocky and slow, I didn't have any issues except hitting skid plate once and almost losing some factory mudflaps, your going to want some ground clearance. I took a wrong turn from Spring Gulch and ended up here starting at the Lamertine mine, but did most of it (counterclockwise). There is a last bit of the loop for about .5 mile that is pretty creepy,private property signs posted on trail, feels like you shouldn't be driving through there, property with tall wood fences and old trucks sitting around, feels unsettling. Rest of the trail was a blast. Some signs hard to spot and easy to take the wrong way.
1992 Land Cruiser, no lift on 34s, no sway bars, center diff lock, open axles.

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
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off road driving
1 month ago

trail is harder than when i did it ~5 years ago (01 xterra/32"/1.5" lift) which i thought was great. it has a pretty perfect amount of medium obstacles, i had to think a couple times, got out a couple times (was solo in rain) but made everything first try. the trail isn't crazy on views but you get a couple and the old mine equipment and buildings are cool. definitely check out the lamartine mine, its not far, and its a total playground. when i got there it was DEEP fog and i got pretty nervous about my judgement so i didn't mess around too much. from what i saw it looked like i could've had fun there for at least an hour. seemed endless hills and holes and just trails everywhere. if you'd like to see a video of the obstacles i have 75% of the loop up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjMrsDwgDug&list=UUOwWBeGU3w1bW52fFA_O6BQ

and the last 25% in reverse the day before at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjMrsDwgDug&list=UUOwWBeGU3w1bW52fFA_O6BQ

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

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

2 months ago

Rocky. Tried with a stock wrangler, ended up turning around as some parts were too difficult. Lots of no trespassing signs. Kind of a creepy vibe like we were being watched.

off road driving
2 months ago

Very rocky, creepy mineshaft and eerie feeling that someone is watching you...other than that the views are fantastic!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

Awesome trail. Took jeep up and saw a couple others not much traffic. One guy said his Jeep was stuck and that it wasn't a loop. He didn't stay on trail listed and ended up in really loose gravel up top of side trail. If you stay on loop it's a really fun drive. Nothing crazy but we're some climbs and rocks. Good trail to start with for sure.

off road driving
5 months ago

Moderate? Too much for my '01 TJ with no winch or lift. I have some significant size off road tires but you'll need extra equipment or 3-5" lift to complete this. Off season erosion may have turned this into a high difficulty level trail. Damage likely, I know I got some and I saw plenty of other fender and bumper pieces. Yikes!

5 months ago

6 months ago

off road driving
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

off road driving
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Super fun trail. I would definitely recommend a high clearance 4x4 for some areas. The aspens are awesome. I will say that the trail is not that clearly market so just pay attention and you will be fine. Average speed was about 3.5 mph so plan accordingly. Happy jeeping!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Great trip! If your looking for an area you can spend the entire day this is it! As decribed if you get off the "main trail" you can get lost for hours. (Fun) My daughter and I spent about 6 hours driving the area. We found some pretty good 4x4 obsticles, off the main trail and found some great places to camp in the future. With that said we stayed on all established roads! Very important to "Stay the Trail" !!