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 Trailhead:  Baldwin Gulch (Sawatch)
 Posted By:  zsmith
 Date of Information:  09/20/2013
 Date Posted:  08/07/2014
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Three words describe the road... ‘Rent-a-Jeep‘. Once you realize how uninspiring Antero is, the abuse to your vehicle will not seem justified. I made it to 13,200 and could have made the remaining road to 13,800 in my XTerra OR. As I mentioned, this road is not trivial. It‘s a 4.5 on the 6 point scale. I honestly can‘t imagine any non-truck-based vehicle making it up. I only saw a Grand Cherokee, a Toyota pickup, a Hummer and a quad at the top. The road actually gets better as you climb past 12,000. If you make it past the first switchback above 12,000 (and you don‘t mind exposure), you can make it to 13,800. The creek crossing was about 1.5 ft deep. I have aftermarket skid plates and hit them several times. Going down was harder than going up. Here are links to GoPro videos I took of the entire road.

1) From 13,200 to midway down the mountain:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUhkOVZKq2A&list=UUqBaczXfjcMJGJomzUaDkBA

2) To the creek crossing (approx):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dEYcqFKC3s&list=UUqBaczXfjcMJGJomzUaDkBA

3) To the road:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6qDguQ81N4&list=UUqBaczXfjcMJGJomzUaDkBA



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zsmith



Video of road from 13,200     2014-04-08 14:00:57
Here is the video I captured while driving down from ridge at 13,200. I had to cut it into three parts starting from the top:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUhkOVZKq2A

Roughly half-way down the switchbacks (@1:02) I end up swinging in the breeze on two wheels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dEYcqFKC3s

Heading down from the bottom of where the switchbacks are:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6qDguQ81N4



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