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I want to get out of Denver this weekend, thought about going up to the High Country to take some photos, relax, maybe get off-road a bit.

A friend of mine suggested the Oh My God Road between Idaho Springs and Central City. I've never been on it, but the little bit of information I've found says it can be done in a stock 4x4.

Is anyone familiar with this trail, or where I can get more information on it?

If not this trail, maybe another that is close to town and a good 1/2-3/4 day? I usually just go up to the resorts in the winter in CO, so I'm not familiar with many of the trails up there.

Also, I remember a great post about gear to take on trails, but I can't find it. Does anyone have a link to that post?

Thanks!!
 

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The true Oh My God Road http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=149 is no big deal and could easily be done in an Outback, maybe even a minivan (it's really just a smooth dirt road with some intimidating drop offs). It's 2-way so passing isn't even an issue. There is a cutoff as you head uphill the bypasses the easiest stuff, but it still isn't really that challenging. Check out the traildamage.com site if you don't have any local guidebooks. One exit past Idaho Springs is Fall River Road which takes you to Alice. I ran the Loch Lomond trail http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=71 to take my dad fishing yesterday morning. It was bumpy but fun with a great payoff in views at the end. It took about 40 minutes to the trailhead from Golden. There are a number of other good trails, both easy and more challenging, in the area.
 

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Thank you. I am going to buy a guidebook now. I'm going up for the views and the fun, not serious wheeling, but I'd still like to do something that I at least want to use the truck a bit.
I'll check out the website and do a couple of trails.

Thanks again!
 

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One suggestion I will make. If you don't know the area, don't wheel a lone. Never know what you might get yourself into.
 

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I ran Oh My God Road a few hours ago as part of some healing therapy. It is definitely doable (easily) in a minivan. At no point could cars heading in opposite directions not pass each other. Of course if you do go off the road on the downhill side you will die. It was a bit washboarded at the bottom near Idaho Springs. All that said, if you are going to drive it (and there are some great view) do it from top to bottom so that the driver sees the scenery heading around the switchbacks.
 

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Thanks again to everyone for the advice and recommendations.
We went down the Oh My God Road, and I can tell you it was not named by locals. It is wide and smooth, not scary. The views are good, but not anymore awe-inspiring than anywhere else in the area.

The trail up to Loch Lamond was fun, and the views/area is beautiful. I know I'll be going up there after the winter to fish.

If anyone in the area ever wants to do some similar stuff (keeping in mind that my truck is indefinitely stock), I am in.

Here are some pictures.





 

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I'm pretty stock and live up 285. Slaughterhouse Gultch is a fun run. OMG road was runied by the casinos in Central City wanting access. Used to live up to it's name.
 

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I'm pretty stock and live up 285. Slaughterhouse Gultch is a fun run. OMG road was runied by the casinos in Central City wanting access. Used to live up to it's name.
That's a fact. I remember 25 years or so ago taking it in the spring with my 3/4 Ford and definitely lived up to it's name.
Ah progress....
 

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Snow is probably going to become a problem soon... esp with the snow tonight/tomorrow.

I was thinking of going on nice mind run next weekend if the weather is nice. Most likely Loch Lomond or maybe Saints John/Glacier Mtn

Loch Lomond: http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=71
glacier mtn: http://4x4trails.net/db_view_trail.php?trailNum=474 - doubtfully this one because of snow. it is in Breck


If you're interested in doing a small group, message me. I'll know by Weds or Thurs if I'm going. It would most likely be Saturday morning around 10am (starting at the trail).
 
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