Off-Roading on Twin Cone TrailAugust 26th, 2010 by admin
Date: July 29, 2010
Trail: Twin Cone located in Park County, Colorado
Tom & Traci McCready in a 1990 Jeep Comanche with 6.5 inch lift and 33×12.50×15 Goodyear MTRs
Background on trail leaders:
Tom has been the president of South Park 4×4 Club for the past 8 years and is an ASE Master Mechanic. Traci is the Secretary/Treasurer of South Park, a retired firefighter, and a hunting/fishing guide. Tom and Traci have over 20 years of off road experience each.
Twin Cone is a nice moderately rated, in and out trail that not many folks venture out to. There are seasonal closures of the trail because of snow. The trail starts at just over 10,000 feet in elevation at the top of Kenosha Pass off of Hwy 285, SW of Denver. This trail meanders through some beautiful country on a nice but narrow dirt road (boring, right? Not so fast). You will climb through some dark timber and aspen groves. This area is gorgeous during the fall color change. Then you climb switchbacks up the trail. Slow going is required even through the road is good due to blind areas and limited passing areas, should you meet other vehicles on the trail. Keep your eyes open for wildlife. Moose, deer, elk, and black bears are frequently spotted in the area.
As you near the tree line, the real fun begins. Here you will find several rock gardens. This is a challenging area. You will climb through several areas where you will have to choose your lines carefully; otherwise you will risk putting a hole in something vital. High clearance and skid plates are HIGHLY recommended. After the rock gardens you will climb steeply to an area known as “The Bench” at a rough elevation of 11,300 feet. This is a nice flat section with huge rocks dotting the area, making it a super place for lunch. The views are extraordinary; you can see all the way across South Park.
You can continue on up the trail to the top, an elevation of 12,323 feet, but a limited amount of parking and turn around space is available at the weather station. Keep an eye on the weather – afternoon thunderstorms and high winds are very common in the summer months. This is not a trail you want to come back down if it has rained during your uphill trip. The mud here is very slick and you can get yourself in a bind. Make sure you close any gates that were closed on your way in after you go through them. This trail does cross a sizable chunk of private property. Do not cut any new routes around any obstacles.
If you would like more information regarding trails in the Park County area or the South Park 4×4 Club, please look us up at www.southpark4x4club.com