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Adventure Guide: Off Road In Colorado Springs

Alex Gauthier

Off-Road Adventure for Stock Subarus

Sometimes, you just need to get out and go Subaruing. This was one such day. My co-conspirators John Adams and my right hand dog, Saber decided to explore some backgrounds around Colorado Springs in this extended fall we are having. Normally, this road would be closed at this time of year but we lucked out. Here’s a short video. Details about where we went and how you can check it out on your own are below that.

Old Stage Road starts in South Colorado Springs near the Broadmoor Hotel and winds it’s way up into the mountains South of Pikes Peak. Follow it far enough and you’ll end up in Cripple Creek but if you are up for some exploration there are a ton of lesser secondary roads and 4×4 trails that your Subaru can handle. Do be aware that conditions change rapidly according to the seasons and help could be far away. Use your judgement and bring appropriate gear to get yourself unstuck. We didn’t encounter anything our Outback couldn’t handle this day but we’re having unseasonably warm weather.

Be Prepared

Be sure you’re prepared with water, enough gas, extra clothes and other emergency gear any time you head into remote areas with your Subaru. Cell phone service is spotty so a tow-truck may not be possible depending on conditions and phone coverage. We advise always keeping a tow strap in your Subaru as well so that a friend or good samaritan can rescue you if needed.

The Route

From Colorado Springs take Old Stage/Upper Gold Camp Road approximately 12.5 miles to road 379 (close to the Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir). Turn north on 379 and travel on the 4WD road to Frosty Park for another 1.5 miles. Continue on the road until you hit the intersection (sharp right) for the road to mount baldy (379A). Keep going straight and you will pass through bull park and a steep drop down into the Mason Reservoir area and forest service road 376 that connects again with Old Stage/Upper Gold Camp Road. Reverse your route to return, return on Old Stage or continue through to Cripple Creek  if you want to extend your trip some.

Alex Gauthier
Alex Gauthier is the head adventure junky for Subaru Adventure Team and part time outdoor adventure photographer. His first love is climbing of any kind but can also be spotted on mountain bike trails or working on building sea kayaks which he may or may not ever get to paddle.
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