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Oh-My-God Road is a 8,46 miles very scenic trail located in Clear Creek County, Colorado (USA) at an elevation of 7,581 to 9,383 feet, linking Idaho Springs at I-70 to Central City near Highway 119. The road includes 12% grade sections.

Some road sections may require a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel-drive, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques to drive the road without getting stuck. The trail can be divided in 2 parts. One is fairly easy for any vehicle, and the other is slightly more difficult. The route passes through historic mining country and ghost town of Russel Gulch on way to popular gambling towns, and isn’t for ATVs. It's steep and rocky but, when dry, is suitable for stock 4-wheel-drive SUVs. 

 

This is a not maintained road in winters, where a 4WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds. To bypass rougher sections, stay on paved route—although even this may be intimidating to flatlanders. There is a short paved section at the top, and the county is paving one mile of the road per year. Along the road, you will see many service roads branching off.

 

The road bad conditions in some parts, with extremely large pot holes could potentially pop a tire, crack a rim, or screw up your cars allignment. Oh-My-God road was once a major link between Idaho Springs and Central City. This road was critical for many miners bringing supplies to there camp by horse and wagon in 1865. Once the railway included stops in both cities the traffic along the road dwindled signifigantly. A long this road a great deal of mining activity took place, some ruins still remain to this day and add to the history you get to see while riding this trail.

 

 

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+1 #2 JP Markle 2014-07-12 02:37
It's a beautiful road, but a little common sense is all it takes to navigate it. My wife and I took the road a few years ago in a rental Ford Focus with no problems at all. Just keep the car in low gear and let the engine do the work of slowing you down. Oh yeah, and don't stop to feed the dogs that are protecting the mines.
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