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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.