Trailhead:  South Colony Lakes
Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Thunder Dan
 Date of Info:  08/18/2009
 Date Posted:  08/18/2009
I got a Kia Spectra and my friend driving behind me got a Toyota Camry approximately 1.8 miles beyond the "4WD" sign on 8-7-08. The main thing that was required was very slow and careful driving to get this far. I let several high clearance vehicles pass me en route. However, at approximately 1.8 miles in, or about 0.2 mi before the Rainbow Trail crossing, I reached an obstacle(a steep hill with rocks and loose dirt that I could not get over unless I had a running start, which I was unwilling to do because of numerous rocks below this hill). There was a nice pull-out just below this hill big enough for two vehicles and my friend and I parked here and walked the rest of the way up. It was useful for our situation to get this far in a 2WD vehicle because we reached a reliable water source within 0.5 miles at the first stream crossing. Had we parked at the 2WD trailhead, we would have had to walk a rather hot and dry 2.3 miles to get to a water source. This road really is a rocky 4WD road the entire way, and I would plan on having plenty of water when I arrive at the 2WD trailhead if I only have a 2WD car.

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