Cascade Creek 4x4 Road

MODERATE 12 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
3103 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.

4 days 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
4 days ago

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

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

off road driving
2 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
3 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!

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4 months ago

off road driving
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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" !!