Mosquito Creek Road

4.1/5 (17 reviews)
Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 12/27/2020

Trail Information


Mosquito Creek Road is a fun trail that is less popular than other trails in the expansive Yankee Hill trail system. It is one of the many ways to access other trails in the area, and it offers beautiful views of aspens in the fall, colorful wildflowers when they are blooming, and panoramic views of the mountains in the distance when you reach the north trailhead. There are many mining claims along the trail, some still active. The trail cuts through private property, so do not leave the trail!

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Trail Reviews

4.1/5 (17)
Visited: 01/28/2023

Not plowed and no tracks at the east end (Waypoint 1), should be considered impassable due to the deep snow
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

On the east end the gate is closed with a PRIVATE PROPERTY sign, which can be confusing. We entered and closed the gate behind us. Nice little trail that runs beside a pretty little stream. Most of the trail is a 2 and a few spots are 3. Recent rains have created some wide washouts. Not much scenery until you get to the top. Fun little trail.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Nice trail for a day outing. I just bought a new Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit and wanted to see what it’s capable of and play with 4wd system. The trail is definitely a 2 for the most part (60%) and a 3 for the remaining. The Grand Cherokee made it to the top with no problems. I put it in Rock Crawl mode for the rougher portions of the trail with the larger rocks,. The trail ruins through the aspen trees alway the way to the top. There was minimal snow on the trail near the top. The grand prize is the view at the top, beautiful snow capped mountains! Follow the trail directions, they are extremely accurate!
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Good trail. Hit it the day after a good amount of snow was dumped. Entered from the east trail head off Apex Valley. Plenty of snow that was at least a foot to 2 ft. deep in some areas. Our progress came to an end when we encountered a 4 foot drift. First cabin was pretty neat to see. Just know this trail will cause some pin stripping for wider vehicles as many branches were broken. Bring a saw just incase your rig is too tall to go under some of the fallen/leaning trees. Will return in a couple weeks when the snow has melted to complete the trail.
Partially Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Made it in about 1 mile from Apex Valley. Wooden bridge missing some boards which may pose problem for vehicles with wide stance. Snow pack/ice on steeper portions. Pinstripes, slidding. Definitely need mud/snow tires.

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