Pisgah (Columbine Cutoff)

Central City, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 12/27/2020
4.9 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.56 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


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

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.



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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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