Prospect Hill Road

Breckenridge, Colorado (Summit County)

Last Updated: 10/30/2021
5 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Status:
Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/01 - 10/31
Length: 3.06 miles
Highest Elevation: 10700 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Breckenridge
Nearest Town w/ Services: Breckenridge
Official Road Name: GH38
Management Agency: White River National Forest
District: Dillon Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Prospect Hill Road
Prospect Hill Road is an easy 4WD trail that runs along the southern edge of the Golden Horseshoe. This scenic trail offers some great views of Breckenridge across the valley as well as some great historic mining sites and cabins. Prospect Hill's eastern trailhead is in Lincoln Park Meadow, the hub of the Golden Horseshoe, thus connecting to several other trails and offering some epic camping. 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.

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Waypoints

1. Eastern Trailhead/Lincoln Park Meadow (0 mi)
Lincoln Park Meadow is also the terminus of several other trails: Humbug Hill(GH66), Forest Queen (GH79), and a connector trail (GH62). It's also an excellent camping location. Follow GH38 west out of the meadow.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lincoln Park Meadow/Breckenridge

The eastern trailhead departs Lincoln Park Meadow in the heart of the Golden Horseshoe. This is also the terminus of Humbug Hill(GH66), Forest Queen (GH79), and a connector trail (GH62). The western trailhead is in the midst of a growing housing development. Reset your odometer at the intersection of CO-9 and Huron Road, just north of town. Follow Huron road east for 0.3 miles. Turn left (northeast) onto Forest Hills Drive. Stay on this road up a few switchbacks. The signage is confusing, but if you stay on the main road, you'll be fine. (You'll pass the trailhead for Gold Run Gulch at about 2 miles.) Finally, at 2.8 miles, there is a large community gate. The dirt road to the right is the western trailhead. Here we describe the trail beginning from the eastern 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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