Hamlin Gulch

Idaho Springs, Colorado (ClearCreek County)

Last Updated: 12/27/2020
4 / 5 ( 10 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.4 miles
Highest Elevation: 9510 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Idaho Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Idaho Springs
Official Road Name: 273.1
Management Agency: Arapaho National Forest
District: Clear Creek Ranger District


Highlight: Hamlin Gulch
Traversing the south face of Mt. Pisgah between Fall River Road and Bald Mountain Lane, Hamlin Gulch 4-wheel drive road provides an important connection between the area above Idaho Springs and the county roads above Central City. It is also an important alternate entrance/exit into/out of the extensive network of 4x4 trails around Yankee Hill. Two rocky, off-camber obstacles add excitement to the journey and magnificent views of Mt. Evans to the south and Red Elephant Hill to the west can be seen when there are openings in the trees.


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1. Hamlin Gulch Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn right off of Fall River Road and go north on Hamlin Gulch to begin the trail. There is a street sign for Hamlin Gulch at the trailhead as well as a carsonite Forest Service marker indicating you are starting up Forest Service Road 273.1. The road begins as fairly well-maintained gravel road for the first half mile or so and crosses private property. There are several houses and cabins along this stretch of the road; please be respectful of the private property.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Idaho Springs

From Idaho Springs, take I-70 west about 1.4 miles to exit 238, Fall River Road (St. Mary's/Alice). Go north on Fall River Road about 3.4 miles. Hamlin Gulch will be on the right.



Trail Reviews (20)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: is there a good area or a designated area to unload and park for those of us with side x sides? Thanks
–Doug (07/16/2020)
–Bill Andrews (07/16/2020)

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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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