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Green Ridge Road 4x4 Trail, Colorado

Long, relentless trip with mud bogs and embedded rock

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Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 29.8 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  Most of this route passes through dense trees with occasional breaks at meadows. Although the trail follows a high ridge, there are no... more »

Tips:  We describe this trail from south to north, assuming this trail would be driven by itself. However, It can also be driven as the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start of Trail

Turn right off Laramie River Road 103 into parking lot for Green Ridge Trail, marked Forest Road 177. Trail leaves from back right corner of parking lot, right of vault toilet. Seasonal gate is scheduled to open July 1, first, but if often delayed due wetness of trail. This lot can be used for staging unlicensed vehicles. People also park here and... More

2. Stay Right

First stretch of trail is the toughest part as it meanders alongside Lost Lake. It is often very muddy with big ruts and holes, in which it is easy to get stuck. After you get past Lost Lake, stay right where 177A goes straight. At this point the trail heads east briefly to Laramie Lake, then heads north again.

3. Long Trough

Follow road around a long, ugly ditch filled with stagnant green water. This used to be an obstacle people drove through, called the "Long Trough." It is now permanently closed.

4. Early Exit

After many miles of relentless rock pounding and mud holes, you pass through seasonal gate at north end of trail and come out of trees to an open meadow. After you cross a large water hole, the main trail 177 continues to right. This may be the best part of the trail as it is drier and steeper on its way to Bald Mountain Road. Left here on 177A... More

5. Bald Mountain Road

Cross another open meadow and connect to Bald Mountain Road (available as eGuide from FunTreks on EveryTrail). Right is a long, difficult trip back to major Forest Road 162. Left passes through a rutted stretch of mud bogs and connects to easy Forest Road 319, mentioned at Point #4. This description takes you left.

6. Forest Road 319

At 319, left takes you south back to Green Ridge Trail. Turn right (north) and follow 319 to Deadman Road (available as eGuide from FunTreks on EveryTrail). Turn right on Deadman Road to reach town of Red Feather Lakes, where gas is available. The town is not on the main paved road 74E. Follow signs north.