Yankee Hill - The Actual Hill

4.5/5 (25 reviews)
Idaho Springs, Colorado (ClearCreek County)
Last Updated: 05/16/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Situated in the Arapaho National Forest and close to Denver, Colorado, the Yankee Hill 4X4 network is filled with many four-wheel drive trails, but Yankee Hill itself is the crown jewel, and hence, the area's name. This is an excellent off-road trail for either beginners or those just looking to escape the city while being in the heart of mining country with high altitude views. While many refer to the area as Yankee Hill, this is the actual route that gives you the thrill of a moderate hill climb along with views of James Peak, Mt. Bancroft, as well as Mount Evans.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The route can be run in either direction. To take the uphill approach start at where 175.1 and 175.3H meet. The uphill is steep with loose rock and then turns into a dirt and rocky road. Parts of the road may pinstripe wider full-size rigs. A high clearance four-wheel drive vehicles should do just fine. This route is described taking the trail uphill and counter clockwise.

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (25 reviews)
jill
600
Status: Open
Visited: 07/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Pretty tight in some places as others have said, but the views were beautiful.
Trail Review: Yankee Hill - The Actual Hill - jill
Trail Review: Yankee Hill - The Actual Hill - jill
Brad D.
15150
Status: Open
Visited: 07/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Trail is open and in good shape although a little tight width wise. The spur is kind of pointless so will be skipping that on the future.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

A fun offshoot to take when in the area. Not very long or difficult. Great views of the surrounding area.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

It wasn’t too bad with our stock rubicon gladiator
Trail Review: Yankee Hill - The Actual Hill - Rigo Tovar
Status: Open
Visited: 05/29/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun! We had a sunny ride up. setup camp and started dinner, then heavy rain into the pummeling of hail. the trail was easy going in. On the way out was more chalenging with the 2 inches of snow and ice on the rocks.
Trail Review: Yankee Hill - The Actual Hill - Michael Simmons
Trail Review: Yankee Hill - The Actual Hill - Michael Simmons
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