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STRRAYNGE
06-21-2012, 05:52 PM
Hey guys, still fairly new to Colorado, so sorry for this newb question. Ive got some family coming up this weekend and they are wanting to do a little off-roading and sight seeing. Since everything up my way is shut down due to the fire, we thought about heading towards Estes and playing around on Pole Hill road and Pierson Park. I noticed on the map, outside of Drake heading west towards Estes, is a road called Jeep Trail? Does anyone know anything about this road? Is it just a dirt road that is good for sight seeing or does it have any fun obstacles? Thanks in advance!!

coax
06-22-2012, 08:52 AM
Any chance you could take a picture of the map you have and post it up? I'm from Estes and don't recall a road that goes between drake and EP. (Doesn't mean its not there but maybe its old road on private property or has been closed down).

The only possibility is on the south side of drake/highway 34. I vaguely recall an old road that I thought was shut down that went east from pole hill towards loveland. Maybe that's the one? Who knows, maybe its still open, and I've just never been down it.

Pole hill is fun and has some good views at the top, but fairly short. Pierson park can link all the way down towards Johny Park by allenspark or can go east towards highway 36. Both fun places to go mess around.

Here's one pic of my buddies inagural run with his 470 on the Pierson Park to Johny Park road.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Mo4fWLz2sLw/Tis5ws9mgbI/AAAAAAAABPA/CFuIOOEfucM/s640/DSCF3507.JPG

SteveH
06-22-2012, 09:10 AM
There is/was a jeep trail that went between Drake and Glen Haven, and I was on this in 1976 during the Big Thompson flood. But, it was pretty hairy at that time and to me, it looks like parts of it would cross private land now. This trail may have been open only because of the flood.

subzali
06-22-2012, 09:19 AM
Oftentimes any moderately difficult road will be called a "Jeep Trail" on some maps. That's not necessarily the name of the road/trail.

STRRAYNGE
06-22-2012, 09:40 AM
Thanks for the input guys! I will definitely check out Pole Hill and Pierson Park. Looks fun! heres a pic from google maps. Its just past seven pines campground.

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g355/jtc442/JeepTrailRoad.jpg

coax
06-22-2012, 10:08 AM
Interesting! I see the one you are talking about. Funny it is called "Jeep Trail" on Google maps. I've never been on that road. Its not on the MVUM for Arapahoe national forest, and it looks like road 122 "dead ends" on a private property in holding. Same with road 222 near that 7 pines campground. Actually I guess it might not be private, its just not Forest service according to the map legend. The FS office might know if that's private or county or state land and if traffic is allowed on it.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5165761.pdf

STRRAYNGE
06-22-2012, 10:24 AM
Interesting! I see the one you are talking about. Funny it is called "Jeep Trail" on Google maps. I've never been on that road. Its not on the MVUM for Arapahoe national forest, and it looks like road 122 "dead ends" on a private property in holding. Same with road 222 near that 7 pines campground. Actually I guess it might not be private, its just not Forest service according to the map legend. The FS office might know if that's private or county or state land and if traffic is allowed on it.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5165761.pdf

Thanks again for your input! Ill call the FS today and see what they say. Watched a few youtube videos of Pole hill, and it seems like it may be a fun trip!

coax
06-22-2012, 11:12 AM
Pole hill is a fun little outing. There are enough sections that provide a bit of a challenge and fun time for visiting folks but not really "tough" if you are paying attention. Plus with the lack of moisture this year the road is probably in decent shape. There are a few good pullouts on the north-east loops where you can get a good view of estes valley. :cheers:

STRRAYNGE
06-22-2012, 11:42 AM
Pole hill is a fun little outing. There are enough sections that provide a bit of a challenge and fun time for visiting folks but not really "tough" if you are paying attention. Plus with the lack of moisture this year the road is probably in decent shape. There are a few good pullouts on the north-east loops where you can get a good view of estes valley. :cheers:

Great! Cant wait to try it out. So far since ive lived here in Colorado, ive only gotten to run Ballard Road, Old Flowers Road, and Seven Mile. How does it compare to any of those 3?

STRRAYNGE
06-22-2012, 10:54 PM
If anyone wants to head out and run Pole Hill and maybe something else on Sunday, give me a shout!!

STRRAYNGE
06-27-2012, 06:26 PM
Trip was great! Camped at Hermit Park and ran Pole Hill. It was perfect since it was literally right across the street from where we camped. Nice, fun trail. Nothing difficult, just fun. Gonna do it again 2 weeks from this weekend if anyone wants to join. Want to do more than Pole Hill next time though.