T-33 Crash Site/Bunce School Road Crash Trail Colorado

We started the day in Castle Rock, Colorado.  I am out here is Colorado visiting my friends James and his wife Lauren.  James and I are out today exploring Northern Colorado.  The original plan was to head into Rocky Mountain National Park and do the Old Cal River Road.  Due to forest fires, most of the roads in Rocky Mountain National Park are closed for safety.  Plan B was to explore T-33 Crash Site tRail and back roads of Colorado, having lunch at Mofatt Rail Tunnel, and working our way back to Castle Rock.  I will have a Blog Post of the rest of the day.

Taking US 85 to Colorado 470 then onto Colorado 93 though Golden, and Blouder, then US 36 up to Lyons.  Here we pick up Colorado 7 which is is known as Peak to Peak Highway.  Peaceful Valley camping, hiking area is where the trail starts.  

This is a 6.2 mile trail.  FunTreks rate sit as a “Difficult” trail and they say it takes 3-4 hours to complete.  It is an “Out-and-back” trail.  

On June 27th, 1965 United States Airforce Major Currie and 1st Lieutenant Darby veered from their flight path in a Lockheed Martin T-33 trainer jet and crashed into the mountainside in the Arapahoe National Forest. Both crew lost their lives and what remains today are the remnants of the aircraft. This off-road trail takes you within walking distance of the somber and memorialized scene.

This is a heavy trafficked trail, so doing alone I was not concerned about recovery issues, if needed.  We did see about 10 or so groups on the trail, in. both directions.  

The trail is fun and has many obstacles.  Hill climbs, with rocks.  I used my lockers on the obstacles, I did not want to get stuck, they are free to use so I used them all day.  

We made it up to the crash site.  Its a quick 5 minute hike.  Most of the wreckage is gone, but I did Geo-tag all the big sections or parts that are notable.  

The away down the trail, was just as challenging as going up.  

This was a great trail.  Short but difficult.  I unusually do not like “Out-and-back” trails, but being a pilot I wanted to see the crash site.  



Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. JKFreaks.com was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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