Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk)

4.7/5 (51 reviews)
Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 08/06/2022
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Trail Information

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Technically Forest Service Road 718.1 is named Blackhawk but, because much of the lower part of the trail follows Pickle Gulch and because the Pickle Gulch Group Campground is right at the trailhead, it has been known in the Colorado 4-wheeling community as Pickle Gulch Trail for several decades. This 4x4 route delivers on much of the best of what Colorado's Front Range has to offer. Expect to experience smooth tree-shaded portions, open meadows, bumpy dirt roads, steep climbs, collapsed log cabins, weathered mining structures, and views of Rocky Mountain peaks. The top of Pickle Gulch connects to the extensive network of trails around Oregon Hill and Dakota Hill offering even more mining history, spectacular views and offroad adventure.

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (51 reviews)
Bill Andrews
Official Crew
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We had a really fun time on Pickle Gulch today. I was in my stock TJ (Cherokee is down with bad control arm bushings) and Mike and his family were in his stock JLU Rubicon hybrid. There weather was near-perfect with partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures. The trail was clear and dry the entire way with no issues to report. The bypass at Waypoint 7 has been re-opened, whether legally or not, I don't know. After we finished the trail we headed further into the Dakota Hill network for more fun.
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Bill Andrews
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Bill Andrews
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Wasn't on the plan, but was the most interesting driving of the day for us today.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Surprisingly fun trail close to Denver! Fairly easy with just enough obstacles to make it interesting, beautiful views, and some fun suprises. Will definitely be back.
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Nathan
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Nathan
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

First time on this trail today and was much surprised to have it all to myself. Overall I thought it was easy and fun. Note that the Pickle Gulch picnic area at the start of the trail was closed. It’s where I was planning on airing down so if you have a big group that could be an issue. This trail is certainly narrow throughout, so I wouldn’t recommend a full size truck. Height could be an issue so I wouldn’t recommend a rooftop tent on this one or you’ll be catching some low hanging branches. A spot or two had mild off camber. Otherwise the mud was dried up at the beginning and the mud pit at the end was just a water pit with mostly solid ground. I used my lockers to complete the hill obstacle, but if you just maintain momentum and air down more than I do you wouldn’t need them.
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Josh Spring
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Josh Spring
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Has always been one of my favs. Clear all the way through with a few small mud pits.

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