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DWNUNDR
01-04-2014, 11:27 AM
My family may be visiting my wifes brother in Westminster (Denver) for a week in May...

Wanting suggestions to some fun offroading adventures for the family (4 kids under 10) and recommendations on what I need as far as permits etc in CO as a visitor to ride trails in my Truck..

I own a basically stock 98 100 series.. I have some 285s on her and upgraded shocks but that is it.. I even have stock running boards ;)

I am mostly interested in small challenges as I will most likely be a love vehicle and not much offroading experience in it.. I am currently perusing your Cascade Creek Furlough thread (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=20350) and it is pretty much exactly what I want... MN is flatter than Kate Moss so anything with great Views and fun trails for a day would be welcomed for suggestions.. heck even if there are some guys going out for the day around those dates (I will visit thread often with better dates) I would love to tag along and learn...

thanks and Hi

MisledYouth
01-04-2014, 11:40 AM
You'll probably have better luck with The Gulches (Hackett, Longwater, Metberry, Illinois) as they get more sun than the higher mountain stuff. April/May is when we all head to Moab to get in some dry runs. You still may be able to tiptoe into SOME of the higher mountain trails. As far as permits and stuff, just bring your driver's license and registration. I'm sure the club will be doing some runs by then.

Also, this may be helpful:
www.traildamage.com

DWNUNDR
01-04-2014, 01:21 PM
order of expectations:

1. Great Views (picture worthy and fun for families)
2. A days adventure around Denver (ie leave am come back pm)
3. At least some 4L required.. Id like some challenge but not to a point of getting stuck in the middle of nowhere
4. Rough Terrain ok (stock 100 series with 285's)
5. FUN FUN FUN

not asking too much am I? haha

I have now spent 3hrs looking at both the stay the trail site and Traildamage.com comparing the write ups, ratings and locations... wow.. you guys have a lot to enjoy down there.. we have....... Lakes :(

MisledYouth
01-04-2014, 03:11 PM
In May it still depends on how much snow is where. If you don't mind not being able to complete some trails, you may be able to get through at least some of some of the higher ones. A lot of stuff doesn't start opening until June-ish, but there will DEFINITELY be some stuff to check out. China Wall and The Gulches are open year round. There will probably be some snow patches and stuff, but that's part of the fun. That time of year is when this page will start being updated:
http://bushducks.com/tripreps/passopen.htm

^ is updated by the public as people start filtering onto the trails, so keep your eye on that too. You'll be playing it by ear, just like we are.

DWNUNDR
01-04-2014, 05:11 PM
NIce.. thanks again..

I dont mind snow.. Im from Minnesota hahha just played in 1-2ft of snow in my yard (80 acres....) its the not knowing whats under it thats the problem haha

MisledYouth
01-04-2014, 05:29 PM
Come dabble in May, and then come back in August! That's the best time to catch the full glory of Colorado.

Inukshuk
01-04-2014, 06:45 PM
Wait till about a week out and then look at snow levels and ask again.

subzali
01-04-2014, 09:15 PM
The problem with spring snow is it's hard, but variable when the sun is on it. It can turn to slush and then re-compact back into ice and/or icy concrete and get you stuck.

DWNUNDR
01-05-2014, 12:47 AM
Id settle for anything TBH... dont need scary stuff.. just scenic... be fun to drive on anything other than salted FLAT roads...

I have to resort to playing in my backyard hahaha we do have one place 4 hrs North, Gilbert Offroad but we only go up for skiing and this year they had at least 2ft of snow... couldnt go anywhere in there.... :)

subzali
01-05-2014, 10:02 AM
Slaughterhouse Gulch is usually a good bet. Boreas Pass might be open too that time of year, not sure

DWNUNDR
01-05-2014, 01:49 PM
Slaughterhouse Gulch is usually a good bet. Boreas Pass might be open too that time of year, not sureI have a stock 100...


first paragraph on TrailDamage.com

This is a great trail if you're looking for a lot of flex. The "whoopdeedoos" (dirt moguls that twist your suspension) found through the entire trail are challenging to a stock vehicle, especially if you have a sway bar that is not disconnected.

and Boreas Pass

This scenic and mellow trail connects Breckenridge and Como, effectively connecting I-70 and Highway 285. It is a very easy trail not requiring 4-wheel drive or high clearance at any point. A passenger car could do this trail slowly without any issues. The section of trail from Breckenridge to the pass is a bit rougher and less well-maintained than the section from the pass to Como.

Kinda aiming for something in between the 2 of these things hahah

J Kimmel
01-05-2014, 01:57 PM
go and buy Charles Wells book on Colorado Trails, that'll give you lots of reading on trails based on whatever area you're looking for

DWNUNDR
01-05-2014, 02:17 PM
go and buy Charles Wells book on Colorado Trails, that'll give you lots of reading on trails based on whatever area you're looking for

just did from Amazon.. $4 shipped haha

subzali
01-05-2014, 06:31 PM
I have a stock 100...





first paragraph on TrailDamage.com



This is a great trail if you're looking for a lot of flex. The "whoopdeedoos" (dirt moguls that twist your suspension) found through the entire trail are challenging to a stock vehicle, especially if you have a sway bar that is not disconnected.



and Boreas Pass



This scenic and mellow trail connects Breckenridge and Como, effectively connecting I-70 and Highway 285. It is a very easy trail not requiring 4-wheel drive or high clearance at any point. A passenger car could do this trail slowly without any issues. The section of trail from Breckenridge to the pass is a bit rougher and less well-maintained than the section from the pass to Como.



Kinda aiming for something in between the 2 of these things hahah


If you're somewhat experienced with wheel placement then you can get through the whoops no problem. Does your 100 have atrac? Even better

Just trying to think of what won't be closed due to snow. Rampart range and Dakan roads will probably be open if they aren't closed due to mud

nakman
01-05-2014, 08:10 PM
'98 = no Atrac Matt, but very likely has a round dial, even better.

Argentine Pass is likely perfect for what you're looking for... but as many have said there's no telling what kind of snow will still be there. I know you said you don't mind snow but we're talking 6-10' drifts that completely cover the road. Every year, on every trail, someone will bust through most and shovel out some of the drifts on every single mountain trail... May is early for that, it's usually more like June. But who knows what this year will bring.

Be sure to post up when your plans get closer!

DWNUNDR
01-06-2014, 06:24 PM
'98 = no Atrac Matt, but very likely has a round dial, even better.

Argentine Pass is likely perfect for what you're looking for... but as many have said there's no telling what kind of snow will still be there. I know you said you don't mind snow but we're talking 6-10' drifts that completely cover the road. Every year, on every trail, someone will bust through most and shovel out some of the drifts on every single mountain trail... May is early for that, it's usually more like June. But who knows what this year will bring.

Be sure to post up when your plans get closer!

yep 98.. the reason I flew from MN to TX to buy it was it was white, had rear and center locker factory, was $4000 cheaper than everything else I found and less miles....

cool.. yeah I dont mind snow.. not into walls of it hahaha... Ill read that book that was suggested.. I'll keep researching and watching everyones suggestions... who knows.. maybe I can meet up with a crew if any of you decide on a day trip somewhere.. safety in numbers especially if those numbers have experience.. me not so much.. I had a Diahatsu Rocky diesel about 16 years ago and only for about 12mths.. so limited on real experience... adn living in MN doesnt inspire many outings.. haha

thanks again for all input so far... will be watching till the day I arrive