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Slaughterhouse Gulch OHV Trail is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bailey, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.2 mi Elevation gain 1,984 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Camping Nature trips Bird watching Ohv / off road driving Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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Please note this trail is not for pedestrians. Please do not attempt to run, hike, or walk on this trail. It is only meant for vehicle use. A fun hard-core loop close to Denver. Most of trail is in the trees and not very scenic. Great route for winter snow runs. (Mud bogs east of Waypoint 05 are permanently closed. Plans call for east end of F.S. 101 to open after reclamation of bogs is complete.) High Point 9,500 ft. Best time to go: June thru October. Located in Pike National Forest. For current conditions call Platte Ranger District (303) 275-5610. Difficult. Narrow, tippy and rutted with washouts, small rock obstacles, tree roots and steep sections. Not overwhelmingly difficult for a well equipped, hard-core vehicle, but enough challenge to make it interesting. Roof damage possible due to tippy section through tight trees. (Trail conditions may be easier after maintenance.) Watch for horseback riders and hikers should they venture onto this trail.

For current conditions call Platte Ranger District (303) 275-5610.

Stay on the trail at all times and watch for hikers and horseback riders. More challenging when wet. Trail conditions can change without notice. Best time to go: June thru October. Located in Pike National Forest. For current conditions call Platte Ranger District (303) 275-5610.

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Sameer Surampalli
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Off Road DrivingGreat!IcySnow

I live nearby, I love this trail. We went two days after it snowed about 6 inches. There were a few people who clearly made it through, but I also found where people noped the fuck out. I had to drop into 4Lo more than I wanted, but that's okay, that's what it's for. I was the first one through several sections, no real issues. Right now, you need 4Lo. V8 4Runner, 285s, 3" lift, long travel suspension. It's supposed to snow tonight too, so be careful if you traverse without at least 33s and a lift. Not stock friendly rn.

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Skip H
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Easy. Y’all damn stop crying. 1996 Two Door xj 4.5 Short Arm, hp30 and an Aussie locker. 8.8 31 spline with discs and a locker. Rocksliders, winch, 35", 4:10s but i need 5:38s.

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Zak Solis
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Off Road DrivingSnow

Seems like it would be a 3/10 difficulty without snow. The snow brought it up to a maybe 6.5/10 counterclockwise. probably wouldn't attempt clockwise without a side-by-side or something you could really let rip on the ~1 foot off-camber snow drifts you'd have to climb. Tires and momentum are key. Careful for fishtailing descending the first half of the loop. FJ Cruiser 2" Lift 33" AT

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Joshua Scharfenberg
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Scenic driving

First time taking the loop. Beautiful views and a lot of fun! We will be back!

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Aaron Becquer
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Off Road Driving

Fun trail. Completed counter clockwise in a 2017 stock Colorado z71 with 31s. One spot that I considered challenging. Went early and trail was empty and approachable. On exit, saw a ton of vehicles (20 plus) heading in around 11 on a weekend

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Diddo Thomas
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Off Road DrivingGreat!

Not sure how this is rated as hard. I did the loop in a stock dodge Dakota. Fun trail though.

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Salvatore Raschilla
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Off Road Driving
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John Hand
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Off Road Driving
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Dennis Arnold
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Off Road Driving

So much fun was had here! Completed this trail alone in a stock ‘19 SR5p (only mod is the BFG K02s). I’ll definitely be back with friends and camping gear!

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Sarah Wall
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Rock climbingGreat!

it was our first run in our JK. loved it. 2 1/2 inch lift with 35s. It was a lot of fun. rocky in parts. challenging for sure. pretty heavily trafficked but everyone was more then friendly.

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Ross Ryan
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Off Road DrivingGreat!

Love this trail! It’s not as difficult as you think. Took my JL with 10” of clearance. Super moderate with a couple technical parts. Just pick good lines. A lot of obstacles have a bypass too. Go counterclock wise for sure

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Robert Edmondson
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Off Road DrivingGreat!

ran this trail today 9/20/2020 in my 2001 Cherokee XJ on 35s. I definitely would not consider this a hard trail. Did every obstacle with ease.

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Nick Harper
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Off Road DrivingGreat!Rocky

Great trail! Not too hard except for 2-3 spots, which I’d recommend being equipped for. Was open, but no shooting or fires as of 9/12/20

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David Fitt
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Hiking

Fun trail. I didn’t air down but should have. Wasn’t too challenging but can’t imagine doing this in stock anything. Views are worth about a 2.5.

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Richard Ellis
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Hiking
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Jose Camacho
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Off Road DrivingGreat!

Had a blast. Took the fam. Aired down to 20 psi. On 37in tiers with a 3 in lift rubicon.

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Taylor Lhuillier
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Off Road DrivingGreat!Rocky

Awesome trail. Had my ‘21 TurboS4 out here yesterday and we had a ton of fun. Great views too!

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Ken Other
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Off Road Driving

Nice 4x4 trail. Technical only in a few areas . High clearance vehicles required.

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John Henry
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Hiking

Snazzy

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Cheyenne Martinez
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Off Road DrivingRocky

This was my first off roading trail and I had a blast. Stock Tacoma did great Aired down a bit. Definitely some challenging parts but nothing the stock Tacoma couldn’t do!

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P Di
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Off Road Driving

This was my second time running Slaughterhouse gulch. Easy trail in my opinion, due to the bypasses on most obstacles. No trouble at all with a 2020 ZR2, i did engage my rear lockers twice. Caution playing in the mud puddles. A Honda pilot drown/hydro-locked in the big one by the trailhead after several days of rain.

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Stephanie Stasa-Kimmen
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Off Road DrivingMuddy

Fun trail, even more fun when it’s wet and muddy! 33” tires 4” lift 06 Wrangler.

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Mckenna Crumm
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Off Road DrivingRocky

I've completed this trail multiple times, in my opinion it's more of a moderate trail. Most obstacles have bypasses and I recommend doing the loop in reverse if you have less clearance on your vehicle. I've completed it in a stock Jeep Liberty and only bottomed-out a few times, but since having put a lift on it I have not had that issue! Great trail, and usually not too busy during the week but very busy on the weekends. There's many spots to go camping along the trail as well. But most importantly it's nearly impossible to get lost here, the trail is very distinctive

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JD Miller
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Off trail
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Kristi Rodda
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Off Road DrivingOff trailRockyScramble

This was incredible!!! First “hard” trail I’ve done from this app that actually has obstacles. So much fun!!!! Many places to stop for picnics or climbs. Never been on a more busy trail. Polaris buggies lapped us 4 times. ... granted we weren’t even trying to go quickly. We took our time. We hiked & climbed everywhere.... spent 7 hours just loving the whole experience!

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