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

off road driving
3 days ago

Very easy trail, heavy foot traffic. A little bouncy, but good for any 4 wheel drive vehicle. We decided to hike to the upper lakes, and the views did not disappoint. This is a very good family outing!

off road driving
4 days ago

Been doing this trail for years. Rough and smooth riding at times. Continued to the Rockhouse via different trail. Take map, numerous trails intersect.

hiking
6 days ago

wasn't sure where Jones Pass started so we walked up where the cars were coming. I had my dogs off leash so we ended up taking Butch trail because we didn't know where Jones started and there were too many cars going up and down the road. it's nice and quiet. Please pick up your dog's poop before you ruin it for everyone.

off road driving
8 days ago

Nice trial! my first one..all ways easier on the way down..lol definitely a slow and bumpy trial! High clearance vehicle only.Lake was gorgeous well worth the trip. 2014 Xterra BFGTK 02 TIRES

off road driving
8 days ago

Fun trail that had a great mix of flat dirt road and some intense rocky uphill climbs (I went counter clockwise). I am newer to trails, but I am guessing that if my 2000 4Runner (3” lift and 33’s) was stock, I’d have some potential dings/damage underneath from one to three spots.

off road driving
10 days ago

Great little trail, one of my favorites so far. I have a 2016 JK Rubicon with 3.5" lift and 35's. Quite an easy one with a couple fun challenges. I only saw a couple people on the trail all day. Leaves are changing and it was just a beautiful ride. Not very rocky at all. Didn't even air down.

Nice and shady but also not busy at all

off road driving
16 days ago

Super fun trail with some good obstacles but nothing crazy. Its a little tougher to run it the way it says here, but if you’re confident in your driving most stock vehicles with 4x4 and good clearance shouldn’t have any trouble. Otherwise just run it taking a right at the first fork. Most of the camping is on that side of the loop as well.
2018 tacoma off-road stock.

17 days ago

Oh my god was this underwhelming. A few dots are pretty but not something I would do again

off road driving
18 days ago

Great trail, good for beginning off road drivers.

Fun Drive, some tricky parts, aspens everywhere, beautiful views!

short easy trail for off roading. beautiful sites.

off road driving
19 days ago

This trail did not disappoint! The path to get there is pretty rocky but our '99 4Runner did it, no problem. I would not recommend this to any vehicle smaller than an suv (like a subaru crosstrek or anything).
Once you reach the lake, it's an incredible view with a couple paths to hike up.
I would definitely go again and would recommend 10/10 for a nice day trip.

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail with moderate/ steady incline. Definitely try to get there early as the jeeps and other 4x4 vehicles start to take over the road. Great views and a very pretty lake at the top. Even a few wildflowers left today!

off road driving
21 days ago

This use to be a nice trail to take beginners but over the last few years, so many ATVs go there its gotten very over crowed, then you got the ATVs that think this trail is a race track, we even watched, as one doing donuts rolled is new ATV lol.. 3 other groups watched as he rolled not one person helped,, they was being stupid, and it cost them....
I wished the Forest service would patrol this area before someone gets really hurt.

The hike in was really just a 4x4 road, if you don't have a raised vehicle you will be walking along the road. I have a Subaru Crosstrek and it did not make it past the first rut. The lake was gorgeous but there were quite a few people up there but if you hike to the upper lakes it's well worth it, I was the only one up there. Lost a star because I don't enjoy hiking along with vehicles, not super secluded.

Great quiet trail, lots of interesting rocks if you look closely. We saw a few campers off the road in little pull offs and a really sweet cabin in a clearing (remember: no trespassing). The dogs loved it, too

off road driving
23 days ago

Fun drive up a boulder strewn 2 track. Minus 1 star because its not exactly secluded. Lots of hikers and other drivers on a sunny August Saturday afternoon.

hiking
24 days ago

The hike: Great hiking once you get to the lake. We went up to Ohman lake and I highly recommend it. So much fun just exploring around

The drive: pretty bumpy road. The only tough spot is near the beginning and is quite the rut. Took me 3 tries to do it in my tacoma but after that it’s a pretty standard 4x4 road. Saw some people in a Ford Escape bottom out and almost didn’t make it. But! If you have the vehicle I recommend driving up there!

off road driving
24 days ago

Its a fun, no pressure drive. Beautiful views and a few camping spots. I got lost and ended up at a long dead end and had to go all the way back, so planning and paying attention are important to do the loop. Well worth a casual day, but not much of a challenge. Some of the trails are tight in the trees. Bigger trucks will get some scratching. Big lifted trucks wont get through some places but theres plenty other ways to go.

I was a little disappointed in this trail. the rating of "moderate" is not very accurate. I completed the entire loop and didnt even have to use 4 wheel drive. I would consider this trail to be very easy.. so easy that Im positive that a Subaru sedan could easily navigate the entire loop without issues. This trail is perfect for a "mall crawler" wrangler.. just enough dust to get the tires dirty and the trail is wide enough to not to put a scratch on your fenders. If you are looking for a challenge I would consider a completely different trail system. With that being said I would recommend this trail to anyone who is driving a stock truck or SUV and wants to drive over a few rocks. There are a few gorgeous views with several camping spots along the loop if youre looking to stay the night.

Jeep Wrangler TJ
4" Lift on 33s

off road driving
25 days ago

This was our first real 4 wheeling experience! Moderate seems like an accurate description. It was a busy trail.

off road driving
26 days ago

We ran this trail 8/24/18. This trail is just a rocky road winding through the trees. It is poorly marked and you can quickly find yourself over your head if your not careful. A few nice scenic spots but mostly no view . 2008 FJ cruiser with a 2 inch lift and 33 “ tires with a full skid plate system. You’ll need all of that and more venturing off the main route.

Incredible views - trail is easy to moderate (a few challenging parts, mostly straightforward). My only complaint is how crowded this gets. we went up mid-day on a Thursday and still saw hikers, dogs and other vehicles.

definitely a must-do for Colorado off-roading, but be ready for a crowd, plus it is too short, which is why I give it a 3.


2013 Wrangler sport, aev lift,

off road driving
30 days ago

Went up on a Tuesday evening. Not too difficult of a trail. My 1999 4Runner made it up no problem! Beautiful views at the top and only a few other people.

off road driving
1 month ago

Thought it was a great trail and my '15 Tacoma TRD Sport DCLB w/ 3" lift and Cooper Disc STT Pros felt right at home. Couple sections seemed technical, but was able to do them with no problems. Had plans to disconnect sway bar, but ended up leaving it on.....Thanks to B Roll Offroad for his youtube videos which helped greatly since I am not from the area. We camped right at Columbine and went on a Friday... The campground filled up on the weekend and we opted not to do Yankee Hill again because of the traffic of UTVs, dirt bikes, etc..... Great trail with great views, would def do again....

off road driving
1 month ago

I did this in a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Willy’s unlimited and had no issues. Beautiful at the top and there were also a lot of people up at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a 4wd road that climbs from Henderson Mine to Jones Pass. So that makes it a great beginner hike. No challenges for route finding or footing or terrain. Vehicle traffic is light enough to be a non-issue. And dogs can be off-leash, which was a nice change.

About half of the ascent is above tree line, so you do need to be equipped with appropriate clothes at ANY time of year.

Fantastic views and doable by anyone with enough baseline fitness to walk a steady uphill for 3.5 miles. I’m a fan; I’ll be back.

off road driving
1 month ago

This is a truly fun trail. Probably my favorite one so far. The views are incredible, the scenery is phenomenal, and you could spend all day picking different routes in the area.

Took my 4Runner here. The views were incredible when your reach the main landing spot. It’s almost like a playground up top because there are plenty of trails from easy to difficult centrally located around this area. Plus it’s one of the closest trails to Denver that I’ve seen

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