Dakota Hill

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4.6/5 (22 reviews)
Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 01/01/2024
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Dakota Hill offers spectacular mountain vistas, interesting mining relics, and connections to many more trails to explore. On the way to the trailhead, Apex has a few present-day residents but is a well-preserved ghost town. 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. This whole network is a remnant of a bygone era where a few made fortunes and others died with shattered dreams.


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4.6/5 (22)
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Impassable
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/01/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran the trail in reverse, coming from pickle gulch. Hit several large drifts in the trees that kick you side ways and required winching for a few in our group. At wp8 there was a huge drift that swallowed up the 40s. Winched out and got to dry land where we took in some epic views before trying to make it to Apex. No dice! One you turn the corner arp7nd the western side of the hill, the snow is continuous, off camber drift, super deep. No even winchable. We turned around headed out gamble gulch connector.
Trail Review: Dakota Hill - Ryan Boudreau
Trail Review: Dakota Hill - Ryan Boudreau
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50100
Impassable
Visited: 12/31/2023

The trail is very difficult or impassable due to deep snow.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/05/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I linked this trail after Pickle Gulch and heading towards Apex Valley Rd. It’s super easy, I definitely wouldn’t call it moderate but it’s got some great mountain views!
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Visited: 07/01/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Totally clear. Great connector between apex and pickle gulch. Final waypoint is a great spot to stop for lunch.
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6400
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/17/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Rocky and muddy trail, super fun for early summer wheelin’

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