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SHELF ROAD - high clearance needed or not?

Postby Niederbayer » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:15 pm

internet research for Shelf Road gave me conflicting info about what car is needed for this road - got anything from 4 wheel drive, high clearance 2WD to any normal car -

I drive a standard Toyota Corolla - do I have enough clearance for this road?

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Re: SHELF ROAD - high clearance needed or not?

Postby mconnell » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:44 am

Hopefully somebody has more recent info than I do, but I've driven that road 3 times: Once in a subaru outback, once on a motorcycle (cruiser), and once in a ford pinto. Never had a problem. All except the outback were before Shelf was a developed climbing area (and before the road was as well maintained as the last time I went down it.)
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Re: SHELF ROAD - high clearance needed or not?

Postby Monster5 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:52 am

A standard vehicle can be driven with care. Washboard bumpy with one larger washout.
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Re: SHELF ROAD - high clearance needed or not?

Postby COEngineer » Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:36 pm

I agree with Monster5, it's a normal dirt road. Some rough spots, but certainly passable in any vehicle.
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Re: SHELF ROAD - high clearance needed or not?

Postby Sarah Simon » Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:56 pm

People ride their street bikes (motorcycles) to climb at Shelf. You'll be fine in a sedan.
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Re: SHELF ROAD - high clearance needed or not?

Postby AlexeyD » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:45 am

If you mean just up to the campground, I think you should be fine. I've gone up there with a big group with all types of cars, and don't recall anyone having issues.
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Re: SHELF ROAD - high clearance needed or not?

Postby jdzaharia » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:31 pm

AlexeyD wrote:If you mean just up to the campground, I think you should be fine.


What if one meant the whole road from Canon City to Cripple Creek?
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Re: SHELF ROAD - high clearance needed or not?

Postby jdzaharia » Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:43 am

jdzaharia wrote:
AlexeyD wrote:If you mean just up to the campground, I think you should be fine.


What if one meant the whole road from Canon City to Cripple Creek?


Drove the road from Canon City to Cripple Creek yesterday afternoon in a Dodge Charger, following a Mustang most of the way. No issues. Could count the potholes without taking my socks and shoes off.
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Re: SHELF ROAD - high clearance needed or not?

Postby Niederbayer » Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:12 pm

thank you
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