Utah Hill

Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 12/27/2020
4.8 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlight: Utah Hill
Utah Hill is one of the main entrances into the extensive network of trails around Dakota Hill and Oregon Hill, southwest of Rollinsville. After going through the ghost town of Apex to get to the trailhead, there are mining remains at the beginning of the trail and spectacular views of the peaks in the James Peak Wilderness as you cross the top of Utah Hill on the west side of Oregon Hill. Although the Utah Hill trail itself is short, using it to connect to other trails in the area can give you everything from a quick afternoon 4x4 outing to an all-day offroad adventure.


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Turn right off of Apex Road and into a large, flat area on the south as Apex Road makes its third switchback. This is the trailhead for Utah Hill. There are a couple of old foundations and a few scattered remains of some old mine buildings. The collapsed entrance to the mine is on the east side of the clearing. The trail heads almost directly south out of this clearing.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Black Hawk or Rollinsville

From Black Hawk go north on CO 119 about 2 miles and turn left onto Apex Valley Road (County Road 4S) or, from Rollinsville, go south on CO 119 about 11.9 miles and turn right on Apex Valley Road. Go west and somewhat north on Apex Valley Road. The road will eventually curve around to go almost due north. At about 5.6 miles, stay straight and enter the old mining town of Apex. The road will climb up a series of switchbacks from Apex for about 1.2 miles to the Utah Hill trailhead at a large, flat area in the middle of the third switchback.



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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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