Bald Mountain Road - Arapaho National Forest

4/5 (10 reviews)
Central City, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 08/06/2022

Trail Information


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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4/5 (10)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Cool dirt road nothing crazy
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy to follow and nice trail.
Official Crew
Visited: 08/06/2022

Since we had finished our run up Pickle Gulch and Michigan Hill early, I was taking a tour of back roads above Central City. I came across Upper Apex Road and connected to Bald Mountain Road. The road was clear and dry with no issues. I did notice that the sign at the International Association of Odd Fellows Cemetery has fallen down and is hard to see from the road. I also noticed several houses/cabins for sale.
Rated 3/5
Visited: 06/19/2021

Road is wide open and a 1 is appropriate. The city is actually using as a detour for other roads right now.
Official Crew
Visited: 12/27/2020

Although the road is plowed and stays open all year, snow-packed icy or drifted conditions may occur. Be prepared for winter driving.

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