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I'm moving to CO soon and am curious as to the accessibility of most trail heads.  Will a sedan get you to most or is it best to have 4WD?

I know a sedan will get you to plenty of them but wasn't sure if there are a lot that would be inaccessible with a car.
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Depends on how well you tolerate the sound of rocks scraping against the undercarriage.

Some trailheads are easy to access with a regular car.  Some, a high clearance vehicle like a truck are better and some do indeed need 4WD.
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Maybe not 4WD.  But, I would definitely recommend higher clearance.  Down here in SW CO, all the best trail heads require 4WD to reach.

That being said, I often see people hiking up the 4wd road from a point accessed by a car.

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As stated...clearance is of more importance in many cases

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You can get to every TH with 3" of clearance...It's getting to school, work, the mall, etc why every single Coloradan has a 4WD. Most never get off of asphalt.
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With all due respect Bill if you try to get to among others the Music Pass or Kite Lake Trailheads  with just 3" of clearance you are going to REALLY mess up your vehicle. There are many more like them to, the reason you see some people walking up rougher roads to trailheads.

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What part of Colorado are you moving to?  I bought a Jeep for a couple of reasons.  Some trailheads to require a 4x4 (or at very least high ground clearance).  But also, if you plan to do any snowshoeing, sometimes getting to the trailheads will require going through a decent amount of snow.
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You need to visit this website:

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/trailheads1.php
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I have a regular ol' car, and yes, there are some trailheads I cannot get to.  I have had my car in some places it was not meant to go, though.

The worst trip I took my car on was driving up and over Weston Pass (Colorado). Going up was okay, but going down the other side was pretty bad. I'm surprised my car made it.


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