Bald Mountain Road - Arapaho National Forest

Central City, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 12/27/2020
3 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 9486 feet
Duration: About 40 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Central City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Black Hawk
Official Road Name: Gilpin County Road 1N
Management Agency: Gilpin County


Highlight: Bald Mountain Road - Arapaho National Forest
Bald Mountain Road was once a bustling supply road between the town of Central City and the outlaying mines. Now it is a sleepy back road through the scenic hills past private ranches and summer cabins. There are at least six cemeteries in the vicinity of the trailhead off of Bald Mountain Road, Columbine Campground Road and Upper Apex Road. The easiest one to see from Bald Mountain Road is the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery. You do pass several mines along the way but there is not much of them left to see or they are hidden back on private property. There are several well-preserved mines to see if you continue down Nevadaville Road. When combined with Bald Mountain Lane, Bald Mountain Road provides one of the main access points into the Yankee Hill network of 4x4 trails.


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1. Bald Mountain Road Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn left off of Eureka Street/Upper Apex Road and go west on Bald Mountain Road past the Boodle Mill, between the crossbuck fences,

Directions to Trailhead

From Central City, take Eureka Street west out of town. As you near the top of the hill, Eureka Street will turn to gravel and become Upper Apex Road. Bald Mountain Road will be on the left going past the Boodle Mill toward Columbine Campground.


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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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