American Gulch/Humbug Hill

4.7/5 (24 reviews)
Breckenridge, Colorado (Summit County)
Last Updated: 10/10/2022
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Highlights

American Gulch/Humbug Hill is a relatively easy 4WD trail the climbs from Georgia Pass into the heart of the Golden Horseshoe. It is positively riddled with old mine and cabin ruins. The rich history and great scenic views make this a must-do trail. Combined with any number of adjoining trails, American Gulch can be part of a full day of easy four wheeling and sight seeing. Some suggestions are Prospect Hill Road, Preston Road, and Brewery Hill. American Gulch/Humbug Hill 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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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (25 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few mud puddles. Tried this trail on the way to Georgia Pass. Lots of ATV's, UTV's and dirt bikes. Fun little trail. Some scenic views at the top.
Trail Review: American Gulch/Humbug Hill - Roger P.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun little trail. Fairly easy throughout the whole way. In my eyes the only reason the trail should be considered moderate is due to the exposed shelf roads that are narrow. I ran those sections really quick because there was almost no extra room for oncoming traffic, and I didn't want to get caught in one of those!
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 08/01/2022
Trint Ladd
Official Crew
34600
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I ran most of the Golden Horseshoe today. The trails are all open, mostly dry with a few wet spots. At waypoint 9, lingering snow made the shelf road narrow, but we got through. The snow should be gone in a week or so.
Trail Review: American Gulch/Humbug Hill - Trint Ladd
Trail Review: American Gulch/Humbug Hill - Trint Ladd
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Trint Ladd
Official Crew
34600
Status: Impassable
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/30/2021

We ran several trails in the Golden Horseshoe today. There are some dry spots, but most of the trails have 4 to 8 inches of snow. Some have packed tracks, some don't. Some are slushy. Some are icy. (We put fresh tracks on a couple of less-used trails.) Georgia Gulch and the north end of American Gulch may be impassible. (There were no tracks and we decided not to risk it.) Be wary of off-camber spots that are close to trees. Sliding sideways is a good possibility.
Trail Review: American Gulch/Humbug Hill - Trint Ladd
Trail Review: American Gulch/Humbug Hill - Trint Ladd
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