Red Elephant Hill to Empire Loop

MODERATE 26 reviews
#58 of 153 trails in

Red Elephant Hill to Empire Loop is a 11.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Empire, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,415 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

off road driving

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

private property

Although hikers and mountain bikers may use this route, it is mostly an off-road driving route. The loop eventually reaches the Empire Hilton Cabin. This route is only for 4WD vehicles with high ground clearance. Red Elephant Hill is narrow, steep and tippy in places. Empire Loop is rocky. Users have reported that the beginning of this route is on a dirt road that passes through private property.

40 minutes ago

It was a good trail up until I got to a technical point that I wasn’t going to attempt for fear of damaging my 2017 Tacoma. I have a 2” lift and the trail seemed to be washed out more than usual. If I wasn’t alone or if had a winch I would’ve attempted it. I will be coming back later when I am more equipped to tackle the obstacles.

off road driving
22 days ago

Unfortunately I didn’t find the access point to this trail. I was in the exact spot the map shows here above in the bio and I followed it. It looked like private property and it turned out to be private property. I’m giving it 1 star because the GPS/directions need to be updated. Looked like a run trail to hit too, darn it.

1 month ago

completed 08.11.18, all gates open and water crossings down to a few inches.

If you are looking for a challenge you will find it! narrow, long, steep and full of obstacles. I ended up with some new scars on my skid plates but with my ego intact. signed the guest book at the empire Hilton. -remember as you go up that you have to hit all the same stuff coming back down!

'13 Wrangler sport, 3.5-inch AEV kit, 35's aired down to 11, novice driver.

hiking
2 months ago

Ran this trail, the 20-30% grade in places, along with frequent giant holes created by 4x4 spinning tires made this route very challenging but fun.

hiking
3 months ago

This wasn’t even a hiking trail. It was an off-roading trail with an intense ascent and even worse decent. Loose rocks, litter, people drinking and shooting guns. Not worth it, don’t waste your time.

off road driving
4 months ago

Fun trail, but as of this date (5/12/18) it becomes unpassible at about 3 - 3 1/2 miles in because of deep heavy snow. Had to turn around.

6 months ago

This trail has no access.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Great trail, it's become more difficult thru the season this year. . the trees are changing color now so I'd suggest getting up there soon for best viewing.

off road driving
Sunday, August 13, 2017

I did this trail in a stock 2 door JK Rubicon. It required good line choice in 1-2 spots, otherwise I'd consider this an easy trail.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Don't hike this. it is an off roading trail. I am an idiot and thought it was a hike. The initial incline was pretty brutal, and the decent was terrible. 0/5 without a jeep.

off road driving
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great trail, we did this in a 2 door jk with 3.5" lift and 35s and I would definetly recommend using a lifted rig on this trail.

off road driving
Friday, June 23, 2017

me and my brother did this in a stock tj. I would not recommend this if ur just starting out. it took us a while to get up in the stock tj. other than that it's a good trail it will test ur ability

off road driving
Friday, June 23, 2017

A stock Nissan Xterra will not make it. Not speaking from an experience that happened 3 hours ago. A friend told me that... you wouldn't know him... he goes to a different school...

off road driving
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Red Elephant Hill is one entrance into the "Empire" 4x4 trail system. This entrance is quite tricky and can cause you some serious vehicle damage if you are a novice or you try it with a stock vehicle. I waited until I modified my Rubicon with 3.5 inch lift and 35' tires. There are a few "tippy" spots through the rocks but once past that you will be fine. The Empire entrance is my choice and it has more sub trails right as you go in. There is Bill Moore Lake and several other runs you can take that include a few nice water crossings as well. I love this place for aspen viewing in the fall. This is a "must do" trip if you love off-roading!!

off road driving
20 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
3 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

off road driving
Thursday, July 27, 2017

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

off road driving
Monday, June 05, 2017

hiking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, January 08, 2013