Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk)

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4.7/5 (64 reviews)
Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 01/01/2024
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Pickle Gulch offers much of what four-wheeling on Colorado's Front Range is all about. Several moderately challenging obstacles include the rough hill with a rock slab on top. The trail is famous for this obstacle. Several of the obstacles have options to make them even more challenging. There are tight turns through dense forests and open hillsides with spectacular views. Expect to find steep hills, deep ruts, weathered mining structures, and tree-shaded campsites. The top of Pickle Gulch connects to the extensive network of trails around Dakota Hill and Oregon Hill, offering even more mining history, spectacular views, and offroad adventure.


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4.7/5 (64)
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149850
Impassable
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/01/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

For most rigs, the trail is currently impassable. Do not attempt if you don't have a winch! There is not a ton of snow, but the ice under what snow there is, is very treacherous. Between waypoints 22 and 23, along the exposed slope section, it is off camber and quickly throws your rear end off. Only a winch will get you through safely. We had 4 in our group, lead rig on 40s. We managed to get everyone through to the end, but it was not easy. For the people that keep using the illegal roads to bypass this section, STAY ON THE TRAIL!
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Ryan Boudreau
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Ryan Boudreau
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50100
Impassable
Visited: 12/31/2023

The trail is very difficult or impassable due to deep snow.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/15/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail close-ish to Denver wasn't difficult in a FJ Cruiser even though it was a bit wet from rain in some spots. I have a 2" suspension lift and 33" tires. Great trail to get your feet wet on some fun obstacles once you get a small lift. If you have been wheeling for a while you can easily probably run this on stock 4x4s in 4 low with decent AT/MT 30in + tires if it isn't too wet. Even if it is wet some of the more difficult obstacles had bypasses. There was no snow on the trail.
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Ryan McSweeney
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50100
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/11/2023

I ran Pickle Gulch on Friday, August 11 as part of a project to update or patrol most of the trails in this area. This trail is a lot of fun, challenging enough to have to work at it but not so much that I was nervous doing it alone. It would be a great trail for a group with mixed abilities since most of the harder parts have easier options. In addition to the obstacles, this trail has plenty of scenic beauty, and quite a few camping opportunities. It also links into the extensive network of trails around Dakota Hill and Oregon Hill so you can extend your trip to a full day or even a weekend.
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Bill Andrews
Trail Review: Pickle Gulch (Blackhawk) - Bill Andrews
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Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/05/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Super fun trail with some really fun obstacles. I ran this in a stock 2005 4Runner with K02s and lots of armor. The armor came in pretty clutch!

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