Gamble Gulch

Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 12/27/2020
3.5 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 7.36 miles
Highest Elevation: 9962 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Rollinsville
Nearest Town w/ Services: Black Hawk
Official Road Name: Gilpin County Road 15
Management Agency: Gilpin County


Highlight: Gamble Gulch
Located west of Colorado Highway 119 just south of Rollinsville, Gamble Gulch is situated in the heart of the historic Gilpin County mining area. Although not as productive and famous as its neighbors, Blackhawk and Central City, Gamble Gulch and Missouri Gulch boasted dozens of mines and supported the towns of Perigo and Wideawake. Plenty of evidence of this rich mining history is evident along the route. In addition, there are several connections into the extensive network of trails around Dakota Hill and Oregon Hill along the way making this an important point of access into that network. This road can be an easy glimpse into a bygone era or a jumping off point for a day (or more) of offroad adventure.


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1. Gamble Gulch Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn west from Colorado Highway 119 onto Gamble Gulch Road to begin the trail. You will pass a long line of mailboxes but there is no parking area here. There are a lot of private residences along the lower part of the road. Assume anything not specifically noted in this guide is private.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Rollinsville

From the intersection of Colorado Highway 119 and Moffat Tunnel Road (Tolland Road) in Rollinsville, head south on Highway 119 for 0.7 miles. The highway will curve to the left and then back to the right passing Moon Gulch Road on the right. Gamble Gulch Road will be the next right turn. This is the beginning of the trail.



Trail Reviews (24)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Anyone have a GPX file for this trail? The one that's attached is truncated and wouldn't load in google earth or caltopo.
–Brian Sweeney (11/19/2017)
–Brian Sweeney (11/20/2017)
–Bill Andrews (11/19/2017)

Writer Information

Bill Andrews

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Bill is an off-road enthusiast with nearly 30 years of 'wheeling experience. At one time he had a streak of about 20 years of 4-wheeling at least once a month. He likes anything from easy, dirt roads to difficult trails but stops short of extreme. Over the years he has traveled over 700 different trails, mostly in Colorado and Utah. He loves finding and exploring new areas and sharing his knowledge with others. He has been the coordinator of Calvary 4-Wheelers for many years.
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