Mosquito Creek Road

Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 12/27/2020
4 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.23 miles
Highest Elevation: 10551 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Black Hawk
Nearest Town w/ Services: Black Hawk
Official Road Name: 705.1
Management Agency: Arapahoe National Forest
District: Clear Creek District


Highlight: Mosquito Creek Road
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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1. East Trailhead (0 mi)
Intersection of Apex Valley Road going north-northeast/south and NFSR 705.1/Mosquito Creek Road going north. Turn north to begin the trail. There are Private Property and No Trespassing signs at the beginning of the trail. This trail goes through private property which is on both sides of the trail, stay on the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Black Hawk

Apex Valley Road is a residential street. Please stay under the posted speed limit to respect the residents that live directly off of the road. East Trailhead Follow Colorado Hwy 119 out of Black Hawk and turn south onto Apex Valley Road. Proceed 3.9 miles on Apex Valley Road and the trailhead is on your left. If assembling a group, it would be best to meet at a gas station and convoy in, however Apex Valley Road is a wide dirt road, and where it meets with Colorado Hwy 119 is a large dirt area. North Trailhead Follow Colorado Hwy 119 out of Black Hawk and turn south onto Apex Valley Road. Proceed 5.5 miles on Apex Valley Road, and make a left to go west on County Road 4-N. Continue on County Road 4-N for 2.1 miles and the trailhead is on your left to the south. If assembling a group, there is a parking area just west of the trailhead.



Land Use Issues

At this time there are no known movements to close this trail to motor vehicle use. Please help us keep it this way by staying the trail (numbered and official routes only) and remove all items and trash that you brought with you. This will keep our trails open for present and future generations to enjoy.

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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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