Cumberland Gulch

Idaho Springs, Colorado (Clear Creek County)

Last Updated: 06/06/2020
4.7 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.7 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
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Highlights

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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Route Information

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Waypoints

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

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.804352, -105.634094

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.

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Trail Reviews (11)

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Status: Open
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Good trail to have fun in a stock SUV. Nice view of fall colors on the aspens below. The climb is fun bur rocky, I recommend airing down.

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Status: Open
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Camped out Friday 9/17 and finished the trail 9/18 and visited some connecting trails. Much like the other trails in the area it is ROCKY. Airing down makes for a much smoother ride. Not very busy, saw no other campers while riding the trail and only passed 2 other vehicles.

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Status: Open
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Pretty fun and quick drive. Lots of small loose rocks but no real obstacles. Only a few other people on it today.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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As COVID-19 restrictions slowly start easing, Calvary 4-Wheelers finally got a trip in on June 6, 2020. We headed to the Yankee Hill area and started the trip by going up Cumberland Gulch. Along for the trip were me in my green Cherokee (finally back on the trail after having major steering issues and sitting most of the winter), Kiyanna in her stock silver Wrangler, Richard and Kirsten in their stock Ford Ranger and Jon in his red Cherokee. The weather was overcast and somewhat cooler than expected but pleasant enough. We would get rain later in the day but we were on to other trails by then. The trail was clear and mostly dry with a few little wet patches here and there from spring runoff. We did not take it all the way to the top but turned off onto Sheridan Hill at Waypoint 5.

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Status: Open
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This trail was awesome. It was open all the way to the top and I had a blast. The views were amazing and the trail had spots to make it more difficult. My friends stock jeep made it up with only a little trouble. Highly recommend.

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Ran this yesterday following Chinns and Loch Lomond. Ran it as a connector to Yankee Hill. Mostly easy, other than first obstacle of rocks uphill (fairly easy). Airing down will help. Beautiful drive through the Aspens.

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Status: Open
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Nice trail. Nothing too crazy. Some loose rocks. I like this way to the connections to Yankee Hill. The only section that is slightly tough is the very first obstacle.

Author:
Status: Open
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From Fall River Rd, got up the first incline and around the 1st switchback but then when ran into too much snow and buried limbs across the trail. Will be back in a month or so. I was with my buddy in his lifted 4dr wrangler. Left my stock XJ cherokee with street tires on Fall River Rd.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Ran the trail from Yankee Hill down to Fall River Road. The snow is not very deep and we had no problems coming down at all. LJ on 37s, LJ on 33s. Could prove difficult for stock vehicles.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
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While technically open, snow has fallen and this trail is now impassable for the season.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
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Open all the way to the base of Yankee Hill with just a small patch of snow here and there.

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Am planning to be in the Central City area for 2 weeks starting Sep 20th. Looking to hookup with local groups to do Jeep trails. Any suggestions appreciated! John
–John Davis (07/25/2020)
–Todd (07/26/2020)
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

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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 Trailsoffroad.com. On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.
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