Hard core 4WD adventures

Activity Date: 
08/20/2009

Wow! We found the hard core offroad trails today. Right next to our campground is the Middle St Vrain 4WD trail. It's rated as extremely difficult, but we thought we'd give it a try.

They have a load of big rocks right at the entrance as a test. If you can't get over these... well, you can't go on.

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We were able to get over those rocks ok in the Jeep, so on we went. The road is definitely technically challenging. We crawled forward over more big rocks (actually, they were large boulders). Here was an easier section...

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We had to hop out of the jeep many times to evaluate how to get the jeep over obstacles. About a mile or so in, we finally decided to turn around. There were some huge boulders placed so we weren't 100% sure we could get through. It's hard to see in the pictures below, but there gigantic boulder in front of the jeep had another large boulder to the left that made it tricky to pass.

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We decided to turn around at this point. Actually, we prefer less technical drives. We like to have some challenge, but don't want to spend hours figuring out how to crawl over some rocks.

So, we decided to check out the other 4WD trail off the campground (near the front Peaceful Valley campground). It's Bunce School Road, which leads to a military plane crash site from 1965.

Bunce School Road (FS 115) starts out easily from the campground.

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You turn off FS 115 onto FS 202, and then FS 203 is the route up to the plane crash. FS 203 is another 4WD trail rated difficult, and it was. More huge boulders.

A few areas were "normal" rocky, like this.

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We were able to get around this by skirting to the right by the tree.

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About here is where we decided to turn around. We scouted up ahead and it was doable, but we decided we didn't want to continue on a road this difficult. Too much time spent walking around and evaluating vs just driving and taking in the sights.

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So, this was a different kind of offroad adventure. We learned more about the technical aspects of 4WDing. Fun to try, but at this stage, we prefer routes a little less difficult.