|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||9337 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 15 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Other Shapes|
|Best Direction to Travel:||West|
|Nearest Town:||Johnson Village|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Johnson Village|
|Official Road Name:||300|
|Management Agency:||San Isabel National Forest|
|District:||Salida Ranger District|
Bald Mountain Gulch (FS Road 300) is a 4WD road in the Fourmile area of Colorado, southeast of Johnson Village. Bald Mountain Gulch traverses scenic, high elevation terrain in a northeast to southwest track. It provides the 4x4 enthusiast spectacular rock formations and sandy terrain, plus occasional tawny rock-framed views of the Collegiate Peaks. There are numerous 4WD roads in the vicinity, making Fourmile an ideal destination for a weekend of 4x4 trails, camping, hiking, and fishing. Bald Mountain Gulch is recommended to drive in conjunction with Bald Mountain Loop.
Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 12" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 12" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 24" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep.Read more about our rating system
Turn into the parking lot where you see the well-marked sign and the information kiosk. Steer left past the information kiosk and proceed south/southwest.
The unmarked road is a shortcut. Where the main road goes straight then right, this shortcut climbs over exposed bedrock and ties-back to the main road in 300 yards.
This is where the shortcut returns to the main road. Continue on the main road toward the south/southeast.
Stay to the left on the main road. The mine spur goes off to the right (west).
Steer left to proceed on the main road. Trail 1423 is a restricted-use trail.
Continue straight over the cattle guard. This is the first of several you will encounter. The cattle guards appear to have recently been emplaced (replacing gates).
Turn left (south) in the small clearing/staging area at the trailhead of FS Road 300A.
Proceed straight across the cattle guard.
Continue straight over the camping ridge. This a high-elevation point and there are two-track spurs to both the left and right which take you to campsites with existing fire rings. This site provides a gorgeous view of the Collegiate Peaks on clear weather days.
Continue straight past the intersection.
Proceed down the sandy wash across this cattle guard.
The main road continues straight, but if you have time (about 1.5 hrs) available, the Bald Mountain Loop is well worth it. The views from atop Bald Mountain are extraordinary.
Continue straight past the intersection with Trail 1434; like the previous 1400-series trail, this one is a limited-use trail.
Continue straight past the intersection with FS Road 300C.
Proceed straight across the cattle guard where signs indicate you are "Leaving San Isabel National Forest".
Follow the road as it twists and turns, descending more sharply now. This was the first point to provide a glimpse of the Collegiate Peaks since coming down the camping ridge (WP 9).
Arrive at the parking lot for Brown's Canyon Wilderness Study Area and the Brown's Canyon hiking trail. FS Road 300 continues west from this point as an improved surface road.
Starting Point: Fairplay
There are numerous sites suitable for dispersed camping along Bald Mountain Gulch. Recommended sites include the area near the northeast trailhead, the area around Waypoint 4, the trailhead of FS Road 300A (Waypoint 7), and the scenic ridge (Waypoint 9). The nearby and connecting roads also have suitable sites for dispersed camping. Additionally, the towns of Nathrop, Johnson Village, and Buena Vista each have commercial campgrounds with all amenities and services. For more camping information, see Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Camping managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.