A true hidden gem in the Gypsum Hills area, Middle Middle is an exciting new rock crawling trail that will push your modified rig to its limits. Although not newly created, the trail was officially recognized by the BLM as a legal route in 2016. This trail is unique to the Colorado portfolio of trails as it provides a number of different obstacles like large boulders, undercut ledges, and waterfall climbs all within a short mile. Located just east of Colorado's youngest volcano, The Dotsero Volcano, you are bound to come across large chunks of volcanic rock. This difficult, high clearance trail changes often with help from severe weather that constantly fills in or washes out ruts and moves boulders at will throughout the canyon. Flash flooding is a real concern on this trail, so be aware of the weather conditions.
37" Tires, a winch, and dual lockers are highly recommended for this trail
7 day forecast for Middle Middle Rock Crawling Trail
The turn off the main road can be a challenge to find, but look for a large clearing with a fire ring in the middle and you will know you are in the right place. From this camp area, you will see a trail head southeast. Follow that for the next 1.2 miles till you reach a Y intersection.
From I70, take exit 140 into Gypsum. Upon exiting the highway, reset your odometer and head north on Trail Gulch Road. The road will quickly take a left hand sweeping turn south, and then another right hand sweeping turn north. There are large parking areas at 1 mile and 1.2 miles to accommodate any trailers. At 1.4 miles, continue left at the Y intersection. Follow Trail Gulch Road for another 2.5 miles, through two switchbacks till you reach the top of the bluff where there is a kiosk with a trail map of the area. From this kiosk, head east and continue on trail gulch road. At 5.6 miles from the highway, you will pass an old cabin on your right (south) letting you know you are still in the correct area. Shortly after this cabin, at 5.9 miles, take a left turn and head north on 8474B staying on this main route till you reach 7.3 miles. At this point, you will see what may be a slightly filled pond, or a dried up pond (it was dry in the summer and fall) on your right. Shortly after this pond, there is a right hand turn onto 8488. There is a very large and open camp area here. The trail GPX track starts here.
Land Use Issues
Travel along this route requires an OHV Permit for ALL vehicles, including street legal plated vehicles.
Visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website to read more information on how to purchase OHV registrations and permits, and the projects that the OHV Registration program funds, call (303) 791-1920, or visit one of the OHV Registration Locations.
Hi, I'm Ryan!
I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion".
I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure.
My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others.
If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.