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    Default RWD friendly trails



    I have a friend coming out to CO from KS this July. He wants to get out and do some trails with his 3rd or 4th gen Explorer. And it's only a 2wd. I forget what tires he has but they are larger than stock and have a decent all-terrain tread. They are going to be in Estes Park for a week but I'd like to put together a route to get him there from 285 or so.

    Heres what I'm thinking:
    Georgia Pass from Jefferson to Breckenridge
    Pierson Park road into Estes

    the middle section I'm struggling with. Maybe Oh-My-God Road. The trails don't need to be capable of being run all in one day. He said he'd like to do some camping along the way.

    And then easy trails once they are in the Estes area:
    Rollins Pass West
    Johnny Park Road

    any others?

    i know we typically aren't looking at most of the trails we do in terms of being able to do them in 2wd, so I know this could be a little tough. Any help would be appreciated though.

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    You might check out Pole Hill. Most of it is really easy, and since it's rather a "maze" of sorts, you can make it as easy or difficult as you like. Fun to get lost up there!

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    ExplorerTom previously posted:
    "Johnny Park Road"

    I don't think JPR's doable in two-wheel drive. Pole Hill might not be, either. How about Switzerland Trail up near Gold Hill?

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    Switzerland trail can be done in 2wd. I go up that trail every fall to see the colors.

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    I might be in the RWD club this season so it catches my eye.

    I'm assuming he doesn't have any locking or limited slip diff either?

    Pole Hill has a few undulating sections (that I recall) but I don't think it was crazy (one section was on a downhill too so it shouldn't be an issue)

    If you are there to strap pull through a short section (on most any trail) I don't see much of an issue.

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    Rob previously posted:
    "Pole Hill might not be, either."

    Really? You're probably right, but other than one particular spot that scares me a bit, I think the trail is just fun and pretty. Especially in the mid-section where it is whoop-dee-doos in a meadow so-to-speak.

    It's been a while - so I don't know...

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    Jon (Pops) has done Red Cone in 2WD...

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    Loves me the Red Cone

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    Never done it but want to. Full size ok?

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    Rick previously posted:
    "Never done it but want to. Full size ok?"

    Red Cone - I'd think so. There are some "through the trees" with switchback turns that might be an issue (a backup and straighten perhaps - but none are in a dangerous spot). RayJeep88 and I did it last fall and he didn't have issue (but you're larger than his cherokee).

    There are several "tree lined" shots on my photos web page for it:
    http://www.jimwilliamson.net/automob...ill/index.html

    EDIT: This link is to what I recall being a "switchback in the trees" section of trail:
    http://www.jimwilliamson.net/automob...l/img_7611.jpg

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    Agreed. You might have some Austin Powers moments, but do-able. (ETA: Just don't go left/Webster on the way down - WAY too narrow! I have my sphincter in my throat just in Cracker. Go right instead.).

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    Jim previously posted:
    ""through the trees""

    through the trees dont bug me ,its off the CLIFF that does

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    Rick previously posted:
    "through the trees dont bug me ,its off the CLIFF that does"

    Then DEFINITELY avoid Webster Pass...

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    Heather previously posted:
    "Webster Pass..."

    Mental NOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I CAN FIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Heather previously posted:
    "Then DEFINITELY avoid Webster Pass... "

    Webster is fun. just stay on the uphill side and pray you don't meet anyone.
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    Tom previously posted:
    "Webster is fun. just on the uphill side and pray you don't meet anyone."

    IM good to go passenger

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    Rick previously posted:
    "IM good to go passenger"

    We could arrange that. You know riding passenger is scarier than driving. The passenger wheels are on the outside edge of the shelf where it drops off. If you jumped out of the vehicle you'd land 100 ft below the road. You know this right?

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    Tom previously posted:
    "We .ere it drops off. If you jumped out of the vehicle you'd land 100 ft below the road. You know this right?"

    OK maybe I go as far as I want then walk and watch the rest of ya or hop in a smaller rig

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    Rick previously posted:
    "Never done it but want to. Full size ok?"

    an H1 was in my group when we did Red Cone. There was one spot in the trees that he positioned it perfectly so that each of the hinges of the mirrors were loaded up evenly on the trees on each side. I swear I heard a POP (finger in mouth popping sound) when the truck came out.

    One of my favorite trails- probably not RWD friendly for someone wanting to drive back to KS at the end of the week. And I had to be spotted over a rock down lower on the trail- it's next to a tree and my wheelbase is such that without a locker in this section it was a small challenge for me. A different wheelbase probably wouldn't have any trouble- I was trying to climb with the front wheels and the back at the same time without getting too close to the tree and adding to the pile of broken glass at the bottom of the tree.

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