Trailhead:  South Colony Lakes
Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  ryans
 Date of Info:  08/23/2005
 Date Posted:  08/23/2005
This road is overrated. I agree it is a true 4x4 road, very rocky and long, but there are only a handful of sections that require care to navigate through. I have a 2001 stock Jeep Cherokee Sport and my buddy has a 1997 Pathfinder and we had no problems reaching the gate. My Jeep was loaded with 3 adults and stuffed with gear and we maybe touched one or two skid plates on the way up at most. None coming down. At the top there were many vehicles including Tacomas, Xterras, Jeeps and pickups. Most SUVs with decent clearance and 4x4 Low should not have a problem getting to the top. It took about 1.75 hours to reach the gate. Plenty of great campsites just beyond the gate. We camped out about a hundred yards from the parking area.

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