Oh-My-God Road is a 8,46 miles very scenic trail located in Clear Creek County, Colorado (USA) at an elevation of 7,581 to 9,383 feet, linking Idaho Springs at I-70 to Central City near Highway 119. The road includes 12% grade sections.
Watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks. And that pavement can ripple like a roller coaster track in places where “frost heaves” are caused by seasonal freezing and thawing of the ground. The trail can be divided in 2 parts. One is fairly easy for any vehicle, and the other is slightly more difficult. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. It makes necessary to drive carefully and slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car.
All primitve dirt roads may be rocky with areas or soft gravel or sand that makes travel unsafe for sedans or RVs. The route passes through historic mining country and ghost town of Russel Gulch on way to popular gambling towns, and isn’t for ATVs. The route is steep and rocky but, when dry, is suitable for stock 4-wheel-drive SUVs. Some road sections may require a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel-drive, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques to drive the road without getting stuck.
This is a maintained road where a 4WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. To bypass rougher sections, stay on paved route—although even this may be intimidating to flatlanders. There is a short paved section at the top, and the county is paving one mile of the road per year. Along the road, you will see many service roads branching off.
The road bad conditions in some parts, with extremely large pot holes could potentially pop a tire, crack a rim, or screw up your cars allignment. Oh-My-God road was once a major link between Idaho Springs and Central City. This road was critical for many miners bringing supplies to there camp by horse and wagon in 1865. Once the railway included stops in both cities the traffic along the road dwindled signifigantly.A long this road a great deal of mining activity took place, some ruins still remain to this day and add to the history you get to see while riding this trail.
The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. In any case, driving 4WD is recommended due to uneven surface. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and can easily get muddy if it rains making it challenging to get through.
Portions of the road may be temporarily closed due to road work or inclement weather. Heavy or prolonged rain can cause local flash floods that cover the road with water or wash out culverts or bridges.