Elk Park Road

Black Hawk, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 12/27/2020
2.8 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Highlight: Elk Park Road
Making an important connection from Apex Valley to Mammoth Gulch, northwest of Central City, Elk Park Road links the trails around Oregon Hill and Dakota Hill to Mammoth Gulch and Kingston Peak. Along the way,​ you will find evidence of the area’s rich mining history as you pass the ghost towns of Apex and Nugget. You also pass the old road to American City, although you can no longer take it, and you will see the old stone house standing sentinel in Elk Park. Besides the history, there is plenty of scenery to be enjoyed as you pass through the open valley of Elk Park and are treated to views of the James Peak Wilderness Area to the west and south and the Indian Peaks to the north. Because of its location, you cannot run Elk Park Road as a stand-alone trail. You can combine it with Apex Valley Road and Mammoth Gulch for an easy, scenic drive or use it to connect the Dakota Hill network with Kingston Peak and the Yankee Hill area for an extended adventure.


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1. Elk Park Road Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn west from Apex Valley Road onto County Road 4 at the edge of the town of Apex to begin the trail. If you wish to explore Apex first, please remember all the buildings and properties in Apex are private.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Gregory Street and Colorado Highway 119 in Black Hawk, Colorado

From the intersection of Gregory Street and Colorado Highway 119 in Black Hawk, go north on 119 about 1.9 miles and turn left onto Apex Valley Road (alternatively, from Rollinsville, go south on Colorado Highway 119 about 11.9 miles and turn right onto Apex Valley Road). Take Apex Valley road west and north for 5.5 miles to Waypoint 7. Turn left onto County Road 4 to begin 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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