Explore the most popular dog friendly 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
2 days ago

I started this trail from the Hwy 285 side at the beginning of March. I did not do this whole trail because unfortunately I got stuck and had to have help out. I have not been on this trail in the summer but with snow on the ground I would highly advise you consider what your vehicle is capable of and that you do not attempt it alone. With all that said I did about a 3 mile portion of the trail and loved it right up until I got stuck haha.

For reference I was in a stock Jeep JKU Rubicon Recon. Happy Wheeling!

off road driving
8 days ago

Had a great time going through it in a ram 1500 3 inch level kit and all terrain tires a bit challenging going down steep drops being wide also during sunset got dark quick but made it no problem took about 1:45 to complete trail.

12 days 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.

off road driving
16 days ago

Easy little trail to the top and back down. The scenery was okay, nothing spectacular for Colorado. Driving in the wooded areas was very nice.

hiking
20 days ago

Easy hike yesterday. I went an extra mile so ended up walking 8 miles total. Beautifully peaceful and serene given a Saturday. Can’t beat the views. First couple miles are shaded but then full sun exposure. Not as many mtn bikers as on Seg. 3 of Colorado Trail, thankfully. Horseflies mildly annoying but again, worse on Seg. 3. Bet this is spectacular in Sept. I’ll return for the colors.

hiking
26 days ago

A popular place in the fall time to see the leaves changing. It's just as beautiful in the summer time with everything so lush & green & wildflowers blooming everywhere along the trail! Walking thru the aspen grove is magical!

off road driving
1 month ago

3 stars only because we didn't get to the top, or down the other side. We headed towards the pass from the Breck side and got within a half mile or so, and the road was still snow bound in places. It appeared like some went further than us, but I wasn't about to. Towards the top this road is only one lane for the most part too, and that is always sketchy when meeting someone coming the other way. It was bad enough backing up where I was to get turned around. The north side, which we were on, is really rocky the further you went. It does get steep too, the closer you get to the pass. I was in 4 high up until I turned around. I may try the south approach and see if I can get up. Was glad to be down and off that rocky road though, just didn't think it would be back the way we came!! Too early yet for my truck.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike to see the changes colors of the aspen. The trail head gets very crowded so the earlier the better. We arrived around 8:30am on a Sunday and the place was already packed with cars using the side of the road for parking spots. Still, we didn't have too much trouble finding a place to park. The trail begins right off the road, make sure not to follow crowds into campground on the opposite side, you'll just have to turn around. The trail begins through beautiful pine forest but the best is yet to come. A couple miles in, the trail emerges from the woods and reveals an expansive view of the plains to the south and the mountain range farther to the west. Beautiful golden yellows and bright oranges paint the sides of mountains around you. You can keep going on as the trail descends, but once the trail enters the forest again, there are no more high points. The trails does meander its way down through a dense aspen growth but most of the leaves on these trees had already fallen, and you find yourself about the skeletons of trunks and branches with the occasional yellow leaf in its final days of grasping to the tree. We turned around here but the trail goes on for a long ways as this is part of the Colorado trail. We didn't go all the way to where the trail end is marked on the Alltrails map and the out and back took us about 5 hours.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful day for a beautiful hike Trail was not too difficult but you can stay on it and go quite a ways more than just 7 miles total I did 11 round trip

off road driving
9 months ago

Came from the Jefferson side. Easy for JKU Rubicon on 37’s. Was snowing at the higher elevations. Got bad directions from another trail on here coming from Boreas Pass. There was no mention of turning on 54 from 35. Was even easy with a little snow and mud.

hiking
9 months ago

really easy hike due to not much elevation change. we did it Oct 1st to view the aspens and it didn't disappoint. went about a mile past the "end" of the hike because it was easy and beautiful. we got there at 8 and it was already kind of crowded. when we finished around 1130, we were blown away by how many people were there. parking lot jammed and cars lining the street for a half mile both ways.

hiking
9 months ago

You start to get stunning views about 2 miles in when you head out of the forest and start to descend. I went yesterday (Sept. 30) and a lot of the leaves have already fallen, but there are still a lot changing yellow and orange and some are even green still on hills further away. The snow-capped peaks and valley in the distance are beautiful especially when you hike down to the bottom of the mountain. I recommend starting early on the weekends. Not too many people around 8:30 am, but super busy on our way out around noon.

Beautiful aspens as well as views of the (starting to be) snow capped mountains. Easy, populated trail with many great places for views

hiking
9 months ago

This is an easy out and back trail, so you can make it as long as you want. Beautiful views of the Aspens changing colors (went on September 23rd). There are a couple clearings 1-2 miles in that make for stunning views. Great hike to take out-of-towners on as it has such great views and is an easy hike!

off road driving
9 months ago

Stunning fall colors!

hiking
9 months ago

The trail was clear and dry and there were stunning views of the mountains. I would consider this an easy trail. I was there September 21st and the yellow was popping but some aspens were still green, so I bet in a week or two the rest will be yellow and the orange will be popping through

trail running
9 months ago

Best time to run is late September! The leaves are stunning!

off road driving
9 months ago

Fall color foliage was decent today.

backpacking
9 months ago

Started hike on 9/18, still a bit early for the aspens on the trail but on the east side at dispersed camping grounds the Aspens were in full golden glory!

Hike today hoping for full Aspen colors but it still seems to be a bit early for this trail. There are most definitely pockets of Aspens in their full glory, but we are going to try again next weekend.

off road driving
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

went for a short hike here only went about an hour and a half into the trail but loved it. Great view fairly secluded and very smooth path.

fantastic views, loose rock in a few areas but relatively easy pass. suggest high profile vehicle for Pacific side!!

off road driving
11 months ago

Montezuma to Webster Pass July 15th 2017.
Beautiful drive with absolutely stunning scenery as you transition from forest to above tree line. Easy off roading with clearance only needed for a creek crossing (which was running close to 2ft deep when we went).
Webster was snowed in on south side so made it to the pass and then turned around and headed back down. The views from Webster pass are awesome.
Used 4wd for the switchbacks going up to Webster for a bit of traction on the corners and 4wd low coming down out of general laziness!

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorite places for a comfy hike! Such a great view, and the wildflowers are beautiful in the spring.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful aspen forests and wild flowers (early August 2017). Great views of South Park and surrounding mountain ranges throughout. It's a bit of a reverse hike; uphill coming back. The 7 mile distance is a little misleading; this is part of the Colorado Trail, and goes on further. There are some nice campsites at about 3 miles.

off road driving
11 months ago

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.

off road driving
11 months ago

Approached from Jefferson side. An official told me they were going to begin enforcing the "no ATVs on County Roads" laws, with $500 fines given to violators. Any one else encounter this?

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