Radical Hill

Radical Hill: your vehicle will likely roll if it gets sideways on the hill

Radical Hill is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.846m (12,618ft) above the sea level, located near the small town of Montezuma in Summit County, in the US state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado. It is extremely dangerous because your vehicle will likely roll if it gets sideways on the hill.

Nestled in the Front Range of the Rocky, the road to the summit is a very narrow shelf track definitely intimidating. It’s totally unpaved. The drive leans you out over the edge for a large portion of the bottom half, and the rest of it is very narrow and steep. You climb Radical Hill on very steep, very narrow and very tight switchbacks. Very tippy, narrow and steep with several mildly challenging rocky sections. A very aggressive stock SUV can make it with an experienced driver. Low range and skid plates highly recommended. It follows numerous remnants of Colorado's mining heritage.

Located in White River National Forest, only the most aggressive stock SUVs with experienced drivers should attempt this trail. Your best chance of a snow-free trip is in late August or early September. The road is rocky with a few switchbacks and loose climbs. A couple of spots are very narrow, and there is an off-camber section as you drive around a tailings pile. The final ascent is a bit loose, rocky, and eroded. It’s one of the toughest climbs in Colorado. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. The top of the Hill is very flat and has lots of parking so you can get out and enjoy the view. From the top you will have great views of the Continental Divide containing Webster Pass to your east and Handcart Peak to your southest, and of course the south end of Teller Mountain, which you’re on top of.
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