Trailridge Runners 4WD Club
Miller Rock Trip

story by Don Owens    photos by Mike Moore

On Saturday July 26, 2003 I met Shawn with members in tow to the Hail Ranch turn off west of Lyons, Colorado. I was worried due to the Lyons Rocky Grass Festival playing that weekend. But, my party got through without incident.

My party consisted of Don Owens, trail leader and Trailridge Runners member, Gregg and Amy Cooper and their three daughters in an FJ-40 Land Cruiser, Gail Straty in the Dirt Devil, Michael Moore and Caroline and friends in a Green Grand Cherokee, and Vic Padilla in a 93' Wrangler.

After liability forms were signed we headed up to Raymond, Colorado to the trailhead. The trailhead starts between two unmarked mouses, the road goes up between two cottages. The folks gave an easement to the Roosevelt National Forest to drive over their land. If you see trash, please pick it up. This is where one locks up and airs down. This 4WD road is a level 7.

At the second turn up the trail, the second rock had been moved from the trail bed. I had moved one twice as large a week earlier. Winching it up and to the side of the road. About a 1/8 of a mile further up another moderate size boulder. I was already pushing that boulder out of the way. Our trip up to Miller Rock was un-eventful. We had lunch at Miller Rock.

Afterward we headed to the meadow across from Middle St. Vrain Creek. This trail is rocky to go down before one hits a granite chute. Before one gets there, the road is strewn with small boulder and small drop-offs before climbing out of the creek drainage. From that point some 30% side hill sections exist before getting to the chute.

Part way down we came across a full size Ford F250 halfway on the 4WD road. I didn't want to run the risk of sliding and scrapping his paint. We called and called, until a guy came up and he moved it over enough for me and the rest to pass. We took our group picture down by the creek. There was a mysterious lack of Mountain Bikers this day. We proceeded back up the rocky trail without incident. By the way, this road down to the South St. Vrain River gives Miller Rock its 7 rating. The weather was pleasant, no major break downs and we all had a good time.

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