Last trip: 09/27/15
Trail Difficulty Rating: 5-7 (What is this?)
County: Park County
Pike National Forest, South Platte Ranger District
Forest Service Road: 565
Total Trail miles: 6.2mi from Trailhead to trail end at Webster Pass
Time: Allow 4 hours to travel from trailhead to trail end at Webster Pass
Trail Elevation: Low 9,872 High 12,801
Trail Type: Straight Through (What is this?)
Near By trails: N/A
Near by Towns: Grant, Montezuma
Trailhead GPS coordinates: 39.4835N, 105.8040W
Trail End GPS coordinates: 39.5310N, 105.8327W
Red Cone is a trail that I have been waiting to take on for a couple of years now. I just never had to guts or what I thought was a big enough rig to do it. Today 9/27/15 Anthony and I took on Red Cone and came up with so much win!
From Highway 285 take county road 60 4.7 miles to the trailhead. From there the trail gets rough with some smaller rocks in the trail that are rather easily negotiated.
.9 miles from the trail head you will encounter the first set of large rocks that can not be bypassed. The easiest line is to hug the tree tight on your right hand side. This is where I got hung up the first time (see pictures) A hi lift jack and some strategically placed rocks and presto we were off again.
1.3 miles from the trailhead you will encounter the second set of larger rocks. I got on the wrong line and got a little twisted up and got my rear diff hung up on a rock. Anthony pulled me off, and with a quick readjustment of approach and we made it up that obstacle too.
1.8 miles from the trailhead is the largest set of rocks, but there is an optional bypass, that I opted to take.
From there the trail is pretty easy, If you can make it past the first set of large rocks, you can make it up the rest of the trail. The trail has some tight switchbacks that may be difficult for a full size rig to negotiate, but are doable. This trail is notorious for its steep narrow climbs and descents, and it lives up to that reputation. The trail above tree line is narrow, steep and loose.
The trail summits 5.3 miles from the trailhead
When you are crawling down the back of Red Cone be aware that it may be a better option to accelerate a little bit to straighten out rather that stepping on the brake. It is so loose and steep that stepping on the brake could cause you to slide more. The decent takes place in three steps. The last pitch has the most loose rock and some suspension flexing drops that can be unnerving.
This trail is not for the faint of heart and should not be your first trail. Experienced drivers recommended. That being said it is an awesome trail for pushing your limits, and gaining that next step in experience.
(for the full story of this trail see the blog page) No Right Turn on Red.... Cone
285 to county road 60. Stay on county road 60 for 4.7 miles and follow the signs to the trailhead.