Power Line Trail RSM

Total Miles
7.0

Elevation

2,112.04 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The trail is typically one vehicle wide with a few places to pass on this double-track dirt and clay trail. The clay in this area is treacherous when wet. This first 1.7-mile portion of the trail gently descends from an elevation of 5,815 feet to 5,700 feet. The trail then ascends to the trail's highest point of 6,921 feet, at about 4.5 miles. This climb is the steepest and most technical part of the trail. This steeper section of the trail has eroded ruts and loose 6" stones. It is a poorly maintained service road for the power lines. Descending, the trail winds between Pinyon Pine and Cedar trees. The trail is wide enough that the limbs don't scratch the vehicle. It has a neutral camber with great views. There were no stream crossings observed along this trail. This double-track trail is suited for off-highway and 4WD high-clearance vehicles. Not recommended for 2WD or 4WD cars.

Photos of Power Line Trail RSM

Power Line Trail RSM
Power Line Trail RSM
Power Line Trail RSM

Difficulty

The trail is unmaintained after rain or snow. The road is double track single vehicle width. A few tall stones and obstacles under 6" can be easily avoided. 80% of the trail is easy but there are eroded rocky inclines, possible snow in November - March.

History

Pinyon Pines produce Pine Nuts. It is believed that Native Americans have harvested Pine Nuts from this forest (Pine Nut Mountains) for centuries. Pinon or Pinyon Pine trees are slow growing and can live to be 600 years old, so Thread Lightly. It is possible that some of these trees germinated in the 1600s.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Bfr - Parker
Mar 22, 2024
4x4
Open
Shawn Turek
Aug 13, 2023
ATV
Open
Normal
Brian Snider
May 19, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated

Access Description

The Power Line Trail RSM trailhead is easily accessed from Sunrise Pass Road, about 5.8 miles East of the Johnson Lane OHV Area. This is a fun trail in dry weather. The entrance is unmarked so use your onX Offroad map to locate the turn-off.

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