Fort Collins, CO
Pathfinder | 95 pts
My, how a trail can change in a year. ANY VEHICLE THAT DOES NOT HAVE TRUE 4WD (NOT AWD) and SELECTABLE 4-HI/4-LO CAPABILITIES SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT THIS TRAIL.
This trail has definitely become more of a challenge this last year. Errosion and heavy use have left several portions of this trail much more difficult than my trip last year. While I would still rate this trail as "easy", I highly recommend that anyone with minimal experience in 4-wheeling go with someone who has more experience and can help guide you through the tougher parts. Copious baseball to basketball-sized loose rocks on a steep hill, a deeply rutted wash-out and deep mud in areas during spring and early summer run-off present good challenges that do require some skill.
This trail's reputation as a fun and easy road for the weekend-warrior has caused many people to attempt this road in vehicles not meant for the terrain. We personally encounterred someone who decided they could tackle this road in a Buick Skylark. The vehicle was completely blocking the trail and had been abandoned with a ruptured oil pan. After pulling it to the side of the road to allow access to the trail again, we later encountered others attempting the trail in a Honda CR-V and a 2wd Nissan pickup. Both of those individuals were strongly encouraged to turn around before becoming the next casualties.
Overall, this road is fun and I would still rate it a "easy" but it is quickly becoming close to a "moderate" trail in areas.