South Spring Gulch

4.3/5 (30 reviews)
Idaho Springs, Colorado (ClearCreek County)
Last Updated: 05/17/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

South Spring Gulch is a fantastic trail that acts as a spinal cord link between all of the trails in the area and offers camping along the western portion. The trail is most difficult at the west end and is a maintained gravel road at the east trailhead. It is a popular trail for those planning to explore the area with OHVs due to the trail being accessible with a trailer (with careful tire placement and 4wd).

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (30 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this in a Tacoma with 2.5 inch lift on 33s. Didn't need 4low until about a quarter the way in. Airdown is highly recommended. Otherwise, great trail that ended up a junction full of aspens! One, maybe 2 walls that a spot was needed for, otherwise, just a rocky, bumpy trail.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

If you are doing this trail from start to finish I would say this is more like a 4! I did this with a Jeep Rubicon Recon and used 4H in most areas. We did have an amazing campsite for the night but the trail was certainly harder then I has expected.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

If this is a 2-3, then I have vastly over-estimated the capabilities of a Subaru Outback, and vastly underestimated what these ratings mean. I really thought an "easy" trail would be okay, but this would absolutely have eaten my car for lunch had I not turned back. Maybe some day I'll buy a vehicle as capable as whatever you all drive, but in the mean time, I guess off-roading isn't for me after all. Damn. Rated 5 stars because if you're into remembering why you raised your suspension and bought bash plates (I have done neither) then this trail will deliver!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail close to Denver. Forester Wilderness does good on this trail.
Trail Review: South Spring Gulch - Roger Parker
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Rode this today. A decent amount of erosion means I wouldn't recommend this for anything less than say a Subaru Forester. While easy for a Jeep a moderate rating is likely more apt due to the conditions now. Great trail if you know what you are getting yourself into.

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