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Unread 03-08-2008, 05:11 PM   #16
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Thanks for posting those pics... very pretty and looks fun, makes me want to move.

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Unread 03-09-2008, 12:01 PM   #17
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Pryde, thanks for the photos and the write-up. I was just in CS last Christmas with my wife's KJ. We took it into the mountains, but not into any deep snow. We both grew up in CO and miss it a lot.

That was nice of you to pull out the other trucks/ SUV's. A winch is just a must have in CO if you want to adventure out. I bet those kids learned their lesson. I did something like that myself at that age, but had to dig myself out!
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Unread 03-11-2008, 07:26 PM   #18
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No problem Grogie. It was fun. This time of year, it is hard to find many trails open in Colorado because of all the snow. I saw your pictures going over Imogene pass. I plan to hit the trails around Ouray this year. I was their with some guys from my team last summer to hike Mt. Sneffels, but unfortunately my Jeep was at home.
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Unread 03-28-2008, 01:41 AM   #19
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Those pics make me want to drive to Colorado to do the same trip with the snow!
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Unread 04-01-2008, 06:35 PM   #20
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Yeah, it is fun in the snow. We just hit the same trails again this last weekend, with out much success. Now with some of the snow melting, the traction is even worse than when it was cold and packed. We spent most of the day winching, and now not really any good places for the kids to sled. I am ready for Spring and Summer to start hitting the rocks again.
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Unread 04-01-2008, 06:46 PM   #21
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No problem Grogie. It was fun. This time of year, it is hard to find many trails open in Colorado because of all the snow. I saw your pictures going over Imogene pass. I plan to hit the trails around Ouray this year. I was their with some guys from my team last summer to hike Mt. Sneffels, but unfortunately my Jeep was at home.
Believe me, Ouray is on my list again, as I definitely want to spend more time there. Black Bear Pass is still on my list for one.

I was going to try and drive my TJ out to southern Wyoming this summer as family is camping there, but I just started a new job so no vacation time! Besides, I have yet to get a lift on my TJ as I need some more room under it (I did bottom out several times on the Alpine Loop south of Ouray). Just time and money... Boy do I miss living in CO!
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Unread 04-03-2008, 07:31 PM   #22
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Yeah, I defnitely love living in Colorado. The only thing I miss is the ocean. I missed the Moab Jeep Safari this year. I really wanted to go, but had to save some money for other things. This summer Ouray, and next easter....MOAB!!!
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Unread 08-01-2008, 02:20 PM   #23
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As stated in the updated OP, I finally finished the trail this year. I made several more attempts during the winter, but never completed Eagle Rock. I spent a week wheelin' in Ouray earlier in July, so I did not make it out here again until July 26th. So here is a shorter update on the trail with new pics.

First off, I have completed this trail several times last year, and it seems to me this was the most difficult time I have had. The snow melt seemed to take alot of of the dirt with it around the harder obstacles which made the climbing more difficult. It was fun, but more challenging than in the past....at least for me.
My purpose of this post was to give people a good idea if this trail is suitable for them or not. My friend did not complete Eagle in his stock XJ. He and his wife hopped in my rig with my wife and I.

Here is a popular overlook of Colorado Springs off of the main road on the way to the trailhead.


Here is a little short cut on the way there that is not hard, but fun to play around on. My buddy in his stock XJ had a "pucker" moment.







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Unread 08-01-2008, 02:47 PM   #24
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The wife taking off the windows at the trail head while I am being lazy and playing with the camera.



Taking the water crossing at the start of the trail. Looks much different than in the winter.





This is about 1/2 mile into the trail where it starts getting rough. We were behind 2 women in a stock TJ up to this point where they decided to turn around.

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Unread 08-01-2008, 04:10 PM   #25
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This is where it started getting rough. Many rocks had shifted from the snow melt. It's hard to see, but the good size rock circled in red was right in the middle of the road, and was not there last time I was up this way.



I tried going to the left of it, then to the right, but there was no room even though the picture doesn't show it well, so I tried going straight over it.









It was much bigger once I was up close!! Almost lost some steering components that time.



Anyway, I finally squeezed through on the left side, but I scraped my passenger rear wheel pretty good to do it, but no major damage. Immediately ran into one more hard obstacle. Notice the red circle. That was the rock I was just hung up on and how tight the turn was there.




The rest of the trail is pretty easy until the end which has some more difficult rock obstacles that can be bypassed. There is one tight spot however between some trees as you go over a minor rock obstacle that really leans you "right" into the tree no matter how far "left" you go. The following picture demonstrates how tight it is, and that was after several attempts to position my rig hard on the drivers side.













I did not scrape, but as you can see from the missing tree bark, many others have. I do not see how it is possible for a full size 4X4 to make it through without scraping. There is no by pass here either, and please don't go off the trail to try. At the last moment when I thought I would hit the roof ( I was within an inch or two), my Jeep finally leaned "left" and I was clear.
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Unread 08-01-2008, 04:21 PM   #26
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On the way back down old stage road we hit the "short cut" again, and my wife drove for these next few pics. It is a good spot for someone inexperienced to safely drive, and still get the the excitement of off roading. I let my son drive it every once in a while to get the "Jeep Bug"!! Plus it allows you to get some good flex shots on the whoop de doos!!







Once again, hopefully this post helps people decide if this trail is for them. If you take your time, it is not too techinical. It is a challenge for stock or slightly modified rigs, but still fun for the boys running 37's or more. Plus there is good scenery, it's close to home for me (Pueblo 40 miles away), and has other trails to play on as well.
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Unread 08-01-2008, 11:15 PM   #27
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Nice photos. Looked like a really great time.
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Unread 08-04-2008, 07:04 PM   #28
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oooh, snow!
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Pryde, I'm glad to see that you finished that trail. And nice flex in the last photos!
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Unread 08-12-2008, 10:34 PM   #30
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Thanks Grogie. It's always a fun time. Hopefully I can make it out to Chinaman's before the snow hits again.......
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