Owl Mountain

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5/5 (9 reviews)
Gould, Colorado (Jackson County)
Last Updated: 08/15/2023

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Owl Mountain is located south of Gould, Colorado, an area of the state famously known for its moose population. While traveling along in the area, keep an eye out for the giant creature as their population is abundant, and this easy offroad trek to the top of Owl Mountain will offer the opportunity to see them. The view of the Michigan River Valley from the top is worthy of a photo. Don't forget your camera.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

This is a typical mountain road consisting of a dirt and loose rock surface. There are moderate climbs and narrow spots through the trees. Because there are no obstacles along this route, a stock 4WD vehicle is well-suited. The trail is heavily forested with dead trees and downfall across the road throughout the year. We recommend that you have gear for tree removal with you. Beginning drivers might feel uneasy at the summit but are well suited for the trail.

Trail Reviews

5/5 (9)
Temporary Closure
Visited: 08/02/2023

Blocked due to fallen trees
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/27/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The trail is in great shape. It seemed a little dry in the Gould, CO area and Waypoint 2 had no water filling the bog. I had to clear out a few trees on my way to the summit between Waypoints 3 and 4. No other vehicles on the trail, nice and quiet. The summit still had spectacular views!
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Visited: 06/13/2022

Trail was blocked by numerous fallen trees near waypoint 3 (and my chainsaw was a hundred miles away, oops)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/24/2021

Great trail! Rocky, a little muddy, loose gravel climbs, majestic views...what more could you ask for? Had to clear a few trees along the way. Pretty obvious nobody had been that way for a while.
Trail Review: Owl Mountain - Jeffery Meyer
Trail Review: Owl Mountain - Jeffery Meyer
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/26/2020

Cleared a handful of fallen trees to make the trail passable for midsize 4x4s. Fun and scenic trail. Bog at WP 2 is dry. Ran early in the day to avoid as many UTV encounters as possible, although the few we did meet were very courteous.
Trail Review: Owl Mountain - Tanner Mitchell
Trail Review: Owl Mountain - Tanner Mitchell

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