Just moved to CO and just bought my first 4x4 (WJ Jeep) and I am dying to try out some trails. Are there any beginner trails that are open this time of year? I found one thread about about winter trails but it was all pretty old info.
Be patient young Padawan. You don't want to be dying and you don't want to be wheeling alone especially if this is your first 4x4 and you just moved to CO.
The problem with winter trails is that most of the high elevations are still snow packed and likely to be closed until June or so. There is also the potential for a lot of mud with the spring thaw in lower elevations.
I suggest getting a MVUM or Motor Vehicle Use Map from your nearest Ranger station or look for one on line. This will at least show where the legal forest service roads are and to give you something to look at in the area you are interested in wheeling.
And a lot of the Forest Roads are closed until later in the spring for errosion issues.
If you don't mind taking a drive there are lots of mild to moderate trails in my neck of the woods.
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I live up in between Black Hawk & Rollinsville. some of the trails are starting to dry out. Pickle is still a little snowed in, but there's a good amount of wheeling to be done before you get to the deep stuff. also, Ironclads/Bunce are open 100%. so that includes T33, and MSV/Coney. there may still be some snow on MSV, but for the most part, it should be open.
I also saw a bunch of Jeeps heading out to Yankee Hill last Saturday, so I'm assuming it's mostly open as well.
Rollins Pass is still pretty much closed...you could get through for a while, but there's a lot of snow up there still. same with Moon Gulch and Mammoth Gulch...too many trees and north-facing means they'll be closed for a while yet.
Jayson. The MSV/Coney roads are closed usually until the middle of June. Bunce is open, from the north end to the gate. The section of Bunce from the MSV end, to the gate, usually stays closed until June. Access to T33 is in the closed section of Bunce, so it will be closed until the gates are opened.