Utah Hill

4.4/5 (12 reviews)
Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 08/06/2022

Trail Information


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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Trail Reviews

4.4/5 (12)
Official Crew
Rated 3/5
Visited: 08/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

We ran Utah Hill backwards to this guide to exit the Dakota Hill area after we finished Michigan Hill. I was in my stock TJ (Cherokee is down with bad control arm bushings) and Mike and his family were in his stock JLU Rubicon hybrid. The trail was clear and open. I think it has gotten a little easier over the past few years. I no longer found anything to warrant a 3 rating.
Visited: 06/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail is pretty easy. Broke thru the snow just fine. Maybe 8" deep at the time of this review. Its a great trail when you can see for miles on end. Unfortunately we were pretty much in the clouds when we did this trail.
Official Crew
Visited: 12/27/2020

Based on reports from nearby trails, the trail is probably very difficult or impassible due to snow
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/25/2020

This trail has a good amount of snow, 4-5’ drifts of packed snow. We made it about 50 yards before we decided to call it. If you want to spend the whole day trying it I am sure you could do it. Say hello to Bradley.
Official Crew
Visited: 11/12/2020

Per the National Forest Service: FORT COLLINS, Colo (Nov. 9, 2020) – More forest closures are being lifted across the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests as all Stage 3 restrictions are rescinded beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Closures will remain in place around areas that experienced wildfire in Grand, Boulder and Larimer counties. These fire areas present a public safety threat as burned trees can fall unexpectedly, hot spots are still burning, and new hazards can be hidden under snow.

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