Chinaman Gulch

Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)

Last Updated: 09/27/2019
4.9 / 5 ( 13 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.11 miles
Highest Elevation: 8821 feet
Duration: About 4 hours
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Buena Vista
Nearest Town w/ Services: Johnson Village
Official Road Name: 6044
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Salida Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Chinaman Gulch
Chinaman Gulch is a very popular, difficult rock crawling trail best suited for modified vehicles. Minimal snow to the area makes it an ideal location for winter wheeling. There are many obstacles and rocks to play on along this 4wd trail, many of which provide multiple lines from easy to hard. Although not very scenic, the occasional views of the Collegiate Peaks are astonishing. This trail is a great trail for groups as the main obstacles provide enough room for vehicles to pull out of the way and watch other vehicles attempt the obstacle.

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Technical Rating

( DIFFICULT - SEVERE )

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Waypoints

1. Staging Area (0 mi)
Chinaman Gulch and Carnage Canyon share the same trailhead parking lot. There is plenty of room here for any number of vehicles to air down and prep for the trail. During the summer months, there is an outhouse on site provided by the local 4x4 club that has adopted Chinaman's. From the parking lot, follow the road heading directly north through a couple of mud holes with signs for Chinaman Gulch.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Johnson Village

Take Highway 285 to Johnson Village. There are gas stations there where you can fill up if you need to. Just east of town between the rafting building and mile marker 214, you'll see county road 301 heading south. Take that road for 1.6 miles till you see a red barn and house on your right. Just before the barn, across the road to your left you'll see a green gate marked "Prison Property" that runs in a straight line towards the mountains and an open area (you can see this open area from the main road). You will also see a small BLM sign marking the direction to Chinaman Gulch and Carnage Canyon. Go down that road and after about a half mile you reach the open parking area where you can prepare your rig for the trail.

Camping

Dispersed

Land Use Issues

This trail is under threat for permanent closure. Due to a recent lawsuit with the Pike San Isabel National Forest, this trail is part of nearly 500 miles of trails threatened to be closed. Find current information at wwwpsitravelmanagement.org Have a voice! Show you actually care! And speak up. It's NOT OK TO CLOSE TRAILS!

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Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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