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
24 days ago

Hiked 3/25 in hiking boots without spikes and the trail was manageable. Right as you’re ascending toward the lake at the very end of the hike, the snow gets about knee deep so you should try and stick to the packed sections. Overall, the hike is worth it with amazing views , just prepare to sink in snow in a few spots.

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked today Saturday 3/24. Mostly covered in snow, though did not use snowshoes. Used microspikes the first half going up but would have been OK without those as well. Top third was very dip and you'll sink down every once in a while but it's more or lass packed down at this point.

Great hike with great views. You can always find more breathtaking views in the Rockies, but you can't beat this one only an hour from Denver.

off road driving
28 days ago

Went up on 3/18/18 right before it snowed. Trail was a ton of fun. I have a stock 2017 Forester XT, only thing done so far is new AT tires (KO2s). I didn’t bottom at all. Some steep rocky spots. Car handled it no problem. Was snow on the trail and I got off the trail before a snow storm came. Later found out a bunch of vehicles had to be rescued. I’m posting a YouTube video of my ride up.

https://youtu.be/1dFoosRjOwE

off road driving
1 month ago

I have driven this "trail" several times in my 2017 E300.... That should give you a good idea of the challenge level with this trail. When I want to get from Central City to Idaho Springs it is my preferred method of travel. It is honestly just a dirt road and there weren't even ruts towards the end of 2017 when I drove it. It has some great views of the mountains, but that is really the biggest draw that I am aware of. I cannot speak to how well the road is maintained in the winter after snow as I have not driven it during those conditions.

off road driving
1 month ago

Terrible "trail". The only reasons anyone would say "oh my god" is due to he amount of ruts on this dirt road. There was no peak overlook or anything interesting. Old mining stuff was along the route but you could also just go down 70 and see much better stuff.

Do not recommend at all. Save yourself the time I wasted.

This trail has no access.

Went a few weekends in a row now. Weekend of 3/10 was dry with ice in the shade. No issues. Easy trail.
Weekend of 3/11: blizzard. 2ft or more of fresh snow while we were on the trail, large drifts towards the top. Lots of fun!
2011 Tacoma single cab 3.5” lift
18psi 285/75r16 mudstar radials
No lockers
No sway bars.
No issues with this trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

In the summer difficulty 3.5/10. Winter 7/10. Trail does not shut down, and there are enough trails that connect to keep you busy as long as you want. The back side drops down st. Mary’s glacier.

hiking
1 month ago

We completed this trail today. Snowshoes were not needed for the first two thirds of this trail, but were very helpful for the top third. That’s how my wife did it, I didn’t take my snowshoes and still did fine. A lot more snow than last weeks pics.

hiking
1 month ago

I hit the trail at about 9:30 am. Made it on the packed area...straight up to the lake...without traction assistance, but definitely needed my snowshoes to bound around up by the lake. I saw three people on the way up (all within the first half mile) and about ten—on their way up—in the last mile of the descent. :) Windy but great!

off road driving
1 month ago

I've hit this trail every week for the past month and it never gets old. Varying snow amounts make or break each trip and today was the day I'd been waiting for....THE SNOW IS MELTING. Tons of mud puddles to hit and there's no serious snow until you get up past the second shooting range clearing. Another wheeler was stuck on the path so that's as far as I got today. This trail is perfect for seeing what you're comfortable with. Plenty of modest alternative routes to the more intense lines and just enough sketchy to get the blood flowing. My stock '15 Wrangler does just fine on this trail. If you see a tank green 4 door on the trail, stop and say what's up!

off road driving
1 month ago

My ‘07 Grand Cherokee worked this trail just fine. Some steep rocky slopes were difficult to maneuver with the ice/snow, but after a couple tries I was able to get passed them.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up without snowshoes, just spikes, deep in spots, but was able to make it all the way up to the lake. Trail was pretty packed down.

Un lugar hermoso para disfrutar de la energía de las montañas

scenic driving
1 month ago

Fun and easy trail! More just like a dirt road and no guard rails. Did have some great views! I’d say just about any stock vehicle could make it through just fine. Just check the weather. It was very dry when I went today. A good trail for being just 40 or so minutes away from Denver

It was snowed out, only snowshoers and skiers were on it.

off road driving
1 month ago

I've drove off road on this trail with jk 2dr and a 2010 xterra, also stock, but with some larger ko2s. It's fun, just plan your line and go slow. At the peak make sure you turn right to go down or left as you make way up, or the road will get very narrow to a dead end, and you'll have a very tough and dangerous time getting out.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up to this trail this past Monday before the big snow hit and it was beautiful. The trail begins as a wide road and there was considerable accumulation of snow, although it was packed down pretty nicely and made for pleasant travel. The road continues past a few barriers to prevent motor traffic and then thins out. The snow makes the official trail difficult to find towards the top, but there is no danger of getting lost as the remainder is mostly above tree line, making the route to the lake obvious. I would recommend snowshoes for the final bit. It seems that the lake could just the start of some great exploration, but the snow at the top here fairly deep.

hiking
2 months ago

great hike. however definately bring snowshoes. Also saw a mountain lion on a trail so stay alert.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Beautiful hike!!! We did it last week, and snowshoes were definitely necessary for the last half, and it was windy at the top. But the snow was deep and so much fun to snowshoe though.
Also, if you go in the winter, It's hard to see the trail through the snow towards the top. Stay to the right of the wooden fence after the metal gate. We just followed GPS.

on Loch Lomond Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, if extremely windy, which made it a little miserable towards the top. Made it with yaktrax and regular hiking boots. Gorgeous views!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views! Made it fine with micro spikes on 1/27. Several places on the trail have been blown completely bare of snow. Very windy both times I’ve hiked this trail this winter.

camping
2 months ago

Rough Road getting to the top, but there was plenty of space for hiking and camping in a group!! Beautiful views, marmots on marmots, and great foliage!

hiking
3 months ago

I must say that hiking this trail in the snow proved to be very difficult, even with micro spikes. My wife and I made it all the way to the lake, but that was after a mile of knee deep snow. Needless to say, this hike is awesome. spectacular views and pretty rugged. I would like to hike it in the summer without the snow!

Beautiful hike. The parking would be more challenging if this hike was crowded. No crowds today. The snow is packed and the wind has blown it down to gravel in some sections. Once you get past the second gate you will need snowshoes. It is doable without snowshoes but prepare to post hole. Once you get to the clearing judt past the fence the trail seems to disappear. stay to your right and go up past the grove of trees. You will see the markers soon again. Follow tge markers to the lake.

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful road, well maintained, stick to the inside if heights scare you. Nice views.

hiking
3 months ago

Went up in the truck to 4 wheel it and gaste was closed. Decided to hike a little ways and if you break off the trail to the left as soon as you start you can hike along the stream with several small falls. Almost everything was froze over but still pretty.

3 months ago

Snowshoes were useful on the upper portion but one of us just had microspikes and was fine. Lovely scenery. A little windy but still great! Lost the trail briefly near the top but pretty obvious most of the way.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

A beautiful area, popular with snowmobilers, which limits the enjoyment for snowshoers like us, and the number of cross-country skiers we saw, but everyone was sharing the road on this busy Saturday.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was good for the most part. Packed trail, snow shoes not needed for first 2/3 of trail. After last gate. About 3/4 mile to 1 mike left to lake snowshoes are nice to have as packed trail goes away.

Windy and blown off top snow but still beautiful little trek!

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