On Monday May 27th, 2019, a team from Colorado 4x4 Rescue and Recovery deployed on a mission to get a jeep XJ off the side of a mountain outside of Raymond, Colorado.
The trail is Miller Rock, and the spur was 523.C. The official trail ended about a 1/2 mile back, but it's one of those "well established" old mining claim access routes from the gold rush days of Colorado's mountains.
Flooding rains in 2013 probably washed some of this trail away, and the continued soft edge just crumbles every time you walk on it etc. This route does connect to private land near Jamestown, but rest assured you cannot get out at the other end.
This is technically not a legal route at the point the vehicle in question is on - but again, it was a road and it's well used so it looks confusing when you are driving the GPS topo map in a vehicle.
This video is long intentionally to try and show the complexity of the operation at hand. On top of all the rigging, we had to install a recovery rated bumper on the vehicle, while it sat on a 26 degree tilt on both axis. Not an easy task on a unibody vehicle. We had to use multiple redirects of winch line, re-rig the vehicle over and over as we backed it down the trail, wait out thunder, lightning, rain and small hail, and near the end of the video you can clearly see how the edge of the trail was just squishing out from under the vehicle.
Some members left their homes as early as 5 am and returned as late as 10 pm. It was a long day but a fun and successful day.