Dakota Hill

Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 12/27/2020
4.8 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.27 miles
Highest Elevation: 10600 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Black Hawk
Nearest Town w/ Services: Black Hawk
Official Road Name: 412
Management Agency: Arapaho National Forest
District: Boulder Ranger District/Clear Creek Ranger District


Highlight: Dakota Hill
This offroad 4x4 route is one of the main spines of the extensive network of trails around Dakota Hill and Oregon Hill southwest of Rollinsville. Along its course you will find spectacular mountain vistas, interesting mining relics and connections to many more trails to explore. On the way to the trailhead you will pass through the town of Apex which has a few residents but is really a well-preserved ghost town. This whole network is a remnant of a bygone era where some made fortunes and others died with shattered dreams.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Pass through the open gate at the top of Apex Road onto the trail. There is room to park on the left just past the gate. After the parking area the trail narrows and descends steeply giving you a spectacular view of the Indian Peaks to the north.

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 for about 1.7 miles from Apex up a series of switchbacks and past the Utah Hill trailhead. At the top of the hill you will pass through a gate and onto the trail.



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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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