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by JP McInerny & Hans Schulze

Dan Madrid - '72 Pinzgauer, J.P. McInerny with son Reed - '97 D90 hardtop, Matt and Cathy Schulze with sons Gabe and Hans and trusted dog, Rollie - '95 Red D90, Hans and Roseanne Schulze - '95 white D90

We were pretty psyched with this trail. It was the first trip up there for several drivers in our group. The trail has a difficulty rating of a 9 out of 10 in Colo. but this trail was much more dangerous than any 9’s I have driven throughout the state. The trail climbs from the low lands up to around 11,400 feet at Lake Como. The trail was created for logging some time ago. There has been a lot of talk about closing it to off-roaders by the USFS, but thanks to many local off-road groups it should stay open for some time to come. There have been several deaths and numerous accidents due to the off camber rock fins that cross the trail at approx. 45 deg. to trail. These fins always slide truck towards the steep drop offs on the left side of vehicle. Driving the trail takes constant attention. Spotters are critical at the five main features. These features are called JAWS-1, 2, 2 and a half, 3, and 4. The return trip down also should be performed with spotters. At Jaws 3, the Pinszaur in our group rolled over onto its side, thankfully no one was hurt. - JP McInerny

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