Utah Hill

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4.5/5 (13 reviews)
Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 08/22/2023

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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

4.5/5 (13)
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45050
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/15/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I ran Utah Hill on Tuesday August 15 as part of a project to update or patrol most of the trails in this area. What this trail lacks in technical difficulty, it makes up for with scenic beauty and I had a beautiful, clear day to enjoy it. The abandoned motor home is still there, just a short way into the trail. It is looking worse for wear, showing the ravages of vandals and scavengers. I am surprised they haven't pulled it out of there. I reached the parking and camping area at the top of the trail late in the afternoon of a busy day of trail mapping and decided to take a little break. While I was snoozing, someone snuck in and took a picture of me.
Trail Review: Utah Hill - Bill Andrews
Trail Review: Utah Hill - Bill Andrews
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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.
Trail Review: Utah Hill - Bill Andrews
Trail Review: Utah Hill - Bill Andrews
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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.
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Visited: 12/27/2020

Based on reports from nearby trails, the trail is probably very difficult or impassible due to snow
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1100
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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.
Trail Review: Utah Hill - Luke
Trail Review: Utah Hill - Luke
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