The Gould Mountain Road is one of the more enjoyable trails in the Colorado State Forest. The route offers great views of the nearby Continental Divide and North Michigan Valley. This road is a leisurely drive suitable for novice 4-wheelers. The route is open for vehicles, OHV's, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. The fall season is a visual treat with the Aspen trees changing to their vibrant gold hue. Elk and moose are abundant in the Colorado State Forest and seeing wildlife is common for visitors.
The Gould Mountain trailhead begins at the North Michigan Campground Road. The trailhead is well marked and there is a gate at the beginning. If the gate is closed, the trail is closed. The area around the trailhead is fairly open as the road begins up the north slope of Gould Mountain.
Take Colorado Highway 14 through to Jackson County Road 41 just west of Gould, CO. Turn right and follow CR# 41 into the State Forest 1 mile to the North Michigan Campground Road. The Gould Mountain Road is 1/2 mile ahead on the right and is well marked.
I visited the Colorado Stare Forest State Park to check on the road conditions for the season. The area has received some snow fall already this season and the Colorado DPW closed the roads on October 23 because of the snow. With the snowfall today and the snow fall expected over the next week, the roads in the park remain closed. I contacted the park's ranger who informed me that the trails were likely closed for the remainder of the season.
A trip to check on the status of the Colorado State Forest trails found that most have been closed for the season by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. In the past couple of days, nearly a foot of snow has fallen in Gould, CO.
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well.
A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg