Galena Gulch

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4.8/5 (24 reviews)
Breckenridge, Colorado (Summit County)
Last Updated: 10/29/2023
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Galena Gulch is a short, relatively easy 4WD trail through dense woods with some loose, rocky climbs. It is part of the Golden Horseshoe trail system which covers over 8000 acres between the Swan River and French Gulch. The area has a rich history and is dotted with countless mines, mills, and cabins dating from the late 1870s through the 1950s. The Golden Horseshoe is crisscrossed with 4WD, ATV, single track, mountain bike, and foot trails. Keep a sharp eye out for other folks using this network and, as always, be considerate. Stay the trail, and pack out what you packed in. It is vital that all visitors respect historic sites. Please leave them as you found them. Decades of tourists taking home bits of these historic buildings as mementos or carving their autographs have destroyed much of our history. Many historic sites are in a dangerous state of decay. Never enter or climb on historic ruins. It could damage the site, or worse, damage you!

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4.8/5 (24)
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51850
Impassable
Visited: 10/29/2023

16" of snow reported in Breckenridge this weekend. The surrounding trails will all be impassible. Most likely a season ender for the area.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/16/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

That hill climb is no joke. My Power Wagon climbed it rather undramatically, but there are times where you feel like you're laying more on your seat back than sitting in the seat. My poor wife hoofed part of it to get some pictures of the truck climbing and found it was considerably more difficult to walk up. Just a bit past the hill climb the trees open up to a pretty spectacular view of the valley where Hwy 9 comes into the Breckenridge area. This trail has some pretty large water breaks beyond the hill climb, just like most the rest of the trails in the area. You'll want some ground clearance for this trail, as well as 4Lo for that hill.
Trail Review: Galena Gulch - Matt Niepow
Trail Review: Galena Gulch - Matt Niepow
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/05/2023
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Very cool little trail just outside Breckenridge. We combined with Preston Ridge for a nice scenic way out of the French Gulch area after a day of hiking. The trail is in good shape, with an optional mud hole at the top which is easily bypassed. We ran in reverse so we ended up going down the steep hill, which left us hanging from our seatbelts more than once. Completed in an F-150 Tremor and need every inch of break-over we had, and even then we scraped on several of the water breaks. Other than that, no issues for full-size.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/22/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail! Some good climbs. Rocky but didn’t beat you up.
Trail Review: Galena Gulch - Gene
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/15/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Seriously beautiful area. Definitely worth passing through here on your way in or out of the trail networks in the area.

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