Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Almont with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

If anyone is headed Up Iron Chest Rd, please be on the lookout for a dog that was involved in a Jeep accident (fatality about 3 miles up) this week. He is a young golden doodle named Bentley. He jumped out as the Jeep rolled down 600 ft. The family lives out of state and need help locating him. Please don’t chase him, or whistle etc. Let him come to you . Offer food etc..
Call Teema w any sightings. 316 304 1055. If the general Store is familiar w the story.. There is a reward... I will take the post down when found. Thank You!!!

off road driving
10 days ago

Did this in a stock 16 4runner trail. Stock Dunlop tires aired down to 25psi. Was pretty easy no real concerns. Hardest part was coming down the tin cup side of the pass gets really rocky. Also sometimes you have to wait for a cow to cross the road.

off road driving
16 days ago

Easy beginner trail with great views from the pass. We rented a jeep from BV Jeeps in Buena Vista, grabbed some sandwiches in town and set off from the St Elmo side. We also did a short trail to Mary Murphy Mine nearby. A great day.

as of 6/6/18 snow is still blocking trail at summit. easy trail with lots of good camping spots along the way.

off road driving
2 months ago

We drove up to Tincup Pass from the Tincup/Taylor Reservoir side. You could get up to Mirror Lake in a car with some clearance (Subaru), but beyond that I was glad to have 4 wheel drive and solid clearance. Most stock 4x4s with low range should be okay, with some careful tire placement. If you haven’t been “4 wheeling” I could imagine thinking it is pretty sketchy. We drive a lifted Toyota Landcruiser on 33” tires and had no issues. It’s rocky and bumpy and a bit steep at times. As expressed by many others, the views are great!

This is one of my favorites! We have taken our ATV’s over a dozen times. We stage just outside of St. Elmo and sometimes go to the top and come back, or go an entire loop. We take our time and enjoy the scenery. The entire loop takes us about 8 hours.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Nice mountain road with views. Have done this a number of times when in the area. Did in a passenger car. Been a few years so don't know road condition now

As of Cinco De Mayo 2018, the trail is still closed due to snow- for up to date information, you can send message via Facebook; look up St Elmo General Store.

Just stunning. Road has always been in pretty good shape for me

off road driving
10 months ago

trail is easy, maybe (2) S-M obstacles, but bumpy. since its a pass, obviously the views are amazing. if you'd like to see a video of the pass i have one here, but the second half is half of coney flats trail:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHuTfvpeSBU&index=4&list=UUOwWBeGU3w1bW52fFA_O6BQ

07 ranger manual
33"
13psi
bilsteins
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
10 months ago

trail is easy, maybe (2) S-M obstacles, but bumpy. since its a pass, obviously the views are amazing. if you'd like to see a video of the pass i have one here, but the second half is half of coney flats trail:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHuTfvpeSBU&index=4&list=UUOwWBeGU3w1bW52fFA_O6BQ

07 ranger manual
33"
13psi
bilsteins
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

First of all: this is an EASY trail. The dude who wrote that you need lockers and off road tires has probably never driven on trail before. We went from Tincup to St Elmo which is the “harder” route. We did this in 2wd the entire way. We have a 3.5” lift on 35s with 1200 lbs of extra gear on our rack since we are an overlanding rig. There was one section with some water runoff which was slick, but I never had to put it in 4wd. There was a bone stock F150 on street tires that followed us up. He needed 4wd because of his tires and wheel base, but seriously.... a stock f150 did it. The shelf road is a 400 meter section on the St Elmo side which at its most narrow point still left me with 2’ of space on either side. Not narrow at all.

The trail is VERY bumpy, so just go slow.. other than that, I’d let my mom drive my jeep up this pass.

off road driving
11 months ago

Took St Elmo to Tincup last week. Very very scenic drive. Somewhat crowded with jeeps and UTVs. The road is pretty rough from the beginning and it is slow going. Most of the trail is pretty easy but there are large rocks to watch out for. There are also a couple of alternate routes that would make for more difficulty and excitement. I was in a 2014 tundra and made ever obstacle without trouble. I wouldn't rate this trail as moderate. Anything 4x4 with a semi decent driver should make it just fine.

off road driving
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

This pass was amazing. I had a hard time gauging whether or not this would be a good novice trail. Going up from St. Elmo in a stock 05 4runner it did excellent. I do have general grabber at2s on it. There were quite a few burms that clearance was concerning but it cleared fine. Had a couple rocks that I could have navigated more seamlessly. Scrapped once. Regardless I would have felt more comfortable with additional clearance. Drop offs don't mess around up top but the scenery is worth it!

Coming down into mirror lake the pass is more rough. This took my buddy getting out and spotting. We slowly decended into mirror lake. The drive took around 3 hours total, half of which we did at night.

Coming into the camp ground we had a snowy owl land on the trail, super special! Amazing to see. Stayed two nights at the campground. Clean outhouse and great sites.

The lake is amazing, clearest water I've seen in Colorado, literally can see the fish. Let's keep it that way

off road driving
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Went from St Elmo to Tincup. Spend a little time in St. Elmo and look around, they have a general store, antique store, small hotel and cabin. The trail starts at heading north out of St Elmo, a left over a bridge. Definitely, air down your tires as this is a very bumpy ride over rocks. Lots places to camp with gorgeous views. The road is wide enough to be fairly easy to pass oncoming traffic. About six miles in the trail will come out to high plains and you will see the switchback road that leads to the summit, the trail narrows a bit here so keep your eye out for oncoming traffic.....but there are still plenty of areas to pass by.

You reach the summit with plenty of area for parking. Tincup pass is located on the continental divide.....take some pictures at the sign! After leaving Tincup pass the trail becomes even more rocky and is moderate trail, a spotter is suggested for a few areas. In our opinion this is the hardest part of the trail. The trail winds down to Mirror lake. Mirror lake is one of the top 10 rated lakes in Colorado.....plan to have a picnic and enjoy the lake for awhile. There is Mirror Lake campground with bathrooms on site. We unfortunately found there to be hungry mosquitoes all through this area...wish we had known! We saw many fishing and all stated they were having a great day fishing and catching many on the north side. We were told that the trail from Mirror Lake to Tincup was treacherous and rocky but we found that the state of Colorado leveled out this road and it is now easy typical dirt road.

Tincup has a general store and a restaurant.....we found it to be very busy for a ghost town, definitely busier than St. Elmo.

Ps- Eight miles north out of Tincup is gas station by Taylor lake to air up your tires.

Happy trails!

off road driving
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Very beautiful, saw a bull moose, Mirror Lake is absolutely gorgeous.

Friday, June 30, 2017

loved it has a child

backpacking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hiked it June 20th. Trail was lost at the tree line in snow. Turned back to an Aspen grove that was flat and had a fire pit ready to go with a good source of water. Wish the trail was marked better, but is was peaceful and no one in site. Took 6 hours to hike in but 2 hours to hike out. Down hill is easier on the old guys.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Very pleasant trail that runs along a creek through the forest. Requires a few mild stream crossings. Going the second week of May was a bit early, as snow still blocked the trail after the second mile.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hiking, peaceful beautiful
Trail

off road driving
Monday, September 19, 2016

Went up during the changing of the seasons. Very busy! Beautiful going to the pass. Gets a little bumpy on the way to mirror lake. Lots of atv activity. Well worth it!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Beautiful trail from St Elmo up to pass. Saw moose in meadows along the road. After pass the path ceases to be a road but a rocky area with no defined borders. Crazy! Then road reappears and nice trip into lake and finally Tincup. Portions not for the faint of heart!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It was steep. Very pretty scenery

off road driving
Friday, July 17, 2015

Jeeped the trail in 2009. Rough riding but the pass was beautiful. Did a three mile hike up one side of the pass. Full of rocks and boulders. Played like a kid.

off road driving
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Great trail on a Polaris RZR 900 XP. Beautiful views and fun times. My 14 year old daughter drove all the way. Easy peasy.

camping
Sunday, March 17, 2013

Little used Fossil Ridge Wilderness is a gem. Summerville Trail provides access to a large overnight backpacking loop. Combined with significant bushwhacking, an epic hike. While Summerville Trail is not too difficult to hike, the entire loop requires some toughness.

Camped near the Crystal and Henry Lakes. Holiday weekend but we saw only a few people in the distance until we got closer to the TH - very typical.

Beautiful views once above treeline. No photos taken on this trip.

Ed

off road driving
Friday, July 13, 2012

Fun trail mostly easy with some moderate sections. Views at the top are amazing. I've taken a Dodge Dakota and this year a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited stock over this pass. Lots of trails and camping on the St. Elmo side as well.

scenic driving
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I drove my 4WD Ford F-150 up this road on a beautiful summer day in June. The road was much better than I anticipated. If the weather hadn't have been so perfect I would not have taken this road as bad weather could easily turn this road difficult in a hurry. After reaching the pass, I hiked up to the top of the mountain directly to the east (13,230') and got some amazing views. Well worth the trip!

off road driving
Monday, April 23, 2012

Awesome ATV trail. I recommend NOT taking a regular passenger 4WD or AWD up here and definitely not a regular passenger vehicle. I only say this as I have seen people and get into trouble. I just shake my head. If you don't own one, rent an ATV or modified Jeep. I've done it couple of times so I won't mark the activity date.

off road driving
Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Great drive, very scenic, either Tin Cup or St. Elmo are destinations in themselves. I drove from Tin Cup to St. Elmo. Road not bad for 4WD, slow going because of rock.

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