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Unread 08-01-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Trails to run near Denver?

looks like sometime in the spring/summer of next year i am gonna be heading to the Denver area for about a week or so. Most likely in my stock-ish 98 ZJ. when i say stock-is, right now it has a BB and 31 AT tires. Hopefully, by the time i make it out there it will be on 4" or so lift and 33's. Open/open with disconnects.

Looking to spend at least one day of my vacation doing some scenic wheeling. Nothing overly difficult as i will be driving about 1000 miles from home for this and want to make it back in one piece, but i don't want something that provides no challenge at all either. any suggestions on what to run? i have alot of wheelin under my belt and have a pretty good feel for the ZJ's limit but i would say the KY terrain i am used to is a whole different animal that what is out there in Colorado.

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Unread 08-03-2012, 07:45 AM   #2
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Wow, there are sooo many options for a modified ZJ. You will be able to complete virtually any moderate trail in the state, and some of the 'red' trails if you really want to. There are plenty of fun trails near Denver, everything from the popular Lefthand Canyon area in Boulder to the myriad of trails near Idaho Springs, and plenty in between. Do you have an idea of what other places you'll be visiting while here?
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Unread 08-03-2012, 04:10 PM   #3
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not yet. wife and i decided we wanted to go west for our summer vacation next year and wanted to go to Colorado. I said i Refused to go out without either driving the Jeep to wheel, or taking my blazer out there to wheel, but no matter what we would be doing some offroading for it.

She went out there a few years ago to Denver and Boulder. we are just in the starting stages of planning it all right now. just want to get a good head start on planning it.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 04:42 PM   #5
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thanks, great link with tons of info. any in particular you would recommend?
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Unread 08-09-2012, 05:12 PM   #6
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You can't go wrong with any of the ones that are rated for senic views. Try Russel Gulch for easy senic wheeling thru a ghost town.
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Unread 08-09-2012, 07:57 PM   #8
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Russel gulch looks nice, would be cool to see the old ghost town but i saw it said on another site it is passable in 2wd. still gonna try to run it for the views, but i would like to find at least one trail to pose a challenge.
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Unread 08-10-2012, 10:46 AM   #9
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Maybe step it up to Middle St. Vrain, Coney Flats or the T33A Plane Crash run. They will test you on rocks and skids are highly reccomended. Coney also offers a water crossing that varies in difficulty depending on rain fall.
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Unread 08-10-2012, 12:41 PM   #10
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Kingston Peak
Yankee Hill
Bill Moore Lake
All pretty easy but require at least lo range 4wd.

Next step up
Kelley Flats
Coney Flats
Red Cone
Red Elephant hill
Jenny Creek
These would require some clearance and/or skid plates and some traction from the tires.
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Unread 08-10-2012, 05:04 PM   #11
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You said you are coming next spring or summer. Many trails because of altitude and snow do not get open until late May or even late June on some. So your time of coming could be quite relevant to what is open.
There are a couple that usually get run all winter. One example of that is Chinaman's Gulch in Buena Vista. This is an excellent trail - not too hard but not too easy. It's not one you would want to do alone.
Other easier trails that might be open would be Left Hand Canyon near Boulder and Slaughterhouse Gulch near Bailey.
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