Galena Gulch

Breckenridge, Colorado (Summit County)

Last Updated: 10/30/2021
4.9 / 5 ( 10 reviews )
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Typically Open: 06/01 - 10/31
Length: 2.66 miles
Highest Elevation: 10700 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Breckenridge
Nearest Town w/ Services: Breckenridge
Official Road Name: GH74, GH77
Management Agency: White River National Forest
District: Dillon Ranger District


Highlight: Galena Gulch
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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1. North Trailhead (0 mi)
From Tiger Road, near the Tiger Dredge parking lot, turn right (south) onto Summit Gulch Road, GH74.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Breckenridge, CO

On CO-9, between Frisco and Breckenridge, turn northeast at the traffic light at Tiger Road/Shores Lane. At approx. 2.4 miles, turn right (south) onto a dirt road, GH74. The southern trailhead can be accessed via Preston Road. Here, we describe the trail beginning from the northern trailhead.



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Trint Ladd

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Trint grew up riding dirt bikes in the creek beds of the Texas Panhandle. While attending college in Colorado in the late 1990's, he saw a magazine article about a Ford Explorer four-wheeling club. He never saw his Explorer as an adventure vehicle before, but quickly joined up and caught the bug. With his engineering background, Trint has always respected the factory design of a good truck (and recognized when manufacturers put cheap parts into something marketed for off road use). "A good driver, with a well built, stock truck can do trails that would break a $50k, built-up rig with an inexperienced driver." He put that 1st gen Explorer though hell and it always held up, earning great respect from the "big dawgs" in the club. (And earning the nickname, "The Idiot Stocker.") The truck was christened "BamBam" because of the frequent sounds ringing out from the factory skid plates. Now that Trint is "grown-up" (quotation marks intentional), he's a bit less inclined to dent up his pretty Toyota Tacoma, but still feels the same way about superior engineering. Trint's love for the mountains was ingrained at a very early age. 8mm film exists of 18-month-old Trint in a backpack on his dad's back while riding dirt bikes through the mountains of Red River, NM. Although Trint does enjoy a good, tough, technical rock trail, he can often be found on easier, winding, Alpine roads just taking the glory of God's country.
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