American Gulch/Humbug Hill

Breckenridge, Colorado (Summit County)

Last Updated: 10/30/2021
4.8 / 5 ( 16 reviews )
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Typically Open: 06/01 - 10/31
Length: 4.02 miles
Highest Elevation: 10981 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Breckenridge
Nearest Town w/ Services: Breckenridge
Official Road Name: GH93, GH66
Management Agency: White River National Forest
District: Dillon Ranger District


Highlight: American Gulch/Humbug Hill
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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1. Eastern Trailhead (0 mi)
The eastern trailhead is Waypoint 2 on Georgia Pass.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Georgia Pass

The eastern trailhead leaves Georgia Pass at a well marked intersection. Follow the sign for American Gulch Road. The western trailhead is at the Lincoln Park meadow. Here several trails converge including Prospect Hill Road, Forest Queen, a connector to French Gulch, and the now closed Lincoln Park Road. Here we describe the trail beginning at 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 2011 Toyota Tacoma, but still feels the same way about superior engineering. The "Stocko Taco" wheeled for over 10 years with no mods other than trail armor. In 2021, it finally got a couple of inches of lift... and a new name: "Taco Supreme." 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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