Pole Hill

Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Pole Hill

Pole Hill Professional Review and Guide

"This small 4-wheel-drive area is one of the best-kept secrets in northern Colorado. Connected loops offer a variety of terrain that is fun to drive. Great camp spots with incredible views of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park in the distance. A short drive from Estes Park. ATVs are allowed on all marked roads after you pass through residential area. Limited parking at start of trail. Steep and rocky in places, although worst spots can be bypassed. One section is narrow with a small water crossing. Suitable for high-clearance, aggressive, stock SUVs. No major obstacles."

More Pole Hill Professional Reviews and Guides

"A small area but the riding is fun. Great place to camp with family over a weekend but you’ll have to carry camping gear on ATV. Confined area limits kids wandering off too far. Make sure everyone stays on marked trails at all times. Don’t trample vegetation around campsites. Don’t cut across meadows or shortcut between roads."

Pole Hill Reviews

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10/6/2018
Not a rock crawler rig trail, but not a dirt road either. A couple spots made me think twice about my approach. Just took my 1996 Toyota Tacoma with a 3inch lift/33inch tires and it was able to handle the roughest spots of this trail (tires slipped a little on the rocks but was able to get over them). A stock wrangler with oversized tires should be able to handle even the roughest parts of this trail also. Fun trail, good view of Estes Lake once you reach the top.
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7/14/2018
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9/5/2015
The trail was perfect for our group of 8 (2 4x4s) and 4 MTB riders. The problem was there were many "Private Property" signs and locked gates throughout the suggested route. We had to turn around 3 times after running into locked gates that were not indicated on the maps. One of the gates the one to Panorama Peak was locked but while we were there at the gate eating lunch a guided 4x4 tour from Estes drove right up to the gate, unlocked it and drove through. When we enquired about how to gain access the tour operator indicated that the land was their own private property. Not sure how this jives with the signage indicating it was National Forest land and not private property. We were disappointed that we did not get to go to the top of Panorama Peak. Vote a 3 star due to the confusing signage on private property...etc.
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7/5/2011
This trail was great! Very little traffic and great views of Colorado. Trail guide states one to two hours, I could have spend all day there. I would love to go back.
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9/24/2010
Great Trail, Good Jeeping, Lots of fun, some good camping too
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7/29/2010
This was my second ever true off-highway experience with my stock 2010 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. It handled it like a champ, although my kids in the backseat thought I was losing my mind taking a 1 week old vehicle on roads like this! The hill up to Panorama Peak was tricky like previously talked about- probably the trickiest part of all. Great trail, can't wait until I can do it again...
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1/1/2009
This trail is in our back yard (literally), so we go back there on our quads, Jeep and Land Rover very frequently. Good network of loops. A stock 4WD can make it with no problem. There is only one area that I would avoid if you're not experienced, and that is the north side of the loop that goes up to Panorama Peak.
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7/25/2008
I did this trail with not much experience as an off-road driver and had little problems with it. My stock (with 31" tires) LandCruiser FJ60 had no issues with this trail at all. There are some steeper hills with some rock formations that you have to be careful with tire placement on. Most of the tough parts can be by-passed on a relatively easier route than straight over the rocks. Lots of good views and nice campsites for either a day trip or a weekend stay just outside of Estes Park. On a side note, I'm a member of Larimer County Search and Rescue and had to drive this trail again on a search for a missing hiker in the dead of night and still had no problems with the trail (and all I had for illumination with my truck was the hi-beams of the headlights).
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7/4/2007
This is an awesome trail, this trail is suitable for stock 4x4's, there were jeep liberties, ford f-150's, chevy blazers, none of which appeared to have trouble on the trail. Now, let me say this, the initial climb over the small rocks looks intimidating, but just be carefull with your tireplacement and you should be fine. I went in with a LR3, the guy behind me in a H2 hummer apparently thought the rocks where larger than they appeared. All in all, this is a good trail to get your blood going, lots of obstacles, great views of estes park, and a awesome climb up a steep hill, throw your gear in 1st or use low to climb it. - jeremy
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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
7
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Difficulty
1-2 hours
Duration
Roosevelt National Forest
Local Contacts
DeLorme’s Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018