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post #1 of 21 Old 08-22-2011, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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Best starter trail?

If you were going to take someone brand new to Off highway driving out for the first time, which trail would you take them on? For the sake of argument let's say they have a stock Grand Cherokee....

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post #2 of 21 Old 08-22-2011, 06:49 AM
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Rampart Range Road? Old Stage to Gold Camp, or Phantom Canyon out of Victor? Think those are pretty tame, the sections Ive been you could practically drive a car down them, albeit it will beat them up.
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What about Northern Colorado?
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If you want some very mild obstacles, I'd say Caribou Creek. If you just want a dirt path, Switzerland Trail or Jonas Pass. Pennsylvania Gulch would be a good spur off Switzerland for a good hill climb. Slaughterhouse Gultch is another good one.

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Dakan Road which has one end at Castle Rock and the other end on Rampart.
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If you just want a dirt path, Switzerland Trail or Jonas Pass. Pennsylvania Gulch would be a good spur off Switzerland for a good hill climb.
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This was a good one for me (Many years ago!!) and was very scenic.


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Switzerland Trail is a very good trail for beginners, great pick!
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Fun Treks

I am coming from northern Colorado, what is the best way to get to this trail? Switzerland Trail?

I looked at a few maps, is this a continuous road? Or does it dead end? I was hoping to may a loop

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Fun Treks

I am coming from northern Colorado, what is the best way to get to this trail? Switzerland Trail?

I looked at a few maps, is this a continuous road? Or does it dead end? I was hoping to may a loop

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come into Boulder, go up Canyon Road toward Nederland. Follow the directions from http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=20
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You could also try Bunce School Road: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=123

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post #12 of 21 Old 08-24-2011, 07:50 AM
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Argentine is another good one for a rookie, can get narrow at times but you can stop by a mine and check it out with stock anything, i think a Subaru can get up there even.
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ive done switzerland in my 2wd truck. althoug pennsylvania gulch is a nice spur, dont do it alone if their is snow caribou is an easy and fun trail but is extemely muddy so be careful if its after a rain
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I did Mosquito Pass (runs from Alma to Leadville) two weekends ago. Very doable in a stock vehicle and the most scenic trail I've ever traveled.

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post #15 of 21 Old 08-27-2011, 04:41 PM
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Weston pass is a very easy trail for beginners. Nice rocky sections (not to ruff just gets steep) on the highway 24 side clears up and open above timberline and the 285 side is good road. A car can do the 285 side.
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