Gamble Gulch

Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 11/02/2019
3.3 /5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
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
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Highlights

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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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Gamble Gulch Trailhead (0.00 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

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.909791, -105.498397

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.

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Trail Reviews (7)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Coming from the snow, the trail is open but snow packed and icy until waypoint 11. I turned off at that point, so I'm not sure what the conditions are like on the north side. A stock vehicle is probably going to have issues, and the next snow storm will likely make the trail impassable since it drifts in pretty good in the shady sections.

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Status: Open
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Heading up Dakota Hill is still snowy. Trail is open, just be ready for sections of deeper, wet snowpack.

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Status: Open
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I rode my dirt bike on this trail One of the easiest trails to ever ride on. If you are looking for easy and very casual this will do it. Wide dirt road, big enough for 1-2 vehicles easy enough. Dry (ran it in July 2018). Had a good time with my little boy.

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Status: Open
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trail is dry. drove it twice in my stock ‘16 crosstrek no problems. some potholes here and there, though.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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Calvary 4-Wheelers attempted to traverse Gamble Gulch on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Along on the trip were myself (Bill) in my lifted Cherokee and Karen in her stock JK. The lower portion of the road where there is county maintenance was clear, although slightly wet from the recent snow. Once we passed the end of county maintenance, the road had been plowed previously but not after the latest storm and there was about 1-2 inches of fresh snow (although it was melting rapidly). This made it very slick and 4WD was necessary from this point. When we got to Perigo, the plowing had stopped. The route was well tracked, though, so we thought we could proceed. We only made it about a quarter mile before the slick, slushy conditions made it extremely difficult to stay on the tracks and Karen slid off into the deep snow. I could not get enough traction to pull her uphill so I tried to squeeze past her to the down hill side and slipped off the other side into the deep snow. It took a couple hours of digging to get me out and I was still unable to strap Karen out. Too exhausted to dig another couple hours to extracted her, we left her Wrangler on the trail and came back the next day with a friend who had a winch to retrieve it.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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Decided to hit up Gamble Gulch after not making it too far on Pickle Gulch. Gamble was pretty snow packed with a few pretty deep drifts that required the lead vehicle to winch through. We were running the trail in reverse of this writeup and made it just past waypoint 9 where the snow got extremely deep and we decided winching downhill was not something we wanted to do. This trail is definitely a good snow run trail as it's very wide, fairly flat, and has tons of trees to winch to. Many spur roads off of this one as well to explore.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
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From the North, Gamble Gulch Road is open up to waypoint 5 where the Abandoned town of Perigo begins. The road is blocked by a snowbank from a snowplow. From the south, Gamble Gulch/Missouri Gulch Road is open up to Uncle Charlie's Ranch, where 4WD, recovery gear, snow chains and a buddy would be recommended. Recent snowfall accumulating several inches occurred within 48 hours of trip.

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 (11/19/2017)
–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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