Lower Gold Camp Road

Colorado Springs, Colorado (ElPaso County)

Last Updated: 08/31/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Highlight: Lower Gold Camp Road
Lower Gold Camp Road is a gorgeous route that travels through a breathtaking pine-carpeted area close to Colorado Springs that is rich in scenery and railroad history. As travelers drive through this beautiful area, make sure to stop and visit Helen Hunt Falls, located approximately 200 yards southeast of the southern trailhead. This gorgeous little 36 foot tall waterfall is framed by a small bridge over the top of the falls that leads up a short but steep hike to reach Silver Cascade Falls. The falls are named in honor of Helen Maria Hunt-Jackson, a United States poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government. The Lower Gold Camp area is the location of many scenic hiking and mountain biking trails. The route of Lower Gold Camp Road traverses 2.5 miles of what was once the location of the Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway Company's railroad line connecting the city of Colorado Springs with the gold fields of Cripple Creek and Victor. The rail line originally opened for steam locomotive service April 8, 1901 and was advertised as the shortest possible route to the gold fields. Soon after it was given the name "The Short Line." After World War I the Short Line was forced sold as a result of dwindling income from the passenger and freight service. It was purchased by a Colorado Springs capitalist named W.D.Corley who in 1926, opened the route as a toll road for vehicle travel and renamed it the Corley Mountain Highway. It was renamed The Gold Camp Road in 1939 and today is maintained for free, public travel by the US Forest Service, Teller County, and El Paso County.


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1. Southern Trailhead (0 mi)
The southern trailhead is well marked leaving the east side of the parking area for the Upper Gold Camp Hiking trail and Seven Bridges Hiking Trail. Lower Gold Camp Road has a tendency to wash out in severe weather and the gates on either end may be closed while repairs are being conducted. The Upper Gold Camp Hiking area is the continuation west of the former Short Line but are limited to hiking/mountain biking. Up this trail is a number of additional rail tunnels that are now collapsed where Lower Gold Camp Road once connected with the main section of Gold Camp Road.

Directions to Trailhead

**South Trailhead** From the corner of South Nevada Avenue and Interstate 25: Travel south on Nevada Avenue for 0.3 miles. Turn west onto East Ramona Avenue. Continue 0.2 miles and East Ramona Avenue turns into Cheyenne Boulevard. Continue straight on Cheyenne Boulevard for 2.5 miles. At the fork, turn right and continue northwest on North Cheyenne Canyon Road for 3.0 miles. North Cheyenne Canyon Road ends at the parking area for the Upper Gold Camp Hiking trail and Seven Bridges Hiking Trail. The south trailhead is on the east end of the parking area and is well marked. **North Trailhead** From the corner of US24 West/ West Cimarron Street and Interstate 25: Travel west on US24 West/ West Cimarron Street for 1.5 miles. Turn south and continue on South 21st Street for 0.8 miles. Turn west on Lower Gold Camp Road and continue for 3.4 miles. The north trailhead is located at the end of the pavement and is well marked.


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Trail Reviews (15)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: We are heading out the middle of Oct 2021. Has the rock slide been cleared, and is the road open. Thanks
–jake gust (08/28/2021)
–Greg Stokes (08/31/2021)
–Ben Jimbo (08/31/2021)
–Greg Stokes (08/28/2021)
Q: Are side by sides allowed
–Wes Clark (08/25/2020)
–Greg Stokes (08/26/2020)

Writer Information

Greg Stokes

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Greg Stokes Is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. He has been off-roading since childhood, his parents say his first trip was a Jeep run over Medano Pass when he was only 14 Months old. Greg has been at the wheel of everything from dirtbikes, ATV's, early Jeep CJ5's that he has restored, Wranglers, and presently explores in a 1997 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser and a 2016 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle. Greg is a proud Husband and Father of 3. His passion in the off road world is the vehicle-reliant world of Overlanding. He hopes to one day make it to Canada to Explore the Yukon and Northwest territories.
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