Cumberland Gulch

Idaho Springs, Colorado (Clear Creek County)

Last Updated: 10/30/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.65 miles
Highest Elevation: 11016 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Idaho Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Idaho Springs
Official Road Name: 271.1D, 175.1
Management Agency: Arapaho National Forest
District: Clear Creek Ranger District


Highlight: Cumberland Gulch
Part of the Yankee Hill network of trails, this trail is suitable for a beginner and close to the Denver Metro area. It offers amazing views of Continental Divide off the west and Evans off to the south.


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1. Cumberland Gulch Trailhead ( mi)
After you come up the second switch back of Fall River Road you will find a small parking area with a clearly marked green road sign "Cumberland Gulch Road".

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Idaho Springs, Colorado

From the Yankee Hill trail, follow signs to 271.1, or 271.1F if you want to find a little more challenge than the stretch of Yankee Hill to Alice. From Fall River Road, turn right at the switchback with the sign marking the road as 271.1. It is not a difficult trail to follow as there are few spurs.



Trail Reviews (19)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Is this Trail passable, planning on taking a trip with the kids?
–Victor Madera (05/03/2020)
–Todd (05/05/2020)
Q: Is this trail UTV friendly? Would there be enough room for two trucks and trailers to park at this entrance?
–brandon (07/02/2018)
–Michael (07/15/2018)
Q: Does anyone know if this is doable this weekend? they really havent gotten any snow in a while.
–John (05/25/2018)
–Todd (05/25/2018)

Writer Information



Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.
For individual use only, not to be shared.