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.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful trail, good views, wildflowers and enjoyable.

ATTENTION DOG OWNERS: for the safety of your animals... if your dog is off leash and you run into a dog on a leash, please grab your dogs or call them over. If another dog is on a leash; they tend to feel restrained and threatened when another animal is approaching them and can become anxious or aggressive. There are plenty of beautiful spots there to take your pups off leash so they can run around, please be cognizant of surroundings.

off road driving
1 day ago

Tons of small trails in that area. Fairly easy to get though and it’s a ton of fun.

off road driving
1 day ago

Super fun wheeling. Some tough spots overall great trail for our 1993 Landcruiser . Kids played at Lake and on streams. Half way up we photographed a great stream with wildflowers. will be back on a clear day for sure had some cloud cover.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful area, the three lakes are amazing, definitely a good spot to keep in the rotation.

off road driving
3 days ago

Beautiful day. 95 degrees in Denver, was about 75 on Devils Canyon 4x4 Road. We did the full loop plus a couple of side trails. Lots of fun. Jeep Wrangler 4 Door with 4” lift and 35s made it very easy, But I haven’t been off-road driving in years, so still had a blast. Lots of fun. Beautiful views up top.

off road driving
7 days ago

Just came back from a road trip. I drove from south to north , 3 hours with few stops for breaks and photos. Amazing view! Pretty sure that driving from north to south could be more difficult, you will have two very steep hills. Didn't have any problems with my Bubba (Wrangler Sport, 2 doors, 35 tires, 2.5" lifted).

hiking
8 days ago

We hiked on 7/8 and it was beautiful! We parked on the street outside (no parking sign but once we finished there was 10 cars so just be respectful) 8 miles RT from the road to the upper lakes and back. Go to upper lakes! Trail is on the other side of the lake and goes straight up a little discrete. But you can see the 3 hidden lakes on the upper side of Loch Lomond.

The hike up the road is most definitely worth it. Once you hit Loch Lomond, I would suggest going to the right and finding the trail up to the three lakes above. Lake Oh Man is worth the effort and not too hard to get to.

off road driving
9 days ago

We came in from Mammoth gulch around 8 pm and came out at Hill top rd around 1am. Xj with 33’s and 4.5 inch long arm lift.
7/7/18

Not very interesting or very fun.

They aren't opening this up to vehicles until July 15th according to a little birdie. I hiked up it a couple weeks ago and still saw a few vehicles and a couple drifts. How did they get up there? Two weeks ago I went again on foot and most of the snow drifts are gone but it's been getting hit with rain.

My friends live close by. We take our jeep here all the time. A fun 4x4 trail

Tough and rocky on most of the road up, but about halfway there’s a trail that loops off into the forest and over creeks and offers some shade before getting to the summit. Nice to put our feet in the lake and have some lunch before going back down. Tons of gorgeous views.

camping
9 days ago

This was a difficult trail, definitely a 4WD required road. We camped 1/2 way in an open field with great views. Finished to the top the next day. Great views of St Marys and the whole range. Will return. I would avoid sections of Miners Gulch Road unless you have a large Jeep crawler.

off road driving
10 days ago

Great day. Snow is still blocking the peak, but you can climb over and hike some of the continental divide trail.

off road driving
10 days ago

Great view at the top!!!

Good trail for a second time out. It was closed about 4 miles before lake. We were told it is opened about July 15.

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
10 days ago

Followed another reviewers advise and went up the upper lakes. I don’t think I initially took the right trail up (found it one the way back down). It’s quick but steep up to the upper lakes but so worth it! Me and my labradoodle had a blast!

off road driving
13 days ago

Fantastic views near the top. Fun little day trip running all the spiderweb trails around. We did this all in a stock SR5 4Runner, not sure why it’s listed as “moderate”.

off road driving
13 days ago

It was a fun trail. It gets technical in areas and very rocky. Make sure you find spots to pass people, it can get very narrow. Overall it was fun, but a little more challenging than expected.

off road driving
14 days ago

Great trail for a stock Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Challenging enough to keep it fun, and breathtaking with it's beauty. The wildflowers were gorgeous, and the Columbines were in full bloom. I will need to go back to explore all the different trails!

Great trail a little challenging with a stock jku. Just pick your line. Had fun

off road driving
15 days ago

Awesome road, still snow at the top so can't go all the way up. Overall easy except for the hairpins where there is loose gravels.

hiking
16 days ago

Majority of trail is a 4X4 road, so get there early to avoid the vehicle crowd. Top gate is still closed, so vehicles aren’t the whole way to the lake yet. The trail crosses over the CDT, so you have the option to veer right off the roadway to summit James Peak. The trail to the upper lakes (Reynolds, Steuart, and Ohman) is a little less defined. A few places are muddy and the handful of stream crossings might warrant waterproof shoes. Just stay to the left of Loch Lomond and you can ascend to the left of the waterfall. I can’t emphasize enough that the upper lakes are where it’s at. You can also ascend the ridge by following the trail to the right of Loch Lomond. Either way, try to get up above the Loch to enjoy the view down on the lake. This is a big reward kind of view with relatively little effort. Came out to 7 miles round trip from the bottom road to Lake Ohman.

Great quick hike, especially with dogs. Minimal/ manageable elevation gain and beautiful lake /waterfall views at the top

on Loch Lomond Trail

hiking
17 days ago

We drove up, parked by the fence which will be opening this next week. We didn’t end up heading up until afternoon and it was still perfect for us! Water falls and what seemed like one beautiful view after another. There were a few people up there as we started on the trail, but once arrived, felt as though we were the only souls! I would definitely go back again!

Nice 4 wheel trail with lake at top . Pretty windy when I went

off road driving
21 days ago

Great spot to feel like you are getting away. Challenging spots in places for novices. Wish some of the side trails were marked as side trails somehow just to keep from getting turned around... Fun dun trail

off road driving
23 days ago

this is a good trail that's nearby to get your offroad fix, says its 6 miles but you can spend 2+hours driving around on different paths that loop back to the beginning if you take trail b. been here 2x only seen one other jeep.

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