Pisgah (Columbine Cutoff)

Central City, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 06/07/2020
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.6 miles
Highest Elevation: 9480 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Central City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Black Hawk
Official Road Name: 739.1
Management Agency: Arapaho National Forest
District: Clear Creek Ranger District
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Highlight: Pisgah (Columbine Cutoff)
Lying up the hill west of the former mining towns (now gambling centers) of Black Hawk and Central City, Pisgah off road trail (Forest Service Road 739.1) provides an important and convenient entrance into the extensive network of 4x4 trails around Yankee Hill. Pisgah is also popular because of its proximity to the Columbine Campground and is often referred to as the Columbine Cutoff.



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1. Pisgah Trailhead (0 mi)
Bear left off of Columbine Road at Waypoint 3 to begin the Columbine Cutoff. You will go up a slight incline onto Forest Service Road 739.1, following the sign for Yankee Hill.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.814160, -105.548677

Starting Point: Central City

From Central City, head northwest out of town on Eureka Street. Near the top of the hill the pavement will end and Eureka Street becomes Upper Apex Road. Turn left onto Bald Mountain Road past the Boodle Mill, go about 50 yards and turn right onto Columbine Road. Take Columbine Road about one mile to Waypoint 3. The trailhead will be on the left. Follow the sign toward Yankee Hill.



Trail Reviews (6)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail is fully open, dry, and was fun as always. Lots of traffic since most people with trailers access this area from the bottom of this road. I would recommend going slow because dirt bikes and SxS's are often just starting their day on this trail and will come blazing around corners. The bottom half of the trail is tight too so passing is hard.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
I did not actually run the trail but, based on reports from nearby trails I believe it is open, although you may still encounter some lingering snow drifts.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Simple trail at the start but a fun technical finish at the end. Great place to see the leaves that is away from the I-70 Crowds

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This sections is fun, I've done it in the dead of winter and it can be pretty crazy. I also did it in early may and it was awesome. However as of 6/10 it is dry. Some rocky sections but nothing too bad.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Fun easy trail, I was able to make it in my Xterra with a small lift and off road tires. At the time this section had some fun water crossings that were decently deep but not of concern. There was light snow however nothing that inhibited the use of the trail.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
That last hill at the end was much more rutted out/rocky than in the video. Rest of the trail just needs high clearance. That hill, though, requires proper 4WD.

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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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