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Unread 01-13-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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Winter Park Trails ???

Hi Colorado Jeepers!!

I'll be traveling to Winter Park for a ski trip and was wondering if there are any trails that can be driving this time of year. I know the snow has set in for the winter, but I'd LOVE to get in a trail ride one day whiles I'm there. Thanks.

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Unread 01-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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Any body out there? maybe you're all in hibernation.

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Not really - 99% of trails are snowed in. What isn't blocked off to vehicles in the winter, is primarily for snowmobile use.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 06:42 AM   #4
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Not really - 99% of trails are snowed in. What isn't blocked off to vehicles in the winter, is primarily for snowmobile use.
Bummer. Thanks for the info. That's what I figured. I keep seeing photos if guys wheeling in the snow through the woods. Was hoping to find something.

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You should be able to find some open, snow covered trails, if you travel to lower elevations.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 06:07 PM   #6
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You should be able to find some open, snow covered trails, if you travel to lower elevations.
Ok. Cool. I'll check. Do you know of any I might investigate?

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It just isn't a good idea this time of year. The sleds pack a layer of snow on top of loose snow. Fall through, and our winch may not even help you get back on top. Slide off of a shelf road, and you tumble (roll) about a 100 times before you hit anything. Wheeling in the mountains on snow comes with a significant risk.
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Unread 01-19-2013, 08:08 PM   #8
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True. Not interested in an icy shelf road! Hadn't thought of the snow situation you described. I was hoping to find something safe and relatively tame for my first snow trip. even a drive through the woods would be awesome. I'll try to find someone to ask when I get in town.

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There are some low level areas, but finding an area not claimed by the sleds will be hard.
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Unread 01-19-2013, 08:53 PM   #10
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There are some low level areas, but finding an area not claimed by the sleds will be hard.
Gotcha. What do you mean by "sleds"? Snowmobiles? I've never ridden one. Thinking about going on a half day tour this year.

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Yeah, that is what we call a snowmobile around here.
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Yeah, that is what we call a snowmobile around here.
Hey, I was wondering in you might be able to help me out. I'm looking for same trails to run on my way through when I take my son back to school in Indiana in early August. I was looking at something around Silverthorne/Denver area. That and maybe someone who'd be interested in running the trails also. Any suggestions?
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Are you taking I70 east? There are miles of trails in the Silverthorne area. South of I70 closer to Breckenridge (15 minutes) there are enought trails to drive for days (Webster Pass, Red Cone, Radical Hill, Deer Creek, Sts. Johns, Middle Fork, North Fork, Georgia Pass, SOB Hill, Garibaldi Gulch, Pennsyvania Gulch, Crystal Lakes, The Golden Horseshoe, and more...) I personally like Red Cone, Radical Hill, and Garibaldi Gulch.

Closer to Denver in the Empire area (off Hwy 40) there is Bill Moore Lake, Red Elephant Hill, and Mill Creek. I haven't done Red Elephant, but that trail system is just not my favorite. Nothing wrong with it, just a bit busier since it is closer to Denver.

Also off of I70, in the Minturn / Red Cliff area is a decent trail system. My favorite being Wearyman Gulch.

Hit me up as the trip gets closer. I am always up for a day in the woods!
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Unread 01-21-2013, 08:21 AM   #14
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Are you taking I70 east? There are miles of trails in the Silverthorne area. South of I70 closer to Breckenridge (15 minutes) there are enought trails to drive for days (Webster Pass, Red Cone, Radical Hill, Deer Creek, Sts. Johns, Middle Fork, North Fork, Georgia Pass, SOB Hill, Garibaldi Gulch, Pennsyvania Gulch, Crystal Lakes, The Golden Horseshoe, and more...) I personally like Red Cone, Radical Hill, and Garibaldi Gulch.

Closer to Denver in the Empire area (off Hwy 40) there is Bill Moore Lake, Red Elephant Hill, and Mill Creek. I haven't done Red Elephant, but that trail system is just not my favorite. Nothing wrong with it, just a bit busier since it is closer to Denver.

Also off of I70, in the Minturn / Red Cliff area is a decent trail system. My favorite being Wearyman Gulch.

Hit me up as the trip gets closer. I am always up for a day in the woods!
Holy cow that's a lot of trails! You guys are very lucky!

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Holy cow that's a lot of trails! You guys are very lucky!

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Check out www.traildamage.com if you want to read trail descriptions of the above mentioned trails and many more. Great trip reports, maps, directions, pics and videos!
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