Explore the most popular camping trails near Jefferson 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
25 days ago

Awesome drive and views!

2 months ago

My first time going and we had a blast. I gave a 99xj 6.5” long arm with 4:88 on 35,s and went through this trail like nothing to it. I went during the summer and it was nice. Few other trucks wheeling. I will go back. Can’t wait for snow! I give 5 starts cuz my entire family had fun driven.

off road driving
4 months ago

It was an awesome run! Once we got to the top, the sleet started coming in, but the scenery was beautiful. It was disappointing to not see an American flag waving, at the top. So, if anyone makes this run, please take a flag to the top with you.

Completed this trail going clockwise from Lost Park Campground

Day 1: I took off down Wigam Trail 609 and split south to follow lost creek. Starts out as grasslands with marshes around until you first see the creek. All around the creek is a beautiful old growth pine forest. Magical campsites were all over the place here!

It was easy going until around mile 4 where the canyon narrows and boulders fill the creek bed. Lots of scrambling and climbing was required here. The trail was difficult to follow at points simply because there was nothing to do besides sig-zag down the creek by hoping across boulders.

I lost the trail at mile 6 where it turns 90 degrees up a very steep hill to go around the canyon. There is a trail that goes around some huge boulders that cover the entire creekbed. I mistakenly followed this instead instead of up and out. This adventure unknowingly off trail led to a beautiful little campsite right next to the creek where I stopped for the night. No need to worry about losing the trail until the end since it's marked by cairns throughout


Day 2: I had to backtrack and find the trail again. Following Muccurdy trail uphill across many switchbacks was extremely tiring and everyone I passed on the trail was going the other direction. This section of trail is mostly aspen and young pine. Huffing and puffing as a lowlander not used to the altitude I made it up to the creek again, where old growth pine & large aspens created groves intermixing with the marshy brambles not far off. Plenty of great campsites along the creek just before the junction onto Brookside Mccurdy trail.


Day 3: The Brookside Mccurdy trail felt the same as the day before but with more aspens and a much better view of the canyon I had climbed out of. Sunrise here was beautiful

Cresting Mccurdy mountain there was a sudden change to an alpine biome with spectacular views south and west! The rest of the trail west to Bison mountain was a series of ridge-lines with interment marshes in the gulch. Easy going compared to the uphill switchbacks on day two, and much more wildlife! I surprised a herd of dear 25ft away, and ran into a huge moose on the trail

After reaching the Bison Mountain peak, a series of very gravely switchbacks began on the way down. It begins to follow the creek through the marshes keeping to the edge of a pine forest with dead logs all over the place. The marshes are beautiful with a few good campsites around in the trees that overlook the entire area. This section of trail was easy going

I recommend a hiking pole/stick for the lost creek bouldering, and also for the gravely switchbacks where I nearly slipped a few times even with a stick.

As one reviewer pointed out, the downhill section is very steep around mile 4-6. Having a 60L pack made it difficult at points, but I would still go clockwise if I did it again as my knees are still young and can take the load. Going uphill would have taken me twice as long along this section... if you are worried about this steep downhill the rest of the trail is probably easier going counter clockwise!

All my pictures are from the southbound lost creek trail canyon, miles 4-6

off road driving
5 months ago

This has been my brother and I's rookie year with the off road trails, we wanted to cap off our summer with a tough trail.

Redcone is an awesome trail and tough in spots about a half a mile in or so there is a large boulder the ruts are getting pretty deep, this to me was the most difficult obstacle. great views at the top, jeeps and short wheel base vehicles shouldn't have any problems.

also came down the switchbacks on Webster pass had about 6" of clearance to the edge of trail in the dodge.

As for us:
I'm in a 2004 chevy silverado 1500 crewcab 6" lift on 35's no lockers
my brother 2015 dodge ram 1500 crewcab 6" lift on 33's no lockers

off road driving
5 months ago

I am in a stock suspension 2016 JK Rubicon. I have full skids, stock tires. The first real obstacle was a little difficult, but we made it through without help. We stayed to the left at the high rock garden, it was a little difficult, but again we made it. The final descent has a couple holes in it.

Go very slow, use your low range and engine brake, be in good mechanical shape. From what I've heard, someone lost power on the final descent and was stopped my some luck and some metal sign poles on Webster pass. This is not the kind of place you want to take that chance.

It is an awesome trail, but it demands caution.

6 months ago

great trail. I bit bumpy lol, they are called the Rocky Mountains for a reason. The ledge on Webster is not for the faint at heart.

I was on a different loop, but started on this trail around mile 6 on this map. It was so steep at one part that we had to turn around. We had backpacking backpacks so it was also harder to go downhill at such a steep gradient. Would also note that there is a lot of bouldering and the river is hidden under the boulders at that point (mile 7 or so).

backpacking
7 months ago

We made it to the 3.75 mile mark and ran out of water. We only crossed 2 streams and both were dry. There was not a stream that ran alongside the trail. On the positive note the views incredible and it was very lightly trafficked.

trail running
7 months ago

Did trail run from Kenosha pass to the high ridge line about 1 mi before Georgia Pass. Great views of the peaks above Breckenridge. This is an excellent stretch for trail running - low traffic on this Sunday and nice steady elevation gain up to Georgia Pass. A little snow on trail above 11k but nothing to slow you down much.

backpacking
8 months ago

This was a beautiful trail. We did it in two days, but it could easily be stretched to three. The views were fantastic, especially once you get into the alpine parts of the hike. There's a stream that can serves as a water source that stays close to the trail for the first six miles or so. A lot of the last stretch up the mountain is exposed, so expect it to be bright and windy.

off road driving
Saturday, September 02, 2017

The ascent up to Red Cone from 285 was very tricky at times with a few spots of mud and big rocks but most of it is just mild rocky fun.
Red Cone itself is a beast all it's own. The views for the top are absolutely stunning. There are several good spots to stop and get out and just enjoy the views. So the off roading: the ascent is a rocky bouncy affair and the descent is like the initial drop on a rollercoaster. The perfect combination of insanely fun and terrifying! An off reading experience that everyone needs to experience.
Instead of looping back down Webster we went north to Montezuma so we could have lunch in Dillon.
Great trail.

1999 Jeep TJ 3" lift 33x12.5's 4.0L 5 Speed. Never scraped but was really happy to have the added clearance and short wheelbase.

Edit: Red Cone again this weekend, this time taking Webster Pass south back to 285 to make a loop. Descent south down from Webster is easy stuff but it is tight. A few spots had a bit of wash out and at times my driver's side tires were about a foot from the edge. Not a big deal for me but could be an issue for wider vehicles. Drive back down Webster south to 285 is beautiful.

off road driving
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fun trail, no problems in a JK Unlimited. Great views.

off road driving
Monday, July 31, 2017

The trail definitely requires clearance. There were several areas I saw a stock JK struggling with. I have a lifted XJ (32" tires, 3.5" lift and open diffs) and did fine.
If you're afraid of heights, Red Cone will own you on the descent. I basically had an anxiety attack getting through the last jaunt.

Great hike 1 hour or so from denver. No one else on the trail and no bikers in the wilderness.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Great trail! Can get technical

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Red cone is definitely harder than Webster, not sure what this other guy is talking about. Red cone is fairly steep rocky and only one direction. You will need 4wd. You may not on Webster pass

Monday, July 21, 2014

Over the years I have heard so many tales about "The Feared Red Cone Pass". The views are nice and there are a few nice camping spots along the creek areas but from an Off-Road stand point this pass is a joke. The sign at the entrance reads: "Experienced off road drivers only!!" and this can be explained by the fact that Mile Hi Jeep Club maintains the trail. On a scale of 1-10 and 10 being the most difficult this trail rates as a 1 in my book. Amateur drivers with a basic stock jeep will have no problem navigating this place. Webster Pass is much harder that this trail could ever be and my 2 star rating is only because of the scenery. It is nice for the views but this is no 4x4 challenge.....

camping
Saturday, July 13, 2013

I went early May with my buddy and his dog. We entered on the southern side of Bison Peak and took the loop west and north. We didnt make it as far as we planned due to snow but it is a beautiful area with some swamp-like areas on the west side. The views from the below looking up towards Bison peak are awesome. I want to go back again mid/late summer to experience it without snow and to actually make it to Bison Peak. Snow at that time of year began around 9700 feet.

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