|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||11245 feet|
|Duration:||About 45 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Loop|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||Idaho Springs|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Idaho Springs|
|Official Road Name:||175.3H and 175.4A|
|Management Agency:||Arapaho National Forest|
|District:||Clear Creek Ranger District|
Situated in the Arapaho National Forest and close to Denver, Colorado, the Yankee Hill 4X4 network is filled with many four-wheel drive trails, but Yankee Hill itself is the crown jewel, and hence, the area's name. This is an excellent off-road trail for either beginners or those just looking to escape the city while being in the heart of mining country with high altitude views. While many refer to the area as Yankee Hill, this is the actual route that gives you the thrill of a moderate hill climb along with views of James Peak, Mt. Bancroft, as well as Mount Evans.
Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 18" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 18" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 36" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep and off-camber.Read more about our rating system
Climb uphill. Be sure to take the forks that are on the right/east. This will prevent you from taking the furthest west fork, which is closed at the top.
Continue to follow the trail to the west. Camping can be found around the top of the hill.
Turn left/south to head back down following the loop, or take the dead end spur right/north which leads to nothing.
Although it looks like the trail continues, it technically stops here according to the Forest Service. There is no point taking this dead-end as it doesn't lead to anything exciting.
View of Mt. Bancroft and James Peak to the east.
Travel west to return to St. Marys Glacier or turn west to enjoy more of the network. If starting here, you will travel down the main hill to complete the loop.
There are several dispersed camping locations just west of Yankee Hill near where 175.3H and 175.4A join. However, there is no water near these locations, so bring water and pack out more than you packed in.